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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
205,000 miles

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 142015


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the plastic cable connector above the headlight began to melt. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact also mentioned that the part was previously replaced. The failure was persistent. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 152014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 210,000 miles
My son was going down the road about 60 miles an hour when a big deer came out in front of him. He jammed on his brakes skidding but still hit the deer totaling the car. Not one of the airbags came out. He went forward hitting his upper body and face on the steering wheel. He had his seat belt on. The police were called to the accident. He was taken to the hospital by friends. He turned black and blue and still is hurting. The car was just inspected the end of October. I feel Ford and the manufacturer should be held liable. That the car should be replaced because of the airbags not working causing injury. I'm without a car...updated 12/04/14 updated 06/2/2015

- Campbell, NY, USA

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