definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,600 miles

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2001 Ford Escort electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 202013


  • 13,400 miles


I was at the store with my son (12 years old) and my grandson (3 years old), when we went to leave the key would not turn and the steering wheel was locked up. It was very cold outside, after about an hour I got ahold of someone to come pick us up. When I got home I did some internet research and found out this is a common issue and no recall? no car, can't pick my daughter up at her friend's house (she is stranded), can't take my grandson home and have to figure out a way to work tomorrow. This is a major safety issue leaving people stranded without warning. Especially if there are health issues or children involved. My dad is 73 and loves Ford, he was surprised and disappointed about this also. What is Ford thinking?.. greed and money.

- Harrisonville, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 242008


  • 69,000 miles
I currently own 2 (two) 2001 Ford Escort SE. Both have the same electrical fire hazard and I have had to replace the blower motor resistor connector, blower motor resistor as well as the wiring harnesses and connector, the connectors melted and wiring burnt up.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #2

May 152006

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On several attempts to fix my vehicle I still haven't found the trouble until I saw the recall list, I have had trouble with my shifter, air flow device for idle, to my back light on the top shorting out, to stall with engine light on and not be able to find the problem, I have spent a lot of time and money on these problems and was never notified about parts going wrong on my car, I have a Escort 2001 ZX2. Now it make a weird sound when driving slow! I have put new brakes on it and the problem is still there.

- Painted Post, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 142002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with the door light and the brake lights on the back of the vehicle. Dealer was not contacted at the present time.

- Plant, FL, USA

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