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 Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 032003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The radiator fill bottle located to the right of the engine compartment, has a sensor that detected when the level is low in it. There is a light that comes on, when it is low activated in the dash next to the tachometer. It has turned on for about 6 months and will not turn off, even when the refill bottle is filled. The dealer says you have to replace the bottle and it has happened several times with the Escapes. He suggested I buy a replacement bottle at a cost of about $62. This unit should not go out after only about 50,000 miles and mislead you to think you are out of fluid. There needs to be a recall on the bottle to have the dealer fix it at no cost, since it has occurred at vic bailey Ford a lot of times on the new Escapes.

- Pacolet Mills, SC, USA

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