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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,381 miles

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 022008

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


At 9 months pregnant, while driving home I suddenly heard a loud thumping noise. I was close to home so I brought it there and had it towed to a dealership. They told me that there was absolutely no oil in the car, even though I had my oil changed a month before. The oil light never went on and we did not see any leaking oil. I received a call from the dealer telling me that my engine had to be replaced at 46,000 miles! he told me that I should have been checking my oil every time I got gas (at 9 months pregnant!) and it was up to me to keep up with it, not the check oil light. He told me that I should not rely on those indicators. A new engine and $5000 later and now my car leaks oil. I have been bringing it in every month to fix the leak and it always starts again within a week. This has been going on for 2 years now. I have 1 more year left for my engine warranty and I have a feeling that they will find the expensive problem as soon as that time comes. I'm so upset and frustrated with this car and even more so with the service.

- Fairless Hills, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012009


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that a rod caused the engine to lock. The vehicle was towed to the Ford dealer and they informed the contact that he needed to replace the engine. The manufacturer advised the contact that they were unable to replace the engine per the warranty since it has expired and the mileage was 44,000. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 44,000.

- Weirton, WV, USA

problem #5

Jan 232009


  • 33,392 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact heard a loud clanking noise when he started the vehicle. The check engine indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and the engine shook violently. While driving less than 20 mph, the vehicle stalled and was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated that the engine failed, but the warranty was expired. In addition, the intake valves were off, which threw the pistons off as well. The combustion chamber was exposed and caused the engine to fail. The current and failure mileages were less than 33,392.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 052006


  • miles


I have had to bring my new car 2006 Ford Escape to the dealer (5xs) where I purchased it for an ongoing squealing problem when the car is started in the morning. Any fixes are temporary and the squeal continues on a new car this should not be happening.. my concern is that is a more serious problem like the transmission and they just are not fixing it, I have a full warranty and now I notice when I put my car in park I still move and I hit the brake but I am in park? my car is going back in again this wed the last time was just a few months ago and they had it for about 5 days... this is the last time for me.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #3

Jul 092007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,197 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving 45 mph, the contact felt the vehicle accelerate on its own. She removed her foot from the accelerator pedal, but the vehicle continued to accelerate. She made sure that the cruise control was deactivated by pressing the off button. The contact had to stand on the brake pedal in order to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. The contact inspected the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who suggested that the format could be stuck. They found that this was not the cause of failure. The vehicle was restarted and the engine began to rev. The dealer shut off the engine and replaced the throttle, however, they were unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The contact is aware of the recall for the Ford Escape in 2005 for the same failure. The current mileage is 16,300 and failure mileage was 16,197. The consumer stated strongly urges a recall for this specific vehicle. The consumer further stated had 3 passengers in the vehicle and this was an extremely dangerous incident. Updated 08/29/07

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #2

Feb 052007

Escape 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,578 miles
Loud noise while starting vehicle in cold weather. Idler pulley was shredding the serpentine belt and pulley was overheating. Dealer replaced under warranty.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 182006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle grinds during start up if it sits for a couple of days. On 04-18-06 the vehicle began to sputter along with a delay in the accelerator pedal and the engine. The dealership admitted there were other vehicle's with the same year, make and model that has the problem. The dealer arranged an appointment for the vehicle to be inspected this week. Updated 5/16/2006 - the door ajar light illuminated intermittently. The dealer lubed the door and applied weatherstripping.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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