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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
103,920 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. change gaskets (1 reports)
  2. replace coil- current fix, not sure how long it will last (1 reports)
2001 Ford Escape engine problems

engine 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 #2

Oct 312007

Escape 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


While I was driving the car it died on me. And not just once but a couple of times. Last time it died on me, 2 other guys had to puch of the intersection. I left the car there, came back after a few hours, started it again, worked and drove to the dealer. They checked it out, called me back with an est of 650 dollars!! I ha dit fixed, but experienced the same problem 2 times more. The 2nd time, I paid another 450 dollar and the last time, they replaced the gaskets and I only had to pay for the parts and not the man hours. The most expensive of their problem is that they had to take the enige out to reach the gaskets(it somewhere around the fuel injector orso).

I was really upset that after paying a lot of money 2 times, they finally found it at the 3rd time and wanted to charge me another 450 dollars! I got angry and referred to previous repairs with them and that they we're going to repair the exact same thing. So finally I only had to pay the parts, that was 65 dollars.

- , Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 242008

Escape XLS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,840 miles

This is the 3rd time that I have had this issue with my car. As there are 6 cylinders, I am sure that I am not done replacing coils. Plus, they can cost a lot because the coils in the back can only be reached by taking off part of the top of the motor. I have owned this car for 1 1/2 yrs as I bought it used. DO NOT BUY A USED ESCAPE! I have spent over $3,000 in repairs & new tires since I bought it and I am currently looking @ another $1,000 to do the suspension. It is not worth the hassle & money as these cars have crappy trade in/re-sale values!

- , Middletown, CT, US

Not what you are looking for?