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:
2 / 12
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 1
Average Mileage:
78,590 miles

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2001 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #1

Mar 312004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Premature brake rotor wear. Rotors and pads replaced twice; once at 30K miles and again at 60K miles. Brake master cylinder required replacement at 60K miles. Numerous front-end problems after light conventional "on-road" driving (I.e. loose end links, ball joints, misalignment), which in turn resulted in premature destruction of two sets of tires. Burning oil smell in cabin supposedly unidentifiable after numerous attempts by dealer. None of the above covered under warranty. Over $2500 in repairs and vehicle is only at 63K miles!

- Littleton, CO, USA

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