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:
45,250 miles

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2001 Ford Escape fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 232004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,250 miles


On two separate occassions (04/23/04 & 04/30/04) my 2001 Ford Escape just stopped running with no warning what so ever. After the 1st incident a recall repair was completed (drivetrain module) and thought to have fixed the problem. Exactly a week later the vehicle just stopped running again. The dealership couldn't be certain, but the problem seemed to be a faulty fuel pump. The repair was made, costing nearly $500, and so far no problems. Had this problem occurred on a busy interstate, the outcome could have been very disastrous.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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