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Ford Explorer Sport Trac vs. Ford Escape Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Ford Explorer Sport Trac 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 Sport Trac and the Ford Escape truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Ford Explorer Sport Trac and Ford Escape reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Ford Explorer Sport Trac 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 Sport Trac and the Ford Escape 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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2013 Ford Escape 87 Escapes, 9.4 months of data per Escape, average 15500 miles

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60% 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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2011 Ford Escape 37 Escapes, 9.2 months of data per Escape, average 34200 miles39
40% 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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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

Redesigned for this model year.
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac   22 Explorer Sport Tracs, 9.0 months of data per Explorer Sport Trac, average 64200 miles

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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 Explorer Sport Trac   21 Explorer Sport Tracs, 8.8 months of data per Explorer Sport Trac, average 93100 miles

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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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2005 Ford Escape 37 Escapes, 9.5 months of data per Escape, average 103800 miles72
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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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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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 Explorer Sport Trac   11 Explorer Sport Tracs, 10.1 months of data per Explorer Sport Trac, average 160700 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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

Ford Explorer Sport Trac Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2002 4dr SUT 203-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
In 7 yrs of ownership-it has had to have a side viw mirror motor replaced under warranty-and besides oil changes and tire changes-thats it.
 

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 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!