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Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Ford Escape owners have reported 9,240 problems for their cars built in the 15 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported during all service years for each model year of Ford Escape. The 2010 Ford Escape cars have the most problems reported (1,722 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Ford Escape

Model Year Number of Problems
  2000 Escape
4
  2001 Escape
970
  2002 Escape
943
  2003 Escape
424
  2004 Escape
352
  2005 Escape
1,089
  2006 Escape
330
  2007 Escape
158
  2008 Escape
960
  2009 Escape
935
  2010 Escape
1,722
  2011 Escape
773
  2012 Escape
161
  2013 Escape
324
  2014 Escape
89

  Common problems of Ford Escape

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Ford Escape cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,792 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,293 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Escape

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,792
  Power Train
1,293
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,145
  Electrical System
717
  Other Fuel System
676
  Steering
628
  Service Brakes
484
  Structure
444
  Equipment
433
  Suspension
395
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  Air Bag
293
  Visibility
229
  Gasoline Fuel System
153
  Tire
100
  Wheel
98
  Unknown Or Other
91
  Seat Belt
64
  Latches/locks/linkage
61
  Electronic Stability Control
59
  Exterior Lighting
30
  Seats
28
  Air Brake
12
  Parking Brake
10
  Traction Control System
2
  Interior Lighting
2
  Child Seat
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the older model year Ford Escape to a new one in terms of the problems reported since older vehicles have been in service longer and more problems should be reported. In order to compare the reliability across Escape model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index implies a better reliability for the model year under study.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000

Where P = total problems reported during the life of a Ford Escape model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The result is shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Escape Model Years

Model YearProblems/
Sales [1]
Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2001 Escape   970 / 164,184   13
0.45
  2002 Escape   943 / 145,471   12
0.54
  2003 Escape   424 / 167,678   11
0.23
  2004 Escape   352 / 183,430   10
0.19
  2005 Escape   1,089 / 165,122   9
0.73
  2006 Escape   330 / 157,395   8
0.26
  2007 Escape   158 / 165,596   7
0.14
  2008 Escape   960 / 156,544   6
1.02
  2009 Escape   935 / 173,044   5
1.08
  2010 Escape   1,722 / 191,026   4
2.25
  2011 Escape   773 / 254,293   3
1.01
  2012 Escape   161 / 261,008   2
0.31

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of Ford Escape is to use the number of problems reported during the vehicles' first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicles' first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2001 Ford Escape
164
  2002 Ford Escape
190
  2003 Ford Escape
51
  2004 Ford Escape
22
  2005 Ford Escape
51
  2006 Ford Escape
29
  2007 Ford Escape
22
  2008 Ford Escape
42
  2009 Ford Escape
20
  2010 Ford Escape
66
  2011 Ford Escape
46
  2012 Ford Escape
45
  2013 Ford Escape
122
  2014 Ford Escape
67



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