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 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,858 miles

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Jan 012014


  • 85,000 miles


I always kept the scheduled maintenance on my 2006 Ford Escape (85,000 miles). On christmas day 2013 my husband and I checked all of the car's fluids. Everything was fine. One week later as we exited the freeway, the car suddenly started to shake, loose power and make a very loud clattering noise. The oil sensor never went off and the engine light did not turn on until a few blocks later. Thankfully, we were able to make it home. I took the car in to our regular mechanics. The damage was so bad that they had to call in another mechanic in order to try and figure what the best solution could be. They said that the car needed 4 quarts of oil even though only a week before we had checked the oil. According to the mechanics the engine needs to be replaced and other parts in the car have also been effected.

- El Monte, CA, USA

problem #17

Sep 102013


  • 74,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, she heard a loud noise as grey smoke started to emit from the engine compartment. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the engine was defective. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 74,500.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #16

Aug 302013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
The first incident occurred while I was driving 65 mph on the expressway. I went to change lanes and hit the accelerator and the car would not accelerate and was shuddering. I had pull off the expressway and turn the car off. I tried restarting and it just shuddered again. I waited five minutes and tried again and finally it started and was able to shift. Two days ago I was getting off the expressway and making a left turn when the car died and I lost steering power. I was able to fortunately get to the side of the road and put it into park. I tried restarting the car and it would not start. I waited 3 mins and was able to finally get it going. Both times there was no check engine light. I had the Escape read by a code reader device multiple times and there are no error codes displayed from the computer. This is a very serious and potentially life threatening issue, and would like Ford to act upon it for its customers immediately. I am filing this because I have read that the issue is with a defective throttle body, and there is already an investigation into Ford on this issue (PE13-003). I would like my vehicle to be added to this investigation for my families safety and all others experiencing the problem.

- Midlothian, IL, USA

problem #15

Oct 272010

Escape 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


This mostly happens in cooler weather, I had started experiencing my accelerator pedal sticking with the throttle closed. It was mainly a nuisance at first but it started to get to the point where I could put my entire weight on the pedal without it budging. At my soonest convenience and mostly because I had a warranty on the vehicle since it was still relatively new to me, I drove to the dealer I purchased it from and they told me it was the throttle body and that it had to do with the differing metals of the throttle body and the ambient temperature, so they ended up replacing it... it only cost me $100 at the time due to the warranty. Here I am about three years later and I am experiencing the exact same problem. I don't have a warranty so I investigated the issue myself and discovered the throttle body is mostly plastic with an aluminum butterfly... I also discovered a tar-like residue on the edges of the butterfly. I proceeded to clean the assembly, then reinstalled it and there was a major improvement... my accelerator feels very different, in a very good way. I'm tired of large companies hiding issues like this. It gets old and causes good products to continue to get cheaper. My money could be put to better use than replacing a part that obviously needed more engineering attention before becoming production.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #14

Sep 202013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Problems with gas pedal sticking/ locking up. While driving and sometimes when idle dash lights, A/C and radio turn on and off, then there was a clicking sound before the actual engine shuts off.

- Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #13

Aug 242013


  • 78,000 miles
I have taken very good care of my 2006 Ford Escape with frequent oil changes every 2K. I have also had a transmission rebuild that was completed during warranty in 2010. No my car is in a shop with diagnosis that the engine is burned out and needs to be replaced. $4500 for a used engine replacement. I was driving on a highway with a car filled with children and with no indication lights coming on the motor completely died while I was moving 65 mph. I was very fortunate to pull over to the side of the road without a crash. The indication lights only came on as the motor was dying. I tried to restart the engine and it would start but then started to smoke immediately. When I have the car towed to a mechanic he said that there was very little oil in the engine. I had just added 2 quarts of oil about 400 miles before this incident and saw no leakage.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #12

Apr 192013


  • 64,000 miles


Driving down the interstate I found that the vehicle was losing power. There were no service engine lights or any indicator warning lights of any kind that were on previous to the incident or that lit up during or after the episode. I had to pull over to the side of the road. The accelerator seemed to stop working and there was no power to the engine. I restarted with no issue and continued to drive. The vehicle did this a second time. There were additional incidents at lower speeds driving around town.

- Elkhorn, NE, USA

problem #11

Jun 272013


  • 103,000 miles
My vehicle dies when the truck is warmed up and I put it in gear with my foot on the brake. It dies at stop lights and stop signs and in reverse. Another technician told me I would have to ride around with that problem because it was not throwing a code. After a week, I took it back to the Ford dealer in cleveland, ms, and the service department manager told me it was probably the throttle body actuator. But, that it was on national back order. I left the car with the Ford dealer, and they said they replaced the throttle valve at a cost of $900. The truck died on the way home from the dealer with the same problem.

- Cleveland, MS, USA

problem #10

Jul 032013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 154,000 miles
My car gas pedal keeps sticking like there is rock under it. I almost wrecked tonite because of it!!!! it needs to be fixed and there are a lot of other people with the same issue.

- Waleska, GA, USA

problem #9

Jul 012012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 48,544 miles
I was driving at approximately 40 mph ( 40-65 mph intervals between highways) for about 20 minutes when all of a sudden my car is loosing power, so I stepped on the gasoline pedal a little more to keep the speed. The sad part is that there wasn't any light that came on to tell or warn me that something is seriously wrong and that my car needed to be checked. I drove a total of one hour that day at 40-65 mph intervals. When I started the car the next day, after about 3 minutes of the engine running, it started making this really loud noise and my car will not go faster than 2 mph.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #8

Nov 132012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 161,487 miles


Wife was driving her 2003 Ford Escape 2.3L XLS (fwd, 5-spd manual) at 65mph, practically coasting down a hill. 26 minutes after engine start she heard a loud bang and subsequent popping sounds. This was followed immediately by severe power loss from the engine. She drove it to the next best off-ramp, an additional 2 miles. When she got off the freeway she says she had to rev it up quite a bit to make an intersection to get to the gas station where the car rolled to a stop. That loud bang turned up to be the nbr 3 cylinder blowing its spark plug clean off the spark plug bore. The spark plug bore was completely threadless. The subsequent popping sounds were due to the spark plug not being on the nbr 3 cylinder as the fuel that continued to spray into the cylinder was burning off. The immediate power loss is a direct result of the engine loosing 25% of its chugga-chugga and the loss of the cht sensor signal which both then caused the PCM (powertrain control module) to go into limp mode and further reduce engine power. First thing I did was plug in my obdii scanner and check for codes. I found the following three: P0303 - cylinder 3 three misfire. P0353 - ignition coil 'C' primary/secondary circuit. P1289 - cylinder head temp sensor high input. I then performed a koeo (key-on/engine-off) check with my obdii scanner and found the following two codes: P0119 - engine coolant temperature circuit intermittent/erratic. P1289 - cylinder head temp sensor high input. The cht probe (cylinder head temperature) cover/boot was popped off the engine camshaft cover and the wires were broken off the cht probe electrical connector. The spark plug terminal broke off. The ignition coil pack was severely damaged (looked like an exploded cigar, cartoon style).

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 122012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
2006 Ford Escape, 52000 miles on it, no prior problems. Driving on expressway at 55mph with sudden noise and smoke coming from under hood and vehicle. Pulled to side of expressway and notice trail of oil. Towed to local Ford dealership and informed that engine had a hole in it. Given quote of $8,000 to repair.

- Homer Glen, IL, USA

problem #6

Oct 172012


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Ford Escape hybrid. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle however, the vehicle continuously stalled within five miles of travel. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 125,000.

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 152006

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
In approximately September 2006 I bought a Ford Escape not long after I bought it I stated having trouble with it. When I pressed the gas pedal the car would not go. By the time I would get it to a Ford dealership the car had warmed up and they could not get it to do it. During the summer it does not do this but as soon as the weather cools off it will start. I have had to pull over on the side of the road multiple times because when I press the gas pedal the pedal does not move. In order to get it to not stick you have to press it and release it several times then eventually it will take off surging forward. Today was the first cool day we have had and I had to cost over multiple times on the side of the road. When you pull out at stop light you never know whether it is going to be one of the times when the car is not going to go. Today I pulled out several times to find out that it was one of the times the car was not going to go and was almost in several accidents. I was able to get it to a Ford dealership and I explained what the car was doing. They advised me that it was lunch time and they had an appreciation lunch planned for employees and if I could come back in two hours they could have someone look at it but that it sounded like it was the throttle and that it would be around $1000 to repair. This car has always done this in cold weather and I tried multiple times to get this repaired while it was under warranty but when I would take it to the Ford dealership they would tell me that they could not fix it because they could not get the car to do what I was describing.

- Sweetwater, TN, USA

problem #4

Aug 132012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 42,300 miles
The vehicle stalled out and restarted about 4 different times at 4 different red lights, after driving it home, it never started again, towed it to mechanic who said rods were bent and timing chain off, towed to another mechanic who said the same thing, finally towed to Ford montrose who found out same thing, they were to fix it for $1,800, 5 weeks later they found out entire engine was blown, now need a remanned engine put in it for over $5,000, the vehicle only has 42,300 miles on it, great shape, took great care of it, just paid it off in August 2012 for this to happen, I did have my one year old child with me at the time and if anything bad would have happened I would be suing someone, I have contacted Ford Motor Company about 5 times who said they could not help me, I tried calling an area action I-team news to help, no luck, still no vehicle 9 weeks later and I have to find a way to get myself to work, my daughter to daycare and try to do everything else people who have a vehicle do, please help!

- East Sparta, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 012006

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
The truck has some issues while driving it. Its really hard to describe what its doing..but when it starts to act up I let off the gas pedal an I just coast until the engine or transmission stops doing what ever its doing then I am able to keep driving normally. I worry when ever I am driving thinking parts might drop out from under it if I don't baby it I don't let anyone else's ever drive it because I am afraid they might not let off the gas when its having trouble in its shifting or the tranny is about to fall out underneath it..what ever the issue is. I am not one who works on cars so how would I know what its problem is. When I have ask Ford dealer ships about the problems they just tell me there hasn't been any recalls on the truck so there for there is probably nothing wrong with it. I know what ever is wrong with it I cant be the only one who has issues with my truck.I am not rough on my truck.. I have a Ford Escape 4dr 4X4 6cy 2006 anyone able to help me how do I get Ford to fix this? I have gotten my truck paid off now an I don't have money to have to pay for such large repairs. Im single mom of two boys one of which has special needs..I don't have extra money laying around to work on our truck..heck lucky to afford the gas to put in it..[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Amherst, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 162012


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be pulled into a side parking lot and upon further inspection the contact noticed there was a loud knocking noise coming from the vehicle. The contact checked the oil and there was no oil in the vehicle. The contact added oil to the engine and the vehicle was towed to a personal mechanic for diagnosis. The contact was informed that there was rod failure and the timing chain was blown. In addition, the engine would need replacing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and instructed the contact to have the vehicle towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 60,000.

- Sandy Hook, NN, USA

problem #1

Apr 062012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
My family was driving out of town on the freeway. We were driving up a small incline and the engine shut down. We lost all power in a matter of seconds. We were almost hit by several other vehicles because we were unable to properly remove the vehicle from the road (lost power so quickly). We had the vehicle towed to a local dealership where they advised us that the engine shut down because it was going to throw a rod. We have done all scheduled maintenance on the vehicle. There was no advanced warning, no check engine light, nothing that would lead us to believe the vehicle would suffer engine failure and shut down on the freeway leaving my family (two small children) in danger of being struck on the freeway. I have read numerous other complaints about this same vehicle (same problem with the engine throwing a rod). My family has attempted to get assistance with Ford unsuccessfully.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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