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Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Ford Escape owners have reported 13,135 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 (2,203 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Escape
5
  2016 Escape
73
  2015 Escape
84
  2014 Escape
263
  2013 Escape
786
  2012 Escape
311
  2011 Escape
1,069
  2010 Escape
2,203
  2009 Escape
1,300
  2008 Escape
1,452
  2007 Escape
221
  2006 Escape
472
  2005 Escape
1,633
  2004 Escape
586
  2003 Escape
549
  2002 Escape
1,072
  2001 Escape
1,051
  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 (2,330 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,639 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Escape

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
2,330
  Power Train
1,639
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,470
  Steering
1,233
  Electrical System
1,041
  Other Fuel System
905
  Structure
829
  Suspension
730
  Equipment
709
  Service Brakes
612
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  Air Bag
397
  Visibility
280
  Gasoline Fuel System
168
  Wheel
168
  Tire
111
  Electronic Stability Control
102
  Seat Belt
95
  Latches/locks/linkage
95
  Unknown Or Other
91
  Exterior Lighting
49
  Seats
42
  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 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

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Escape
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2016 73241    
3041.67
  2015 84182,4812    
0.23
  2014 263370,7613    
0.24
  2013 786310,7614    
0.63
  2012 311233,5165    
0.27
  2011 1,069199,5236    
0.89
  2010 2,203189,9567    
1.66
  2009 1,300131,2888    
1.24
  2008 1,452220,8379    
0.73
  2007 22196,74410    
0.23
  2006 472134,42111    
0.32
  2005 1,633244,67712    
0.56
  2004 586106,74513    
0.42
  2003 549152,50814    
0.26
  2002 1,072159,95315    
0.45
  2001 1,051153,85416    
0.43

  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
  2017 Escape
3
  2016 Escape
68
  2015 Escape
47
  2014 Escape
97
  2013 Escape
163
  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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