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%).