This Ford Escape is quieter and more comfortable than the model we tested in 2001. IIHS crash-test results improved, as well. The Escape is agile, but had less tire grip than the 2001 version we tested. Because of this it had a relatively long braking distance and low maximum speed in our avoidance maneuver. Also, compared with many competing models, the Escape had slow acceleration times and so-so fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

This Ford Escape is quieter and more comfortable than the model we tested in 2001. IIHS crash-test results improved, as well. The Escape is agile, but had less tire grip than the 2001 version we tested. Because of this it had a relatively long braking distance and low maximum speed in our avoidance maneuver. Also, compared with many competing models, the Escape had slow acceleration times and so-so fuel economy.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 hybrid (155 hp)
  • 2.3-liter 4 (153 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"My car dies last week and the dealer service center wanted $6,800 for: valve block solenoid 4416.88 bleed brake system 224.35 rear wheel speed sensor abs 112.17 remove battery, new wiring harness 1152.63 air intake throttle body 592.24 It's not worth fixing. I loved this car but the costs for repair are high."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Airlock computer electro-mechanical module failed. Replacement for new around $6000 more than a new hybrid battery! My great mechanic tried to find a remanufactured module, could not get the brakes to bleed as a part of the installation process. Dealer failed. With new device went to a different dealer and succeeded ... it almost cost the same in the end sadly ... electronic junction module that controlled all lights, door locks, electronics failed .. $3000 for this device ... went remanufactured through mechanic took 3 tries before succeeding currently makes loud clicking when car is unlocked ... and there's more."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"sensor in breaks have a history of going bad"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear axle sensor cracked requiring $800 replacement of axle"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"ABS failed me in 2011 and again in 2014...had to replace both times right front...replaced axle"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The dealership had to try 3 times to fix the squeaking when I put on the brakes. They never figured out what the problem was. The noise eventually went away"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"We have had two issues involving the wheel sensors that caused both issues with the ABS and bringing on the automatic 4 wheel drive at random intervals. Not a costly issue, but rather annoying"

Charlie H., IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Tone ring on front axles rusted through causing brake warning and required replacement so ABS and regenerative braking would work"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"front toning rings failed affecting breaking and handling"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Calipers

"Calipers froze on front passenger side of car. When brakes were applied loud noise and vibration emanated from front of vehicle"

Thomas B., MI (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The OEM caliper bracket & caliper guide pins caused interference with the front drivers side wheel. It took me several years to diagnose this. The fix was quite easy but this doesn't make sense that such parts cause this kind of problem"

Anonymous, WY (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replaced due to normal wear & tear"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake line broke. I was blessed that it happened in a safe area."

Lori D., IA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Upon inspection tech noticed sever wearing of rotors, pads. Needed work ASAP. If the brakes were hit very hard car would not stop properly."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The pads needed to be replaced and from normal wear driving to work"

Dianna K., AZ (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Broken brake line"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"The car ran over a pipe of some kind on the freeway severing the emergency brake cable"

Rick N., AZ (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Blew 2 brake hoses. They rotted."

Patrick D., PA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"leak in brake fluid line right front wheel area"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The back brake failed now the front ones are going out"

Anonymous, AK (2006 Ford Escape XLT)

"Line rot, causing a split. Needed both front lines replaced"

Charles M., OH (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"total brake failure twice - like the engine was switched off. Pulled over - restarted car and everything was fine. Dealer updated the programing. Hasworked for 6 mo. since"

Edwin E., CO (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"After over 225000 miles the original brake lines failed due to wear"

Dorothy F., OH (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Replaced front rotors when brakes were replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"One of the rear rotors would periodically vibrate when braking. The dealer never could fix the problem under warranty (this occurred almost from the first day I bought the car). 3rd party repair shop recently found it was due to hard spots on rotor"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Went to dealer for a federal recall mandate. While there, they informed me the front brake rotors were shot. I had not noticed anything wrong with the brakes, but took their word and had the front brakes rebuilt. Spent 5+ hours in the waiting room"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"For the past two years I have had the car in shop for constant noise coming from driver side front tire/rotor/strut area but no none has found cause"

Lori D., IA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Since new the rotors warp very quickly after getting the brakes serviced. Seems to be a design flaw as it is a persistent issue"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Warp prematurely within 2 yrs of normal driving"

Harald V., ON (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Squeaking was found to be caused by broken caliper"

Thomas B., MI (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Brakes squeak. Trim squeaks"

Anonymous, AK (2006 Ford Escape XLT)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"These were worn and needed replacing before they would have broken and caused an accident."

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"slight play LH lower ball joint NORMAL WEAR"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced as a safety precaution due to mileage"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"REPLACED TWICE IN 100,000 KMS"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Bushings

"3rd party failed annual inspection this year, due to wear of "lower control arms". Understand this is equivalent to bushings, which were replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Power steering leaks

"Replaced most of the hoses, clamps and assorted parts other then the actual power steering box."

Anonymous, MB (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace the pump and hose"

Darren H., TX (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"hose cracked and leaked fluid twice"

Paul N., YT (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering sprung a slow leak. Had to be fixed/replaced"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Ford Escape 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks mounted to rear inner wheel well stupid design"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Needed replacement due to age"

Walter D., GA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Premature shock wear, paid for labor only but still very inexpensive"

John S., IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"rear shock broke,replaced both"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"replaced both rear shocks in the last 12 months"

Tisha S., MD (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The top rear strut mount rusted through between the rubber bushings. When a bump was hit the strut broke and caused additional damage. The struts were OEM"

Charlie H., IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear shock absorber broke causing a loud and unsettling clunking sound"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"As noted regarding rust right rear inner wheel well rotted so badly the shock tower separated from the wheel well allowing the shock absorber to bang around loudly and allow exhaust gas into car.Tail pipe is under right wheel well Common Escape prob"

Jeffrey W., VT (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Not sure if this is right but work order said that both "lower control arms" had to be replaced and then wheels needed realignment. Work cost @ $1,000"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering electronic control box failed"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Mechanic said steerage linkage was worn and would need to be replaced"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Worn out. Dangerous amount of play in the tie rod end"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Wear"

John S., IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Tie rods had to be replaced do to excessive wear. I consider this standard maintenance"

Bob W., ME (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"They were worn out. Had to replace them"

Fredrick H., WA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Tie-rod bearings replaced"

Andrew K., WA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"both tie were replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Control arms need to be replaced"

Bob W., ME (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Engine Mounts, tie rod and sway bar replacement"

Annette S., GA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Wear indicates alignment problem but alignment diagnosed ok, problem could not be resolved by Ford"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Ford Escape 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Replaced wheel bearings 4 times since we bought it new in 2006"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"slight wheel bearing noise front"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"the interior material has come loose from the door panels. I have tried several times to repair this using heavy duty contact adhesive. The problem keeps returning"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Clearcoat is peeling off of the wheel well trim, this is the only place that the paint is peeling."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Paint began peeling off of front bumper after about 3 years. We had it repainted and it has been fine since"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"Rust around both rear wheel wells. There are no protective sleeves like in the front wheel wells to prevent dirt and road grime from accumulating. That crud was stuck in the well area and caused rust to start forming on the exterior of the body. Even after cleaning it out, it continued to accumulate"

Frank T., OH (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Severe rust around wheel wells , so much that it didn't pass state inspection"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust around Gas Cap quite substantial"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Passenger rear wheel well rotted out causing the suspension to disconnect from the vehicle"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rust around wheel wells and on tail gate"

Michael B., ON (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"major rust in wheel wells, around struts, body panels behind back driver's side door"

Thomas A., NC (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Normal rust build up for a 13 year old vehicle."

Anonymous, ME (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Trim around rear wheel wells."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"rear hatch started showing rust since year five. Now it is a major problem"

William T., OH (2006 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"rear passenger side quarter panel was rusted out.probably from day one we nevere checked till last year. Ford finally agreed to pay for the $ 6000 so they say repair. we are satified"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Under frame rust - had to replace subframe"

Gary S., PA (2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"Rust suddenly appeared in both rear wheel wells. Completely perforated on the driver's side"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rust around both real wheel wells. A specialist told me that he's seen the same problem with other Ford Escapes of this body style"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Major rust over passenger-side rear wheel well. Running boards were rusted on underside with 3" holes...replaced both. Surface rust underneath vehicle and on lower inch of doors near inside seam"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"frame on inside of passenger door on the wheel well is rusting through"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Rear fender lip rustin --hole through panels"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"very bad rust in both wheel wells. I had one wheel well fixed twice under warranty before 50000 miles and it still came back, obviously it was not repaired to last"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Escape)

"rust in the rear wheel arch"

Richard M., BC (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"A rusty spot developed under the rear passenger wheel well about 2 years ago"

Aaron M., WI (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear inner wheel well rotted out around shock tower mount leaving no support for top of shock. This is a common problem on Ford Escapes.Ford refuses to recall the vehicle.37 years of driving mostly Fords and this is how they value brand loyalty"

Jeffrey W., VT (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Leaks in compressor and condensed, required full replacement to avoid damage to heat sensitive hybrid battery. Dealer quoted $3k to fix, more than value of car. Smaller shop fixed for 1500. engine shut off due to overheating also experienced (recall item)"

Lucinda S., MD (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Compressor crack requires $800 replacement of unit"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Our mechanic told us the A/C compressor is failing and to stop using the A/C before the rest of the system is affected"

Tor L., CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"AC stopped working. Hose was replaced first and when that proved to be a temporary fix the compressor was replaced"

J P., MD (2006 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor had to be replaced"

Sharon H., AZ (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor went out prematurely, in my opinion"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The a/c compressor seal has been replaced twice since I've owned the vehicle. In each instance the repair only lasted a few years before the refrigerant leaked out. My research indicates this is a common problem with the factory a/c compressor and"

Anonymous, MB (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Compress was have a few slow drips for the oil. It still cooled but didn't want the drips to be on the driveway"

Keevin F., CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The compressor failed. cost to repair was $700"

Roderigues T., CA (2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"Air conditioning stopped working. Haven't had it repaired or checked because it costs $100 minimum just to look at it"

Tom M., CA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"It takes a long time for the air to start actually cooling on hot days. I have to use the MAX AC to really cool the car"

Mary W., CA (2006 Ford Escape)

"Part of a recall by Ford"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Blower (fan) motor

"We had this motor replaced in Dec 2014, we figured age and use. The replacement motor that was installed by the dealership where we purchased the Escape, was extremely loud when we ran it on the fastest or high setting. We complained to the dealership about the noise, right away after installation. Their reply was, that's they way they are supposed to be, because they are moving so much air. We insisted that it was not correct but they said there was nothing they could do. In the fall of 2017 we experienced a period when the defroster was not working. We made an appt for the repairman to check into it. After waiting 40 minutes, the shop service foreman came out and told us that before they could determine what was wrong with the defroster, we'd have to replace the blower motor because it was defective. I looked at her incredulously and stated, This shop installed that motor less than 3 years ago. We complained that it was not correct, you insisted that it fine and there was nothing you could do. Now you tell me that it needs to be replaced!! We refused to pay for replacement, the service foreman later called and said they'd either cover the cost of the labor OR the part for replacement, whichever was less. We chose not to deal with the dealership on this issue...their unresponsiveness to our original complaint about the noise and the fact that now they said it was not working correctly, will keep us from returning to this dealership for further work or purchases. They don't stand behind their work or the needs of the vehicle."

Suzy H., NE (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"When the alternator failed, in order to replace it the mechanics had to take apart the drive train in order to access the alternator significantly increasing the labour cost! I believe this is a result of poor engineering and design which is focused"

Anonymous, MB (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC blowing warm air. Took it to a highly recommended local mechanic (I WILL NOT return to the Ford dealership where I bought the Escape new) and had the AC repaired in two hours. It has worked fine since then."

Terry S., HI (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"sun roof leaks, cannot unclog drains Also Engine Mounts, Tie Rod and Sway Bar replaced"

Annette S., GA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Door seal on drivers door got a piece knocked out when the seat belt got caught in the door."

Lori D., IA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"front sub frame bushings and torsion bar bushings"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Driving rattles. Shop couldn't find a problem"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Ford Escape 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"noisy front drive train"

Kathy S., TN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Changed shocks, looked for loose suspension can't find problems when go over bumps especially"

Harald V., ON (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"The road noise from this vehicle has been what I consider extreme since we've owned it...It is loud and difficult to carry on conversations from front seat to back seat passengers, basically need to shout over the noise, whether it's wind or road noise."

Suzy H., NE (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The wind noise is from traveling the road at highway speeds. Not just wind, but road noise, also.Had to raise our voices to talk to one another. Back seat passenger could not hear conversation in front seats."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The noise level in this vehicle while traveling is so bad it is causing me hearing loss...you can barely hear the radio or no hands cell phone conversations while the vehicle is in motion"

Susan H., NE (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"This vehicle has always had terrible wind noise, and it hasn't gotten any better...although the vehicle runs well, with very few mechanical problems...I'd love to replace it but can't afford to."

Anonymous, NE (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The rubber molding around the door, slips off and wind noise comes into the cab"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The wind noise is awful. Period"

Anonymous, NE (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The alarm goes off for no reason, parked in driveway"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My door ajar light stays on but my doors are all shut. My security alarm goes off when nobody has been around it. I've read that the issue is in the door latches but it's difficult to know which one unless you change all of them at approx. $170 each"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Clock

"The LED lights on the radio/clock started out by dimming on the right side, now the entire area is mostly dim so you cannot see, the radio station, cd playing or the clock. Although the radio and clock still work, you can't read it!!!!!!!!!!"

Anonymous, NE (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Cruise control

"Cruise control began to work intermittenly than quit"

Robert M., IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Feature switched off randomly took nearly 1 year to resolve"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Is not currently working. I'll take the vehicle into the dealership next time I'm in that city"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Escape)

"works intermittently. Mostly doesn't engage at all"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"turn indecator replaced"

James C., CA (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"They randomly go off (intermittantly) - until permanent, they can't fix it"

Gary S., PA (2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"We spilled soda on the passenger side heated leather seat a few years ago---the dealer wanted to replace---but the problem stopped and seat heats again"

Frederick C., CA (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"interior or courtesy lights no longer work, or work only very intermittently...have to keep a small flashlight to see inside the vehicle at dark."

Anonymous, NE (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"the airbag light keeps coming on and flashing, but does not stay lit long enough to get to dealer. Dealer said that they can't get a code unless the light is flashing. From what I have read on internet when it's flashing the airbags don't work"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Most of the time to fill the tank, with out holding the nozzle, the gas nozzle had to be propped up on the fuel access door."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel leaks

"the fuel leak was in the attached hose leaving the gas tank it was repaired for 81.00"

Tom S., NC (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"The engine is burning oil at a rate of 1 quart a month"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front and rear seals, oil pan gaskets"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"It was just time to change the oil pan gasket."

Lori D., IA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"oil leaks through natural wear and tear... a very minor problem."

John K., CA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The repair cost for fixing this leak is ridiculous. It's so hard to get into the area where they need to fix this leak that it's going to cost $1,500! Crazy!"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Minor oil leak around the drive belt housing. Too expensive to repair. No real issue with the leak"

Thomas T., VA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"multiple visits for oil leaks"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Escape)

"Costly because had to take transmission out to replace seal on the engine"

Kathleen R., ON (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Major leak at valve timing cover gasket. Minor leak at rear differential-axle seal"

George R., AB (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"The AWD system ceased sending power to the rear axle. Replaced the power transfer unit, that was not the problem. Next step is the power coupling unit. It has not yet been replaced"

Anonymous, WY (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
CV joint

"Worn out and needed replaced is what we were told and no further problems"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Driveshaft or axle

"tone rings on axle keep cracking on this vehicle because the corrosion between the half shaft and tone ring builds up tension until the ring busts. Ford should have sealed these from corrosion and it is poor design"

Theodore T., BC (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There was a severe vibration over 40 mpg. One of the U-joints froze up in the constant velocity joint. Ford recommended replacing the drive shaft since service parts were not available"

James J., MN (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Boot on front axle leaked"

Leonard Z., NY (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The theft monitoring device malfunctioned, preventing the Escape from starting. I took it to the Ford dealer twice - the first time they were unable to duplicate the problem (I was able to get it started and drove it to the dealership). The second time it wouldn't start and I had it towed. The dealership analyzed the problem and successfully repaired it."

Terry S., HI (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford replaced the failing componet"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"We had issues with it dying at stops and took it in for repair. The repairs done were not what was the issue after it still continued . We took it back and it was found to be the electrical net and they fixed the wiring issue and not further proble"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Just had to replace a PTU which is the same as a transfer case at a cost of 1,200"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"alternator went out 200 miles from home."

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator failed. Replacement was very expensive and took several hours, because the alternator is difficult to access"

Mark O., SK (2006 Ford Escape XLT)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery was at the end of it's useful life. It was about 7 years old and need replacement. The old one would not keep a charge."

Anonymous, ME (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"The cooling system for the hybrid battery had to be replaced including the thermostat. The problem was discovered after I observed a leak. The repairs cost $1900"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Motor that controls gate and water pump to ventilate hybrid battery failed"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Failure of the Hybrid components cooling system (Hybrid components Water Pump). Although this part was eventually recalled, mine failed several months before the recall notice was issued"

Matthew G., OR (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The MECP/MECS went out on me on the freeway without warning. I replaced it through the dealership and later found it was subject to a recall. Very expensive, one week without wheels, and still trying to be reimbursed"

Jonna P., CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The engine shut down when we were driving on the freeway. Scary because it is difficult to pull over safely in 65mph traffic without any power. Happened 7 times and then Ford replaced a motor electronics cooling pump.(warranty recall)"

Paul F., CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"I replaced 6 coils and spark plugs in an engine with 4 coils and spark plugs. The direct injection system is defective and of poor design"

Anonymous, SD (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"I also would still purchase a Ford Escape"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Previous owner was hard on clutch"

Thomas F., AZ (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch completely went out driving cross country. Rear seal blew and fluids leaked into everything. Slave cylinder went out. Then brake fluid started leaking, then that line went out"

Anonymous, SD (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"I believe the overdrive feature locked up"

Tom F., IL (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed in 2015. The replacement parts were apparently faulty, because it failed again in 2016. This replacement was covered under warranty from the repair shop, after which there were no other issues"

Zachary R., TN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace the transmission"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Vehicle would die at stoplights and stop signs. After restarting the vehicle, it would die again when placed in gear. After several attemps, it would finally stay running. This was happening once or twice a day or sometimes not at all"

Charles P., IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"transmission failed this seems to be a common problem with this vehicle I found out after the fact"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission failed completely on highway with no warning. Was unable to get car home without tow. Needed full rebuild"

Robert S., CT (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission went out took it to dealership and then to AAMCO for repair. Dealership cost was 25% higher than AAMCO"

Steve C., OH (2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Engine Warning Light is on or off by itself. Mechanic indicates that this is due to bad catalytic converter. Replacement is estimated at over $1800, versus chop shop which may charge $1000 for a used converter"

Walter D., GA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed causing replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust rusted through. Replaced it from engine to read bumper minus the converter."

Patrick D., PA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"Cracked exhaust manifold. Expensive repair . Catalytic Converters are an integral part of the manifold"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"None at this time"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"It rusted due to road salt. I had the whole thing replaced because while only the muffler came loose, the whole system was rusty."

Becky G., OH (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"very old, rusted and fell off when I hit a large bump at night. Bought a new one and installed it myself. $106.00 CAD with sales tax. Easily replaced."

Michael K., AB (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Pipes

"The pipes were still intact, but because they were rusty, I had them replaced, along with the catalytic converter. It was still working, but the service manager recommended replacing the whole system."

Becky G., OH (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"After spending $500 to get the rotors and what not done, they told me the exhaust broke in between appointments a week apart from eachother"

Patrick D., PA (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"rear backup system has failed. Requires replacement of modules"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)
CD player

"My CD stopped working as well as the face of the radio. I was told I would have to buy a new one"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"cd changer no longer plays CDs"

Tisha S., MD (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"its a 6 CD player that stopped working"

Tom S., NC (2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"it stopped working"

M S., OR (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

"The display light has ceased to work, forcing us to replace with an aftermarket system, that unfortunately works even worse"

Susan H., NE (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Radio & CD player not functional after Battery replacement by Dealer. No solution except for them to send unit in at cost of about $300., They do not accept fault since they did not touch unit for battery replace"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Radio digital display slowly dimmed and faded out. No display at all now. Still works though"

Mark Z., OH (2006 Ford Escape 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Cooling system problem initially misdiagnosed"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Faulty cooling fan for battery"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Thermostat

"Thermostat failed. Was open all the time. Resulted in poor gas mileage."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It was causing under heating and it was a pain to replace"

Murray R., TX (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"cannot buy just a thermostat, the complete housing and thermostat come as one unit. adds cost to ownership"

Theodore T., BC (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Noticeable drop in fuel economy followed by an emissions system warning light. Quickly repaired in one day"

Jonna P., CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Water pump

"Not sure if due to water pump. Vehicle lost engine power at low speed and on freeway (twice), ran on battery to service station. Happened several times. Had water pump replaced, has not happened since"

Michael H., CA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The electric powered water pump for the electric motor failed. This was a dealer only repairable item, that I paid for. 3 months later, Ford issued a recall on this pump"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"I am told that the transmission needs to be rebuilt at a cost of $3500"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Slipping transmission

"transmission slips going into 3rd gear, Currently getting quotes to repair"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Leak at bottom of housing between trans and engine. Had trans pulled and the was a bolt that had come loose of the flywheel. Both engine and trans seal were replaced along with the bolt"

Edwin E., CO (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Transaxle seals leaks due to problem with the metreals Ford used for the transaxle shaft. It's an expensive job to replace them"

Jeff B., CA (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"ill-fitting driver's door"

Thomas A., NC (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Seat belts

"the plastic knob that goes thru the belt to keep the latch from falling to floor when the clasp is not connected to the female side has broken off"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Sunroof

"Sunroof will not open, don't have time or money to find out what is wrong with it. Never use it anyway."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Poor design causing water buildup and rust in read wheel wells. It rusts through and then there is no strut support, causing loud banging noises and excessive damage"

Casimir S., IL (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Still having some trouble with the gas tank vent control system"

Tom F., IL (2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Not reading properly. Replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel injection system

"The only problem I have experienced is the throttle body gets gummed up which causes the gas pedal to stick. I believe this is a common issue with Escapes--I don't know how many years it affects."

Linda E., IN (2006 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Sway bars replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"not worth replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Connector rod failure. Engine replace with new crated engine"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Timing belt or chain

"gas engine timing chain. to costly to replace"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
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