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Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Ford Escape owners have reported 9,446 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 (1,739 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2000 Escape
4
  2001 Escape
977
  2002 Escape
945
  2003 Escape
428
  2004 Escape
367
  2005 Escape
1,140
  2006 Escape
346
  2007 Escape
165
  2008 Escape
1,002
  2009 Escape
954
  2010 Escape
1,739
  2011 Escape
778
  2012 Escape
168
  2013 Escape
329
  2014 Escape
98

  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 (1,805 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,310 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Escape

  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   977 / 164,184   14
0.43
  2002 Escape   945 / 145,471   13
0.50
  2003 Escape   428 / 167,678   12
0.21
  2004 Escape   367 / 183,430   11
0.18
  2005 Escape   1,140 / 165,122   10
0.69
  2006 Escape   346 / 157,395   9
0.24
  2007 Escape   165 / 165,596   8
0.12
  2008 Escape   1,002 / 156,544   7
0.91
  2009 Escape   954 / 173,044   6
0.92
  2010 Escape   1,739 / 191,026   5
1.82
  2011 Escape   778 / 254,293   4
0.76
  2012 Escape   168 / 261,008   3
0.21

  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
123
  2014 Ford Escape
73



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