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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About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 192001

Escape 4WD

  • miles


Gas fumes in cabin first trip for repair intake gasket replaced, back in shop same problem arose two days later, car has been there two days with no resolution, dealership is in contact with Ford trying to resolve problem no results at this time, vehicle still in shop, we had the same problem with a 2000 Ford Taurus which was in the shop five times with no cure, car was bought back by Ford after arbitration. This problem needs to be resolved, breathing the gas fumes can lead to serious health problems.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #1

Jan 272001

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Raw fuel smell in cabin with heater on and at stop light/ideling. Intake gaskets, fuel rail and injectors repleaced. Parts returned to factory.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

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