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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
194,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 202016

Escape LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 194,000 miles


clicking and crunching when turning and going over bumps'

I would assume when it comes to crunching and grinding that bushing or ball joints or tie rods would be the the case. Or maybe even the cv axle. Not sure what it is but it is getting progressively worse. We bought used so I guess that's to be expected. Leaking a fluid as well, not sure if its brake fluid or hydraulic yet. It is coming down the spring and shock and dripping off onto the boot. Plz help.

- , Spring, TX, US

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