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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2007 Ford Escape looks pretty good compared to other Ford Escape model years, but still has a trend of transmission problems, so it's not a model year we can recommend.

Also the base model Escape did not come with side airbags so it received a "Poor" rating from the IIHS for side impact protection. Other similar 2007 models like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V & Hyundai Santa Fe scored far better.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
81,045 miles
Total Complaints:
19 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild tranmission and replace torque converter (9 reports)
  2. change the transmission (8 reports)
  3. not sure (2 reports)
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2007 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #19

Sep 152014

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


I have always been a believer in Ford Motor Products. I have owned Mustangs, T-Bird, Explorer, Taurus and now an Escape. It is really disappointing to read all of these people having the same problem as I had. Why wasn't this recalled? I guess I should feel lucky that my transmission didn't have to be replaced until 120,000 miles.

I have had no indication that I had transmission problems until this weekend. Felt like the transmission was slipping, then noticed my O/D light flashing. Then I got stranded in rush hour traffic trying to make it to the Ford Dealership. I have bragged about this Escape even though I felt like I got ripped off when I purchased it (then the dealership went out of business - but that's another story). I'm very disappointed and now BROKE. $3600 - GEEZ!!!

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #18

Aug 152013

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,277 miles

I have been a Ford guy all my life starting with a 1965 Ford Mustang with straight 6, 200, automatic coupe design (Loved it). Then I bought a 1995 Ford Ranger XLT 4 speed and (Loved it.) Then I thought I would buy a 2007 Ford Escape XLT V6 with 4WD (DON'T LOVE IT!!). At 77,xxx miles just out of my extended warranty the O/D light comes on and is flashing. The transmission begins to slip bad and engine revs, then drops into and out of gear. Took it to my local Ford dealer who said the transmission was shot and replacement would be $4500. OUCH!!!!

I took it to another repair shop who also diagnosed the transmission and when they dropped it out for diagnosis they found the transmission fluid pump went out causing the gear levers and bands to burn up and 2nd and/or 3rd gear band cracked. Replaced at a cost of $3603.

I have been so disappointed in the quality of this vehicle I am thinking of dumping Fords permanently. I plan on calling Ford Corporate customer service and giving them a piece of my mind first. Who expects a transmission to blow at 77,xxx miles???? Poor design and even worse, more problems with this money pit. (See my additional complaints). Do not buy one of these poorly made vehicles as repairs will eat you out of house and home.

- , Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #17

Jan 272014

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

I wish I would have done more homework before getting this car. Apparently the transmission is a common issue and most fail around 70k miles. The only option was to get a new transmission. A used transmission will be a matter of time until it goes. There are too many issues with our existing transmission to rebuild it. We got a Vesper transmission and not a Ford!

- , Cochranville, PA, USA

problem #16

Mar 122014

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


So this will be my first and LAST Ford vehicle I ever purchase. I orginally bought it used with 100,000 miles on it and for the first 6 months everything was great. No complaints at all but then during a snow storm, while driving the O/D light starts blinking....and my car started acting funny. Then all of a sudden, I was driving up a hill and my car stalled out on me would not go into any gear!! I had to push the car into a lot and get it towed. The first set of mechanics told me that when they got it off the truck it shifted just fine...then they said they took it for test drive and it would not go into 2nd gear and again it stalled out on them. I then had it towed to a Ford Dealership...thinking that they would understand it better and they said that my transmission fluid was all burnt and had metal flecks all in it. They told me the transmission would need to be replaced. I told them that I had bought an extended warranty on it for just this reason...b/c when I first researched the vehicle, I noticed that alot of Ford Escapes Trannys go so I wanted to be covered. WELL....apparently the extended warranties that are NOT from the actual dealership (FORD) just screw you over and don't cover hardly anything! They are quick to sell it, saying "oh yeah your totally covered with all transmission and engine issues" but when it comes to it, they don't even cover the liquid, seals or gaskets for transmission. AND beware that it does not cover any diagnosis or teardown (which is just absurd). Well $1115 later out of my pocket and extended war. only cover 1300.

I've been doing alot of research on this exact issue and it DOES occur waaaay more often then not. PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN PURCHASING THIS VEHICLE AND PURCHASING ANY EXTENDED WARRANTY from a third party.

It is complete crap that FORD does NOT recall these transmission because again, it is waaay to common with this vehicle. THIS VEHICLE IS NOT BUILT FORD TOUGH...MORE LIKE "lets build a vehicle that will crap out on people so they will have to spend a fortune to fix"

- , Gorham, NH, USA

problem #15

Mar 102014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

As a loyal Ford owner for 25 years, a guy expects brake issues since Ford has never been known for quality lasting brakes. But when a transmission fails at 80,000 miles, this is unacceptable. I would not dump it on a dealer or private buyer so I am repairing at my own expense. This is a notorious defect which Ford and Ford dealers apparently are willing to over look. Buyers beware! Previously driven Fords have lasted over 150,000 miles with no transmission or other major problems. Sorry, Ford engineers, but I cannot risk my income on your products, based on this expensive issue, nor can I trust Ford dealers who are selling used vehicles like mine which have a significant risk of transmission failure.

- , Weston, WI, USA

problem #14

Jul 202013

Escape Limited 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,000 miles

When we changed the transmission we were told it was the second one replaced In this truck already. The one in it was not original and it was a common problem for Ford. It should have been recalled but wasn't. Also the transmission overheats and they said we should install a transmission cooler rad to prevent the problem in future.

- , Lowbanks, Ontario, canada

problem #13

Sep 222013

Escape SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,567 miles


The o/d light started flashing. I checked the manual, said have the transmission serviced immediately. The warranty expired 5 months ago. The car has not even reached 100,000 km. This was my first Ford and will definitely be the last. I really liked my Escape but will not tolerate the crap. I had a 2001 Chevy Impala that didn't require transmission work until 250,000km. Seems like a wide spread problem. Lots of discussion on this same topic all over the internet. Ford should be ashamed of themselves. If this is built Ford tuff I don't want any part of Ford.

- , Windsor, Ontario, canada

problem #12

Apr 112013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

While driving, I noticed the O/D light flashing and then it started acting really funny. I had no clue what this was, but I researched online and found that others had this same problem. I just got an estimate to fix my truck and it came to around $2800. There is no 2nd gear and it has a really hard time getting to 4th gear. It is terrible. They told me that they would have to rebuild my engine. I do not want another Ford SUV. With so many complaints, they should cover the cost.

- , Wilson, NC, USA

problem #11

May 172013

Escape XLT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

My truck has never been off road or has it ever been driven rough. I went home from work one day, then decided to go back to the marina and the OD light started to flash and I lost power. I had the truck towed to the Ford garage and they said there was major damage inside the transmission and it would cost me $3,695. What gets me is there was no prior indication at all, no noises and fluid was clean and full. I WILL NEVER BUY A FORD AGAIN IN MY LIFE. Ford messed up on this one.

- , Frankenmuth, MI, USA

problem #10

Jan 222013

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

Well misery enjoys company! Having read the other complaints regarding the O/D light blinking and transmission failure at or around the 60 to 70,000 mile range, I feel right at home! I have no 2nd and 4th gear, just a gas hogging 1st and 3rd. Nothing like covering-up a poor design and engineering into a less than adequate power train warranty - the estimated repair is C$3,300 for a reconditioned transmission including installation. This is the first Ford I have ever owned and I love my Escape (or at least until now). Having surfed the net to see if I was alone in my displeasure, I can't believe how rampant this problem is - and not just on the '07 model. Ford Escapes are everywhere in this city, so beware newer Escape owners - before your O/D light comes on, do one of two things: off load your Escape before the TDM (Transmission Death Mileage) is reached, and/or buy shares in your local transmission dealer. This situation is completely unacceptable. It seems that Ford knew of the problem from the start.

- , Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

problem #9

May 032012

Escape LX 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


My Escape was hit while sitting at the stop sign coming off an interstate. A Ford F150 or Ford F250 truck hit me an knocked me across two lane of the highway. I could have been hit again but no traffic was coming.

The person that hit me had State Farm Insurance and I had them also. The damage to my bumper and under the bumper came to almost $1300.00 they paid that with no problem. The Ford dealership where I bought my Escape new told me they did not do body work so I had to take it to the body shop once my Escape was hit my OD light start flashing and all my gauges on my dash board no longer work.

Once the body shop completed all of their work it was taken/drove back to body shop at about 35 mph. The dealership said it was my dash cluster and you bands broke on my transmission and my gas gauge need to be replace. My car just went through State inspection in March 2012 and all of these problem is a results from me being hit in the rear. State Farm stated my damages were all from normal wear and tear on my Escape and refused to fix it at a cost of $2,200.00....I can not believe they would chest consumer with such garbage...Everything on my Escape was working until it was hit.. I am so upset that a Insurance company would get out of paying for my cost simply because the person hit me have State Farm and I have State Farm....The dealership did not help me out at all, They stated it could have cause it by being hit in the rear...I screamed at them stating how can a person do $1,300.00 damages to my rear and it's not affect my mechanical parts...I tried to hire a lawyer he said that by taking them to court it was nothing in it for him!!! I could not believe that either...I said I can pay you at least $400.00 or $500.00 it would be better than paying $2,200.00. He did nothing so I am fighting it on my own... I have filed a complaint with state Insurance commissioner and the BBB and have wrote to our TV station action 9... When my policy expire I plan to get my cars insured anywhere but State Farm!!!

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #8

Jun 062012

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

One day I'm driving home...and my car didn't feel like it was shifting properly. I could feel it during take off..and when I sped up. Next thing you know the o/d light is flashing. Took it to ford the next day and they said it was the band that snapped. 1700 to fix that..plus additional cost if anything else was wrong. Took it to a trans specialist in the area and he said the band snapped also...and that it wasn't shifting into 2nd gear and the o/d wasn't working. After taking it apart the band got caught up in the drum clutch (I think that's what its called) and that it was metal in the torque convertor. Overall..it cost about 2 thousand dollars to fix my car. I bought it right off the showroom floor in 07..and take very good care of Maintenance and things.. 5 years is too soon for a trans to go.

- , Phliadelphia, PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 212012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

The o/d light started coming on this morning. I called Ford and found out that the warranty ran out on March 19. Problem stared on March 21.. Its like Ford had it all planned out.

- , Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #6

Mar 302012

Escape XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,672 miles

I thought I was covered when I bought an extended warranty for three thousand dollars and 100,000 miles.Boy was I wrong.As soon as the warranty was up my trany went out.

I have spent a lot of money for the maintenance and upkeep and thought I was all covered for almost anything.Talk about being Kicked in the ---.Well not that I can not afford the 4,000 dollar repair bill that the Ford Repair shop wanted me to spend I have took a step back in time and started walking and taking the bus to work and to my Doctors Appt.and other places I have to go.Lucky I am a Veteran that have been through a lot or I would have gone crazy by now.

- , Santee, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 132012

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

I loved my 2007 Ford Escape. I took excellent care of it. Never had a problem except for the natural repairs and services. Brakes, Oil Change, Tires, and servicing fluids that's it. On March 13th, 2012, my car was having a problem going into to 2nd gear, all it did was get stuck, the 0/D light would flash and then it would go into 3rd gear. This problem happened out of the blue sky, no warning the days before. I took it to a transmission place, since the warranty expired at 60,000 and they said it was internal problem. Sure enough it was the band for 2nd and 4th gear. I could do a quick fix for 1,200 and no guarantee other parts in the transmission would go out or a rebuild for 2,400. Chose the rebuild. But come on Ford. You should not be making cars, suv's with these kinds of transmissions................My Escape transmission should not have went this soon. Why weren't these recalled? I will never buy another Ford again.

- , Modesto, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 062012

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,943 miles

The O/D Off light started flashing last night and it stopped shifting into 2nd. Took it to local mechanic, and guess what, it is an internal transmission issue. Next stop, transmission shop and $3,000 later, new transmission. I am the orginal owner, $67,000 kms and these are not hard kms. I treated the cehicle good and had all the servicing done. Long story short, Ford put a piece of crap transmission in my vehicle and put a 3 year 60,000 km warranty on it. Thanks a lot Ford.

- , Surrey, BC, canada

problem #3

Sep 232011

Escape XLS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

How can Ford sell a car with a transmission that won't even last 49000 miles.I heard of cutting corners, I will not and will tell all not to buy ford products, this would be the 2nd one. The first was a 2003 tarus with 68000 miles while a 1000miles away on vacation

- , Florissant, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 062008

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Well in closing they took about the same amount of time as Phillipe J's issue to be addressed. I also now to seem to have a reoccurance of the issue. Very disappointing

and this seems to be happening to other Escape owners, as a co-worker had slippage

issues with his 2008 Escape as well seems like it might be a pattern for the lucky few.

- , Sydney, N.S, Canada

problem #1

Apr 212008

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,400 miles

It took a month for Ford to change my transmission. After they did, it started to leak, so they change the gasket. Back home, it was leaking again, this time they change a a small part that was connected to the transmission. I've call Ford directly, they didn't do anything about my problem. Don't buy any ford, whatever you go, there is no service.

- , Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

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