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Ford Escape Problems and Repair Histories

1203 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Ford Escape. 482 of these members (40.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 1085 repairs to Ford Escapes--an average of 0.9 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Ford Escape problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Ford Escape problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Ford Escape problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Ford Escape repairs by problem area

26% of the Ford Escape repairs were to the engine, 12% to the transmission, 12% to the brakes, 15% to the suspension, 21% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 7% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1085 repairs.

Ford Escape repair cost distribution

Of the Ford Escape repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 50% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 10% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 395 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Ford Escape problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Ford Escape

Engine not specified

Ford Escape in United Arab Emirates
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 0    
76260 1500 The brake pedal was soft and could hear "air leakage" sound, brake action could not kick-in before the pedal almost hitting bottom. Quite scary as it took longer to stop the vehicle. Needed master cylinder and HCU unit (for solenoid valve). 

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2008 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Escape in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 1860    
3100 0 The connection from transmission cooler to transmission became loose and all the transmission fluid leak out making the vehicle undriveable. 
17940 0 Condensor Assembly replaced as transmission fluid was leaking into airconditioning condensor ?? Also the ignition coil assembly was replaced as several fault codes were being produced. No charge due to extended repair contract. 
37160 0 Steering vibrating when brakes applied at highway speed. The Rotors and pads at front were replaced covered by extended warranty plan. 
42120 400 The Air Conditioner / Heat Blower ceased operating the dealer indicated the resistors had failed ? 
45220 0 The rear hatch lock does not operate and the hatch cannot be opened 
46500 400 The repaired rear hatched ceased operating a couple days after initial repair and has now been back to the dealer twice 
46500 500 ABS and TCS warning lights are on 
47120  

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2008 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

Ford Escape in Northwest Territory, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 11160    
12400 0 Gas tank was slow filling. The dealer told me that almost all of their 2007 and 2008 Escapes have a problem where the gas tank vent gets clogged with ice and dirt. There is apparantly a TSB on it. They fixed and cleaned the fuel tank vent as per the TSB. 
15500 0 Had transmission fluid puddles under car. The transmission cooler developed a leak. TSB issued for this. The service rep told me the bolt attaching the fluid hose to the cooler corrodes and and everything must be replaced. After only one year of service? 
20460 0 During visit for oil change and brake job, mechanic noticed front left sway bar linkage needed to be replaced. 
26660 0 Bushing on sway bar linkage. 
31620 0 A gear on the front axle that monitors the Electronic Stability Control system (and thus the antilock brakes) was cracked, sending false signals to the ESC, causing the anitlock brakes to activate when driving. 
38440 0 Noticed ABS kicking in slightly. Replaced front brakes. Front Stability Control ring cracked (twice now) and replaced.  Got car back and noticeable knocking sound in front. Stabilizer bar links cracked... again. Very weak metal. 
 
Ford Escape in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 0    
1000 0 Discovered trash in the paint in small area. Problem 1 Trip 2: An improvement was made during Problem 1 Trip 1, but still was not repaired to our satisfaction. 
31000 0 Defective drivers side back window regulator. 
35000 0 Transmission cooler leaking and replaced. 
 
Ford Escape in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 4000    
5000 0 mini overhead console door would fly open every time i hit a bump, or i would not be able to keep it to stay closed at all. new console installed, and it's working properly. hard ridge formed in drivers seat under left thigh. ford shop sent it to an upholstery shop to repair. 
21000 0 Transmission fluid leaking from transmission cooler. 
21000 0 check engine light on. There was a TSB for moving the vent hole in the gas tank. The original position got plugged with ice. Also there was a loose hose under the hood. Possibly from previous repair? 
27000 0 Air conditioner barely cooling. weather strips on both front doors loose at bottom. doors not sealing completely. new ones ordered by dealer's shop. 
97700 75 Sporatic problem when applying brakes. Makes a noise similar to antilock brake system, pedal goes down further and then stops. Both dealer and personal mechanic have not been able to find problem to fix it. Rotor replacement didn't fix this 
99000  

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2006 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

Ford Escape in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 19000    
20000 0 Window mechanism was loose, needed new parts. Replaced rear wiper arm. 
20000 30 Rear hatch noise. Hatch removed and reinstalled. 
40000 200 Transfer case was replaced 
56000 700 Differential seals replaced 
56700 700 Bad wheel bearing and tie rod ends also replaced control arms Expansion bottle on radiator split 
63000 300 A ring ABS sensing ring replaced 
 
Ford Escape in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 18000    
18000 0 front windshield washer fluid dumping on ground due to broken hose under passenger front wheel well. 
18000 0 Driver's side window very loud squeak. 
 

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2006 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

153-horsepower 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Escape in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Gas filler tube updated - couldn't use fast setting at pump. Rear suspension bushings replaced due to 'grunting' noises in rear. 
15000 0 Air conditioner was intermittant and often did not blow cold. Driver side rear door making knocking noises. Latches now appear greased. 
23000 0 Gas pedal felt 'sticky'. Throttle body assembly replaced. 
52000 248 Seat belt stuck in receptacle. When removed, could not be re-inserted. Had to special order the part, so used passenger receptacle in meantime. 
73000  

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2006 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

133-horsepower 2.3L I4 Hybrid CVT AWD

Ford Escape in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 48000    
49000 81 Navigation system tracked auto behind true location. TSB issued on nav, and recalibration resolved problem. 
73000 500 Replaced U-joints. Replaced tie-rods. 

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2005 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

Ford Escape in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 100000    
105000 375 Brakes, pads and drums for rear axle 
132000 0 Rear brake work. 
164000 0 There was a leak from the lower radiator hose. Not sure if it was related to the waterpump, did not diagnose before trading it in. 

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