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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
91,441 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
2001 Ford Escape electrical problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 012013

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


just wanted to let the thousands of ford escape owners online beggn for help know that get a new alt even if u just got 1. its ur regulater then get all the wires off the alt moved away from the hott excaust by adding 5inches of lengh and pigtale them then make sure ur alt n this car is checked at 2000 rpm cause if it drops to 13.9 ur pcm will overide ur alt causeing premature failure.14.2 is mine after 3 alt s .ur mech will tell u ur alt an batt r good he doesnt want to have to change that pain n the ass this u will b happy u spoke up.

- , Gonzales, LA, USA

problem #4

Oct 092012

Escape V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

Car just died out of the blue, not having any problems. Put a new battery in, blew a main fuse, now my radio, my dome light, neither reading light and my keyless entry isn't working. Have check all fuses and they are all reading working. If anyone has any idea of what to try before I take it somewhere and get railroaded, please let me know. I have no warranty on this car. It was bought used from a dealer with good reputation.

- , Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #3

Jan 312009

(reported on)

Escape V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

car would not start so we put in a new battery, then it happened again two weeks later replaced battery, then it happened again brought it back to same local mechanic, could not find short . finally brought it too ford because car would not start but this time it wouldn't even take a jumpstart. so ford said it was the starter put in the new starter car started for two days the third day car wouldn't start again, jumped it and it started. it seems when it rains the car wouldn't start. weird huh?!?!?! other wise i really like the car

- , Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 012008

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,206 miles

Battery kept dying. New battery put in, still an issue. Battery died again, took to a Ford dealership to replace the battery, they tested the one we had and it was fine.

Told us the problem was the remote start pulling too much power. Took the Escape back to the dealership that installed the remote start to have it fixed.

Same problem STILL occurring. Took it to a different remote start installer (VERY reputable) who was able to narrow the problem down and confirm that it was NOT an issue with the remote start. The fuse labelled "Room" was pulling 90mAmps even when the remote start was disconnected; it should have only been pulling about 5mAmps. Remote start was confirmed to only be pulling 40-50mAmps (normal).

This "Room" fuse is associated with a module that is responsible for putting the interior electronics into "sleep mode" when the Escape is not running. The Escape did not appear to go into sleep mode; the remote start guys had it hooked up for over 90 minutes and it was still pulling 90mAmps. We are taking it in to our mechanic on Friday to ascertain if the problem is with this module.

- , Sherwood Park, AB, Canada

problem #1

Jan 092008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Our Escape battery keeps dying. We replaced battery with a Walmart battery, died again, replaced alternator, Walmart battery died; replaced Walmart battery with a Die Hard; it died. To try to figure out the problem, our mechanic has removed the automatic start for concern that was causing the electrical problems. Still died. Took out the radio b/c it seemed to be drawing amps on the battery, but it died again. Replaced Die Hard battery. Rehooked up radio. 2nd Die Hard battery died. We are quite frustrated as is our mechanic. No ideas. So far we have paid about $800 for this repair and it still isn't fixed. It seems something electrical is going on, but we don't have any idea what!

- , East Peoria, IL, USA

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