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Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford Escape owners have reported a total of 13,986 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 (2,280 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Escape
43
  2016 Escape
94
  2015 Escape
116
  2014 Escape
381
  2013 Escape
944
  2012 Escape
362
  2011 Escape
1,137
  2010 Escape
2,280
  2009 Escape
1,345
  2008 Escape
1,549
  2007 Escape
228
  2006 Escape
477
  2005 Escape
1,684
  2004 Escape
613
  2003 Escape
574
  2002 Escape
1,088
  2001 Escape
1,066
  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 (2,457 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,690 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Escape

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
2,457
  Power Train
1,690
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,510
  Steering
1,374
  Electrical System
1,101
  Other Fuel System
1,010
  Structure
903
  Suspension
771
  Equipment
770
  Service Brakes
644
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  Air Bag
412
  Visibility
291
  Wheel
184
  Gasoline Fuel System
170
  Latches/locks/linkage
146
  Electronic Stability Control
114
  Tire
113
  Seat Belt
99
  Unknown Or Other
91
  Exterior Lighting
50
  Seats
47
  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 94265,7621    
0.35
  2015 116244,0832    
0.24
  2014 381370,7603    
0.34
  2013 944310,7614    
0.76
  2012 362233,5165    
0.31
  2011 1,137199,5236    
0.95
  2010 2,280189,9567    
1.71
  2009 1,345131,2888    
1.28
  2008 1,549220,8379    
0.78
  2007 22896,74410    
0.24
  2006 477134,42111    
0.32
  2005 1,684244,67712    
0.57
  2004 613106,74513    
0.44
  2003 574152,50814    
0.27
  2002 1,088159,95315    
0.45
  2001 1,066153,85416    
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
34
  2016 Escape
72
  2015 Escape
49
  2014 Escape
98
  2013 Escape
164
  2012 Escape
54
  2011 Escape
56
  2010 Escape
72
  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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