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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,945 miles

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2001 Ford Escape wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

May 022001

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #3

May 012001

Escape 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Tires make a humming noise. Consumer feels that they may be leaving ground like hydroplaning, and at 65 mph vehicle wobbles, vehicle is not stable at high speeds with window down. The vehicle hesitates when A/C unit is in operation and A/C make a loud cyclic clicking sound. Transmission makes sound. The vehicle was unstable at 65 mph with a slight wind and front end makes tumbling sounds on rough roads. The alternator light comes on intermittently. The cruise control turns off automaticaly by itself. The front brake has excessive dust. The vehicle had numerous interior system failures and malfunctioning.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 222001

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Ford shipped vehicle with Firestone wilderness tires. Neither Ford nor Firestone have admitted responsibility or cause of failure of these tires on Ford Explorer. I am unwilling to accept a potentially unsafe tire on a new vehicle. The tires are not only potentially unsafe, but have lower the value of my vehicle. I replaced the Firestone tires with another brand and requested Ford to pay for this replacement. They refused. (dot number: Unknown tiresize: P235/70R16)

- Park City, UT, USA

problem #1

Oct 252000


  • miles
Tires had less than 3,000 miles on them and tread already 1/2 gone. (tiresize: 16 inch)( dot number: Tire size: 16 inch )

- Hazard, KY, USA

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