1st Generation (2001—2007) Escape Problems

Escape owners with a 2001—2007 model year have the most problems with the transmission (19%), engine (17%), and the body (15%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Computer (PCM) Failure 107 complaints at an average of 101,415 miles in the 2005 Ford Escape.
  2. Transmission Failure 206 complaints at an average of 92,721 miles in the 2002 Ford Escape.
  3. O/d Light Flashing, Transmission Began to Slip 32 complaints at an average of 91,988 miles in the 2007 Ford Escape.

What Escape Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2007 162 4 20 52.77
2006 268 5 30 65.11
2005 515 5 60 68.98
2004 116 8 47 31.25
2003 167 9 72 27.56
2002 205 10 107 55.43
2001 122 15 156 32.09

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