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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,765 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #17

Oct 142016


  • 128,000 miles


In 2013 the throttle would either stick and not allow you to go, or as your driving it would not go to the idle position. This happens when the weather gets cold. We had the throttle body assembly replaced at the time, now in 2016 the same thing is happening again. We are very frustrated with Ford motors and the dealership. This is a costly fix and must be done again for the safety of ourselves and others. Please help us if you can.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #16

Apr 302016


  • 130,000 miles
My friend borrowed my 06 Ford Escape, which had not shown any mechanical issues. Shortly after getting on the interstate hwy, the gas pedal stuck to the floor and rapidly excellerated to 85 mph plus, without warning. It is a 6 lane hwy and was Saturday. Putting the vehicle in neutral and using both the brake and the E brake, while trying to maneuver traffic to get to the shoulder, as a tractor trailer rig was barreling by unaware. This was an extremely dangerous situation. It is miraculous that no one was hurt. The brakes smoked and the fire department was called as a precaution. It had to be towed. Upon researching further, we discovered all the complaints about the throttle body problems. I am disappointed that there have been no warnings about this issue. Will someone have to die, before any actions are taken? it seems as though prevention would go further, rather than reacting to only the extremes of death and dismemberment. I am suggesting that Ford take a proactive position here and notify Ford Escape owners. Fix the issue!!!

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #15

Dec 172015


  • 127,000 miles
On several occasions after getting off the highway onto an exit ramp my vehicle has died with no check engine lights, it also shuts down when making a hard turn at slower speeds. I have had issues with the accelerator sticking when it is cold outside (several times having to manually shut off engine and coast to a stop in snow). I have currently started experiencing a #3 misfire and am currently waiting for parts to come. I have already replaced all spark plugs and number 3 ignition coil. I am waiting for other 3 coils to come in. If still shooting will try replacing seals. It also was "burning" oil then started to have an actual oil leak from main seal. I do the repairs myself and apparently these are known issues. I complained to Ford about the sticky accelerator and got no reply. It also makes a tapping sound from the cam shaft which I found out is typical of Ford Escapes.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #14

Jun 062015


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, an abnormal noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle near the fuel pump. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #13

Mar 022015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 25 mph, the coolant temperature warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician informed the contact that the vehicle could not be repaired because the part was unavailable. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V526000 (hybrid propulsion system) however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #12

Nov 212012


  • 90,000 miles
The gas pedal sticks and could not be pushed down unless you slammed on it. This occurred several times, and eventually stuck completely. The Ford dealership in lynchburg, va, replaced the throttle body. Now, two years later, the same problem has occurred.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #11

Nov 172014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 134,000 miles


My 2006 Ford Escape gas pedal is sticking down when temperature outside is very cold. I could not accelerate. Very dangerous.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #10

Nov 142014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Vehicle's gas pedal constantly locks when driving no matter the climate.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #9

Oct 312014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
When it gets below 40 degrees or so my gas pedal will stick in a closed position. You have to press very hard on the pedal for it to allow the car to move however there is a large thrust forward/backward due to opening the throttle so quickly. I have nearly hit 2 cars and almost been hit several times because the car will not go. I have spoke. With Ford and they state that there is no recalls regarding the issue and that there isn't anything they can do to assist. I do know that there was a recall for the same issue on the 2001-2004 and 2007 model of the Escape for the same issue. I have spoken with a few others who experience the same issue and there are several complaints regarding the same problem. This is a very dangerous hazard and could cost someone a life if the problem isn't corrected. It obviously has to be an issue with the model itself. It has never happened to me since I purchased the car this past spring from my mother, who also said she experienced the same problem.

- Campbellsville, KY, USA

problem #8

Mar 162014


  • 95,000 miles
Upon putting car into gear, the gas pedal would not cause the car to accelerate. Car had no propulsion. Important to note that the gas pedal had seemed to stick before this incident. Ford Motor Co. Refuses to cover the cost of fixing this problem, even though they have known about this issue for some time. This car was bought for my 17 yr old daughter. She did not happen to be driving at the time of the incident thankfully because she would not have known what to do in this circumstance.

- Marion, NC, USA

problem #7

Jan 012014


  • 75,000 miles


When filling with fuel pressure not released and fuel flew back out in face.

- Mcelhattan, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 212013


  • 120,000 miles
Gas pedal sticks whenever temperature falls below freezing. Had issues since car was new in 2006, but this week issue is much worse. Normally you can push hard on the gas pedal and get it to work. This week I have to wait for the car to warm up before I can drive, the gas pedal will not budge. I've read other complaints that this is a faulty throttle body and would like to know what Ford plans to do about it.

- Sturtevant, WI, USA

problem #5

Sep 182013


  • 97,000 miles
The gas pedal was stuck in the up position and my husband was unable to accelerate. This was an 3:45 in the morning in about 60 degree weather. In doing some online research, I have found that this is a common problem with the butterfly valve in the throttle system. Luckily there are very few people on the road at that time of the morning. If this had happened in heavy traffic, he could have been hit from behind.

- Oakdale , CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 092010


  • 81,000 miles
Driving along at various speeds, the gas pedal sticks in the up position. If you need to speed up the pedal wont move. It is locked in the idle position. This almost caused a major accident when I could not speed up to get out of the way of an 18 wheeler. It nearly ran over me. The pedal has stuck at least 15 times since I have owned the vehicle. Dealer says nothing is wrong with this vehicle. I have checked online and found many people are having the same problem with the 2006 Escape. If the pedal sticks at the wrong time, someone somewhere will be injured or killed.

- Texarkana, AR, USA

problem #3

Mar 092010

Escape 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The gas pedal would get stuck when you were driving. Had to have it replaced. It cost four hundred dollars (I think). Was told there were no other issues like this. Its been a couple of years now. Saw recently there are other complaints for this issue (online). Thanks

- Marshfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 172013


  • 140,000 miles
Gas pedal sticks when cold. The gas pedal will lock up and not unlock.

- Madison, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 172012


  • 100,000 miles
Noticed my garage smelled of gas. Found drips of gasoline under my 2006 Ford Escape. I found that the fuel line under the second plastic strap from the fuel tank, the line has a small slow leak. It appears the plastic straps wore a hole in the line.

- Pulaski, WI, USA

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