Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford Escape owners have reported a total of 15,676 problems for their cars built in the 19 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 (2,445 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 Escape
12
  2017 Escape
112
  2016 Escape
147
  2015 Escape
166
  2014 Escape
589
  2013 Escape
1,246
  2012 Escape
489
  2011 Escape
1,260
  2010 Escape
2,445
  2009 Escape
1,512
  2008 Escape
1,733
  2007 Escape
244
  2006 Escape
502
  2005 Escape
1,770
  2004 Escape
636
  2003 Escape
603
  2002 Escape
1,128
  2001 Escape
1,077
  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 (2,736 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,790 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Escape

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
2,736
  Power Train
1,790
  Steering
1,788
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,553
  Other Fuel System
1,269
  Electrical System
1,214
  Structure
1,007
  Equipment
892
  Suspension
826
  Service Brakes
693
   
  Air Bag
438
  Visibility
311
  Wheel
220
  Gasoline Fuel System
177
  Latches/locks/linkage
154
  Electronic Stability Control
142
  Seat Belt
113
  Tire
113
  Unknown Or Other
91
  Exterior Lighting
59
  Seats
51
  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
  2017 112431,2271    
0.26
  2016 147265,7622    
0.28
  2015 166244,0833    
0.23
  2014 589370,7604    
0.40
  2013 1,246310,7615    
0.80
  2012 489233,5166    
0.35
  2011 1,260199,5237    
0.90
  2010 2,445189,9568    
1.61
  2009 1,512131,2889    
1.28
  2008 1,733220,83710    
0.78
  2007 24496,74411    
0.23
  2006 502134,42112    
0.31
  2005 1,770244,67713    
0.56
  2004 636106,74514    
0.43
  2003 603152,50815    
0.26
  2002 1,128159,95316    
0.44
  2001 1,077153,85417    
0.41

  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
  2018 Escape
12
  2017 Escape
69
  2016 Escape
73
  2015 Escape
52
  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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