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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,115 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2001 Ford Escape:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 052008

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,344 miles


While driving at speeds between 30 an 40 mph, the car suddenly stalled in traffic. All attempts to restart the vehicle, by myself, were for naught. A nearby garage initially thought the problem was a timing belt issue, but further investigation showed that the problem was with an electrical harness with a possible short. A bit strange for a non-moving part.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 092002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2001 Ford Escape stalls when I start the car and I am still in first gear. I have taken my car 4 times to the dealership and they say that they cannot find the problem and have never heard of this complaint before. They even put on a "moniter" for me to use when the car stalled. I pressed the button twice, but the dealership told me that I did it wrong because they got the wrong readings. After the last time I brought it to Ford, they replaced a part and said that it was fixed. Seven months later it is stalling again.. as much as three times a day!! it is getting worse.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving down hill vehicle stalled without prior warning, causing loss of all power steering and braking ability. Consumer has contacted dealer, dealer not willing to provide any assistance. Consumer states another dealer repaired vehicle by replacing the relay.

- Utica, PA, USA

Not what you are looking for?