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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.
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There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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.

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

“REPLACED TWICE IN 100,000 KMS”

Anonymous, ON (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)

“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

“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 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

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

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

“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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“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)

“Rear axle sensor cracked requiring $800 replacement of axle”

Anonymous, MA (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)

“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)

“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

“The back brake failed now the front ones are going out”

Anonymous, AK (2006 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

“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)

“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 Unsure)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“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 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

“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 Unsure 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)

“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)

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

“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 Unsure 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)

“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)

“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)
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)
Blower (fan) motor

“Replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Escape XLT 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

“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)

“The alarm goes off for no reason, parked in driveway”

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

“works intermittently. Mostly doesn't engage at all”

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

“turn indecator replaced”

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

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

“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)

“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)

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

“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)

“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)
Radio

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

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

“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 Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“rear backup system has failed. Requires replacement of modules”

Anonymous, OR (2006 Ford Escape Unsure 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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“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)

“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 Unsure 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)

“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)

“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)

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

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

“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)

“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)

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

Mark O., SK (2006 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

“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)

“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)
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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

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)

“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)

“Front and rear seals, oil pan gaskets”

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

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“Faulty cooling fan for battery”

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

“Cooling system problem initially misdiagnosed”

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

“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)

“It was causing under heating and it was a pain to replace”

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

“None at this time”

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

“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)

“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)
Catalytic converter

“Failed causing replacement”

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

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“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)

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

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

“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

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)

“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)
Doors or sliding doors

“ill-fitting driver's door”

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

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

Fuel gauge/sender

“Not reading properly. Replaced”

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

“Sway bars replacement”

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

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

“Connector rod failure. Engine replace with new crated engine”

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

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Recalls
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POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL)
Sep 29 2015
If the shift lever disengages from the transmission, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the gear selection indicator may show that the transmission is in the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not actually be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2001-2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured March 31, 2001, to September 1, 2009. The affected vehicles are equipped with either a 2.3L or 3.0L engine and have had their CD4E transmission replaced with remanufactured one that was rebuilt between June 11, 2015 through July 15, 2015. These service repair part transmissions have a shift lever bolt that may not be properly tightened. As a result, the shift control lever could disengage from the transmission without warning.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmissions and either tighten the manual shift lever bolt or replace the manual shift lever assembly. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on October 23, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S28.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V606000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 57
SUSPENSION:FRONT:WHEEL BEARING
Jun 03 2015
Use of an incorrectly sized wheel bearing can adversely affect the braking and steering of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
The Timken Company (Timken) is recalling certain aftermarket front wheel bearings, part number 510072, sold from January 22, 2015, to May 21, 2015, to be used as service parts on 2001-2012 Ford Escape, 2001-2011 Mazda Tribute, and 2005-2011 Mercury Mariner vehicles. The affected wheel bearings have incorrect dimensions of a 42mm bore, 76mm outer dimension, and 39mm width, instead of a 42mm bore, 78mm outer dimension and a 45mm width.
What should you do:
Timken has begun notifying distributors who will offer purchasers replacement wheel bearings, free of charge. The recall began on May 21, 2015. Owners may contact Timken customer service at 1-866-984-6536.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15E045000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 576
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Sep 03 2014
If the hybrid electronics system overheats, it may shut down the powertrain, resulting in a stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2005-2008 Ford Escape hybrid electric vehicles manufactured October 13, 2003, to June 20, 2008, and 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner hybrid electric vehicles manufactured June 10, 2005, to June 20, 2008. The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail resulting in the hybrid electronics overheating.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the original Motor Electronics Coolant (MEC) Pump with an improved brushless pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 27, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V526000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 70209
EQUIPMENT
Sep 03 2010
AN IMPROPERLY DEPLOYED AIRBAG COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY.
Summary:
MARATHON IS RECALLING CERTAIN SEAT COVERS, BRAND SUPERHIDES WITH PART NUMBERS 593, 594, 578, 960, 228, 228-09, 267-08, 333, 625, AND 630, SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE SEAT COVERS ARE MADE OF HEAVIER THREAD AND ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH SEATS CONTAINING SIDE AIRBAGS. THE HEAVIER SEAT COVER COULD INTERFERE WITH FULL DEPLOYMENT OF THE AIRBAG IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
What should you do:
MARATHON WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF RECORD AND REPLACE THE SEAT COVER FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MARATHON AT 1-800-735-2769.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET MARATHON SEAT COVERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON GENERAL MOTORS, FORD, CHRYSLER, TOYOTA, OR NISSAN VEHICLES.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10E043000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 294
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Nov 09 2005
AFTER A PERIOD OF CONTINUOUS USE ON THE HIGH SPEED SETTING, LACK OF GREASE ON THE OUTPUT SHAFT GEAR MAY CAUSE THE GEAR TO DISTORT OR FRACTURE DURING OPERATION RESULTING IN A LOSS OF WIPER FUNCTION. INOPERATIVE WIPERS UNDER INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS COULD CAUSE A CRASH DUE TO IMPAIRED VISIBILITY.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN TRUCKS, PASSENGER CARS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE WINDSHIELD WIPER MOTOR MAY HAVE BEEN PRODUCED WITHOUT GREASE BEING APPLIED TO THE OUTPUT SHAFT GEAR.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE WIPER MOTOR FOR THE PRESENCE OF GREASE AND GREASE THE WIPER MOTOR GEARS IF NECESSARY. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 22, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673 OR LINCOLN/MERCURY AT 1-800-521-4140.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 05S40. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V520000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 199942
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