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:
No data
Average Mileage:
87,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Ford Escape steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 012008

Escape 30.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


i have spent 600 so far and it is still not fixed. i am scared to drive my children in the car. while making a turn the steering will release for a moment cause the cars wheels to straighten. a moment later it catches and continues the turn. this car is crap. the transmission has also failed, shifter cable has snapped, a tune up is very expensive because of the design, and the interior fabric glue has lost its stick. I will not buy ford again. i should have gotten a toyota 4-runner.

- , New Port Richey, FL, USA

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