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Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford Escape owners have reported a total of 14,545 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 (2,339 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Escape
60
  2016 Escape
112
  2015 Escape
131
  2014 Escape
456
  2013 Escape
1,052
  2012 Escape
398
  2011 Escape
1,173
  2010 Escape
2,339
  2009 Escape
1,394
  2008 Escape
1,603
  2007 Escape
235
  2006 Escape
488
  2005 Escape
1,713
  2004 Escape
625
  2003 Escape
593
  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 (2,551 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,726 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Escape

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
2,551
  Power Train
1,726
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,529
  Steering
1,504
  Electrical System
1,144
  Other Fuel System
1,075
  Structure
945
  Equipment
811
  Suspension
792
  Service Brakes
659
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  Air Bag
423
  Visibility
297
  Wheel
192
  Gasoline Fuel System
172
  Latches/locks/linkage
150
  Electronic Stability Control
125
  Tire
113
  Seat Belt
106
  Unknown Or Other
91
  Exterior Lighting
53
  Seats
48
  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 112265,7621    
0.42
  2015 131244,0832    
0.27
  2014 456370,7603    
0.41
  2013 1,052310,7614    
0.85
  2012 398233,5165    
0.34
  2011 1,173199,5236    
0.98
  2010 2,339189,9567    
1.76
  2009 1,394131,2888    
1.33
  2008 1,603220,8379    
0.81
  2007 23596,74410    
0.24
  2006 488134,42111    
0.33
  2005 1,713244,67712    
0.58
  2004 625106,74513    
0.45
  2003 593152,50814    
0.28
  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
51
  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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