1st Gen (2001 – 2007) Ford Escape Problems

The 1st generation of the Escape has a cumulative PainRank™ of 47.56. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? You should avoid this generation like the plague that it is.

Owners of the 2001–2007 Escape model years have sent in 1551 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the transmission (19%) followed by the engine (17%) and the body (15%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2007 162
52.77
2006 269
65.11
2005 513
68.99
2004 116
31.25
2003 167
27.56
2002 201
55.56
2001 121
31.69

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