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.


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2001 Ford Escape brakes problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012001

Escape 4WD

  • miles


Ford dealer has attempted 3 times to repair brakes going on the 4th when they get the new brake pads in, they told us about a month from now.the vehicle shakes when slowing from 55 to 40 mph. And can get scary at also vibrates at 65 mph.we contacted Ford customer service about our problem and they told us that don mcclain said that they have already fixed the brakes, which is a lie. They are giving us the runaround to avoid our states lemon far as we can tell no other Ford Escapes have this problem. Thank you.

- Momence, IL, USA

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