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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
72,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new brake enhancer (2 reports)
2001 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 052004

Escape XLS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


When I first purchased my 4-wheel Ford Escape It was great. After about 6 months the Brake fluid light came on. It was low on fluid and I just added fluid to it. Things were okay and about 8 months later the light came on again and I added fluid. I mentioned it to a Ford dealer when a few times, but they said they found no leak. I always had my oil changed by a Ford Dealer/and had the 30,000 mile check-up but no problem was never found. The light came on about every 8-10 months, so I kept adding fluid all those years. No one could find the leak. Finally, approx 2011, when a Ford dealer was changing my oil, they said the brake system was leaking. Well, I immediately had it repaired and paid approx $600.00. Since it was repaired, it has never leaked. I will assume the power booster was checked for corrosion. Now, that a recall has been done on this SUV, I feel it must of being leaking. Puttin in 1/2 can about every 10 tells me there was a slow leak and I had about 55,000. miles on the SUV. I feel with this recall Ford should pay for the brake system. I had to install to stop the leak. I hope the Forde Dealer ship will check the corrosion part of it free when I bring it in for a oil change.

Has anyone been reimbursed for the replacement brake system that was leaking per the recall.?

- , Folsom, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 032008

Escape 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

At a routine check, the mechanic noticed that the brake fluid was leaking. He said that if I didn't replace something(I forgot the name) the brake enhancer was lost as well. Spo he replace the part between the brake fluid and the enhancer.

- , Beavercreek, OH, USA

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