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 5 of 5)

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problem #7

Sep 282008


  • 35,860 miles


Since buying SUV trouble with rear windshield wiper, cruise control staying engaged, & turn over cold/hot start hesitation currently voluntary recalls. Ford says my SUV was only affected by the windshield wiper. At 22,000 miles went to original dealer for oil change put windshield fluid " wasn't in port or reservoir. Bucking at 28,000 miles brought to other dealership during oil change. During visit told them about interior lights. Suppose to check automatic transmission filter/fluid/service based on manual, but wasn't done. At other Ford dealership had SUV 35,830 bucking problem again and interior lighting on panels not working. Was told those lights never worked or glowed" said bucking was a suspension pin in the front passengers side, only one was changed despite 4 wheel drive vehicle. ( was towed back to dealership next day 4 bucking ) Ford mentioned needing new breaks soon that there was vibration and shimmy from the break pads that I was feeling? had tires done 38,177 miles & brakes 38,550 with independent mechanic non Ford was told that all 4 suspension pins should have been changed simultaneously like my tires and that their is a class 1 leak from my differential/transmission-possibly just a gasket change 6-9 hours worth of labor. I contacted the Ford customer service repair center I would have to pay for out of pocket despite having made note bringing in issues when vehicle was under the manufacturers warranty it is currently out. With the sensitivities to the current market felt it wasn't in my best interest to pay for the extended warranty. If Ford closed who would do my work when they were suppose to do it during regular bumper to bumper full manufacturer warranty in the first place and didn't. not to mention I still owe 2 more years worth of car note & insurance to pay off this vehicle. I don't have the money to pay for repairs that should have been covered by the manufacturer.

- Grahamsville, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 302008


  • 66,806 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that whenever she depresses the accelerator pedal, it sticks and does not move. The pedal is very difficult to depress when driving various speeds. When attempting to accelerate from a stop, she cannot move the vehicle. The dealer advised her to schedule an appointment with them and they would charge $100 to diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was 66,806.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #5

May 242006


  • 86,000 miles
I own a 2002 Ford Escape. In 2006 it caught on fire after being parked for 18 hours. Ford told me to contact the main office in detroit. I did. They had me contact the dealer in which I purchased both my Escapes. The fire was caused by a faulty ABS. West-herr Ford of hamburg N. Y. came and towed my Escape to their collision shop. They called me up and said they misplaced my keys, so I gave them my spare set. Days turned to weeks, weeks turned to months. They finally said that my insurance should pay for it. My insurance blamed Ford. Ford said that I could pick my truck up but if I did it would be out of their hands, so of course I did not pick it up. Finally 1 year later Ford covered the faulty part and "fixed" my truck. I have brought it back 4 to 5 times for problems. While my truck sat at their collision shop for a year, my warranty ran out. I lost a whole year. Now they say we can fix it for an "at cost" price. They called me in to an executive meeting and tried to say they can give me a deal on a new truck. My truck according to them needs $700 to be fixed and inspected, but their just trying to sell me a new vehicle. They claim responsibility but they don't want to fix it. I'm not even asking for the year warranty that I lost, I'm just asking to have my truck put back into the condition it was in before their faulty part caused the fire. It hasn't been the same since. I am not rich. My wife and I have two children under the age of three, and I will not stand by and be taken by a billion dollar company. I will do whatever I am legally able to do. I was given a voice and you can bet ill use it. This will not go away until they fix it and make it right. You should have been at the meeting to hear the smoke they tried to blow, it was like they were the victims. Can you please advise me on my rights. Thank you. Leonard J. hill --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

- Angola, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 222008


  • 38,400 miles


The accelerator pedal sticks and will not move until after several tries. This has only happened three or four times, but it is scary when it does.

- Winterville, NC, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Sep 022006

Escape 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,553 miles
Accelerator was sticking in the up position. Took great force to free it from the up position to give the vehicle gas. As this vehicle has a manual transmission, it was a major safety concern. Dealer said they knew of other problems with the throttle body. Replaced the throttle body under warranty and the problem was resolved.

- 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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