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Ford Escape vs. Ford Mustang Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Ford Escape or Ford Mustang reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Ford Escape and the Ford Mustang truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Ford Escape and Ford Mustang reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Ford Escape and the Ford Mustang were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Ford Escape and the Ford Mustang have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Ford Escape 32 Escapes, 6.2 months of data per Escape, average 4900 miles30
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Ford Mustang 31 Mustangs, 6.2 months of data per Mustang, average 6000 miles19
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Ford Escape 87 Escapes, 9.4 months of data per Escape, average 15500 miles

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44
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Ford Mustang 48 Mustangs, 9.5 months of data per Mustang, average 11600 miles24
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford Escape 30 Escapes, 8.2 months of data per Escape, average 27200 miles29
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford Mustang 57 Mustangs, 8.9 months of data per Mustang, average 20600 miles43
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Ford Escape 37 Escapes, 9.2 months of data per Escape, average 34200 miles39
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Ford Mustang automatic   23 Mustang automatics, 9.1 months of data per Mustang automatic, average 34300 miles

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2011 Ford Mustang manual 45 Mustang manuals, 9.0 months of data per Mustang manual, average 33900 miles33
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Ford Escape 42 Escapes, 9.1 months of data per Escape, average 52800 miles28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Ford Mustang 37 Mustangs, 10.4 months of data per Mustang, average 39400 miles

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25
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Ford Escape 46 Escapes, 9.8 months of data per Escape, average 62100 miles29
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Ford Escape 59 Escapes, 10.2 months of data per Escape, average 74400 miles

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36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Ford Mustang 28 Mustangs, 8.9 months of data per Mustang, average 41300 miles5
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Ford Escape   19 Escapes, 8.7 months of data per Escape, average 103400 miles

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2007 Ford Mustang 39 Mustangs, 10.0 months of data per Mustang, average 53600 miles25
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Ford Escape 44 Escapes, 8.8 months of data per Escape, average 96700 miles71
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Ford Mustang 30 Mustangs, 10.3 months of data per Mustang, average 61500 miles23
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Ford Escape 37 Escapes, 9.5 months of data per Escape, average 103800 miles72
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Ford Mustang   22 Mustangs, 9.8 months of data per Mustang, average 76400 miles

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2004 Ford Escape   13 Escapes, 7.5 months of data per Escape, average 107500 miles

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2003 Ford Escape 27 Escapes, 9.0 months of data per Escape, average 149200 miles94
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Ford Mustang   12 Mustangs, 9.7 months of data per Mustang, average 55900 miles

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2002 Ford Escape   15 Escapes, 6.7 months of data per Escape, average 128500 miles

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2001 Ford Escape   11 Escapes, 8.0 months of data per Escape, average 122700 miles

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2001 Ford Mustang   11 Mustangs, 8.6 months of data per Mustang, average 113500 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford Escape

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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 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
Almost 70,000 miles without spending a dime on repairs.
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
Fords track record overall.
2005 4dr SUV 153-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I put over 90000 miles on my Escape with ZERO issues. ZERO.
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.
2006 2dr Convertible 300-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed manual RWD
easy and cheap maintenance
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
Other than one small electrical issue the car has been flawless.
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.