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. Transmission Failure 208 complaints at an average of 92,075 miles in the 2006 Ford Escape.
  2. Computer (PCM) Failure 107 complaints at an average of 101,415 miles in the 2005 Ford Escape.
  3. Engine Failure 68 complaints at an average of 86,025 miles in the 2006 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 268 5 30 65.04
2005 516 5 60 68.89
2004 116 8 47 31.2
2003 168 9 72 27.86
2002 205 10 107 55.35
2001 122 15 156 32.04

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