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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2015 Ford Escape 30 Escapes, 4.6 months of data per Escape, average 3400 miles9
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2015 Ford Explorer   20 Explorers, 6.2 months of data per Explorer, average 5800 miles

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2014 Ford Escape 54 Escapes, 9.5 months of data per Escape, average 11500 miles44
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Ford Explorer 29 Explorers, 10.5 months of data per Explorer, average 13200 miles36
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Ford Escape 88 Escapes, 9.2 months of data per Escape, average 27900 miles

Redesigned. Multiple reports of water pump failures with the 1.6T and of axle seal leaks with the 2.0T.
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2013 Ford Explorer 28 Explorers, 7.9 months of data per Explorer, average 33500 miles33
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford Escape   24 Escapes, 8.8 months of data per Escape, average 38900 miles

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2012 Ford Explorer   15 Explorers, 10.0 months of data per Explorer, average 42500 miles

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2011 Ford Escape 28 Escapes, 8.7 months of data per Escape, average 45600 miles59
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2011 Ford Explorer   24 Explorers, 8.7 months of data per Explorer, average 61700 miles

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2010 Ford Escape 46 Escapes, 8.6 months of data per Escape, average 67400 miles64
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Ford Escape 43 Escapes, 10.0 months of data per Escape, average 72800 miles45
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Ford Escape 56 Escapes, 9.9 months of data per Escape, average 85200 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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2008 Ford Explorer   21 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 79100 miles

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2007 Ford Escape   13 Escapes, 10.8 months of data per Escape, average 116500 miles

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2007 Ford Explorer   10 Explorers, 10.1 months of data per Explorer, average 123400 miles

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2006 Ford Escape 37 Escapes, 9.3 months of data per Escape, average 110600 miles73
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2006 Ford Explorer 30 Explorers, 8.2 months of data per Explorer, average 115300 miles

Redesigned.
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60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Ford Escape 37 Escapes, 7.7 months of data per Escape, average 112700 miles76
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2005 Ford Explorer   11 Explorers, 10.4 months of data per Explorer, average 111700 miles

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2004 Ford Escape   17 Escapes, 7.8 months of data per Escape, average 113000 miles

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2004 Ford Explorer 25 Explorers, 7.8 months of data per Explorer, average 123300 miles135
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2003 Ford Escape 27 Escapes, 8.3 months of data per Escape, average 137600 miles

Old cars often have low reported repair frequencies. It's possible that owners are living with problems rather than fixing them.
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2003 Ford Explorer   14 Explorers, 7.7 months of data per Explorer, average 142800 miles

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2002 Ford Escape   10 Escapes, 8.1 months of data per Escape, average 138400 miles

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2002 Ford Explorer 26 Explorers, 9.0 months of data per Explorer, average 136400 miles

Redesigned.
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2001 Ford Escape   11 Escapes, 6.4 months of data per Escape, average 125600 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer   11 Explorers, 7.1 months of data per Explorer, average 144100 miles

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2000 Ford Explorer   10 Explorers, 7.1 months of data per Explorer, average 178400 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 No issues with the vehicle to date. Not even minor ones...
2006 4dr SUV I have had good experience with this car. No major problems.
2006 4dr SUV 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.
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 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 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 This truck has been the worst reliable vehicle I have ever owned, EVER!
2002 4dr SUV 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 turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
family member has one and has not had any problems, plus consumer reports on this vehicle
2008 4dr SUV 153-horsepower 2.5L 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 turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
have had no problems at all after owning for 1yr, 3mos
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
It has not broken down once since I bought it - most owners like the reliability/durability
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 178hp 1.6L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic 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 turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable 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 turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Almost 70,000 miles without spending a dime on repairs.
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Fords track record overall.
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 178hp 1.6L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I put over 90000 miles on my Escape with ZERO issues. ZERO.
Ford Escape Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable 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 turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
reliability so not that great after 3 years it developeped some leaks, squeaks etc.
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Seems to go to the shop for little things frequently.
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable 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!