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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles

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2001 Ford Escape brakes problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 122003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


I have a 2001 Ford Escape. ABS sensores got mud in them failed and burnt out. I have replaced 4 ABS sensorse in 5 month period. I was told because of mud getting in them. Dealer ship and Ford customoer service tell me to wash sensors off when ever I drive through the mud. I live on a dirt road. So I would half to crawl under the car and wash all sensorse every day. I get in my car in the morning to take the kids to the school bus half way there the ABS warning light goes on. When I get home if I crawl under the car and wash out sensores the light will go off. Then later in the day when I go to pick up the kids the same thing happens. If I wash the sensores everytime I go through the mud ABS breaks will work untill I get mud in them. If I dont wash mud out of sensores eventually they will burn out. The Ford dealership and Ford customer service said this is normal maintanace. I cant believe they would consider that normal. I have spent most of the time I have owned this SUV driving it with out ABS breaks. I think they should fix this design problem, before I get into an acident with out the use of my ABS brakes. I want problem fixed before I have an accident with no ABS brakes. They blame the problem on me for not keeping it clean. I cant wash it everytime I use it and I shouldn't half to if they would redesign it.

- Midas, NV, USA

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