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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,135 miles

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2008 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #7

Oct 122009


  • 40,000 miles


The battery drains while the vehicle is off. It takes about 2 days for the battery to be completely dead. I brought the car to the Ford dealership. The mechanics couldn't figure out where the drain was coming from so they flew in an engineer from the Ford factory. He had them remove each fuse & put them back in 3 at a time. Then wait 2 days to see if there was a drain on that electrical line. After over 3 months of my car in the shop, they replaced the smart junction box thinking that would solve it. It didn't. the Ford customer service rep I was dealing with basically told me that there's nothing else they can do. I told her that I bought the car brand new 2 yrs ago but she didn't care at all. I posted my problem on the internet & had 2 other people from across the country email me with the same exact problem. Ford is not taking responsibility for their faulty product. I've been a loyal Ford customer for the last 15 years. I'm also in the military & need my car for my duties. I've taken excellent care of the vehicle from the day I bought it. Ford has completely abandoned me with this problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 262010


  • 46,500 miles
Defect in vehicle wiring harness - my car has been at the dealership for repairs since 01/30/2010. The dealership stated my vehicle was not safe to drive due to the wires corroding and causing mechanical failures on this vehicle. The dealership had ordered the new wiring system as an emergency "order" on 01/30/2010 but due to this being such an overwhelming issue Ford cant keep up with the demand for the replacement parts ! this is a 2008 Ford Escape 4X4, I should not being experiencing any problems with a new vehicle that only has 46 thousand miles on it. Of course nothing is covered under warranty when your wires corrode and catch fire. The damages so far are around $800. My son and I both smelled something burning from the truck but couldn't locate the source of the smell. Once in the Ford dealership I was told it was the wiring that had corroded due to road salt and that this is a very common occurrence and that they are hoping for a recall due to the volume. Unfortunately for me this will be all out of pocket expenses. Being told that this is a "notorious" issue does not ease my mind when the safety of myself and my children were at risk !!

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 192009


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving flames erupted from the instrument control panel. The fire department extinguished the flames. The fire inspector concluded that the failure was caused by an electrical failure. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The failure and current mileages were under 10,000.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #4

Aug 082008


  • 50 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While backing out of a parking space at low speeds, the back-up sensor alarm did not sound. The contact was unaware of obstacles in the rear of the vehicle due to the low sound of the alarm. There were no prior warnings. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer and they stated that the back-up sensor speakers were installed and designed by the manufacturer, located at the rear of the vehicle. The technician stated that the speakers could be repositioned to the front of the vehicle at the contact's expense. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 50 and current mileage was 2,200.

- Goldthwait, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 082008


  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While backing out of a parking space at low speeds, the parking sensors failed. The alarm did not sound loud enough to alert the driver. The backup sensor failure occurs continuously when driving in reverse. There were no warnings prior to this failure. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer and they stated that the speakers were located in the interior rear of the vehicle, which may cause the alarm not to sound as loudly. The technician stated that the speakers could be relocated to the interior front of the vehicle at the contact's expense. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 50 and current mileage was 2,200. Updated 11-19-08 the consumer stated the problem has been fixed. Updated 11/19/08.

- Goldthwaite, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 252008

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,771 miles
Total hybrid / gasoline system failure while vehicle is being driven.

- Bethpage, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 102007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
About 2 months after I purchased my Escape, the tire pressure monitor light came on and the message center said "tire pressure monitor fault". at the same time the door ajar light and brake lights came on. I took it to the dealer and they couldn't find a thing wrong with it. It happened again, this time the volume on the stereo automatically goes down when I get the tire pressure message along with the air conditioner blowing hot air. It just got worse. I took it to the dealer this time and they kept my car for 3 weeks. They consulted Ford engineers and were in constant contact with Ford (who had no idea what was wrong with it). They finally decided to replace the whole computer. It didn't fail it happened again. But this time the car would just constantly beep, the most annoying thing in the world, and the doors don't automatically lock. As it got worse the dash has a mind of its own, somedays it doesn't light up other days it stays on all night. Thankfully it hasn't drained my battery. It has been to the dealer 4 times already and I have contacted an attorney to help me with a lemon law case. The dealer has no clue what is going on. The advisor said that I was the only Escape in the nation with this problem, but looking on the website mine is not the only one, there is at least one other one. My car is still doing this even more frequently. I have another two weeks before we hear from Ford about a repurchase. It's unfortunate, because I really love my Escape if it wasn't for this one major problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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