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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,600 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.

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 072004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


The transmission on my 2001 Ford Escape, went out I had 58,000 miles on the truck. Had to put in a new transmission. Now 4 months later, the engine light comes on. The engine coolant warning light keeps coming on even though it is full. All of the lighters/sun roof have no power to them they all quit. I have replaced all fuses, with no luck. Now the all lights on the radio are gone, but the radio still works.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 082002

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Engine has stalled twice while driving 40-50mph. Sunroof motor had to be replaced. Coolant recorvery jug had to be replaced. Sensor asy-egr was replaced after 1st time engine stalled. Has since stalled again.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012001

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Consumer states that the vehicle stalls while driving, the most recent repairs made by the dealer was the replacement of the iac and air intake, consumer is concerned about the problem happening again. The indicator lights for engine coolant and battery illuminated, the dealer replaced a part on the coolant rec tank, however the coolant light illuminated again.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 152001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled twice at 35-40 mph while coasting down hill. Dealer replaced computer module and ecc relay. Nlm consumer states keyless entry works intermittently. The weather strips coming off on both back doors. The vacuum line was loose and hissing. The coolant light continues to come on due to coolant bottle failure, also there was a cracking noise under the dash and the radio went out.

- Finksburg, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 222001


  • miles
I have spoken with a Ford rep. For a new car, too many things have gone wrong. It is currently in the shop have the window and ABS brakes fixed. Every time it's somehting new! nlm

- Avon, OH, USA

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