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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
150,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace hinges (1 reports)
2001 Ford Escape windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 052015

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 265,000 miles


This was a major problem due to the fact that the alarm kept beeping because the window was ajar. Didn't have any option but to get it repaired as soon as possible,. I'm sure this is a real problem with all 2001 Escapes as we have 2 Escapes that have had the same problem within a month of each other. Seems like it should have a recall since the windows are a major part of the vehicle.

- , Halifax, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

Just trying to find the parts to fix it...its a pain.

- , Readfield, ME, USA

problem #1

Aug 102011

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

I realize my escape is 10 years old and I've had my share of issues BUT this one is proving to be the biggest pain. I cannot find a replacement rear window hinge anywhere. I took the old one off to see if I could get the part# and the numbers on it don't match up to any ford part #. i haven't tried the dealer...yet..... since I really don't want to pay $50 or $100 for one hinge IF they can even get it. VERY ANNOYING

- , Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

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