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Ford Escape repairs by problem area

Engine (26%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 1996 repairs.
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Ford Escape repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 567 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Ford Escape problems by year

2001 - 2002 (6%)

2003 - 2004 (12%)

2005 - 2007 (27%)

2008 - 2012 (38%)

2013 - 2016 (16%)

Chart based on 2000 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the Ford Escape

Ford Escape Personal Experiences: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 171-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed automatic AWD
I have owned six other Ford Escapes, and currently still have three in the drive way, as they offer excellent passanger and luggage room, as well as fuel economy. And they are very dependable, only two repairs total on all of them, since 2003. full 2011 Ford Escape review
2010 4dr SUV 153-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Very positive experience of owning FE vehicle for more than 19 months. full 2010 Ford Escape review
2009 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
I had a 2008 Escape for just less than two years, and for the most part, it was fine. My only complaints were discovery of rail dust immediately after delivery and the usual transmission cooler failure. full 2009 Ford Escape review
2008 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
I owned a 2003 Tribute and that was a reliable car. full 2008 Ford Escape review
2008 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
Had good luck with Ford in the pass full 2008 Ford Escape review
2008 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
previous 2006 Escape was/is very reliable, fuel efficient full 2008 Ford Escape review
2008 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I have a good feeling about Fords, and really like that it was made in the USA (Missouri). full 2008 Ford Escape review
2008 4dr SUV 133-horsepower 2.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Not so much an Escape prior experience, but a Ford Motor Company excellent prior ownership experiences. full 2008 Ford Escape review
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
I have an 02 which has been a good vehicle full 2005 Ford Escape review
2003 4dr SUV 201-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
had 2 explorers in the past enjoyed them , no problems full 2003 Ford Escape review
Ford Escape Personal Experiences: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
vehicle computer went bad. (about $800 new one without labor) alternator went bad. (about $300 new without labor and axle has to be dropped to replace) belt came off pulleys on hwy 11/08/2011 vehicle made huge clunk and now drive train issues to be fix full 2005 Ford Escape review
Ford Escape Personal Experiences: Neutral
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
This is my 2nd AWD V6 Escape. I bought it based on the positive experiences with the first (2006) The 2010 is a much better CUV then the older one. Faster, better ride and quieter are the three standout improvements. The Sync tech package is fairly easy to use and interacts well with most smart phones. A good value used car priced generally lower then others in this segment. Good all around CUV full 2010 Ford Escape review
 

Ford Escape Problems and Repair Histories

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