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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
159,466 miles

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

May 222009


  • 159,466 miles


Just to put a little update on my posting, we were cussed out by the dealership and after the dealer told us to bring the truck in, which we did on our own expense not theirs we had it towed there, the mechanic that was supposed to inspect it told us to¿!@#$% off and made us leave. So we contacted the actual owner of the dealership and he called the dealer, dealer called us back and cussed us out for going above his head and told us if we wanted something done about the truck to contact a lawyer cause he isn't doing anything. Listen here Ford, grow the ¿!@#$% up and start taking responsibility for your faults! used or not your dealers are responsible for what they sell on their lot that has the potential to be life threatening! Ford should be the ones going under, now were stuck with a 5 thousand dollar piece of ¿!@#$%, we should have bought a Chevy, atleast those are built to last, not a Ford, all they are is a guaranteed place to sell unsafe junk! I hope this economy eats you alive, you might have gotten my family for the money, but in the end karma will get you! I read so many reports, we go to you to buy a safe and reliable vehicle, haha your company is a joke!!!!! I cant wait to sell or destroy this junk of a truck and get something that actually stops! go Chevy!! atleast Chevy fixed the actual problems when they got the bail out. They fixed the ABS problems. Anyone that has a Ford better keep your eye on the ABS, tone rings and the ABS control module. There is an obvious recall that needs to be done on all of them and its a shame we can all see that yet they cant, all they are out for is number one, once they get the cash, you are out a car. I think we should all get together and form a lawsuit against them. One person is minute, however, a crowd is a big voice to be heard! and from what I see, there are plenty of people that have problems with this company! I drive 1970S trucks with less problem then the 2001 Escape. Makin junk to get a quick dollar! shame shame

- Fremont, OH, USA

problem #1

May 222009


  • 159,466 miles
We were heading home after getting our dinner, approached a stop light and applied the brakes, I then noticed the truck wasn't stopping and the brake pedal was stiff. I hit the brakes again, still nothing, again hit them as hard as I could, still nothing, so I swerved to miss the van infront of me and hit a telephone pole. We were going approximately 35 mph and there was no signs of braking on pavement or braking on the grassy area leading up to the telephone pole. We haven't had problems like this before, our brakes would vibrate every once in a while when applied. This was the first time we've had complete loss of brakes. My fiance resulted in bruises on her face and back spasms. My one year old daughter was also in the car and had no injuries, however, it took us months to get her to be calm in the car. We ended up having to buy a new carseat after just purchasing a few months before and I received a failure to control citation. I contacted Ford and they put my complaint into Ford legal group. I was upset because none of the airbags went off, had I been five more minutes down the road we would have been in a 55 mph zone. I was furious that the dealership sold me this vehicle after swearing up and down that it was one of the safest on their lot. We have yet to hear anything from Ford, we have received a letter from them lecturing us on the usage of the airbags, how they are meant to prevent fatalities not injuries. Our initial complaint was the vehicle did not stop! the owner of the dealership feels he's no liable because we bought used with no warranty. However, that does not excuse from selling multifunctional vehicle. We have fought with the dealership and legal group. The dealership is going to have it inspected to see what caused it. But he wants us to pay for it and I don't feel we should. Haven't we paid enough will all the crap this vehicle has caused?

- Fremont, OH, USA

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