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2001 Ford Escape mileage and longevity

picklespoonpicklespoon Posts: 2
edited May 2017 in Ford
I've got a 2001 Ford Escape, which I love. It just turned over 100,000. I'd like to hang on to the car for another two years. But I haven't found any reliable information about what the average "life expectancy" (or should that be "mileage expectancy"?) for my this model year.

So, if you've got a Ford Escape, please share your model year and current mileage. Thanks!

See Also: Make Your Car Last 200,000 Miles


  • Although you pose a dificult question,the answer to which will vary based on how you have maintained the little bugger, I can give you the results of my experiences w/2001 Escapes which were/are still in use and running all over the mountains,forests and strip mines in PA. Having worked as a public servant for many years(retired '05),and having been supplied with Jeep Cherokees as the vehicle of choice for mountain and mine rambling, we were provided new Escapes in 2001, amidst loud objections all around. Noone wanted these little sissy car-utes with the strange links hanging low off the rear axle. Some were sure the vehicle wouldn't last beyond the initial foray offroad. Well, long long story short, it's now fall 2007,and six years later none of the Escapes is out of service, some have well over 100,000 miles. These miles are HARD miles with a lot of idling,spinning,slogging through mud and rocks,climbing ridiculous grades,you name it. Of course, maintenance was good to excellent, and there were a few problems with wear items,but I can't think of a tougher trial for these vehicles. You should have no problem with 200,000 miles IF you keep up with fluid changes and Take it to a mechanic for a going over every 25,000. Hope this little story helps you make up your mind. Sounds like you got the new-car bug. Look at it this way- even if you'd have to replace the trans or replace a suspension part,it'll still be way cheaper than payments for 2 years on a new one. Squash that new-car bug...You could get a lemon. :shades:
  • Picklespoon,
    By the way,I forgot to tell you that upon my long overdue retirement from the Government Meatgrinder, My family and I (mostly I) traded both our cars- a Dodge Durango and a Dodge Neon- for two Ford Escapes. Not a sorry minute so far. Good Luck with yours. :D
  • Olcrank: Thanks so much for the reply. My Escape has been maintained pretty well (regular oil changes, filters, etc.), though I would not say the maintenance has been on par with the Escapes you have in the fleet you mention. Most of its wear is city/highway commute to work (not too stressful). My only concern is that we use the Escape for family trips (two boys) and sometimes tow a camper (very small/light), and I just hate the idea of getting stuck somewhere in the middle of the night or in the middle of no where. But I guess a new car doesn't guarantee that either! The new car bug has bit me, but I'm fighting it because we're contemplating a huge expense soon (my husband's MBA), and I'd rather NOT have a car payment in addition to tuition. Thanks, again, for the story, which is helpful!
  • Well, I just had to say good-bye to my 2001 Escape. She had 114,000 miles on her and still looked new. My neighbor just came up to me thinking I got a new truck. But my Escape is no more. It was struck by another car that ran a red light. I couldn't stop in time and well, the Escape collided pretty hard with a Neon. The driver of the other car was very lucky since I hit the front part of their car. My air bags deployed and with the damage to the front end, the insurance company declared the truck totalled.

    I had the problems of the early models, it stalled on me three times but I took the truck back the dealer and they fixed the stalling issue and it never stalled again. I changed my rotors every 40,000 miles. Considering my Mom had to change her Honda's rotors every 20,000, the 40,000 didn't seem so bad. I had the left front control arm replaced a while back. The chook control motor was replaced a couple of months ago. Other than regular maintenance, my Escape was pretty dependable.

    I will definitely miss the ride of the truck. I was going to replace her with an 08 but went with a larger Taurus X.

    Good luck everyone with their 2001 Escapes. And farwell to my old friend as well...
  • I have a 2001 Ford Escape and I have about 85,000 miles on it, and I have had a terrible time with my Escape for the past 7 months. I just paid it off and was hoping to hold on to it for a couple more years, but it looks like that's not going to happen. My car goes in to the shop about once a month, gets "fixed" and then 2 weeks later, something else is wrong with it. The Ford Dealer tells me they can't see anything wrong that is affecting the drivability of my vehicle- yet just last night, we were driving down the street and the car lost total power and died. We eventually got it restarted and made it home, but it keeps leaving me in dangerous posititions. We figured if we have to keep spending $500 a month to repair it, we may as well pay half that for a new vehicle that won't leave us stranded. I hope you have better luck with your Escape then I'm having with mine. :mad:
  • cudearcudear Posts: 2
    My 2001 has 100+ but has had it share of problems. Mother boards, master cylinders, switches (constant switch problems, even now)...but over all..I love my pod and hope to hang on to it for a while longer. Most of my issues were covered under warranty (issues started early) or recall, so I've always felt like with all that has been fixed, it was a new vehicle all over again
  • I own a 2002 Escape XLS with 160,400 miles. Only in the last month have I had any engine or driveability issues.
  • I have a 2001 Escape with 74,000 miles. When I turn the steering wheel I can hear a noise like it needs to be lubricatedl. Where do I lubricate it or what can I do to correct this problem.
  • I have a 2001 Escape with 74,000 miles and I am hearing noise from inside when I turn the steering wheel at slow speeds or in a parking lot. Are there any lubrication points I need to apply oil or grease.
  • i have 185,630 on my 01 escape and all iv done to it is plugs and coils all about 110,000 but they call for you to do it at 100,000 any way one set of breaks and 3 set of tires but it has pulled stuff out of mudd and i still run it up to around 110mph and still runs great I plane on keeping it till 300,000
  • If you keep up with the oil changes and filter replacements your escape can bodily last with engine 200,000 miles or more, however about every 100,000-150,000 the transmission will have to be rebuilt. It is the realty of todays vehicles.
  • I have a 2001 Ford Escape with 245,000 miles is anyone near there yet?
  • I have a 2006 which just turned 7 years old and 170,000 miles. Finally had to go in for some issues. The only things i have had to replace are an alternator a year agon and a fuel pump last week. Car is great Oil changes and a major service every 2 years or so. Just finished off my second set of tires (Michelin LTX). I hope to get it to 250K at least. The shop I go to see's 250+ on escapes of all years frequently they say!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited December 2012
    245k is great! I'm jealous (got 182k on my minivan which is my personal best ever).

    We'll tweak the topic title a bit and see if any other Escape owners are piling the miles on.
  • sulabusulabu Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Escape with 195,000 miles, which I could have done a better job maintaining (late on some oil changes occasionally, and no transmission service). It has been a great car, with the exception of a loud noise when I turn the wheel (like it needs to be lubricated), but the problem comes and goes, so it hasn't been diagnosed. Anyway, I backed my old friend out of the driveway this morning, and then put it in DRIVE, but it was like being in NEUTRAL. I love my car! Is it worth replacing the filter and changing the fluid, or should I just move on?
  • That is amazing on how many miles you have. I changed my oil every 5,000 miles up to 100,000 miles then I started changing every 4,000 miles. The steering noise must be a common occurrence with the Escape. I talked to a couple of mechanic and they told me that it was just wear and tear. I have no problems with mine, but I do put less mileage on my Escape now that I have a 2nd car. The Escape is great in the snow!
  • I have an 02 escape with 166,000 miles on it. I bought as a reconstructed vehicle, in 03. No probs with this ride at all until 115,000 - and I had to replace the transmission. Now, I am replacing lots of things, but I think it is normal wear and tear. axles, struts, ball joints, etc. However, the exhaust needs replaced from the manifold back - the entire thing. Any thoughts of sinking more $ into it.
  • I'm in the market for one of these(used). Perhaps a 2002 or so. Never having bought a car before this is a whole new thing for me. I have been doing my research and so far, favoring the Escape. Just what I want at the right size.
    I would like some feed back on some "high milage" (I'm talking 150k+) Escapes I see for sale. I seen most ask around $5k for them. Are they worth that much? The maintenance, repair probably needed for a such a high mileage vehicle, would it be worth it?
    On the other hand, I seen both sides. Posted here for example. Some have really good Escapes that they had for long time and working great. Others, not so much. But I guess thats true for every used car out there. I suppose I just have to be a smart shopper and do my research and really look for a good Escape.
    Suggestions/help would be really helpful.
  • johnnyumajohnnyuma Posts: 54
    IMO if you intend to buy a used vehicle (especially high mileage) only buy from someone that has performed the required maintenance (per the owner's manual - such as oil changes, tranny fluid changes, antifreeze changes, etc) and has the maintenance records to prove it. And have the vehicle inspected by a certified technician (prior to purchase) to assess the vehicle health and what type of maintenance may be needed in the near future (you probably have to pay a small fee for this service).

    I think $5000 is way too much to pay for an Escape with that many miles. Check on Edmunds or Kelley Blue Book to get an idea of used vehicle prices.

    Remember if you do find a vehicle make sure you have some money "in the bank" to pay for future repairs (maybe a $1000 minimum).
  • dish9392dish9392 Posts: 1
    edited October 2013
    I have a 2004 Escape V6 4x4 that I bought used in 2008. Bought it from a salesman (lots of easy miles) with high mileage for a steal of a price so I figured if I did have to stick money into it it wouldn't be that big of deal. After a set of new tires, bearings, and alternator I am happy to say I just turned 270,000 miles and I wouldn't be afraid to take it on a long road trip. I regularly make a 5 hour trip and don't think twice about jumping in and going. The escape is still on its original engine and transmission! I had asked about flushing the tranny when I bought it but my mechanic said that if there isn't a problem with it he wouldn't touch it, haven't had a problem with it since I bought it. The escape is a great little SUV, fantastic in the snow and not too bad on the gas. I would recommend to anybody.
  • I have a 2004 ford escape that is reaching 340,000 kms (we are in canada). I bought it used about 4 years ago. Other than basic wear and tear issues because of its age i havent had many issues. 

  • markymarktmarkymarkt Los angelesPosts: 61
    2001 Mazda tribute. I believe it is a rebadged escape. 145000. Upper manifold gasket leaks, series of O2 sensor malfunctions, 2 doors not opening anymore, air conditioner freon leak, upholstery falling off, cracked oil pan. Engine, oil pan, and ac were both fixed and seems to be running very strong again. a TSB was issued for the door lock problem, actuator, but not a recall. Disappointed cause it is a very common problem and costs 300 per door.
    2017 Honda Accord
    2016 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2009 Escape 187,0000.
  • danceswddanceswd Posts: 1
    2009 74,000 - Still on original tires and brakes! Plenty of tread left but losing traction in snow because of old rubber. I am assuming brakes will need service soon so I might as well get them done...
  • hollywood_823hollywood_823 Posts: 4
    edited September 2015
    2004 - 186,000 - I purchased my escape in 2009 with 112,000 on it already. Plan on driving it till the wheels fall or just gets to costly to repair. Only major repair has been driver side lower control arm which I did myself, the bushings and ball joint was fine but the rear bolt became loose and made noise at low speeds(<5-10mph). This may be the noise others hear on their escapes. I have done other regular maintenance that it needed, brakes/rotors, plugs/coils. Every other oil change I do a transmission drain and fill(1 gallon exactly), the transmission hasn't had any issues.
  • sstock024sstock024 Posts: 1
    edited November 2015
    2001 Escape XLS, 4 cylinder, 5 speed - 274,000 miles. It's been a good car for me and (like hollywood_823 said) I plan on driving it until the wheels fall off. Which I'm guessing might be any day now :) She's my road warrior.
  • I love my little Ford Escape. I have the 4x4 6 cylinder. I have always stayed up on my oil changes but drive it all over the place and have about 230,000 miles on it now. I am currently looking at getting a new Toyota Tacoma but will probably keep the Escape until it entirely falls to pieces. I have had to do some routine maintenance on it. The most expensive was having the alternator replaced.
  • longlifelonglife Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid with 193K. My college student, now young adult has been driving it since 2010. That means the maintenance hasn't always been timely. Overall, it is running great. Just had brakes, thermostat and a/c compressor replaced. Oh, I had the battery replaced before the warranty was up. She's been rear ended at least 3 times with the bumper replaced. I'm hoping she gets a few more years out of it.
  • I just traded a 2004 ford escape 229,000 miles. loved the car trouble free. i bought 2013 ford escape. hope it treats me as well.
  • My Ford Escape is from 2001 but it has not reached 100 thousand miles and since its transmission was completely ruined, we have always given the proper maintenance to our car, a little more and I crashed on the freeway, please someone can help me as Report to the Ford company to help me solve this factory problem because it makes me unfair that I pay for a transmission that came out defective when I heard that these cars are going well. Thank you.
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