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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 202007


  • miles


Brake problem invoving ABS sensor ring on front wheels. This wheel ring literally cracked causing the ABS light to come on and the brake pedal had to be pressed to the floor to operate the brakes. The ring was "epoxyed" back together by my mechanic, but now the brakes on occasion make a "clunking" noise and you can feel the vibration in the pedal. Seems like something is not engaging properly.

- Lock Haven, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 042006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Ford Escape 2001 master brake cylinder and brakes failed causing accident when I totally lost my brakes. 1 day after Ford dealership replaced master brake cylinder. Ford has faulty master brake parts.

- Arvada, CO, USA

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