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Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Ford Escape owners have reported 8,861 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 (1,686 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2000 Escape
4
  2001 Escape
963
  2002 Escape
935
  2003 Escape
415
  2004 Escape
342
  2005 Escape
1,014
  2006 Escape
313
  2007 Escape
150
  2008 Escape
892
  2009 Escape
899
  2010 Escape
1,686
  2011 Escape
743
  2012 Escape
148
  2013 Escape
283
  2014 Escape
68

  Common problems of Ford Escape

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Ford Escape cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,747 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,251 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Escape

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,747
  Power Train
1,251
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,119
  Electrical System
689
  Other Fuel System
649
  Steering
585
  Service Brakes
475
  Structure
406
  Equipment
403
  Suspension
352
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  Air Bag
277
  Visibility
225
  Gasoline Fuel System
152
  Tire
98
  Unknown Or Other
91
  Wheel
84
  Seat Belt
61
  Latches/locks/linkage
61
  Electronic Stability Control
56
  Exterior Lighting
27
  Seats
26
  Air Brake
12
  Parking Brake
10
  Traction Control System
2
  Interior Lighting
2
  Child Seat
1

  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   963 / 164,184   13
0.45
  2002 Escape   935 / 145,471   12
0.54
  2003 Escape   415 / 167,678   11
0.22
  2004 Escape   342 / 183,430   10
0.19
  2005 Escape   1,014 / 165,122   9
0.68
  2006 Escape   313 / 157,395   8
0.25
  2007 Escape   150 / 165,596   7
0.13
  2008 Escape   892 / 156,544   6
0.95
  2009 Escape   899 / 173,044   5
1.04
  2010 Escape   1,686 / 191,026   4
2.21
  2011 Escape   743 / 254,293   3
0.97
  2012 Escape   148 / 261,008   2
0.28

  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
43
  2013 Ford Escape
118
  2014 Ford Escape
46



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