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:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
69,347 miles

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #47

Nov 192012


  • 100,081 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The accelerator pedal became stuck and was inoperable. In order to stop the vehicle, the gear was shifted into neutral and the emergency brake was engaged. The dealer was notified of the failure who advised the contact there were no recalls for the failure and offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was notified and a complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 100,081.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #46

Nov 012010


  • 95,025 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph and exiting a residential driveway, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. Three years prior to the recent failure, the contact took the vehicle to the dealer because the accelerator pedal had become extremely difficult to depress. The dealer made repairs to the accelerator pedal at that time but the contact was unsure of the exact repairs. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was approximately 95,025.

- Pickens, SC, USA

problem #45

Jan 052010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate, the vehicle failed to respond and once it engaged, the vehicle lunged forward violently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Schaumburg , IL, USA

problem #44

Oct 092009


  • miles


Incidents of the accelerator sticking without allowing the driver to accelerate has been noted on multiple occasions. This has been an ongoing problem and is very dangerous due to the fact a driver could be trying to enter traffic, get partially into the lane then the accelerator sticks and you have cars coming toward you at 30-70 mph. I lived in fl when I first noticed this happening. Noticed a pattern: Only does this when weather is at least below 60. Now I live in a northern state and this is even more of a danger due to the fact this could happen while there is ice on the road in the coming months.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #43

Aug 172006


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal would become stuck while driving 35 mph and above. The vehicle was merged to the shoulders and the contact had to use their hand to pull up the accelerator pedal, causing it to exhibit an abnormal popping sound. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated they were unable to find a failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Indianpolis, IN, USA

problem #42

Jan 012012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 50 mph with the accelerator pedal engaged, it remained stuck in the upright position when she attempted to apply the brakes. After several attempts the contact was able to fully depress the pedal. The failure occurred without warning and intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the mechanic was unable to determine the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current mileage was 104,000. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #41

Jan 012006

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal would become stuck when depressed, causing the vehicle to stop accelerating. The contact stated that the intermittent failure was most prominent when driving in the colder weather. The contact resolved the failure temporarily by continuously pumping the accelerator pedal until it would release. The vehicle was not taken to a repair shop or to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue however no further assistance was provided to the contact. The current mileage was 123,000. The failure mileage was 200. Updated 9/19/12 the consumer stated the "sticky pedal" issue occurred a few dozen times when operating the vehicle at about 35mph. The failure mostly occurred in coolweather. It caused the vehicle to stop in the middle of the road for 5-10 mins at a time. Updated 09/20/2012

- Cocoa , FL, USA

problem #40

Jan 012008


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal became stuck in open throttle and the contact was unable to depress pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the failure was unknown but replaced the throttle. The failure recurred and vehicle was repaired a second time. The contact also stated that on another occasion while driving over a road bump, the vehicle made a loud noise. When the contact made a turn the vehicle would lean to the side more than normal. The vehicle was taken to dealer and the failure was determined to be the stabilizer links for the front driver and passenger sides. The vehicle was repaired by replacing the stabilizer links. The failure recurred on the front passenger side stabilizer link, which was replaced a second time. The manufacturer was made aware of both failures however no assistance was provided. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was 110,000. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Laconia, NH, USA

problem #39

Feb 012011

Escape 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The gas pedal gets stuck in a locked up position. It is locked up and does not allow for acceleration. This has happened multiple times when pulling onto a street, many times almost causing serious accidents due to not being able to get to speed or even out of the way of traffic. I originally thought it was an issue with just my vehicle however after researching the internet I see that it is a very common problem and even after the suggested fix people are still having the same problem. I sure would hate for someone to be injured or god forbid killed because of this.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #38

Jan 072008


  • 35,000 miles
On this particular incident I had let my car warm up since it was winter I pulled out of my driveway my car did fine but when I came to stop sign to go out of my neighborhood my pedal moved just enough to get me onto highway that was at the bottom of a hill. Luckily there was are car coming so I could coast of the side of the road. It felt like someone had put a brick under the gas pedal. This was the worse case but, it has happened numerous times. I can't remember the exact mileage and date.

- Jackson, GA, USA

problem #37

Feb 082011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


With the speed control engaged on the freeway, the vehicle periodically accelerates unexpectedly. I have to turn off the speed control for the acceleration to stop. This issues does not happen frequently but has occurred 3 separate times this past winter/spring.

- Van Alstyne, TX, USA

problem #36

Jul 152010

Escape 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the accelerator pedal got stuck, causing the vehicle to decelerate in traffic. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer and a local mechanic. Neither could diagnose an issue with the vehicle. The contact stated the failure did not occur often. The failure mileage was 80,000...updated 11/14/12 the consumer stated the pedal has gotten stuck going to 65-70mph as well. This happened a few times a week during the winter. It also happens when the car hasn't been in use for a while. The vehicle then loses power and the decelerates. Updated 11/19/2012

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #35

Mar 012007


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape XLS. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to higher speeds. The cruise control disengaged and the vehicle decelerated after being shifted into neutral. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they advised her that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired once before and the failure had recurred. The manufacturer was notified and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 18,000.

- Bards Town, KY, USA

problem #34

Feb 012012


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact was driving 45 mph when the accelerator pedal failed to release and the vehicle was unable to increase acceleration. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 170,000. The VIN was unknown.

- Bartow, FL, USA

problem #33

Jan 022006

Escape 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Escape. The gas pedal is sticking all the time. It's not a sticking because it is stuck or needs lubed. It is a hard mechanical lock! no matter what you do you can not press down on the gas pedal. It's locked! you have to wait until it unlocks to do anything. This has been going on for a very long time. The other day it locked up on me as I was pulling out in traffic and was almost in an accident. It wouldn't move. I had to pull over on the side of the road and sit there until it decided to work again. My husband drives around with cruise control on so he doesn't get put in a position like this one even in town! someone is going to get killed- the driver and passengers of a car like this! Ford recalled the same problem for 2004 and 2005 models but will not acknowledge the 2006 models. I shouldn't have to pay out money for a failure they are aware of. Someone shouldn't be killed for this to be looked into and taken serious. If I could I would get another car but I would lose a lot of money doing that. Ford needs to fix this and a recall needs to be demanded. If you search the internet people are complaining about this all over the place. Not everyone knows the steps of action to take to be heard. We need the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to step up and protect our drivers and our roads. This is really serious! there is no way of knowing when the car decides to do this. When you take it in and it doesn't do it, they say there is no problem. Please help us!

- Leesburg, GA, USA

problem #32

Jan 042011


  • 70,000 miles
During the cold months, the gas pedal will not depress. Normally after the car is warm, it will loosen up to be safely driven. However, this morning, 01/04/12, I was forced to let the car roll into a parking lot at a very busy intersection. I sat there for several minutes letting the car get even warmer but still had to mash the gas pedal several times before it would move. Luckily I was still very close to home and once I was out of the parking lot, I was able to let it roll the rest of the way home. After much research today I have learned this is a common problem with this vehicle and wish Ford would do something to fix it before someone is hurt. For now we will fix it at home but as I understand it, the problem will only repeat itself.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #31

Jun 192011

Escape 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Escape that the accelerator pedal will periodically lock up. Ford will not address the problem. I have read that people either clean or replace the throttle body but the problem resurfaces. It would seem to me to be a defect in that part. It has always happened with me when I am in motion. Like you may take off to cross an intersection or make a right turn and it will get you just far enough to get in traffic and then the pedal freezes and you're stuck. I have become very fearful driving not knowing when it might happen.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #30

Oct 012010

Escape 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
My gas pedal began to stick back around the 1st of October 2010 when the weather began to cool. It happened every now and then, at that time. As the winter progressed the gas pedal would stick more often, until the car warmed. I called a local Ford dealership to inquire if they had any recalls on the gas pedal sticking and I was told no. It has been very hot in Texas so I have had little problems. This date 9-6-2011 was the first cool morning in a long time and immediately my pedal stuck as soon as I backed out of my driveway. I was stuck in the middle of the street and the pedal would not bulge. I got out of the car and tried to lift the pedal up, hoping to get it to work. I kept pushing on the pedal and I was finally able to move the car. When I stop at the red light I have to start pushing quickly so I won't get hit from behind. This is very scary and serious. After some research I found that other owners of the 2006 Escape suffered with the same problems. I am hopeful I will make it home from work to try to get some help. Ford needs to look more closely at this issue.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #29

Sep 042011

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2006 Ford Escape gas pedal got stuck in my neighborhood 9 times in one day. This has happened numerous times but it is usually when it's cold. This is the first time it has happened was in the summer. This indicates to me that situation is getting worse. There is no warning. One time I was leaving my neighborhood onto highway when the gas pedal pressed only enough to get me into highway at the bottom of a hill. Luckily, I was able to coast to the side of rode. There are others having the same problem and it needs to be addressed before someone is killed.

- Jackson, GA, USA

problem #28

Apr 102008


  • 32,410 miles
When I accelerate from a stop, and need to hit the brake shortly thereafter, the car slows, but then "bolts forward" and it requires me to put on the brakes much harder than I would for the speed I am going, in order to avoid colliding with someone in front of me. This has been happening now for years, and when I take it to the repair shop, they can find nothing wrong. I have been putting up with it, because I had no alternative, but then I read that the Ford freestyles, 2005-2007 are under investigation for what sounds like is exactly the same problem I have been having. So I am filing a complaint because they may be related.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

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