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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,580 miles

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2006 Ford Escape transmission problems

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jun 092011


  • 80,000 miles


Have a 2006 Ford Escape with 80,000 miles. Driving to work one morning and took off from stopped position and heard a noise under vehicle. The over drive off light started flashing. A few miles down the road the transmission started slipping and then went completely out. I have read several other complaints on the same issue and feel that Ford should recall.

- Camdenton, MO, USA

problem #20

Mar 152011

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving, the transmission failed. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where it was diagnosed that a rod located between the converter and the pump fractured. As a result, the pump would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was out of warranty. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 67,000 and the current mileage was 70,950. Updated 07/08/11 updated 07/18/11

- Lewiston , ME, USA

problem #19

Mar 302011


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated the failure started with the ABS light coming on. The contact was told by a mechanic the tone rings needed to be replaced. After the tone rings were replaced, the transmission started to make a rumbling sound. The contact took the vehicle back to the mechanic and was told the transmission had final drive damage and may need to be replaced. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the failure mileage was 77,500.

- Matick, MA, USA

problem #18

Apr 242011

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


The 2006 Ford Escape has transmission problems due to a manufacture defect. I talked to a mechanic from Ford and he said that these transmissions are defective, on all Escapes, there are postings online where people are saying the same thing about their Escape. My Escape only has 65000 miles and it has the same issue, the Ford dealership says they cant pinpoint the problem so they have to just replace it. A Ford mechanic online said the casing weld internally is faulty making the transmission loose pressure. Other people online have posted the same thing happening to their tranny on their Escape, I would like to suggest that it need be recalled, its costing my family to repair the problem, when Ford is responsible for the defect on their faulty transmission.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #17

Dec 022010


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While the contact was driving approximately 25 mph, attempting to make a turn, the transmission suddenly failed to operate without warning. After numerous attempts the transmission began to function with extremely little movement. The contact was able to maneuver to the side of the road safely. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and had been there for over a month, and currently remained. The dealer informed that there was internal damage within the transmission, and discovered a computerized system defect. The dealer performed repairs to the transmission and continued to investigate the computerized system defect. The failure mileage was 61,000.

- Malibu, CA, USA

problem #16

Dec 012009


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape XLT. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph, pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal, followed by no power response until a second or third attempt. The failure occurred in cool weather temperatures after the initial start up in the mornings and nights. When the contact allowed the engine to warm up for ten minutes after the initial start up the failure would not occur. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 72,000.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #15

Oct 212010

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 75,700 miles


Vehicle transmission problem - there was no indication of a transmission problem until it completely quit at 75,000 miles. Towed vehicle to the dealership and was told the torque converter came apart and filled the transmission with metal. I declined service at the dealership since they wanted too much money to repair or replace the transmission. An extended warranty was purchased at the time vehicle was purchased which was good for 72 months or 75,000 miles. The vehicle had exactly 75,700 miles when transmission went out and was told warranty would not cover the repair expenses. Vehicle was towed to an independent transmission shop for repairs.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #14

Sep 152010


  • 48,037 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated when driving approximately 35 mph, the transmission slipped excessively and then failed to operate. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where they advised that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 48,037.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #13

Jun 092010


  • 40,000 miles
Driving on expressway in boston car totally died. (thankful there was a lot of traffic) car started and then locked up engine still revving transmission in 2006 Ford Escape blew with no prior warning. Car is in excellent condition.

- Brockton , MA, USA

problem #12

Dec 242009


  • 51,287 miles
While driving our 2006 Ford Escape, on christmas eve, it began running extremely rough with banging, clanking and grinding noises, bucking, and jumping, with an apparent odor of gear fluid entering the vehicle. The engine light did not illuminate., and the on dash board computer system didn't report any problems, when checked. We drove it home and then to a transmission repair place, where they took the transmission apart. The transfer case was filled with metal shavings and the gears were completely stripped. The torque converter is bad and also has to be replaced. We were informed that it would have been extremely unsafe for the Escape to be driven any longer in this condition, and parts were actually banging into one another and could have fallen onto the ground. We are having the transmission repaired, and a used transfer case in good condition is being installed in it. This vehicle is called an all wheel drive vehicle, but the 4-wheel drive system has never been engaged. The vehicle has never been used to tow anything, and has just 51,287 miles on it.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #11

Nov 162009


  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. Immediately after she started the vehicle it began to hesitate and the speed would not increase beyond 50 mph. She was able to safely shut the engine off and have the vehicle towed. A mechanic confirmed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that there were no related recalls and the dealer could repair the vehicle at the owners expense. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 84,000.

- Jefferson , GA, USA

problem #10

Sep 282009


  • 60,655 miles
My transmission went at 60K I bought it at 44K no one send me a service note that it had to be serviced at 50K the Ford company found a transmission with 70K & was going to charge me 1900 a independant found the same one & charge me 1000 how sick is this & they wonder Y people do not go back to the Ford co. & I will not.

- Prince Albert, 00, USA

problem #9

Jul 012009

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Blown transmission after only 38,000 miles on a 2006 Ford Escape XLT V6 4WD.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #8

Jun 192009


  • 91,000 miles
2006 Ford Escape transmission slipping, we have had no problem with the transmission up till today, and it just went.the overdrive light started to flash..them we last overdrive..then drive 2..and so on.all thing I have read on line we are not the only ones and I do feel there is a problem with there transmission..for it just to go out of the blue and not just on our but on all the ones I read about..with no warning at all.we have kids and we travel and if this would have happened when we were not near home, I would be stuck on the side of the road with a 2year old and not happy.I do feel someone should look in to this cause there are a lot of people paying very high repair bills to fix these, and some of these bill are like 3to 4 thous please look in to this and help out the little guys and see if this is a quality problem and if they should be covered by the Ford Motor Company. Thanks

- St Thomas -Canada- Ontario, 00, USA

problem #7

Feb 242009


  • 39,000 miles
Transmission was loosing fluid and valve assembly throttle body was replaced. Over $700 repairs. Only 39,000 miles on vehicle. Ford no help on repair.

- Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Oct 272008


  • 120,220 miles
For the third time in the past two months the gear shift on my 2006 Ford Escape will not move out of park. The dealer has replaced the gear shift assembly, checked the grounds, now is back in the service department. I truly believe this is a factory defect and not a one time issue.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #4

Oct 102008


  • 120,105 miles
For the second time in two weeks could not move gear shift out of park. Dealer replaced shifter assembly the week before. This time dealer tightened all the ground connections. This SUV is leased through a commercial lease and has been problematic from the day I leased it.

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #3

Oct 132008


  • 119,612 miles
SUV would not go into gear. Could not get gear shift to move to reverse, drive, or neutral. Dealer replaced shifter assembly for $335.90.

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #2

Dec 072007


  • 95,703 miles
SUV stalled could only get SUV to run from neutral. If moved gear shift from park to drive car would stall. Dealer replaced valve assembly-throttle air.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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