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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,595 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 302014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles


My car was parked in the drive way, no one was in or around it. I was looking out the front window watching it snow outside when I saw the rear window glass explode and glass flew all over the drive way. The broken glass was very easy to see because of the fresh snow on the drive way. Once again no one was near or in the car.

- Algonquin , IL, USA

problem #5

Sep 122011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
I drove 7 miles to work. It was a little foggy/dewey out so I turned on my rear defrost. The temperature was in the low 60's, so cool, but not cold by any means. I parked my car and rolled the windows (all 4) down @ 3 inches. When I parked my car @ 8:00am it was fine. By 9:10am, I was informed that the back windshield of my car was "broken". when I went to check my car, the back windshield had completely blown out. There was barely any glass on the inside of the car as it had all blown out 3-4 feet into the parking lot. I did have the local police respond just in case and the officer shrugged and questioned/stated "freak accident". I've found numerous reports of this happening on these vehicles, yet no public awareness has been made. I am just glad that it didn't happen while I was driving like with some reports I've read. My insurance would cover a "recycled" rear windshield/wiper and I am terrified to use the rear defrost on the new one knowing that it came from the same year and make of vehicle for fear it will happen again.

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 102008


  • 87,000 miles
I drove my car from my home, to work that morning. It was a little chilly so I turned on my rear defrost so I could see out the back window. I drove my normal commute, about 7 minutes to work, parked my car, and went inside. Within 20 minutes I heard a loud bang, and noticed that my back window was blown out and exploded all over the parking lot. I had to call my insurance and file a claim to have the window replaced.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 092010

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 74,569 miles


2006 Ford Escape XLT - like many others, my rear window shattered for no reason. Had glass/rear wiper replaced but was then blowing fuses. So now have to have the rear wiper motor replaced on top of the glass. I have read several complaints of same issue but still no recall.

- Wickliffe, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 072009

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving the rear window had suddenly shattered without warning. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership. The current and failure mileages were 83900. Updated 1/14/10 updated 01/15/10.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 302006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The vehicle is a 2006 Ford Escape hybrid. While driving on a one-lane road (off ramp of hwy 101), the driver's side window shattered suddenly. No foreign objects appeared to have struck the window. The shattering of glass resulted in minor injuries to the driver and some damage to the interior of the vehicle. Ford customer service was contacted and Ford refused to take responsibility for the incident. Nothing was done by Ford to correct the failure.

- Menlo Park, CA, USA

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