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Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Ford Escape owners have reported 12,909 problems for their cars built in the 18 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 (2,178 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Escape
2
  2016 Escape
62
  2015 Escape
76
  2014 Escape
251
  2013 Escape
750
  2012 Escape
304
  2011 Escape
1,044
  2010 Escape
2,178
  2009 Escape
1,277
  2008 Escape
1,409
  2007 Escape
219
  2006 Escape
472
  2005 Escape
1,615
  2004 Escape
581
  2003 Escape
547
  2002 Escape
1,068
  2001 Escape
1,049
  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 (2,305 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,623 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Escape

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
2,305
  Power Train
1,623
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,460
  Steering
1,171
  Electrical System
1,022
  Other Fuel System
886
  Structure
812
  Suspension
723
  Equipment
698
  Service Brakes
601
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  Air Bag
392
  Visibility
272
  Gasoline Fuel System
167
  Wheel
165
  Tire
111
  Electronic Stability Control
100
  Seat Belt
94
  Unknown Or Other
91
  Latches/locks/linkage
88
  Exterior Lighting
49
  Seats
41
  Air Brake
12
  Parking Brake
10
  Traction Control System
8
  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 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

Escape
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2015 76182,4811    
0.42
  2014 251370,7612    
0.34
  2013 750310,7613    
0.80
  2012 304233,5164    
0.33
  2011 1,044199,5235    
1.05
  2010 2,178189,9566    
1.91
  2009 1,277131,2887    
1.39
  2008 1,409220,8378    
0.80
  2007 21996,7449    
0.25
  2006 472134,42110    
0.35
  2005 1,615244,67711    
0.60
  2004 581106,74512    
0.45
  2003 547152,50813    
0.28
  2002 1,068159,95314    
0.48
  2001 1,049153,85415    
0.45

  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
  2016 Escape
60
  2015 Escape
47
  2014 Escape
97
  2013 Escape
162
  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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