Notes: With questionable safety ratings, a faulty power control module (PCM) and a rear subframe that can rust out, the first model year Escape is known for problems. But the worst one of all? A design flaw that carried through multiple model years and caused dangerous unintended acceleration.

A lack of clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector meant the throttle could get stick open when the accelerator was fully depressed. Following a petition from the Center for Auto Safety, NHTSA opened an investigation and eventually issued a recall to fix the sticky throttles in the 2001–2004 model years.

Even with the throttles fixed, the 2001 model year could still have trouble stopping due to multiple problems with leaking brakes.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
146,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace grille (1 reports)
2001 Ford Escape body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 052011

Escape XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,000 miles


My girlfriend and I were returning from a nice trip from Vegas when all of a sudden going 85 miles an hour the grille flew off of the car and and nearly into the car behind us. once I had retrieved it from the freeway so that i could at least save the emblem i had noticed that both of the brackets had broken so $70 later and about 30 minutes replacing the emblem to the new grille everything is better even though the mounting system for the grille insert is too brittle and will likely fail again.

- , Plain City, UT, USA

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