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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
121,898 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Ford Escape engine problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

May 052011

Escape ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,796 miles


My son was involved in a rear ender caused by the engine shutting down, thanks to the negligence of Ford not informing us of a serious recall of "Power Train Automatic Transmission Control Modul" Manufacturer Recall Number 04S13 back in 2004. Consequence of this recall if not completed noted by Transport Canada "should the engine stall a vehicle crash could occur". And that is exactly what happened to my son, he went to brake, the engine and oil light came on and his car smacked into the car in front of him, totalling that drivers car. My son being a new drive his insurance premium has now increased by 55% and it wasn't even due to his negligence, it was all to do with the manufacturers lack of information on the recall. This accident could have been prevented. And it could have been even more serious ie: could have killed a pedestrian and/or could have killed himself. Imagine if he was coming down a steep hill or winding road, it could have been really ugly. All because we were never notified of the recall.

So we ask any owner of a Ford Escape to please have your car dealership do a recall inspection so you can avoid a serious accident as well. Have them check for Manufacturer Recall Number 04S13.

- , Vancouver, BC, canada

problem #1

Jan 012011

Escape XL 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Engine runs very rough when about to shift or going up hills. Might be transmission problems. Would not recommend this vehicle. Transmission shudders when shifting, Loud clunking coming from engine mounts when going over bumps. poor quality

- , Shelton, WA, USA

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