Notes: With solid trends of engine failure — $4,500 to fix at 85,000 miles avg — AND transmission failure — $3,000 to fix at 75,000 miles avg — we can't recommend the 2006 Ford Escape to anyone except your worst enemy.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3 miles

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2006 Ford Escape accessories - interior problems

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 042008

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I would like to complain about the the height of the arm rest in my 2006 Ford Escape. I am a tall person and drive with the seat in the farthest rear position and find that I have to always raise up my arm and elbow in order to safely make a right hand turn. I feel that this creates a potential safety hazard and could cause an accident. I have looked for lower replacement armrests and have not been able to find something suitable to rectify this situation for me.

- Brookhaven, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 032006


  • miles
2006 Ford Escape XLT customer states that the seat covers had to be replaced, the car would not turn over and jerking while driving over 70 mph and rear wiper not working correctly* the consumer stated sitting at a stop light, the vehicle shut off. The consumer was able to restart the vehicle, but the rest of the way to her destination, the vehicle was riding rough and jerking. The dealer diagnosed the problem as a inoperative torque converter. The consumer stated the vehicle would stall, drive roughly and jerked on several occasions. The vehicle also would shift hard and lurch forward while the cruise control was activated.

- Berea, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 052005

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
: the contact stated after driving for 15 minutes at any speed on a normal road conditions the driver seat and the front passenger seats create a severe pain at lumbar back region. The contact expressed the two front seats were not ergonomic, as they were in all vehicles previously owned. Updated 9/15/2006 -

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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