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:
30,929 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Ford Escape transmission problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 262003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have had intermittent installing since 2003. Recall 04S13 was for the powertrain control module. Took my vehicle in for the recall and still today 12/6/07, I am having the same problem. My car will stall in parking lots, drive thru's, at traffic lights, and in traffic when coasting. When I am finally involved in an accident, I will be suing Ford for failure to meet my needs with this complaint. The dealers say I have to bring it in when it happens. I can't make it happen and it doesn't happen consistent to meet this "requirement." I will not buy another Ford as a result of their lack of concern for my safety or lack of concern that their product is a good product.

- Lenior City, TN, USA

problem #9

Mar 092006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving in stop and go traffic, the vehicle had a rough idle and stalled intermittently. The vehicle was taken to dealer for inspection; however the problem could not be duplicated. After a short period of time the vehicle had the same problems again. The vehicle stalled and was towed to the dealer. The dealer replaced the PCM but this did not correct the problem. The dealer stated the wiring under the dash needed replaced. There is a NHTSA recall 04V165000, regarding the power train: Automatic transmission: Control module PCM and a NHTSA tsb item #617976, regarding the electrical system: Wiring under dash. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall and technical service bulletin; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. The consumer was informed the vehicle had an electrical short. Updated 04/11/06.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #8

Feb 112006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at 40 mph, the transmission shifted into overdrive and the vehicle stalled. There is a NHTSA recall, # 04V165000 which relates to the power train: Automatic transmission: Control module. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #7

May 222004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,532 miles


Consumer received recall 04V165000 concerning engine stalling. Vehicle stalled intermittently when slowing down or coming to a stop position. Vehicle was still experiencing this problem, and dealer was unable to correct this problem. However, dealer was S charging the consumer for diagnostic check when taking the vehicle back in for the same problem, concerning this recall.

- Brenham, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 302004


  • 47,757 miles
The vehicle is stalling more since the dealership reprogrammed the power control module as stated in the engine stalling recall 04V165000. Dealership serviced the vehicle 3 more times, but it was unable to correct the problem.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #5

Feb 122004


  • 12,000 miles
Vehicle experienced the same problem described in engine stalling recall 04V165000. But this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Chester, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 182003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


2001 Ford excape 4X4 XLT. Stalls while coasting downhill. I have taken this to the dealer (in warranty) twice to have this problem looked at. The dealer replaced various items but has failed to correct the problem. When the engine stops, not only does the steering wheel become very difficult to manage, but the brakes become very hard. I was barely able to stop the vehicle for a vehicle that was turning in front of me several hundred yards ahead.

- Troy, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 182003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
Dear ntsa: I have recently submitted a service repair with Ford motor. My purchase of a new 2001 Ford Escape has been most troublesome. I contacted the Ford headquarters about the issue with I.a.C. vale causing sudden loss of power when releasing acceleration pedal. I never got a satisfactory service with their rep. I made more than 3 phones call about this event, and Ford felt since it is over 36,000 mile warranty I am then obligated to pay for out of pocket cost for a defective product to the Ford dealer service center. The Ford dealer at my location diagnoses and determined a defective I.a.C. vale that require a replacement. The cost of the replacement including labor is $275. I canT believe my SUV is under 2 years old and is already due for a service repair. Symptom: During the acceleration and passing of another vehicle, I noticed a sudden loss of power as I merged into a slower lane and releases the acceleration pedal while gently applying the brake. I could have been in an accident since a sudden lost power as the RPM dropped below the minimum requirement for idling and begin to stall. Other vehicles were force to break. The car is no longer operational and being service at Ford dealer. I will have to pay for the defective parts and labor totaling $275. I believed Ford doesnT care for my situation as long I make another Ford purchase. This is issue affected my vehicle and may soon affect other vehicle as they meet or exceeded certain mileage. Sincerely chatt fudurich 120 wisteria way covington, ga 30016.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is stalling at low speed. Has been taken to dealer 4 times. Powertrain control module/ wiring assembly and PCM relay were replaced. Did not remedy the problem.

- Coquitlam B.C., CD, USA

problem #1

May 202002

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 50mph when foot was let up from accelerator, there would be a delay in deceleration, also steering column would shake. Cause unknown. Dealer notified. Check engine light came on and stayed on. The vehicle did not always accelerate or decelerate correctly. The dealer replaced the PCM computer system three times, but the problem continued to exist.

- Burlingame, CA, USA

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