1st Generation (2001—2007) Escape Problems

This generations ranks 97th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (19%), engine (17%), and the body (15%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Computer (PCM) Failure 108 complaints at an average of 101,865 miles in the 2005 Ford Escape.
  2. Transmission Failure 209 complaints at an average of 92,281 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 163 4 20 53.09
2006 269 5 30 65.02
2005 521 5 60 68.59
2004 118 8 47 31.17
2003 171 9 72 27.36
2002 210 10 107 55.52
2001 122 15 156 32.04

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