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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
59,834 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 212007

(reported on)

Escape 3.0V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,834 miles


We had just left the dealer to replace oil pan gasket (which was like pulling teeth). When getting home, wife realized the check fuel cap light was on. There is 59,600 miles with a 60,000/10-17-07 extended warranty. I called the dealer and asked why they did not fix that or notify us of this. They were "not aware" of it. The service advisor told us to replace the cap. I purchased one and this did not fix the problem after 5 days of driving. Well of course, 10-17-07 has come and gone, NO MORE WARRANTY. I talked to someone at Auto Zone and was told the problem may be more extensive than just the cap. After researching online today, I am finding that there was a recall on o rings in the fuel line on this model. We were never notified. This is the last time I will ever buy a Ford. I can deal with the repairs, but, not the poor service and notification of recalls. I have more to list, stay tuned.

- , Gilbert, AZ, USA

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