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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
103,359 miles
Total Complaints:
42 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (17 reports)
  2. replace power steering column (14 reports)
  3. shut down engine and restart (11 reports)
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2008 Ford Escape steering problems

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Jan 012014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,633 miles


I have my Escape sitting at a dealership, failed power steering, i was in mid repair (put in a new torque sensor, waiting to calibrate it) when the recall was issued so took it in thinking they'd automatically fix it. No. They are saying the issue is because I didn't take it to a Ford dealership for repair, that my mechanic broke my car and they won't repair it. horrible customer service- I am driving a car with no power steering, they issued a recall and are penalizing me for not using a dealership for repair. Unreal.

- , Stratford, Ontario, canada

problem #41

Jul 262014

Escape 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,923 miles

I was making a right turn; all of a sudden, I couldn't turn the steering wheel any more. It was locked. Thank God traffic was light so no one was hurt.

- , Vancouver, BC, canada

problem #40

Feb 082014

Escape 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

Ford 2008 Escape has been a pain since i purchased it. Had severe cooling system failure in 2012. Power steering just went out during a major snow storm. Ford needs to take full credit on this failure. Being quoted $1500.00 to fix. Someone is going to die because of this issue.

- , Batavia, OH, USA

problem #39

Feb 012014

Escape Limited 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles


I can't afford the fix for my vehicle. It will cost me between $1500-1700. So I drive my car without power steering waiting for an accident to happen.

- , Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #38

Feb 212014

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

I think this a problem that needs to be looked into by Ford. A recall is definitely in need due the seriousness of this matter.

- , Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #37

Apr 112014

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Daughter drives estimated 300 miles back and forth and while at school, power steering goes out while driving, with NO INDICATIONS it's about to happen. So far it kicks back in when she does a re-start, but this makes for a very dangerous situation for her and those in traffic.. 4-11-2014

- , van Buren Twp, MI, USA

problem #36

Mar 262014

Escape XLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles


Electronic power steering goes out while driving without warning. When stopped at a light, the steering wheel will move back and forth on it's own as if it is possessed. Sometimes it happens when starting the car, and other times it just happens while driving making it very difficult to turn the car. You can either stop or put the car in neutral (while coasting) to turn the engine off to reset the on-board computer for the power steering to come back on.

Very dangerous while driving on the highway when the power steering goes out unknowingly if needing to make a quick lane change.

Should definitely be a Safety Recall Issue!!!! I have heard it is a predominate problem only with the 2008 year model of Escapes.

- , Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #35

Mar 132014

Escape LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

steering got stiff all of a sudden

No option for recording or taking picture o the problem. This happened in a d cold morning day on tthe way to my daughter'sschool . It was so hard to steer the wheel I th o ught it was the belt. I turned car off and started back on almost inmediately and didnt solve tthe problem right then. My daughter had a school fiel trip which I volunteered for and didnt know whether to cancel the trip o tak my car to a garage early morning. I decided to drive it BUT the experience of a stiff steering wheel was awful and painful specially when turning leftor right. I had to risk my life goin to this special evsnt for my daughter(since she was in 3rd grade- she is in 5th grade now)

I managed to arrive to the location o the fieldtrip and all day was thinking about what was I going to do if car doesnt wo r k? I couldn't even park straight. I asked on of the parent whom were helping ou too and he helped me to check the c a r. Odd l y enough after being parked for5.5 hrs, the Escape workred fine as nothing didnt happened. It has been a scary experience.

- , Bexley, OH, USA

problem #34

Mar 242014

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,000 miles

While driving at highway speeds the steering wheel begins to pull and shake to the left and right. The power steering also shuts off completely while driving, and when starting the car. The car is incredibly difficult to steer when this occurs making it almost impossible for my fiance to drive. Shutting off and restarting the car will sometimes unlock the wheel, but it still shakes harshly.

- , Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #33

Oct 012013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

My steering just gives out, i have to shutdown, then restart the car for power steer to resume. this should be a recall. so many others are having same issue. obviously a known issue.

- , Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #32

Mar 112014

Escape Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,200 miles


This condition of the Assisted Electronic Power Steering in the 2008 early Escapes-Limited , XLTs and etc, , has been reported to Ford by many-also to Federal Transport Safety Departments and similar Departments in Canada. Ford has done nothing to correct the problems. We have stopped buying Ford and have purchased A new Equinox LTZ. We told Ford Customer Service of our intent if nothing done -we hope so many other original happy ford owners do the same. This was the first year -2008- of the Power Assisted Electronic Steering and evidently had some troubles until corrected them-and they do not want to now make a Recall on them;We still have the Escapdel-not fair to sell to anyone and endanger that family. We use it sparingly and locally only.

- , MaysLanding, NJ, United States

problem #31

Mar 022014

Escape V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

Same complaints as everyone else...locks up and has to be shut off and restarted to work. It is the newest and most reliable vehicle we have and its in the worse shape. Our mechanic had to call a Ford mechanic and explain the problem, he told him he was working on one and the entire steering column needed to be replaced and electrical rewired, costing about $1500. My husband has banned my son and I from driving it. He drives to work and back, about 4 miles each way and it locks up anywhere from 4-6 times on him. Repairs are too costly. FORD NEEDS TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT!!!

- , Berea, OH, USA

problem #30

Nov 042013

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

Ford needs to have a recall and fix the issue.

I am hearing it will cost me around $1500.00 to fix.

- , Canton, GA, USA

problem #29

Feb 122014

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

As with numerous others here, steering froze without warning when driving. Shutting off and re-starting the car seems to HAVE TEMPORARILY solved the problem. Steering wheel vibrates when sitting at stop signs or lights. FORD NEEDS A RECALL FOR THIS PROBLEM !!!


- , Ashby, MA, USA

problem #28

Mar 212014

Escape V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Felt like someone grabbed my wheel to the right, then let go. I thought , what the hell was that? I started to turn left & could barely turn wheel either direction. After at least an hour of trying to locate steering pump or belt that may have broken I got ahold of my dealer. Guess what? NO STEERING PUMP. All electric stuff.

Tow it to Ford to see for sure what it is. Started it to back it up for tow truck & steering works fine. Decided to get it towed anyway. I love AAA. I had it fixed but I don't think the car needs me for an owner much longer. No one at dealership said these had this problem , not that they had ever heard of. After reading what I have about these cars tonight I am not very secure about driving it. I'll be on the phone to Ford in the a.m. to file a complaint. This is a definite safety issue. I am really pissed that they haven't recalled or re-reimbursed their customers. They haven't heard the last of me for sure. Oh yeah, I'm still making payments.

- , Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #27

Mar 192014

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I purchased this 2008 Ford Escape XLT for my 16 yr. old son to drive for school. Recently he complained about a steering problem with his car. The Steering locks up when you are driving. When parked, the whole steering column vibrates uncontrollably. So, I drove it myself. And....yes, it's all true. You lose control of the power steering while driving! You have to stop the car, which then the whole steering wheel shakes, then restart it to get the power steering back. This is RIDICULOUS and DANGEROUS! After reading numorous other complaints on the internet with the same exact problem, you'd think Ford would recall this issue before someone gets killed! If there isn't someone already! What are you waiting for Ford? You are obviously aware of this problem but choose to do nothing? Really? So, how many accidents or deaths will it take before you do recall it? This car is NOT SAFE TO DRIVE! This may be the last Ford I buy if you don't fix the problem!

- , Mason City, Iowa, USA

problem #26

Feb 122014

Escape 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,108 miles

I am so glad that I was not on the highway or on a trip when my power steering went... I only live 10 minutes away from the Ford dealership and drove to them but it was very hard to turn the wheel. I was not happy with the almost $2000.00 repair bill and shocked that this could happen - it is definitely a safety issue and really feel that Ford should have a recall on this problem, as I discovered from this website that it has happened to a lot of people. I am going to take this to my lawyer and get an opinion on this issue.

- , Edmonton, Alberta, canada

problem #25

Mar 082014

Escape Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles

After realizing there was a problem with my power steering I took it to my garage where they sprang the bad news that I need my steering column replaced to the tune of $1,400.00. I then did some research and was shocked at the number of people who have the very same problem. Due top the high mileage on my vehicle I'm not sure whether its worth the $ to fix but in the mean time I'm now scared to death to take this on the road. This certainly should be a manufacturer's recall and honestly if I do decide to purchase another vehicle it probably will not be a FORD. I certainly hope that someone doesn't have to loose their life before Ford does something about this......

- , Zionsville, PA, USA

problem #24

Feb 272014

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

It's ridiculous that so many 08 Escapes are having this problem right after warrantys end and the cars are being paid off. Ford needs to recall this.

It's dangerous and outrageous that all of a sudden we are expected to pay $1500 to fix a small power steering component. I hear a little click inside my steering wheel base as the power steering shuts off and on. A small electric component that is giving out shouldn't require such an expensive fix. If I have to pay $1500 to fix it, not only will I NEVER purchase a Ford again...I will tell anyone who will listen to not purchase one and why!

- , Eagan, MN, USA

problem #23

Feb 012014

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

Same issue as everyone else. Power steering goes out. Have to restart the car to hope it comes back on. There needs to be a recall, please if you're having this problem make sure to post a complaint!

- , Granger, IN, USA

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