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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,756 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Escape fuel system problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012006

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


The first incident happened on 05/01/06 after driving at least 30 min to 45 min. At a speed of around 50 mph, the check engine light came on. I took it to the dealer where they diagnosed a loose gas cap. On 5/22/06 after driving again at least 30 min to 45 min. After returning home and backing out of the driveway my Escape stalled and would not start, after about an hour it started again did not take it to the dealer. The third incident happened May 30 after driving 30 min to 45 min the check engine light came on again. I took it to the dealer where they replaced the vapor management valve which is still not correcting the problem, so they are talking about replacing the fuel tank. The dealer has been very helpful, but after five years I would think I would not have this problem.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 172003


  • Manual transmission
  • 13,268 miles
There were problems with the vehicle shutting down while in traffic. The idle gauge kept dropping and going up until it eventually dropped below 1, then it cut out immediately. The consumer had taken the vehicle back to the dealer and attempted to fix the problem on numerous occasions but were unable to verify. The dealer said there was water contamination in the gas tank, and the consumer was told that a rat had bitten through the wires. The consumer had taken the vehicle back in for the stalling problems and gas fumes were coming through the A/C vents. Later on that day the vehicle caught fire. The consumer requested a refund and or exchange for a new vehicle.

- Kingshill, VI, USA

problem #1

Dec 062000

(reported on)

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Fuel smell inside vehicle when starting engine.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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