Some common complaints for the Ford Escape include transmission problems, electrical problems, steering problems, body or paint problems, and engine problems, depending on the model year. CarComplaints.com lists the most reported issue on the 2005 Ford Escape is computer failure. However, the 2008 Ford Escape receives the most complaints overall.
The 2006 Ford Escape is listed on CarComplaints.com as the worst model year of Ford Escape to own. The 2006 Escape repeatedly experienced engine failure and transmission failure before reaching 100,000 miles. CarComplaints.com gives the 2006 model of Ford Escape a 9.2 severity rating out of 10. This model year had five recalls and hundreds of customer complaints.