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Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford Escape owners have reported a total of 13,755 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 (2,260 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Escape
31
  2016 Escape
89
  2015 Escape
107
  2014 Escape
344
  2013 Escape
915
  2012 Escape
346
  2011 Escape
1,112
  2010 Escape
2,260
  2009 Escape
1,332
  2008 Escape
1,536
  2007 Escape
225
  2006 Escape
476
  2005 Escape
1,669
  2004 Escape
602
  2003 Escape
565
  2002 Escape
1,082
  2001 Escape
1,059
  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 (2,426 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,675 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Escape

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
2,426
  Power Train
1,675
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,494
  Steering
1,350
  Electrical System
1,082
  Other Fuel System
975
  Structure
882
  Suspension
757
  Equipment
752
  Service Brakes
634
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  Air Bag
409
  Visibility
287
  Wheel
180
  Gasoline Fuel System
169
  Latches/locks/linkage
138
  Tire
113
  Electronic Stability Control
110
  Seat Belt
99
  Unknown Or Other
91
  Exterior Lighting
49
  Seats
44
  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 89265,7621    
0.33
  2015 107244,0832    
0.22
  2014 344370,7603    
0.31
  2013 915310,7614    
0.74
  2012 346233,5165    
0.30
  2011 1,112199,5236    
0.93
  2010 2,260189,9567    
1.70
  2009 1,332131,2888    
1.27
  2008 1,536220,8379    
0.77
  2007 22596,74410    
0.23
  2006 476134,42111    
0.32
  2005 1,669244,67712    
0.57
  2004 602106,74513    
0.43
  2003 565152,50814    
0.26
  2002 1,082159,95315    
0.45
  2001 1,059153,85416    
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
26
  2016 Escape
70
  2015 Escape
48
  2014 Escape
98
  2013 Escape
164
  2012 Escape
54
  2011 Escape
56
  2010 Escape
70
  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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