Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Ford Escape 19
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  42 Escapes, 5.9 months of data per Escape, average 4900 miles
2015 Ford Explorer   Join or sign in to vie  
  24 Explorers, 7.9 months of data per Explorer, average 8000 miles

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2014 Ford Escape 37
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  56 Escapes, 9.9 months of data per Escape, average 14500 miles
2014 Ford Explorer 35
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 Explorers, 10.7 months of data per Explorer, average 15900 miles

 

2013 Ford Escape 34
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  85 Escapes, 9.0 months of data per Escape, average 30600 miles

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2013 Ford Explorer 30
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  28 Explorers, 8.7 months of data per Explorer, average 33600 miles

 

2012 Ford Escape   Join or sign in to vie  
  21 Escapes, 8.9 months of data per Escape, average 39400 miles

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2012 Ford Explorer   Join or sign in to vie  
  15 Explorers, 9.5 months of data per Explorer, average 43300 miles

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2011 Ford Escape 38
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  28 Escapes, 9.1 months of data per Escape, average 51500 miles
2011 Ford Explorer   Join or sign in to vie  
  23 Explorers, 9.3 months of data per Explorer, average 65700 miles

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2010 Ford Escape 65
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  42 Escapes, 9.7 months of data per Escape, average 70300 miles

 

2009 Ford Escape 68
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  43 Escapes, 9.9 months of data per Escape, average 74700 miles

 

2008 Ford Escape 54
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  53 Escapes, 9.6 months of data per Escape, average 86000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2008 Ford Explorer   Join or sign in to vie  
  18 Explorers, 9.1 months of data per Explorer, average 77700 miles

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2007 Ford Escape   Join or sign in to vie  
  15 Escapes, 9.7 months of data per Escape, average 122100 miles

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2007 Ford Explorer   Join or sign in to vie  
  11 Explorers, 8.9 months of data per Explorer, average 122900 miles

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2006 Ford Escape 79
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  36 Escapes, 8.9 months of data per Escape, average 113400 miles
2006 Ford Explorer 81
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 Explorers, 8.8 months of data per Explorer, average 116800 miles

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2005 Ford Escape 72
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  40 Escapes, 7.5 months of data per Escape, average 115000 miles
2005 Ford Explorer   Join or sign in to vie  
  14 Explorers, 7.6 months of data per Explorer, average 116500 miles

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2004 Ford Escape   Join or sign in to vie  
  14 Escapes, 8.2 months of data per Escape, average 113400 miles

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2004 Ford Explorer   Join or sign in to vie  
  20 Explorers, 7.6 months of data per Explorer, average 123400 miles

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2003 Ford Escape 79
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 Escapes, 9.1 months of data per Escape, average 136100 miles
2003 Ford Explorer   Join or sign in to vie  
  11 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 148700 miles

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2002 Ford Escape   Join or sign in to vie  
  10 Escapes, 7.8 months of data per Escape, average 160300 miles

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2002 Ford Explorer 91
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 Explorers, 8.4 months of data per Explorer, average 134700 miles

Redesigned.

 

2001 Ford Explorer   Join or sign in to vie  
  12 Explorers, 7.8 months of data per Explorer, average 145500 miles

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Ford Explorer vs. Ford Escape Reliability Comparisons

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

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Ford Explorer and Ford Escape reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Ford Explorer and the Ford Escape 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 Explorer and the Ford Escape have been recently.

What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford Explorer

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

Ford Explorer Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No issues with the vehicle to date. Not even minor ones...
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
The expected life span of the vehicle is longer than most cars. It is built on a solid frame that will take a lot of abuse.
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
I have had good experience with this car. No major problems.
Ford Explorer Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I've had issues with the MyFord Touch system (fixed by latest update). Got annoying wind noise coming from somewhere around the a-pillars, and the mirrors have had water in the signals since new. I haven't bothered getting this stuff fixed yet.
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Absolutely TERRIBLE transmission problems that Ford refuses to address. I won;t buy another Ford despite the fact I have 3 in my driveway now.
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The SUV became a money pit in my 6th year of ownership. I've driven Fords all my life, and this was by far the worst I've ever owned. Internet research confirmed lots of owners were having similar problems: total brake jobs every 25k miles, front (50k) and real wheel bearings (67k), rear door trim bezel cracked 3x (fixed 1st time under warranty, I paid 2nd time, left as-is 3rd time), and the real killer - a complete tranny overhaul at only 67k miles. Ford knew there were problems w/ the tranny, but decided to stick it to the owners anyways. It was a great SUV to drive, but it cost me over $9k in maint/repairs in the last 3 years I owned this SUV.
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This truck has been the worst reliable vehicle I have ever owned, EVER!
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Bearings Bearings Bearings, Rear end has been serviced seven times all due to the CHEAP bearings that FORD uses and then refuses to stand behind their parts.
 

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 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
have had no problems at all after owning for 1yr, 3mos
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.
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 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.
2005 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic AWD
Almost 70,000 miles without spending a dime on repairs.
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!