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:
45,874 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Ford Escape brakes problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 212006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,298 miles


Emergency brake cable failure on 2001 Ford Escape.

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 082002

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,450 miles
Premature failure of front brake rotors on 2001, 2002 Ford Escape/Mazda tribute SUV's. evidently the rotors are insufficiently hardened and wear very rapidly, requiring replacement at 35,000 mile intervals. If replacement brake pads were installed without replacing the rotors. Rotor failure could result because of too much rotor material being worn away.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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