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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,500 miles

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2006 Ford Escape body / paint problems

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 272015


  • 159,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the frame on the vehicle was completely rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the frame was damaged beyond repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 159,000.

- Marietta , OH, USA

problem #3

May 252014


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal required excessive force in order to reduce speed. The contact discovered that the rear passenger side brake line was leaking brake fluid. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the shock power was rusted. As a result, the frame needed to be welded with metal replacement plates. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 138,000 and the current mileage was 138,198.

- South Milwakee, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 292009


  • 40,000 miles
Cracked cross member on sub-frame that hold rear wheels on..bad weld.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 222009

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. In very cold temperature, the vehicle seized and the wheels would not move upon acceleration. The steering column was in a straight position and the vehicle moved in reverse, but not in a straight line. While the vehicle was being towed to the dealer, the tow rings slipped and detached from the tow rod, which proceeded to pull the frame from the vehicle. The dealer stated that the bolts were defective and sheared off the vehicle, which caused damage to the frame. Prior to the failure, the contact filed a complaint regarding the vehicle's failure to start in cold weather. The failure and current mileages were 41,000. Updated 3/24/09 the consumer stated her vehicle came equipped with a tow hitch and tow supports that should be recalled because it was defective. The bolts broke away from the frame support when the vehicle was being pulled out of a snow embankment. Updated 03/27/09.

- Grahamsville, NY, USA

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