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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,200 miles

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 222010

Escape 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles


I bought my Ford Escape on August 16th of 2009, all the doors worked fine. I have not been in any kind of accident. About a year after buying my car the back driver door stopped opening, for no reason. Then the window in the same door stopped working. I didn't make a big deal about this, even though I had two small children in the back. Then shortly after, the other back door seized to open. This happened in the summer when the temperatures are warm. When I push unlock I hear clicking from the doors. Then not to long ago my fiance and I went out to dinner and locked the car doors, after leaving the restaurant he tried to unlock the doors and they wouldn't open. He had to crawl through the window that is broken to get the passenger door open for me. The driver door now don't open. The only door that works now is the passenger door and the back hatch. I also have other recalls I need to get repaired and have not brought it in cause of the driver door not opening. I know I didn't do anything to cause this problem and when I researched it online I found that a lot of people with my car are having the same problem. Therefore I feel this needs to be addressed. I'm afraid to drive my car and if there was an accident I wouldn't be able to Escape my Ford Escape. In addition I just want to say that even though my vehicle has a lot of miles on it, still runs good. Thank you for your consideration, sincere consumer.

- Nine Mile Falls, WA, USA

problem #4

Jul 152008


  • miles
I have a complaint. I own a Ford Escape 2001. First the drivers rear door will not open from the outside or inside. Now the driver's door won't open from the outside to get in, but I can open it from the inside to get out. Is there a recall on theses doors?

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 122004


  • 61,000 miles
Front driver's side door seals cracked, causing water to leak into the vehicle. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 152001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled twice at 35-40 mph while coasting down hill. Dealer replaced computer module and ecc relay. Nlm consumer states keyless entry works intermittently. The weather strips coming off on both back doors. The vacuum line was loose and hissing. The coolant light continues to come on due to coolant bottle failure, also there was a cracking noise under the dash and the radio went out.

- Finksburg, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 072002


  • miles
Master cylinder comple failure. Also, 4 door handles had to be changed.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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