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.


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2001 Ford Escape transmission problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 172001

Escape 4WD

  • miles


Hose clamps on both trans cooler hoses in front of vehicle were not fixed onto hose. Top hose blew from transmission cooler and resulted in lose of most all trans fluid. Trans stoped working. Fluid was all over front lower part of vehicle including both insides of disk brakes. We were traveling at 40 mph and in a residential area. Warranty repair is in progress. Tow truck operator stated this was not the first time he had encountered this situation with this particular vehicle.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 202001

(reported on)


  • miles
Transmission would leak fluid while parked. Fumes would enter vehicle. Had taken vehicle to dealer 5 times for problem, and had plugs and casing seals replaced. Problem of leakage would always reappear.

- Winchester, VA, USA

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