2003 Ford Escape - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2003 Ford Escape

606 problems have been reported for the 2003 Ford Escape. The following chart shows the 22 most common problems for 2003 Ford Escape. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's structure with 100 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (78 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2003 Ford Escape

small car iamge PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2003 Ford Escape in the United States are 152,508 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Ford Escape owners in the last 15 years is 606, and the age of the vehicle is 15, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 606 / 152,508 / 15 * 1000 = 0.26.

For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Ford Escape model year vehicles.

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 2003 Ford Escape in 2003.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2018
11
  2017
43
  2016
33
  2015
57
  2014
72
  2013
37
  2012
45
  2011
30
  2010
26
  2009
28
  2008
30
  2007
37
  2006
26
  2005
26
  2004
41
  2003
2

small car iamge Compare the 2003 Ford Escape with Other Model Years

When making the decision between buying a new or used Ford Escape, the following table can be used to compare the 2003 Ford Escape with the Ford Escape from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2003 Escape is 606 while the average number of problems reported for the 19 model years of the Ford Escape is 829.

Table 3. Compare the 2003 Ford Escape with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 Escape
14
  2017 Escape
114
  2016 Escape
162
  2015 Escape
172
  2014 Escape
601
  2013 Escape
1,267
  2012 Escape
490
  2011 Escape
1,266
  2010 Escape
2,447
  2009 Escape
1,517
  2008 Escape
1,737
  2007 Escape
244
  2006 Escape
503
  2005 Escape
1,774
  2004 Escape
636
  2003 Escape
606
  2002 Escape
1,128
  2001 Escape
1,077
  2000 Escape
5


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