Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
069301/01/200610020067Pcm failure - electrical accessories intermittent - inoperative. *tt07/18/2006
0424410/07/200505171110018063Restraint system - safety belt buckle and pretensioner diagnostic trouble code (dtc) b1877 and/or b1881. *tt12/14/2005
0417409/06/200410013116Malfunction indicator lamp (mil) illuminated - system lean diagnostic trouble codes (dtc's) - service tips. various models including 2004 f-series. *tt04/08/2005
0411106/14/2004043110008252Streamlined diagnostic procedure for vehicles with malfunction indicator lamp (mil) on and diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs) p0401, p0402, p1400 or p1401. additional symptoms may include runs rough, lacks power, surge, poor fuel economy.07/23/2004
0322301/26/2004043110007360Streamlined diagnostic procedure for vehicles with malfunction indicator lamp on and diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs) p0401, p0402, p1400 or p1401. additional symptoms may include runs rough, lacks power, surge, poor fuel economy. *tt06/16/2004
03201110/04/20040419110004894Airbag lamp illuminated and diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs) b1877 (driver pretensioner circuit open) or b1881 (passenger pretensioner circuit open). *tt this bulletin supersedes tsb 03-20-11 dated 2003. *tt01/14/2004
0320310/13/2003039810004886Malfunction indicator lamp illuminated with diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs) p0442, p0455, p0456, p0457 or p1442 or a check fuel cap lamp illuminated with dtc p0457 for the evaporative emission system. *tt01/14/2004
0318109/15/200310004027Remote keyless entry (rke) - service tips. *tt11/14/2003
1677904/01/200310002663Perceived condition of no entry or unable to manually unlock the door. this may occur when the battery is allowed to become discharged or completely dead and the remote keyless entry (keyfob) is used while the battery is in this state.09/10/2003
1681104/01/200310002676Intermittent electrical conditions with power windows, locks, fobs, radio, lighting, cruise control or other electrical accessories. *tt09/10/2003
0120210/15/2001627916Some 3.0l equipped vehicles produced before 7/27/2001 may experience charge lamp illumination, discharged battery or loss of power during extended drives when operating accessories requiring high electrical load (headlamps, rear window defr02/26/2002
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - BATTERY
024503/04/2002636065Information regarding discharged battery charging service tips and guidelines. *tt11/05/2002
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - ANTI-THEFT CONTROLLER
016204/02/2001619266Vehicles equipped with passive anti-theft system (pats) may not start or crank. *tt05/22/2001
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - MODULE
1582804/01/2002637571Some vehicles may exhibit diagnostic trouble code b1213, b1342, b1601, b2431. *tt12/03/2002
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING
1641011/01/200210008340Trailer tow harness installation / service tip. *mj07/28/2004
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - INTERIOR/UNDER DASH
1460201/01/2001617976Concern with instrument cluster contact request. *jb04/02/2001

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
05/01/20120
 Tl-the contact owns a 2001 ford escape. the contact stated that only the drivers side door could be unlocked. the remaining three doors on the vehicle had failed inside and out. the vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. the manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. the failure and current mileages were unavailable. the vin was unavailable. kmj
05/01/20120
 Tl-the contact owns a 2001 ford escape. the contact stated that only the drivers side door could be unlocked. the remaining three doors on the vehicle had failed inside and out. the vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. the manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. the failure and current mileages were unavailable. the vin was unavailable. kmj
05/01/20120
 Tl-the contact owns a 2001 ford escape. the contact stated that only the drivers side door could be unlocked. the remaining three doors on the vehicle had failed inside and out. the vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. the manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. the failure and current mileages were unavailable. the vin was unavailable. kmj
11/25/20101
 Rear left passenger door will not open. 5th door will not open. windshield wiper in rear stopped working. *tr
11/25/20101
 Rear left passenger door will not open. 5th door will not open. windshield wiper in rear stopped working. *tr
11/25/20101
 Rear left passenger door will not open. 5th door will not open. windshield wiper in rear stopped working. *tr
11/25/2010
 Rear left passenger door will not open. 5th door will not open. windshield wiper in rear stopped working.
11/25/2010
 Rear left passenger door will not open. 5th door will not open. windshield wiper in rear stopped working.
01/06/2012122000
 The brake master cylinder cap leaks brake fluid and the fluid runs down the wiring and down the firewall of the engine compartment. the brake fluid has corroded the paint off of the firewall, and then the fluid gets hot and smokes. because the fluid runs down the wiring, the vehicle is also having electrical problems. ford has a recall 11s24 for vehicles of the same year with the same problem, but they say that our vehicle is not included even though the master cylinder cap clearly leaks. they won't look at the vehicle unless we pay $85 to have it diagnosed. we would like to have this vehicle added to the recall.
01/06/2012122000
 The brake master cylinder cap leaks brake fluid and the fluid runs down the wiring and down the firewall of the engine compartment. the brake fluid has corroded the paint off of the firewall, and then the fluid gets hot and smokes. because the fluid runs down the wiring, the vehicle is also having electrical problems. ford has a recall 11s24 for vehicles of the same year with the same problem, but they say that our vehicle is not included even though the master cylinder cap clearly leaks. they won't look at the vehicle unless we pay $85 to have it diagnosed. we would like to have this vehicle added to the recall.
01/06/2012122000
 The brake master cylinder cap leaks brake fluid and the fluid runs down the wiring and down the firewall of the engine compartment. the brake fluid has corroded the paint off of the firewall, and then the fluid gets hot and smokes. because the fluid runs down the wiring, the vehicle is also having electrical problems. ford has a recall 11s24 for vehicles of the same year with the same problem, but they say that our vehicle is not included even though the master cylinder cap clearly leaks. they won't look at the vehicle unless we pay $85 to have it diagnosed. we would like to have this vehicle added to the recall.
01/06/2012122000
 The brake master cylinder cap leaks brake fluid and the fluid runs down the wiring and down the firewall of the engine compartment. the brake fluid has corroded the paint off of the firewall, and then the fluid gets hot and smokes. because the fluid runs down the wiring, the vehicle is also having electrical problems. ford has a recall 11s24 for vehicles of the same year with the same problem, but they say that our vehicle is not included even though the master cylinder cap clearly leaks. they won't look at the vehicle unless we pay $85 to have it diagnosed. we would like to have this vehicle added to the recall.
01/06/2012122000
 The brake master cylinder cap leaks brake fluid and the fluid runs down the wiring and down the firewall of the engine compartment. the brake fluid has corroded the paint off of the firewall, and then the fluid gets hot and smokes. because the fluid runs down the wiring, the vehicle is also having electrical problems. ford has a recall 11s24 for vehicles of the same year with the same problem, but they say that our vehicle is not included even though the master cylinder cap clearly leaks. they won't look at the vehicle unless we pay $85 to have it diagnosed. we would like to have this vehicle added to the recall.
06/25/201087500
 The trunk-door (5th door) cannot be opened when exposed to the sun or temperature is warmer. it can only be opened after it is cooler in the evening or at night. the rear-left- passenger-door locked and cannot be opened at all. now passengers have to enter and exit the vehicle using only one right-passenger-door. this is a safety issue and a very inconvenient one. please help!!!!!
06/25/201087500
 The trunk-door (5th door) cannot be opened when exposed to the sun or temperature is warmer. it can only be opened after it is cooler in the evening or at night. the rear-left- passenger-door locked and cannot be opened at all. now passengers have to enter and exit the vehicle using only one right-passenger-door. this is a safety issue and a very inconvenient one. please help!!!!!
06/25/201087500
 The trunk-door (5th door) cannot be opened when exposed to the sun or temperature is warmer. it can only be opened after it is cooler in the evening or at night. the rear-left- passenger-door locked and cannot be opened at all. now passengers have to enter and exit the vehicle using only one right-passenger-door. this is a safety issue and a very inconvenient one. please help!!!!!
06/25/201087500
 The trunk-door (5th door) cannot be opened when exposed to the sun or temperature is warmer. it can only be opened after it is cooler in the evening or at night. the rear-left- passenger-door locked and cannot be opened at all. now passengers have to enter and exit the vehicle using only one right-passenger-door. this is a safety issue and a very inconvenient one. please help!!!!!
12/08/2011
 We bought our 2001 ford escape new. on the 8th of december, 2011 it was parked in our double car attached garage. my son came home around 11:30 p.m. going through the garage and did not see or smell anything. my husband and i, his youngest son were asleep already from the fumes. we had to be pulled out of our beds by my older step-son. he saw smoke coming through the door going to the garage. we he opened the door he saw smoke and flames shooting out of the front of the escape. he tried to open the garage door but by then it was too late. i had to get my dog out from under the bed and escape through my bedroom window. as a result the whole home was burned and the insurance company considers it a total loss. what i want to know is what recourse i have. i would like to find similar incidents from other ford escape owners. i forgot to say that we received our recall on january 31st of 2012. about a month too late to tell us not to park it in or near a dwelling. this has been the most horrific thing i have ever gone through and believe me, i have gone through a whole lot in my life. i want to file a class action lawsuit as that seems to me that is the only recourse i have. i would like to know how i would go about doing this.
12/08/2011
 We bought our 2001 ford escape new. on the 8th of december, 2011 it was parked in our double car attached garage. my son came home around 11:30 p.m. going through the garage and did not see or smell anything. my husband and i, his youngest son were asleep already from the fumes. we had to be pulled out of our beds by my older step-son. he saw smoke coming through the door going to the garage. we he opened the door he saw smoke and flames shooting out of the front of the escape. he tried to open the garage door but by then it was too late. i had to get my dog out from under the bed and escape through my bedroom window. as a result the whole home was burned and the insurance company considers it a total loss. what i want to know is what recourse i have. i would like to find similar incidents from other ford escape owners. i forgot to say that we received our recall on january 31st of 2012. about a month too late to tell us not to park it in or near a dwelling. this has been the most horrific thing i have ever gone through and believe me, i have gone through a whole lot in my life. i want to file a class action lawsuit as that seems to me that is the only recourse i have. i would like to know how i would go about doing this.
12/08/2011
 We bought our 2001 ford escape new. on the 8th of december, 2011 it was parked in our double car attached garage. my son came home around 11:30 p.m. going through the garage and did not see or smell anything. my husband and i, his youngest son were asleep already from the fumes. we had to be pulled out of our beds by my older step-son. he saw smoke coming through the door going to the garage. we he opened the door he saw smoke and flames shooting out of the front of the escape. he tried to open the garage door but by then it was too late. i had to get my dog out from under the bed and escape through my bedroom window. as a result the whole home was burned and the insurance company considers it a total loss. what i want to know is what recourse i have. i would like to find similar incidents from other ford escape owners. i forgot to say that we received our recall on january 31st of 2012. about a month too late to tell us not to park it in or near a dwelling. this has been the most horrific thing i have ever gone through and believe me, i have gone through a whole lot in my life. i want to file a class action lawsuit as that seems to me that is the only recourse i have. i would like to know how i would go about doing this.
12/08/2011
 We bought our 2001 ford escape new. on the 8th of december, 2011 it was parked in our double car attached garage. my son came home around 11:30 p.m. going through the garage and did not see or smell anything. my husband and i, his youngest son were asleep already from the fumes. we had to be pulled out of our beds by my older step-son. he saw smoke coming through the door going to the garage. we he opened the door he saw smoke and flames shooting out of the front of the escape. he tried to open the garage door but by then it was too late. i had to get my dog out from under the bed and escape through my bedroom window. as a result the whole home was burned and the insurance company considers it a total loss. what i want to know is what recourse i have. i would like to find similar incidents from other ford escape owners. i forgot to say that we received our recall on january 31st of 2012. about a month too late to tell us not to park it in or near a dwelling. this has been the most horrific thing i have ever gone through and believe me, i have gone through a whole lot in my life. i want to file a class action lawsuit as that seems to me that is the only recourse i have. i would like to know how i would go about doing this.
12/08/2011
 We bought our 2001 ford escape new. on the 8th of december, 2011 it was parked in our double car attached garage. my son came home around 11:30 p.m. going through the garage and did not see or smell anything. my husband and i, his youngest son were asleep already from the fumes. we had to be pulled out of our beds by my older step-son. he saw smoke coming through the door going to the garage. we he opened the door he saw smoke and flames shooting out of the front of the escape. he tried to open the garage door but by then it was too late. i had to get my dog out from under the bed and escape through my bedroom window. as a result the whole home was burned and the insurance company considers it a total loss. what i want to know is what recourse i have. i would like to find similar incidents from other ford escape owners. i forgot to say that we received our recall on january 31st of 2012. about a month too late to tell us not to park it in or near a dwelling. this has been the most horrific thing i have ever gone through and believe me, i have gone through a whole lot in my life. i want to file a class action lawsuit as that seems to me that is the only recourse i have. i would like to know how i would go about doing this.
12/08/2011
 We bought our 2001 ford escape new. on the 8th of december, 2011 it was parked in our double car attached garage. my son came home around 11:30 p.m. going through the garage and did not see or smell anything. my husband and i, his youngest son were asleep already from the fumes. we had to be pulled out of our beds by my older step-son. he saw smoke coming through the door going to the garage. we he opened the door he saw smoke and flames shooting out of the front of the escape. he tried to open the garage door but by then it was too late. i had to get my dog out from under the bed and escape through my bedroom window. as a result the whole home was burned and the insurance company considers it a total loss. what i want to know is what recourse i have. i would like to find similar incidents from other ford escape owners. i forgot to say that we received our recall on january 31st of 2012. about a month too late to tell us not to park it in or near a dwelling. this has been the most horrific thing i have ever gone through and believe me, i have gone through a whole lot in my life. i want to file a class action lawsuit as that seems to me that is the only recourse i have. i would like to know how i would go about doing this.
02/23/2012178978
 I went to start the car and noticed smoke coming out from under the hood and a bad smell. i opened the hood and noticed the area under the master cylinder was on fire. luckily i had a small co2 fire estinguisher and put it out. the entire wiring harness is burned right off where it plugs into the ans module. after searching the internet it seems there is a problem with this make and model. i always wondered why i had to put brake fluid in twice per year. i hope the dealer doesn't try to rip me off and say it's not covered for some reason. they do not like to fix factory recalls.
02/23/2012178978
 I went to start the car and noticed smoke coming out from under the hood and a bad smell. i opened the hood and noticed the area under the master cylinder was on fire. luckily i had a small co2 fire estinguisher and put it out. the entire wiring harness is burned right off where it plugs into the ans module. after searching the internet it seems there is a problem with this make and model. i always wondered why i had to put brake fluid in twice per year. i hope the dealer doesn't try to rip me off and say it's not covered for some reason. they do not like to fix factory recalls.
11/30/2011130000
 Started vehicle approx 7am drove 40miles with no evident problems to vehicle. stopped vehicle for approx 15mins, upon starting vehicle up again hazard warning on control panal began to flash. abs,air bags,brake,were flashing on/off.turned car off,then on again,warning lights did come back on. drove approx 3miles,car then started to emit white smoke from under the hood. immaditatly pulled over ,turned off engine. smoke cont to billow from under the hood for aleast 15-20 mins.
11/30/2011130000
 Started vehicle approx 7am drove 40miles with no evident problems to vehicle. stopped vehicle for approx 15mins, upon starting vehicle up again hazard warning on control panal began to flash. abs,air bags,brake,were flashing on/off.turned car off,then on again,warning lights did come back on. drove approx 3miles,car then started to emit white smoke from under the hood. immaditatly pulled over ,turned off engine. smoke cont to billow from under the hood for aleast 15-20 mins.
11/30/2011130000
 Started vehicle approx 7am drove 40miles with no evident problems to vehicle. stopped vehicle for approx 15mins, upon starting vehicle up again hazard warning on control panal began to flash. abs,air bags,brake,were flashing on/off.turned car off,then on again,warning lights did come back on. drove approx 3miles,car then started to emit white smoke from under the hood. immaditatly pulled over ,turned off engine. smoke cont to billow from under the hood for aleast 15-20 mins.
11/30/2011130000
 Started vehicle approx 7am drove 40miles with no evident problems to vehicle. stopped vehicle for approx 15mins, upon starting vehicle up again hazard warning on control panal began to flash. abs,air bags,brake,were flashing on/off.turned car off,then on again,warning lights did come back on. drove approx 3miles,car then started to emit white smoke from under the hood. immaditatly pulled over ,turned off engine. smoke cont to billow from under the hood for aleast 15-20 mins.
01/22/2011115000
 Vehicle will stall while driving at high speeds, causing power steering and breaks to stop working.
01/22/2011115000
 Vehicle will stall while driving at high speeds, causing power steering and breaks to stop working.
01/22/2011115000
 Vehicle will stall while driving at high speeds, causing power steering and breaks to stop working.
01/22/2011115000
 Vehicle will stall while driving at high speeds, causing power steering and breaks to stop working.
01/22/2011115000
 Vehicle will stall while driving at high speeds, causing power steering and breaks to stop working.
08/29/201091000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2001 ford escape. the contact attempted to start the ignition; however, the key would turn in the ignition switch and the anti-theft warning indicator flashed intermittently. in addition, the steering wheel failed to turn in any direction and the tires locked. the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they informed that the failure was contributed to the anti-theft device. the vehicle was repaired. the failure mileage was approximately 91,000. the vin was unavailable. js
08/29/201091000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2001 ford escape. the contact attempted to start the ignition; however, the key would turn in the ignition switch and the anti-theft warning indicator flashed intermittently. in addition, the steering wheel failed to turn in any direction and the tires locked. the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they informed that the failure was contributed to the anti-theft device. the vehicle was repaired. the failure mileage was approximately 91,000. the vin was unavailable. js
03/24/200881000
 On march 2008 our 2001 ford escape self ignighted in our driveway after being shut off for over 2 hours an independent investigation states the fire in the vehicle originated at the abs module and was caused by a malfunction that resulted in an internal electrical overheating condition the car had gone in for all recalls up to that date. so either the repair failed or there was no recall for this problem. ford refuses to investigate thie cause of this fire
08/29/201091000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2001 ford escape. the contact attempted to start the ignition; however, the key would turn in the ignition switch and the anti-theft warning indicator flashed intermittently. in addition, the steering wheel failed to turn in any direction and the tires locked. the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they informed that the failure was contributed to the anti-theft device. the vehicle was repaired. the failure mileage was approximately 91,000. the vin was unavailable. js
03/24/200881000
 On march 2008 our 2001 ford escape self ignighted in our driveway after being shut off for over 2 hours an independent investigation states the fire in the vehicle originated at the abs module and was caused by a malfunction that resulted in an internal electrical overheating condition the car had gone in for all recalls up to that date. so either the repair failed or there was no recall for this problem. ford refuses to investigate thie cause of this fire
08/29/201091000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2001 ford escape. the contact attempted to start the ignition; however, the key would turn in the ignition switch and the anti-theft warning indicator flashed intermittently. in addition, the steering wheel failed to turn in any direction and the tires locked. the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they informed that the failure was contributed to the anti-theft device. the vehicle was repaired. the failure mileage was approximately 91,000. the vin was unavailable. js
03/24/200881000
 On march 2008 our 2001 ford escape self ignighted in our driveway after being shut off for over 2 hours an independent investigation states the fire in the vehicle originated at the abs module and was caused by a malfunction that resulted in an internal electrical overheating condition the car had gone in for all recalls up to that date. so either the repair failed or there was no recall for this problem. ford refuses to investigate thie cause of this fire
03/24/200881000
 On march 2008 our 2001 ford escape self ignighted in our driveway after being shut off for over 2 hours an independent investigation states the fire in the vehicle originated at the abs module and was caused by a malfunction that resulted in an internal electrical overheating condition the car had gone in for all recalls up to that date. so either the repair failed or there was no recall for this problem. ford refuses to investigate thie cause of this fire
04/22/2010104000
 Tl*the contact owns a 2001 ford escape. after parking the vehicle a few days and attempting to start, it would not respond. a tow truck driver was able to restart the vehicle. the vehicle was then taken to a certified mechanic who repaired the computer system. however, the failure reoccurred so the vehicle was taken to another mechanic who repaired the computer system again. the failure occurred a third time so the contact called the manufacturer who stated that there was nothing they could do to assist; the manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealership for diagnosis. the vehicle had not been inspected at the dealership or repaired at the time of the complaint. the current and failure mileages were approximately 104,000.
05/12/2010141000
 I have a 2001 ford escape. while staying at a hotel on vacation in marfa, tx, i was awakened by my car alarm going of at approximately 5:30 am on may 12, 2010. when i went outside to turn it off, i found smoke pouring out from under the hood. our neighbor called 911, and the car continued to smoke until the fire department arrived. as the fire dept. was inspecting the car, flames did appear from the abs wiring harness and module. the fire was extinguished quickly and damage was confined to the abs harness and module. i had received a recall notice for the abs harness a couple of years ago, and took my car to a dealership in austin to have the necessary work performed. that work was performed on august 6, 2008. when i contacted ford to let them know that my car had caught fire even though the recall was performed, they informed me that their records showed that the abs harness on my car was inspected and it was determined that it did not need to be replaced. as of may 16, 2010, my car is still at a ford dealership in fort stockton, tx and i am at home in austin waiting to hear from ford's office of general council.
04/30/201098000
 My daughter had a 2001 ford escape, approx.98,000 miles, purchased used. serviced & inspected in march of this year with no problems noted. she parked it in front of her home on april 30th after driving home from a trip to town with her 9 month old daughter. approx. 10 minutes after entering her home, she heard a popping noise coming from outside and saw her vehicle smoking , then fully engulfed in flames. total loss of vehicle. fire marshal attributed to electrical problem some damage also to her home.
03/30/20101004951
 While traveling uphill going approx 45 mph the engine on my 2001 ford escape shut down. complete power to my car was lost. the odometer even lost the miles driven and was replaced by dashes momentarily. when the engine shut down i steered the car to the side of the road, i lost power steering and brakes. the check engine light also came on when this happened. there was no previous indication that there was an issue with the engine. after i pulled to the side of the road. i put car in park and turned key off. i waited approx 5 minutes and restarted the car with no problems. the check engine light was off and car started smoothly as usual. after researching this online, i don't seem to be the only person having this issue. *tr
03/27/2009755001
 Mar 27 had 2001 ford escape in dealership for oil leak and engine hesitation. leak not fixed on 1st time taken to dealer. #3 coil, intake gaskets replaced & tuneup done for hesitation. mar 31 vehicle taken back for same problems, #4 coil was replaced and was told no oil leak, also told engine not supposed to be washed and water blew out #4 coil. on the way home, still smelled burning oil & engine hesitation still felt. called dealership, was told to let the car sit for a day. car sat for 2 days. car still drove the same, oil leak & hesitation still there. took vehicle straight back to the dealership, on the way there vehicle had no power and would not go faster than 15mph. then the egr valve blew. and i live 2 miles from the dealership. dealership had the vehicle from apr 1 to apr 15. now i was told the catalytic converters on the manifolds are plugged up and this is causing the hesitation and the oil leak was from the timing chain cover. dealership had to remove the engine to replace the gasket. was told they don't know how they missed this leak the other 2 times i took the vehicle in for this leak. only thing the warranty covered is the oil leak. federal mandated emission law is 8yrs or 80,000 miles. vehicle is in the 8 years and @ 75,500 miles. ford refuses to do anything about the converters. took escape to local mechanic apr 17. exhaust inspection showed only the rear catalytic converter plugged (replaced now). #4 & #6 coils not firing. coils work connected in other sparkplug locations. wiring for coils not working. these coil locations worked prior to going back to dealership. mechanic said i should sue the dealership for misdiagnosis and breaking additional items when engine was removed. mechanic also ran diagnostic, no codes coming up, dealership reset pcm to old programming, so vehicle now hesitates & dies. wife still wants to keep vehicle. told her no. already shopping for anything other than ford. *tr
01/14/2008150000
 Tl*the contact owns a 2001 ford escape. while the vehicle was parked, the vehicle began smoking and then caught fire. the front end of the vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames. she attempted to utilize a home fire extinguisher; however, the fire would not go out. the entire front end of the vehicle was destroyed. the contact is awaiting to hear if the insurance company will classify the vehicle as destroyed. a police report was filed. she is also awaiting an investigator from the fire department to determine the origin of the fire. the fire department stated that the smell was similar to that of an electrical fire. the failure and current mileages were less than 150,000.
04/05/2008130000109/01/2000
 Tl*the contact owns a 2001 ford escape. the contact's vehicle caught fire while parked. the fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. there were no injuries and a police report was filed. the insurance company stated that the vehicle was destroyed. the current and failure mileages were 130,000.
03/23/200767508109/08/2001
 Tl*- the contact stated that the 2001 ford escape xlt wires under the hood burned while sitting in the garage of her home. she drove the vehicle one hour prior to the fire. the alarms in her house warned her of the fire. she called the local fire department, and they found no fire in the house. they then checked the garage and they smelled something burning. the fireman opened and noticed the wires that were burning under the hood of the vehicle. the vehicle was towed to town and country, and they informed her that old brake fluid leaked on the abs, which was the cause of the wires burning. the vehicle was serviced for the abs light coming on, and off at the local firestone, they replaced the master cylinder . the wires burned within 24 hours of the repair. the town and country dealership gave the contact a loaner vehicle, and she felt this was odd. the contact stated that the dealership informed her that it would cost $2,416.12 to repair the wires and the abs. the current and failure mileage were both 67,508. *ak the consumer states that she wants to be reimbursed for all repairs done to her vehicle and has provided all invoices for repair and the report from the fire dept. update 4/25/07*tr
02/06/2007110/23/2000
 Car had been parked for 30 minutes with engine off when a fire ignited in the engine, engulfing and destroying the entire car. ford escape xlt 2001. *jb
03/09/200668000211/01/2000
 Dt*: the contact stated while driving in stop and go traffic, the vehicle had a rough idle and stalled intermittently. the vehicle was taken to dealer for inspection; however the problem could not be duplicated. after a short period of time the vehicle had the same problems again. the vehicle stalled and was towed to the dealer. the dealer replaced the pcm but this did not correct the problem. the dealer stated the wiring under the dash needed replaced. there is a nhtsa recall 04v165000, regarding the power train: automatic transmission: control module pcm and a nhtsa tsb item #617976, regarding the electrical system: wiring under dash. the vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall and technical service bulletin; however it is not included in the recall due to the vin. the consumer was informed the vehicle had an electrical short. updated 04/11/06. *jb
01/14/200692000105/01/2003
 Dt*: the contact stated the vehicle was parked for 9 hours and it caught on fire. the fire department responded and extinguished the fire. the fire marshal stated the damage was too extensive to determine where the fire started. most of the fire damage was under the hood on the driver side. the insurance company deemed the vehicle totaled. *nm
06/22/200460000303/10/2001
 The suv sat parked for a 3 day period. heavy rain storms moved through area for 1 and 1/2 days of that time however the vehicle was not driven. after the 3rd day, the suv was started at which time the check engine light started to blink and when accelerator was depressed for power, the engine sputtered. problem was diagnosed as a 'bad coil pack. it was replaced and given back. after 3 days of driving, the same failure happened again, this time they replaced the coil pack and the wiring harness. just over 6 months later, the same situation occured with the vehicle. it sat for 4 days in which time a severe rain storm came through however vehicle was not driven nor standing in water. started the vehicle on the 4th day with the exact same result. vehicle is in ford garage and was notified that the coil pack was damaged due to moisture. these failures are not covered under any warranty and should be happening.
03/12/200538500105/12/2001
 Car spontaneously caught fire 3 hours after being driven. i believe ford is trying to cover-up what really happened by feeding me lines of bs. incidentally, ford covered 90% of the costs for repair even though my car was not covered by warranty.
12/07/20013
 Nar 02/13/2003. the automatic transmission would shift to drive from over drive, the vents automatically switched to frost. the vehicle completely stalled on a separate occasion, the relay assembly was replaced. the cruise control was inoperative from the time of purchase. the windshield wipers stopped working, the consumer continued to experience problems with the transmission and the gas mileage was poor. *jb
10/01/20044
 While making a right turn into the parking garage vehicle stalled. consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to the dealer for inspection. mechanic determined that computer sensor crank, and idler arm needed to be replaced. consumer informed the mechanic that this problem still occurred more than once, and had not been resolved. *ak
04/29/2004680004
 I have a 2001 ford escape and it was recently recalled for faulty ignition switch. the day before i took it in for the recall, the check engine light came on and it was rough idling. the ford dealer replaced ignition coil and said that was problem for check engine light and rough idle and said they did the recall. less than a month later my car would not restart after stopping for a few brief minutes. a tow truck was called by ford's roadside assistance and when the tow truck driver arrived an hour and a half later the car started. the tow truck driver said it may have just been a fluke. i drove the car home without it being towed. 2 weeks went by with nothing happening and then one day after another brief stop the car would not start again. this time the tow truck arrived and it was taken to a ford dealer and was kept by them for 2 days to no avail. they still could not find a problem. they returned the car to me and 2 days later the car would not restart again. my husband pushed on the car backwards a few feet while the car was in neutral and to much surprise, the car started again when put tried again. this was very good news as it was late evening on a sat and the ford dealer was not open. today, 3 days later, my husband stopped for gas and after paying for the gas the car will not restart. the truck is once again being towed to the ford dealer this time for good until it is fixed properly. luckily these all happened close to home, what if we would have been on a trip or something ? if they cannot fix this problem i would like to be given a new/comparable vehicle. i am almost scared to drive it from fear of it failing me again.*ak
10/15/2001207/20/2001
 Oct 15, 2001- while driving down a steep hill in austin, tx, my escape suddenly died without warning. i was unable to stop, steer, or slow down! i coasted into a parking lot at the bottom of the hill and luckily avoided all parked cars or people (co-workers!) walking through the lot. i had the car towed to maxwell ford and was told that they couldn't find anything wrong with my car! i contacted the president/ ceo to express my concern over what could have happened. he didn't seem to be moved. i picked up my car and hoped it was just a fluke. two and-a-half years later and not a single problem, until last week (april 9, 2004). i was driving about 40mph around a curve and suddenly lost all ability to steer or slow down! once again, i was unbelievably lucky that i didn't hurt anyone or myself. i was able to start it again and safely pull over to the side of the road after coasting to a stop. i'm grateful that i wasn't rear-ended or hit head-on when i coasted over the middle line.... (nevermind the heart-attack i almost had from the suddenness of this!) i hate to imagine the outcome if this would have happened 10 minutes earlier while i was moving at 55mph in busy traffic on the highway or on the exit ramp! i have an appt to take the car in on friday. coincidentally, i discovered (this morning) that a recall has been announced for this very problem.... (2 years after they were made aware that there might be an issue????) what a relief. so, i'll be back on hwy 410 in san antonio next week after i pick my car up from the service dept --- i'll be the one in the ford escape going about 60mph..... i sure hope i'll be able to steer or slow down if i need to!! at least, i'll be better prepared for this surprise from now on ( like everytime i have to drive anywhere)! .... nothing like paying $24,000 for a little extra stress and worry. thanks, ford. you are just super.
84781
 The vehicle stalled six times within the last 45,000 miles. the dealer replaced the pfe sensor, coolant, instrument cluster, the ignition switch, the front crank seal and the dpfe sensor. after all the repairs the vehicle continued to stall. please provide further details. *jb
12/28/200344000211/02/2000
 Auto stalled while going 30 mph on a slight incline. auto lost all power steering and electrical. it was lucky that no one was around (early morning). we had to coast to side, and because we didn't have power steering i hit the curb pretty hard. on the way home it did the same thing at about 40 mph. will take this to markel ford in omaha, ne for fix. we have 44,000 miles, and if ford cannot get this fixed it will be time to sell. this will be my first and last ford, if i have to pay for this fix. now i know why my father told me to buy a toyota. *la
07/14/2003211/03/2000
 On two different ocassions, ford escape stalled while driving. once while going about 25 mph down hill. the other time, while pulling into a parking lot under 10 mph. consumer refused to drive the car any more until a resolution is found. the ford dealer hooked up a computer but could not find any problem.*ak
50004
 While driving vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. consumer had to put vehicle in neutral gear to restart. dealership would reset the main computer in an attempt to correct the problem. if the attempt failed then the throttle body would be replaced. *ak
07/30/2003107/09/2002
 I was driving my 2001 ford escape doing 40mph down an incline and the engine shut off. lost power steering and brakes and wound up on someone's lawn. someone could have been seriously hurt. what does it take to get a recall on this problem due tothe fact that most of the escapes issues are stalling.*ak
07/11/200346495109/05/2001
 Driving approx 40mph the 2001 ford escape stalled. lost all power steering, and brakes. finally got stopped, restarted vehicle and everything worked again.*ak
06/23/200327500210/25/2001
 On two separate occasions, while driving along at approximately 40 mph, our ford escape suddenly lost all power and stalled. this resulted in loss of power steering and power brakes. the ford escape could not be restarted until it was stopped and placed in park. we have taken to hill & sanders ford located in wheaton, md. in addition to other service related problems with the staff of hill & sanders, we were told different stories by different people. one story was that our key ring was too heavy (4 keys 1 remote). the next was that there was a computer reprogramming that would resolve this problem (along with a developing/occasional transmission shiver/shudder between 35-45 mph). the computer reprogramming was completed 4 days ago. since that time, the car has not stalled in a similar manner, but continues to have an occasional transmission shiver / shudder. based on the failure of the reprogramming to fix the transmission shiver / shudder, we anticipate that the ford escape will continue to stall. *nlm
06/13/200323000103/01/2001
 While driving at 40 mph down a hill, the vehicle shut down, there were no brakes/ power steering. the consumer was able to control the vehicle.*ak *ts the dealer replaced some parts. *jb
09/01/2001200005010/01/2000
 My ford escape 2001 stalls without engine turning off for about 5-7 during take off turns. the truck has been in the shop three times. the first time i was told nothing could be found wrong, second time an idler valve was replaced and this last time the throttle body was replaced. i called to inform mechanic of problem and he doesn't know what could be wrong. this is a safety issue and my truck is under warranty. this problem has been occurring for almost a year now. no one at ford knows what the problem is. please help. ph *nlm **dimsii ivoq entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**767684
03/27/200316000812/28/2000
 2001 ford escape has repeatedly stalled during normal driving. car currently has 33,000 miles; however, i began having problems early on. car has stranded me several times. car has been towed in several times and dealership can find nothing wrong it. dealership has replaced alternator, transmission, fuel hoses, sensor, computer, etc. and car still stalls. this week it had to be towed from my garage to the dealership because it would not start. dealership again could find nothing wrong with car. i love the car, but am terrified to drive it as when it stalls everything locks up and i have had a couple near miss accidents trying to get off the road. i have an infant and this is unacceptable. *nlm
03/04/200346000210/15/2002
 2001 ford escape stalled while coasting down hill at 35 mph. luckily no one was hurt, i was able to steer a dead car to the side of the road and restart. i took the car to the dealership to be fixed. while the car was in the shop i researched the problem and found that many ford escape owners are experiencing the same problem. ford has known about the problem since 2000, but took 18 months to figure out the problem was with the on board computer. ford has not recalled nor do they cover this repair under the extended warranty. *jb
 Truck stalls while in motion between speeds of 40-45 mph when applying brakes. this occured six different times with cause not determined and stalling not resolved. the manufacture has contacted the owner which has offered either to buy the truck back or give a refund. please describe details. mr
10/09/20021
 Consumer states that while driving had put the highlights on and vehicle turned off. dealer was contacted. mr
12/15/2001307/10/2001
 Vehicle has stalled 3 times at 35-40 mph down an incline. dealer has recalibrated computer.*ak dealer put on new eec and new idle air control. a/c failed and was replaced. *yh
10/15/2001205/01/2001
 Vehicle has stalled twice at 35-40 mph while coasting down hill. dealer replaced computer module and ecc relay. nlm consumer states keyless entry works intermittently. the weather strips coming off on both back doors. the vacuum line was loose and hissing. the coolant light continues to come on due to coolant bottle failure, also there was a cracking noise under the dash and the radio went out. *yh
04/12/2001110/21/2000
 Vehicle stalled, dealer stated failure was due to an electrical problem, after electrical repair the panic lights and horn have activated four times for no reason, consumer states the cigarette lighter has never worked. *slc
11/03/2000210/01/2000
 Total and complete loss of power and all electrical system while car is being operated on busy roads
01/01/2001311/01/2000
 Vehicle lost electical power, including ignition while traveling at 65 mph. if the vehicle had been in the passing lane or in a tunnel upcoming in 35 miles, the accident would have been very serious and very likely catastrophic. vehicle was towed 100 miles to gibbons ford. it remains there as of 9 jan 01.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR
09/07/200633000411/24/2000
 Dt*: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled. the vehicle was towed to the dealership who determined the alternator was burnt and was replaced. nine months later, the vehicle stalled and a burning smell was observed. it was taken back to the dealer who built a casing around the alternator to stop the burning. two years later, the vehicle stalled again. when taken to the dealer, the battery was replaced. two years later, the vehicle stalled again. when it was towed to the dealer, it was determined the electrical harness was corroded and rusted and the harness was replaced.
05/16/2002109/01/2001
 I was driving on the interstate at approximately 50 mph downhill during rush hour when i lost power. i was on a stretch of interstate that had no shoulder so i coasted 1/4 mile to the shoulder. i was towed to the dealer who replaced my alternator. six weeks later, i go to start my car and it wouldn't start.*ak
05/01/20011
 Tires make a humming noise. consumer feels that they may be leaving ground like hydroplaning, and at 65 mph vehicle wobbles, vehicle is not stable at high speeds with window down. *ak the vehicle hesitates when a/c unit is in operation and a/c make a loud cyclic clicking sound. transmission makes sound. the vehicle was unstable at 65 mph with a slight wind and front end makes tumbling sounds on rough roads. the alternator light comes on intermittently. the cruise control turns off automaticaly by itself. the front brake has excessive dust. the vehicle had numerous interior system failures and malfunctioning. *yh
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - BATTERY
09/07/200633000411/24/2000
 Dt*: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled. the vehicle was towed to the dealership who determined the alternator was burnt and was replaced. nine months later, the vehicle stalled and a burning smell was observed. it was taken back to the dealer who built a casing around the alternator to stop the burning. two years later, the vehicle stalled again. when taken to the dealer, the battery was replaced. two years later, the vehicle stalled again. when it was towed to the dealer, it was determined the electrical harness was corroded and rusted and the harness was replaced.
02/01/20053
 Ford escape 2001, windshield wipers haven't kept windows clear enough to see during rain or snow. *bf the consumer was only getting 10-12 miles per gallon on the highway. the vehicle was hard to drive when it was windy outside. when the consumer attempted to stop the vehicle, the brake went down to the floor and did not come back up for several seconds. the anti-lock brakes did not engage. the consumer spoke to the dealer and he said the brakes must have frozen up. the battery low light was on. *jb
11/01/2002403/01/2001
 I purchased this ford escape in march 2001 and have had nothing but problems with it since. on march 26 2001, two days after i received my new vehicle, it wouldn't start. the same problem occurred three more times in a period of two weeks before i brought the vehicle back to the dealer on april 9 2001. the dealership replaced the battery which was obviously defective. since then i have had numerous other problems with my ford escape. i reported that the throttle was sticking (5/17/02) and it was replaced, but it continues to happen. i also reported that there was a vibration and hesitation when shifting gears around 45 mph (5/17/02). nothing was done at that time to remedy the problem. i later (8/29/02) reported the same problem to the dealer, brought the vehicle back for service on 9/27/02 at which time the torque converter was replaced. there is still a hesitation and loss of power as i drive the vehicle. also on 5/11/02, the service engine soon light came on. the fuel emissions valve was replaced on 5/17/02. on 10/28/02, i reported to the dealer that my vehicle almost stalled at an intersection on 10/26/02 and later that day it would not start. i also told the service representative that there continued to be a loss of power as i drive the vehicle at highway speeds. i brought the escape back to the dealer on 10/30/02 and the technician found nothing wrong with the vehicle from the tests he performed. i am not satisfied with these results there is something obviously wrong with this vehicle! dt
07/08/2002203/01/2001
 Vehicle has on 2 occasions shut off while driving. without warning, the engine, battery, and oil lights come on at the same time and vehicle immediatelty shuts itself off. vehicle has been to the dealership after both occurrences. the iac, dpfe, and fuel pump relay were all replaced and my vehicle's pcm was reprogrammed. none of these fixes have solved the problem. although the technician working on the vehicle and the shop foreman have made every effort to assist me with the problem, the cause of the problem has yet to be determined. the manufacturer is aware of this problem with this particular vehicle, but cannot explain what is wrong or how to repair it. i do not feel safe driving my escape knowing that it could shut itself off at any time without warning in the middle of a busy road.*ak
112/01/2000
 The ground wire came off the battery, stranding the driver on the side of the road. nlm
112/01/2000
 The ground wire came off the battery, stranding the driver on the side of the road. nlm
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - BATTERY - CABLES
11/05/2001
 Vehicle has stalled 3 times at speeds of 30-40 mph. vehicle taken to dealer 3 times, only ground wire of battery was replaced, but it did not resolve the problem.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
01/15/200208/01/2001
 The overhead map lights in the front of the vehicle do not come on when the driver door is opened. the center and back dome lights come on and then fade, however, there isn't enough light in the front of the vehicle to see to put the key in without manually turning on the map light. i have 2 friends who have the same year model, and their map lights come up. when i contacted the dealer, he said a change in wiring was made to their vehicles and would gladly charge me $300 to fix mine. i live in alaska where 6 months out of the year it's dark and i believe this is a safety harzard in getting into the vehicle without having adequate lighting to see to put the key in. we've talked to the sevice manager and they are unwilling to do anything for us. they have apologized for wasting my time, and leaving me sit in their waiting area for 8 hours and then announcing they forgot about me. when told it would take an addtional 3 1/2 hours to fix, and cost me $300, there wasn't enough time left in the day to complete the job if i chose to spend the money and would have had to come back at another time. i feel this is a true safety hazard when i can't see to put the key in and start the vehicle up.*ak
07/25/2001605/23/2001
 Ongoing problem with engine stalling while traveling 30 or more mph. vehicle been in dealer shop on three occasions, dealer tested for possible fuel concern and replaced power relay but did not correct the problem. *ak aux power point inoperable due to blown fuse.
06/12/20011
 Vehicle lost all power completly. was towed to dealer. dealer repaired short in wiring harness. repaired/ relocated harness and replaced neccessary fuses. tested eecpc-1000. repair was made under warranty. *ak *slc
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION
09/07/2006591373
 2001 escape has had three repairs in a 6 month time frame do to problems with the ignition coil assemblies. *ts the sparks plug shot out of the cylinder head suddenly three times. *nm
04/12/200641000102/10/2002
 I noticed a 2001 ford escape with a brake hissing problem at 74k i have the same problem at 40k. i've had so many problems with this car that i am considering not to ever by a ford vehicle again. they should have recalls on these so the consumer does not have to pay for their mistakes. *nm
12/09/20051
 I was unable to turn the key in the ignition of my 2001 ford escape. the steering wheel was also locked. i had to have a locksmith come to start it. the locksmith said there have been many similar problems with all ford ignitions. i had the ignition cylinder replaced at the ford dealership. the dealer said he was unaware of any problems related to ignitions in the escape. i learned from a focus owner that the focus cars had been recalled in late 2000/early 2001 for this same problem. i later learned by calling another ford dealership that the same part is used for both the focus and the escape. why haven't the escapes been recalled? *nm
07/02/200436568107/15/2003
 Vehicle had a recall to reprogram power train control module which was corrected (?) on 6/9/04. on 7/2/04 vehicle would not idle and subsequently would quit running. taken to dealer and dealer replaced ignition control valve. dealer states it was not related to the power train control module reprogram. car was out of manufacturer warranty, with 36,568 miles at time of failure. other items of concern on this vehicle include the left headlight as defective assembly and allows moisture buildup. dealer again refuses to acknowledge a defect and refuses to repair at their cost (estimate cost appx. $200 to repair their defect). other issues include the replacement of a coolant sensor, and replaced a dpfe (environment problem that was covered by warranty). *nm
07/02/200438944110/11/2003
 Ignition lock cylinder would not turn. ithad to be replaced by a mechanic. it was replaced under warranty, however, it is said to be a reoccuring problem per brady, tx ford dealership. this problem causes the occupant to become stranded; making them a hazard on the road. please recall others to avoid this problem in the future. *ak
02/23/20041
 While driving vehicle stalled. consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that a sensor needed to be replaced. mechanic replaced the sensor, but problem recurred. *ak
02/10/20043
 While driving vehicle stalled. consumer tried to restart vehicle but was unable to do so. consumer had vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic was not able to resolve the problem. *ak
09/25/20016
 Engine stalling, intermittent, unpredictable. during various times, days and circumstances. since 09/25/01 till last time was 12/01/03.*ak
11/06/200345000204/05/2001
 Car completely shuts off while driving. there is no warning or symptom that an occurrence is going to happen. this shutdown occurs while vehicle is moving and at varying speeds. this problem seems to be electrical in nature and probrably associated with some ignition componet.*ak
07/25/20031
 While traveling on the highway and without prior warning vehicle will stall and will not restart. *ak
06/10/200338900109/19/2000
 Engine stall - adding my incident to the list - driving to work this morning on interstate-35, travelling about 40+ mph. realized brakes were not engaging as i was quickly approaching the car in front of me, then realized oil light and engine light were on and no response to increased gas pedal pressure on rpm gauge to try to move car out of lane. luckily happened to be in far left lane and had just enough room to coast over to shoulder and apply parking brake to stop. removed keys, reinserted and car started right up. this is the first occurrence - however i peruse the nhtsa sight occasionally and remembered reading about this situation from a few years ago. i have not contacted the dealer yet - wanted to review this sight first to see if any action has been taken yet - apparently not. thank god a guardian angel was on my shoulder this morning.*ak
02/07/2003710/04/2000
 Stalls when slightly hitting brake to handle a curve, has also happened in parking lots when slowing down to turn and park. incident has happened 7-8 times. *nlm
05/03/200320
 I filled out a complaint and the # was confirmation number (odi number) is: 10019115. i had stuck wrong mileage down the mileage is 38000 not 80000. *nlm
05/03/2003790002009/01/2001
 My escape will start and then stall or when letting off the gas it will stall while going around bends or just going down the road. it is very on safe because when going around bends and it stalls you can't do anything. it has happen over 20 times now, and it happens with no warning and when ever it wants to. *nlm
07/08/2002410/01/2000
 Has stalled while driving at about 35mph. this has happened four times in the last four months . when i questioned the dealer about the problem i was told that this was because the gas in the car was still winter grade and it would clear up. however this happened for the fourth time about three weeks ago. this is my wifes car, and this is very scary for her. she never knows when it will happen again, it just stalls out while she is in motion. i. *ak
07/16/2002
 While drving steering wheel locked up and then vehicle stalled, almost causing an accident. vehicle was checked by dealer, who advised consumet that they could not find any problem.*ak
04/12/2002406/01/2001
 Vehicle would not start, wouldn't even turn over cted like the battery was dead, except the radio worked and seat belt chime would run. played with steering wheel and it started. this has happened 4 times in 1 year. it is at the dealers right now, they say they never heard of this before. last week when it did it and i was moving the steering wheel , it didn;t even lock, i don't know if that has anything to do with it. i always park where i can make sure a wrecker can get in to haul it to the dealers.*ak
05/01/2001504/30/2001
 Vehicle tends to stall while cruising downhill with engine idling. the vehicle has been serviced for same problem three times but the problem continues to occur resulting in a dangerous situation involving loss of power steering and power braking, consumer feels the problem is with the ignition. *yh
05/01/2001504/20/2001
 Ignition failed. *yh
03/14/2002103/01/2002
 Car electrical, steering and brakes cut off driving at 35-40 mph on curvy road. just bought the car used 2 days ago. first time this has happened. now that ive looked at this site, seems many people have this problem. going to dealer tommorow. we like the car, but we're afraid we have ourselves a lemon. i hope the dealer/ford will fix this problem and stand behind their product.
05/08/2001202/01/2001
 The engine died twice while being driven resulting in loss of power to the steering and brakes. in both cases, the vehicle was going down a slight grade at 30-35 mph, my foot was off the accelerator. there was no advanced indication that there was an ignition problem. following the first incident (5,400 miles) the dealer checked it our and said there were no codes indicating any faults. the second time (12,350 miles) the same dealer called the ford hotline and was advised to replace the iac valve and pcv hose. thus far, the vehicle has not failed but i do not have complete confidence in the repairs. in both cases, i called the ford customer hotline and lodged a complaint. this is very serious and could result in death or injuries. i have heard of other escape drivers with the same problem.*ak
11/22/2001109/01/2001
 Ford escape 2001 stalled on my wife as she drove home. the power went out in the car and she barely had the power to stop the vehicle since the brakes were out. this has historically been a problem with ford (recently settled case with other ford vehicles) where stalling cause many (66%) fatalities. this problem has happened to 3 others that we know of. ford is aware of the problem (per cust. serv. mgr-patrick dorrington) but are not buying us out of our deal since the problem only happened once. my wife is 4 months pregnant and with 2/3rds of ford stalling events ending in death she is never driving this car again. any help with this problem would be appreciated.*ak
11/05/2001
 Vehicle has stalled 3 times at speeds of 30-40 mph. vehicle taken to dealer 3 times, only ground wire of battery was replaced, but it did not resolve the problem.*ak
10/09/2001704/01/2001
 When driving or idling, my 2001 ford escape has stalled 7 times in the past three weeks. the auto has only 8600 miles. i first took it to the ford service shop, who replaced the air flow valve and the idle regulator, but this did not solve the problem. the car stalled again two days later. i returned the car to the shop without any help from the dealer because the shop could not duplicate the problem. i explained to the shop manager that i had read on the internet that a pcm relay could be the culprit. the frod delaer shop very hesitantly replaced the part today. i feel this is a very serious problem because i have almost been hit twice when the engine has stalled. i lose power steering and power brakes, thus losing control of the car. *ak
08/07/2001305/01/2001
 While the escape is driving at no particular speed, the steering wheel tugs a little then it locks completely up, then the brakes fail, the engine light comes on and the only way to get the car to stop is to use the emergency brake. my escape has done this three times since i bought it in may of this year. two of the incidents almost resulted in car accidents because the car can not be steered. the car totally freezes up with all engines lights coming on. the speed doesn't seem to be a factor. all three occassions my cd player has been on, the air has been on low and my lights have been on. after the car finally stops by using the emergengy brake, i shut everything off and it starts right back up again.
06/01/2001
 Engine has shut off 3 times while driving, since car bought 6 weeks ago. always on hilly, curvey roads, doing 35-40 mph, coasting and braking lightly. check engine light comes on. power steering and brakes go. have to muscle car to roadside. turning off key and restarting seems to work. have also put in neutral, turned key off and restarted, shifting back into drive. been to dealer once last week for problem. they could not detect or recreate. dealer contacted ford hot-line, who made suggestions, to no avail. dealer says they nor ford have heard of this problem. hard to believe this. have spoken with ford customer service twice, sympathetic reaction but with no advice or solution. happened again yesterday. car back to dealer now for week while on vacation. very afraid i'm going to kill myself or someone else in accident. expressed concerns to dealer and ford. there are 16 like complaints on nhtsa sight. is anything being done?*ak
 While driving at any speed vehicle completely shutdown without warning , causing loss of power brakes and steering control, nearly causing a collision. dealer replaced engine which has not corrected the problem. please give any further details. *ak
04/01/20012
 On two occasions vehicle would not start due to problems with ignition. dealer has not been able to duplicate or correct problem.*ak *jb
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 Engine check light keeps coming on and stays on. dealer has attempted to fix defect 5 times, but cannot fix defect even after replacing computer and within emmission control device sparts.
03/27/2001603/01/2001
 Car won't start. *ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - ANTI-THEFT CONTROLLER
12/03/200492855110/19/2000
 My 2001 ford escape had to be towed because the key would not turn in the ignition.the dealer explained it as a anti- theft system gone bad.so my ignition had to be re-keyed.(had to buy new keys). of course that took 3 days. i called fords and they said even though there is a code in there computer for this.no recall has been ordered on this problem. *ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - MODULE
10/13/200340000203/01/2000
 Engine suddenly dies while driving that already happened twice, and both times at about 35mph in traffic. *la
07/05/2002
 Vehicle has stalled twice. dealer replaced main computer and various sensors. please provide additional information.*ak
10/15/2001205/01/2001
 Vehicle has stalled twice at 35-40 mph while coasting down hill. dealer replaced computer module and ecc relay. nlm consumer states keyless entry works intermittently. the weather strips coming off on both back doors. the vacuum line was loose and hissing. the coolant light continues to come on due to coolant bottle failure, also there was a cracking noise under the dash and the radio went out. *yh
02/11/2002
 While driving 35mph accelerator started decelerating without warning. lost all power due to memory in computer going out.dealer reprogrammed computer.*ak
01/28/2002
 At highway speed vehicles suddenly died. driver lost brakes and steering control. driver coasted to side of road. took vehicle to dealer, and they replaced relay system. one month later, problem reoccurred. dealer stated it was the processer. please provide any further information.*ak
12/13/2001
 When trying to go up a hill vehicle will automatically shutoff. problem is intermittent. contacted dealer, and the dealer replaced eec power relay.*ak
11/16/2001403/01/2001
 Vehicle stalled wihtout warning while driving @~30mph. this has happened several other times on the road. dealer has performed repairs 3 other times as follows: visit 1 - changed fuel pump relay, visit 2 - changed ecm module relay, visit 3 - replaced fuel pump and sender. dealer service has indicated that they were unable to find exact cause of stalling, so they are replacing components in hopes of catching the problem. after vehicle stalled, power steering and brakes were non-functional and i once again needed to pull off the road evasively to avoid rear-ending the cars in front of me. clarification: this most recent stalling incident occured today, even after the fuel pump was replaced.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - SWITCH
03/01/2004107/17/2003
 When inserted key into ignition it would not turn nor start the vehicle. therefore, having to have suv towed for service and having the part replaced. the tow truck driver mentioned that he has seen this happen alot in ford cars/trucks. *ak
11/20/2001103/01/2001
 The engine stalled while travelling 35mph. i was braking lightly going around a left handed curve and hit a bump. the radio and ac were on. the engine light came on and i lost power assist to the steering and brakes which made it hard to complete the curve safely. i got the vehicle to the side of the road, but not out of the road, before it came to a stop. i turned off the radio and ac, then the ignition switch. i waited about 90 sec. and it restarted on the second try. it has not happened again, but now the engine light is on all the time and the vehicle hesitates. i am taking it in tomorrow to the dealer.*ak
02/23/2002303/01/2001
 This car will start by itself. with the key in ignition in the on position, and no one in the driver's seat, starts itself.*ak
04/01/2001
 When driving and without any warning vehicle will stall completely, causing loss of power. consumer has contacted dealer, dealer has replaced ignition switch, but problem still occurs.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - STARTER ASSEMBLY - RELAY
04/05/200869344112/18/2005
 While driving at speeds between 30 an 40 mph, the car suddenly stalled in traffic. all attempts to restart the vehicle ,by myself, were for naught. a nearby garage initially thought the problem was a timing belt issue, but further investigation showed that the problem was with an electrical harness with a possible short. a bit strange for a non-moving part. *tr
09/09/2002109/13/2001
 My 2001 ford escape stalls when i start the car and i am still in first gear. i have taken my car 4 times to the dealership and they say that they cannot find the problem and have never heard of this complaint before. they even put on a moniter for me to use when the car stalled. i pressed the button twice, but the dealership told me that i did it wrong because they got the wrong readings. after the last time i brought it to ford, they replaced a part and said that it was fixed. seven months later it is stalling again.. as much as three times a day!! it is getting worse.*ak
06/01/20011
 While driving down hill vehicle stalled without prior warning, causing loss of all power steering and braking ability. consumer has contacted dealer, dealer not willing to provide any assistance.*ak consumer states another dealer repaired vehicle by replacing the relay. *slc
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING
06/01/201210
 Submission from re ford escape 2001 safety recall notice 11s24 *tgw the consumer received a recall notice in jan 2012. the notice indicated she would be informed when the parts required to complete the safety recall would become available, which wouldn't be until the second quarter. the vehicle caught on fire while parked, which was prior to the recall, but was quickly extinguished. shortly after the fire, the vehicle was repaired. several months later, the consumer was partly compensated by ford in the form of a check for $1900 accompanied by a document which stated by accepting the compensation, she would also be signing off on any other claims. the consumer also stated the catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, master cylinder, wiring harness, abs, brake line booster, power steering rack and pinion, tie rods, intake manifold as well as the air bag were all replaced. the steering column would freeze, the rear passenger door handle fell off, rendering the door unstable, the coolant light illuminated, the oil pan needed to be replaced, the air condition stopped working and the rear shock were leaking. *jb
06/01/201210
 Submission from re ford escape 2001 safety recall notice 11s24 *tgw the consumer received a recall notice in jan 2012. the notice indicated she would be informed when the parts required to complete the safety recall would become available, which wouldn't be until the second quarter. the vehicle caught on fire while parked, which was prior to the recall, but was quickly extinguished. shortly after the fire, the vehicle was repaired. several months later, the consumer was partly compensated by ford in the form of a check for $1900 accompanied by a document which stated by accepting the compensation, she would also be signing off on any other claims. the consumer also stated the catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, master cylinder, wiring harness, abs, brake line booster, power steering rack and pinion, tie rods, intake manifold as well as the air bag were all replaced. the steering column would freeze, the rear passenger door handle fell off, rendering the door unstable, the coolant light illuminated, the oil pan needed to be replaced, the air condition stopped working and the rear shock were leaking. *jb
06/01/201210
 Submission from re ford escape 2001 safety recall notice 11s24 *tgw the consumer received a recall notice in jan 2012. the notice indicated she would be informed when the parts required to complete the safety recall would become available, which wouldn't be until the second quarter. the vehicle caught on fire while parked, which was prior to the recall, but was quickly extinguished. shortly after the fire, the vehicle was repaired. several months later, the consumer was partly compensated by ford in the form of a check for $1900 accompanied by a document which stated by accepting the compensation, she would also be signing off on any other claims. the consumer also stated the catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, master cylinder, wiring harness, abs, brake line booster, power steering rack and pinion, tie rods, intake manifold as well as the air bag were all replaced. the steering column would freeze, the rear passenger door handle fell off, rendering the door unstable, the coolant light illuminated, the oil pan needed to be replaced, the air condition stopped working and the rear shock were leaking. *jb
06/01/201210
 Submission from re ford escape 2001 safety recall notice 11s24 *tgw the consumer received a recall notice in jan 2012. the notice indicated she would be informed when the parts required to complete the safety recall would become available, which wouldn't be until the second quarter. the vehicle caught on fire while parked, which was prior to the recall, but was quickly extinguished. shortly after the fire, the vehicle was repaired. several months later, the consumer was partly compensated by ford in the form of a check for $1900 accompanied by a document which stated by accepting the compensation, she would also be signing off on any other claims. the consumer also stated the catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, master cylinder, wiring harness, abs, brake line booster, power steering rack and pinion, tie rods, intake manifold as well as the air bag were all replaced. the steering column would freeze, the rear passenger door handle fell off, rendering the door unstable, the coolant light illuminated, the oil pan needed to be replaced, the air condition stopped working and the rear shock were leaking. *jb
01/20/20071
 The car was parked for about an hour when my sister in law saw the fire coming out of the engine area. i turned the fire off with water. the master cylinder was completely burned. all of the wires coming out of the fuse box as well as the abs wires. the car will turn on but i cant shift it into drive. the brake fuse also burned out. *nm
09/07/200633000411/24/2000
 Dt*: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled. the vehicle was towed to the dealership who determined the alternator was burnt and was replaced. nine months later, the vehicle stalled and a burning smell was observed. it was taken back to the dealer who built a casing around the alternator to stop the burning. two years later, the vehicle stalled again. when taken to the dealer, the battery was replaced. two years later, the vehicle stalled again. when it was towed to the dealer, it was determined the electrical harness was corroded and rusted and the harness was replaced.
11/04/20031
 Engine unexpectedly stalled and engine lost all powerwhile puling into a driveway. this was the second incident in the last 6 months involving the ford escape that is my company car. i barely missed being hit by another car. the first time was on the freeway at 60 m.p.h. i consider myself luck i was not killed or injured.*ak
01/17/200135600310/15/2000
 In the last 2 months - going downhill at 35mph vehicle stalled, loss of ps/pb, headlights/radio remained on, engine/oil light illuminated - vehicle towed to dealer, dealer unable to replicate problem, indicated that vehicle started right up - 1 wk later, vehicle stalled again, same as before, this time shut off vehicle completely and vehicle started up again - today seatbelt light started flashing and bells were ringing though driver was seatbelted. vehicle did not stall during this episode. after reading other complaints, i do not feel safe driving this vehicle at highway speeds and will put vehicle up for sale.
03/01/20024
 Vehicle is stalling at low speed. has been taken to dealer 4 times. powertrain control module/ wiring assembly and pcm relay were replaced. did not remedy the problem.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - FRONT UNDERHOOD
09/09/200211/01/2000
 After being parked for 2.5 hours, our less-than-2-years-old ford escape spontaneously smoked and burned; small fire was stopped by fire dept.; have no word from dealer or ford as to why this happened (fire dept. suspected electrical short) -- do you have any other such reports?. *ak
09/21/2000
 During a collision on front part of vehicle caught on fire, causing total loss of vehicle. also, consumer sustained injuries. *ak
10/05/2001109/01/2001
 While driving, vehicle stalled, consumer states all electrical systems failed, vehicle would not restart, consumer lists stall occurred due to electrical wiring problem under the hood. *slc
10/05/2001109/01/2001
 While driving, vehicle stalled, consumer states all electrical systems failed, vehicle would not restart, consumer lists stall occurred due to electrical wiring problem under the hood. *slc
10/05/2001109/01/2001
 1.) complete loss of power and all electrical systems while vehicle was being operated. vehicle refused to restart; and 2.) gear stick shakes or shimmers vigorously when engaged in third (3rd) gear.
10/05/2001109/01/2001
 1.) complete loss of power and all electrical systems while vehicle was being operated. vehicle refused to restart; and 2.) gear stick shakes or shimmers vigorously when engaged in third (3rd) gear.
06/17/2001303/01/2001
 6 mos old veh; 4700 miles; engine has stalled on 3 separate occasions (mid-jun, mid-jul, early sep) while traveling at 45 mph; original dealer could provide no solution; currently being evaluated at 2nd local dealer; seeking guaranteed resolution; replacement vehicle or refund. *ak
06/12/20011
 Vehicle lost all power completly. was towed to dealer. dealer repaired short in wiring harness. repaired/ relocated harness and replaced neccessary fuses. tested eecpc-1000. repair was made under warranty. *ak *slc
12/28/200012/01/2000
 The dealership told me its a problem with the computer and the ford engineers are working on it. the car chugs when going long distances when you try to accelerate. i have had the problem since i got the car.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - INTERIOR/UNDER DASH
03/09/200668000211/01/2000
 Dt*: the contact stated while driving in stop and go traffic, the vehicle had a rough idle and stalled intermittently. the vehicle was taken to dealer for inspection; however the problem could not be duplicated. after a short period of time the vehicle had the same problems again. the vehicle stalled and was towed to the dealer. the dealer replaced the pcm but this did not correct the problem. the dealer stated the wiring under the dash needed replaced. there is a nhtsa recall 04v165000, regarding the power train: automatic transmission: control module pcm and a nhtsa tsb item #617976, regarding the electrical system: wiring under dash. the vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall and technical service bulletin; however it is not included in the recall due to the vin. the consumer was informed the vehicle had an electrical short. updated 04/11/06. *jb
04/01/2002
 Instrument panel lights will continuously come on, for example engine check light will come on, but there was never anything wrong with vehicle. contacted dealer.*ak
01/15/200208/01/2001
 The overhead map lights in the front of the vehicle do not come on when the driver door is opened. the center and back dome lights come on and then fade, however, there isn't enough light in the front of the vehicle to see to put the key in without manually turning on the map light. i have 2 friends who have the same year model, and their map lights come up. when i contacted the dealer, he said a change in wiring was made to their vehicles and would gladly charge me $300 to fix mine. i live in alaska where 6 months out of the year it's dark and i believe this is a safety harzard in getting into the vehicle without having adequate lighting to see to put the key in. we've talked to the sevice manager and they are unwilling to do anything for us. they have apologized for wasting my time, and leaving me sit in their waiting area for 8 hours and then announcing they forgot about me. when told it would take an addtional 3 1/2 hours to fix, and cost me $300, there wasn't enough time left in the day to complete the job if i chose to spend the money and would have had to come back at another time. i feel this is a true safety hazard when i can't see to put the key in and start the vehicle up.*ak
01/01/2001
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak