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Ford Escape vs. Ford Mustang Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Escapes, 3.8 months of data per Escape, average 3300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2016 Ford Mustang   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Mustangs, 3.9 months of data per Mustang, average 3200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2015 Ford Escape 28
48.1366459627% 48.1366459627% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Escapes, 9.5 months of data per Escape, average 8200 miles
2015 Ford Mustang 32
58.0745341615% 58.0745341615% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Mustangs, 8.4 months of data per Mustang, average 6500 miles

Redesigned. Good start.

 

2014 Ford Escape 26
38% 38% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Escapes, 10.0 months of data per Escape, average 20000 miles
2014 Ford Mustang 11
3.71428571429% 3.71428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Mustangs, 9.4 months of data per Mustang, average 19800 miles

 

2013 Ford Escape 41
56.6666666667% 56.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  82 Escapes, 9.0 months of data per Escape, average 37200 miles

Redesigned.
2013 Ford Mustang 33
41.4285714286% 41.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  39 Mustangs, 9.2 months of data per Mustang, average 24200 miles

Common problem with lower control arms. Was common on the 2012 earlier. Also common problem with a kinked differential vent tube. TSBs for both.

 

2012 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Escapes, 8.5 months of data per Escape, average 44000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Ford Mustang 21
16.0714285714% 16.0714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  46 Mustangs, 9.8 months of data per Mustang, average 32200 miles

 

2011 Ford Escape 26
21.0204081633% 21.0204081633% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Escapes, 7.9 months of data per Escape, average 58800 miles
2011 Ford Mustang manual 14
1.42857142857% 1.42857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Mustang manuals, 9.8 months of data per Mustang manual, average 56800 miles
2011 Ford Mustang automatic   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Mustang automatics, 9.3 months of data per Mustang automatic, average 48300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2010 Ford Escape 64
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Escapes, 10.1 months of data per Escape, average 76500 miles
2010 Ford Mustang 45
42.8571428571% 42.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Mustangs, 9.3 months of data per Mustang, average 45500 miles

Refreshed for this model year.

 

2009 Ford Escape 50
33.5164835165% 33.5164835165% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Escapes, 10.2 months of data per Escape, average 82500 miles

 

2008 Ford Escape 53
36.8131868132% 36.8131868132% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  53 Escapes, 9.4 months of data per Escape, average 88500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2008 Ford Mustang 19
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Mustangs, 10.5 months of data per Mustang, average 47400 miles

 

2007 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Escapes, 8.4 months of data per Escape, average 130700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Ford Mustang 30
9.74025974026% 9.74025974026% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Mustangs, 10.5 months of data per Mustang, average 68800 miles

 

2006 Ford Escape 76
53.4482758621% 53.4482758621% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Escapes, 7.7 months of data per Escape, average 117900 miles
2006 Ford Mustang 35
13.0541871921% 13.0541871921% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Mustangs, 11.1 months of data per Mustang, average 77900 miles

 

2005 Ford Escape 86
55.3571428571% 55.3571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Escapes, 8.3 months of data per Escape, average 121600 miles
2005 Ford Mustang   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Mustangs, 9.9 months of data per Mustang, average 90900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Escapes, 8.8 months of data per Escape, average 113100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Escapes, 9.4 months of data per Escape, average 141500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Ford Mustang   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Mustangs, 10.2 months of data per Mustang, average 58500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Ford Escape   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Escapes, 9.0 months of data per Escape, average 114500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Ford Escape vs. Ford Mustang Reliability Comparisons

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford Escape

Ford Escape Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 153-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Excellent vehicle as I owned a previous 2009 Ford Escape XLT but decided to get hybrid. Very reliable!
2009 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
family member has one and has not had any problems, plus consumer reports on this vehicle
2008 4dr SUV 133-horsepower 2.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
We purchased this car with about 100k miles already on it. The car served us well for about a year (40,000 miles). We averaged 31MPG combined w/o the AC on and about 28 with the AC on. We like the car but it had a lot of high pitched noises at all speeds. On 7/4/13 the car suddenly lost all drivetrain power. It was diagnosed with a failed hybrid water pump. A warning should have come on to pull over but did not. By the time the computer shut down the vehicle, it was too late. Ford said a new transaxle is in order at a cost of over $12,000 (includes installation). Think long and hard before you buy into the theory that a hybrid will save you money.
2008 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
have had no problems at all after owning for 1yr, 3mos
2007 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
It has not broken down once since I bought it - most owners like the reliability/durability
2006 4dr SUV 153-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The 2.3L 4CYL engine is agreat little engine, and when teamed with the manual 5spd, provides a good level of fun and performance. As expected I have not returned to the dealer for anything since new.32000 miles.
2006 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Looking for a small SUV to replace my 1990 Toyota PU. Do not buy cars often. Consumer report rated Ford Escape high on reliability. Rented this vehicle and drove from Reno to Lake Tahoe. Enjoyed the ride. Bought used only 2 yrs old, 17k, 1/2 off MSRP.
2005 4dr SUV 153-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I put over 90000 miles on my Escape with ZERO issues. ZERO.
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Purchased this vehicle new 4 years and 79,350 miles ago. Knock wood, it has never been to the shop for any repair.
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
it ranked right up there with comparable imports, and was cheaper than them.
Ford Escape Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
A bit jerking into gear on first gear already as new. Not sure how long the transmission can last. Ford Explorer was one of the MOST complainted cars in history. Not sure how well the Escape will stand up.
2008 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
reliability so not that great after 3 years it developeped some leaks, squeaks etc.
2006 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
Seems to go to the shop for little things frequently.
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
The 2005 Ford Escape has been anything but reliable. Every couple 3 months this pile has fed me some more problems that hurt the wallet and leave me scrounging for a credit card to get buy until the next disaster. Do Not Buy This 2005 Curse!
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 2dr Coupe 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed manual RWD
Much improved interior materials that should last as well as decent to good reliability from last iteration of the Mustang.
2007 2dr Convertible 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed manual RWD
This is my third Mustang. My first two held up very well and I expect no less from this one. I did research reliability before my purchase and found nothing to deter me from my purchase.
2007 2dr Coupe supercharged 500hp 5.4L V8
6-speed manual RWD
Forged-internal engine can withstand any mod you throw at it. Reliability has improved significantly over previous-generation Mustangs.
2007 2dr Coupe 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
As a long time Mustang enthusiast, to be able to drive my dream car everyday is awesome. It is more practical than you might think. I have fun everytime I drive it. I must say though, the maintenance and repairs are a bit of anuisance. Keeping up on maintenance items is important. Buy OEM and factory replacements. Replacing tie rod ends and brake pads and batteries when they are needed is key. I have had various issues with these items over the eight years of ownership. One persistent problem is the shake in the steering wheel under hard braking. Resurfacing the rotors helped a bit. But, it never went away completely. The shop told me that the rotos in the rear were still warped.
2006 2dr Convertible 300-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed manual RWD
Other than one small electrical issue the car has been flawless.
2006 2dr Convertible 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
One hiccup when first purchased, since then not a lick of trouble. The chassis is solid.
2006 2dr Convertible 300-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed manual RWD
easy and cheap maintenance
2005 2dr Coupe 300-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed manual RWD
A relatively simple car with good performance, yet is cheap to own.
2005 2dr Coupe 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Front engine, rear wheel drive. Proven and true.
2003 2dr Convertible 190-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
Consumer Reports rated the Mustang V6 as average or above average for reliability.
Ford Mustang Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 2dr Coupe 300-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed manual RWD
I have little faith in Ford reliability over the long haul (compared to that of my Toyotas).
2006 2dr Coupe 300-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
At 20,000 miles the AC unit had gone out twice, the fuel system had to be replaced (not just one part, I mean ALL of the fuel system), and the final straw was when the car had an electrical problem no one knew how to fix.
2005 2dr Coupe 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Problems with the CD player, fuel tank, fuel pump, rattling interior/suspension and overall very cheap feeling interior.
2003 2dr Coupe supercharged 390hp 4.6L V8
6-speed manual RWD
usually by 60k miles they squeak or rattle. a usual place for this is the windows, they squeak a lot. also some people with modifications have had belts snap.