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Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford Escape owners have reported a total of 14,278 problems for their cars built in the 18 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Ford Escape. The 2010 Ford Escape cars have the most problems reported (2,315 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Escape
54
  2016 Escape
105
  2015 Escape
125
  2014 Escape
414
  2013 Escape
1,004
  2012 Escape
378
  2011 Escape
1,148
  2010 Escape
2,315
  2009 Escape
1,372
  2008 Escape
1,564
  2007 Escape
232
  2006 Escape
482
  2005 Escape
1,701
  2004 Escape
625
  2003 Escape
586
  2002 Escape
1,100
  2001 Escape
1,068
  2000 Escape
5

  Common problems of Ford Escape

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Ford Escape cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,503 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,709 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Escape

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
2,503
  Power Train
1,709
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,518
  Steering
1,429
  Electrical System
1,117
  Other Fuel System
1,054
  Structure
928
  Equipment
790
  Suspension
787
  Service Brakes
658
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  Air Bag
417
  Visibility
295
  Wheel
189
  Gasoline Fuel System
172
  Latches/locks/linkage
150
  Electronic Stability Control
119
  Tire
113
  Seat Belt
101
  Unknown Or Other
91
  Exterior Lighting
52
  Seats
47
  Air Brake
12
  Parking Brake
10
  Traction Control System
9
  Hybrid Propulsion System
3
  Child Seat
3
  Interior Lighting
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Ford Escape of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. 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 indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    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 results are shown in Table 3.

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

Escape
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2016 105265,7621    
0.40
  2015 125244,0832    
0.26
  2014 414370,7603    
0.37
  2013 1,004310,7614    
0.81
  2012 378233,5165    
0.32
  2011 1,148199,5236    
0.96
  2010 2,315189,9567    
1.74
  2009 1,372131,2888    
1.31
  2008 1,564220,8379    
0.79
  2007 23296,74410    
0.24
  2006 482134,42111    
0.33
  2005 1,701244,67712    
0.58
  2004 625106,74513    
0.45
  2003 586152,50814    
0.27
  2002 1,100159,95315    
0.46
  2001 1,068153,85416    
0.43

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

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

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2017 Escape
45
  2016 Escape
72
  2015 Escape
50
  2014 Escape
98
  2013 Escape
165
  2012 Escape
54
  2011 Escape
56
  2010 Escape
74
  2009 Escape
23
  2008 Escape
50
  2007 Escape
22
  2006 Escape
29
  2005 Escape
51
  2004 Escape
26
  2003 Escape
51
  2002 Escape
190
  2001 Escape
164



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