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2008 Ford Escape Problems and Repair Histories

141 TrueDelta members own a 2008 Ford Escape. 70 of these members (49.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 144 repairs to 2008 Ford Escapes--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2008 Ford Escape problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2008 Ford Escape problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2008 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 2008 Ford Escape repairs by problem area

20% of the 2008 Ford Escape repairs were to the engine, 9% to the transmission, 13% to the brakes, 15% to the suspension, 23% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 10% to the body and trim, and 10% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 144 repairs.

2008 Ford Escape repair cost distribution

Of the 2008 Ford Escape repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 17% cost less than $100, 52% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 3% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 29 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 2008 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 Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 0    
2000 0 Intermittent noise when braking in back wheel. Service Manager told me that there was a bulletin problem, solution was to remove wheels and lube. Also, they reset the oil life sensor, light had come on during previous week. 
16000 190 The hydraulic system which helps raise back door and keep it up failed on both sides. 
 
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 Vermont, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 0    
11000 0 Rear window leaking water on inside and rattle at rear window. Corrected. Rear window defroster. 3 bands quit working. Parts ordered 
12000 0 3 bands quit working. Parts ordered Month: November 2008, Repaired 12/26/2008. 
18000 22 One of the pins on the factory towing package wire harness that connects to the car to the trailer corroded away. This also happened on my 2001 Escape. I had only towed my boat 5 times. Didn't even bother to report to Ford. It would happen again 
22000 0 Front end creaked steering wheel, shock tightened loose bolts. Rear door rattled. Checked and tightened rear door struts. Still rattled. Determined that needs new door latch. Greased latch for now and ordered new latch to be installed at a later date 
31000 200 Rear door rattled and was repaired. Transmission started to slip and was returned to have transmission repaired. There was a recall for hose leaking to transmission cooler. Hose was replaced (warranty) and trans flushed (30k miles)  
 
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 New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 0    
0 I picked up new vehicle with 16.9 miles. Discovered the left turn indicator did not clear after completing the turn. 
0 Also discovered 2 leaks of water on pass. floor within 50 additional miles. I returned the Escape to the dealer with ~85 miles. Repaired turn signal. 
19000 240 Automatic transmission fluid leak. They claimed that it was a condensor but it really seemed to be the tank on the radiator or the threaded connecton to it became loose and leaked ATF on the driveway. 
104000  
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 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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2008 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

153-horsepower 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Escape in Delaware, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 1000    
3000 0 Rubber weatherstrip around sunroof was cracked and needed to be replaced. Due mostly to defect in rubber, or out of shelf-life material used. 
 

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2008 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

133-horsepower 2.3L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Ford Escape in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 1000    
16000 0 Warning light came on about a transmission problem, but nothing was apparent in the operation of the vehicle. Happened initally when operating on battery, but became more frequent, happening when running gas or electric engine. 
21000 0 Display indicated "Stop Safely Now" as vehicle came to a complete stop. Had to power off, unlock doors, and restart vehicle. 
47000 0 Fixed a temperature difference between driver and passenger side vents. Covered by a TSB and under warranty as it was originally reported while still under warranty. 
63000 100 Two codes were reported, repaired under a combination of extended warranty and a technical service bulletin. The water pump needed to be repaired/replaced. 
71000  

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