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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,521 miles

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2007 Ford Escape Hybrid drivetrain problems

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2007 Ford Escape Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 202016

Escape Hybrid

  • miles


The power takeoff unit, also known as the power takeoff assembly, and or the transfer case has gone bad. Ford says that the part cost $3700.. while talking with several repair shops in my area, they state that this is a very common problem with this tvehicle. If it is true that this is a common problem, why hasn't it been recalled recalled. It sounds like a bunch of marbles are rolling around in my transmission while coasting.

- Ferndale, MI, USA

problem #10

Dec 082015

Escape Hybrid

  • 40,245 miles
Started with occasional clunking when in reverse. Slowly developed a sort of thumping like when driving. Like from a bad tire or wheel bearing. As my wife had a medical problem, I drove it for about a week before checking out. I rotated and inspected the tires and breaks. I manually rotated each wheel by hand to check for signs of a wheel bearing problem. Nothing found. The next couple days the noise became worse. I took it to a reputable transmission shop. When they test drove it, they would not even take it off their lot. Their comment to me is that they hope I had not been driving it long like this. They were sure that something in the trans axle was about to lock up. I am sure they were right. By this time it was quite bad. They found that my transfer case had failed at 40,245 miles. A little research on the internet shows that this is a common problem with AWD escapes. I notice that 2 were reported to the NHTSA, one resulting in injury. If this unit locks up while driving, loss of life is possible. Only a small percentage of escapes are AWD and have transfer cases. It appears that a high percentage of early AWD escapes are suffering from this problem. Any drive train issue in any vehicle which could result in the vehicle locking up while under way should not happen. Ford has a responsibility to fix this issue. I have to admit that when I drove the car to the shop that morning it sounded so bad that I was a little scared to drive it faster than around 30 mph. It would have completely failed within days. I feel I was lucky to get it repaired when I did. It cost me $4,353 to replace the transfer case. Now I am not sure I want to keep the vehicle. Not sure I should trust their cvt either.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jun 192015

Escape Hybrid

  • 114,340 miles
I had been driving down the road and my power steering went out with out warning. I puller over using force into a strip mall. Turned the car off, sat there for 10 min turned the car back on and the dash light came on and a service power steering read across the dash. Called Ford to make an appointment.

- Waukegan , IL, USA

problem #8

Apr 212014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


While traveling on a turnpike with few exit ramps and limited shoulder clearance, the vehicle simultaneously lost all power and displayed the warning triangle ("triangle of death") and the information display indicated "stop safely now". the key was removed from the ignition and manual consulted. The manual indicated this was a hybrid system fault/failure and advised on attempting to restart the vehicle and taking it to the nearest dealership. The restart was successful and traveling continued for another 15 miles before the same exact scenario repeated. The Ford dealership diagnosed this problem as a failure of the motor electronic cooling system (mecs)--a well documented failure (and a dangerous one) that plagues many Ford Escape hybrids.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #7

Feb 182014

Escape Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
I was driving home from work when the dashboard light that looks like a wrench came on as well as the display service engine soon. I made it home safely and the next time I drove the car no light and so far seems ok. A similar occurrence happened about a month ago at that time I lost all power. Fortunately I had just pulled out of my driveway. I shut the car off and back on and it was fine until this week. It looks like it is a defective throttle body and sensor and will need to be replaced.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 022013

Escape Hybrid

  • 64,150 miles
While backing out of a parking space, the right front wheel separated from the vehicle. Upon closer inspection, it appeared that the bolt sheared, dislocating the wheel from the drivetrain. This was later confirmed at the repair center--the bolt had sheared and had to be drilled out. The front lower control arm bolts (forward bolt) removed and threads had to be repaired. The right front axle also had to be replaced. This vehicle is only 6.5 years old, and is not driven off road. Ford does not acknowledge this as an issue. As noted elsewhere on this site, we also have had issues with brake squealing, as well as the water pump issue.

- Dillsburg, SD, USA

problem #5

May 152013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


After driving approx 20 min on the freeway, my 2007 Ford Escape hybrid shut off. Warning light came on displaying: Motor temp high. Then, stop safely. Considering I was in the middle of the freeway in phoenix AZ, the 2nd warning statement was quite un-nerving. When I finally made it to the shoulder of the freeway, I opened the hood, nothing was overheating, no steam, coolant levels normal. The vehicle started again without issue. I proceeded approx 5 minutes down the freeway and exited. When attempting to cross the street at the end of the exit ramp, the vehicle shut down again, displaying the same messages. This incident left me in the middle of a busy road. When I finally arrived home, I contacted a friend who is more knowledgeable than I regarding mechanical issues. He said he had heard of this and suggested I look on the internet. I am appalled at the # of occurrences of the same issue that have been reported. Yet no one, not the manufacturer or the dealerships have notified the consumer of this very dangerous situation. My father has purchased Ford for years. This irresponsible action, of failure to notify the consumer of potentially dangerous malfunctions, does not fit the responsible company that he has always described.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #4

Mar 122013

Escape Hybrid

  • miles
I was driving at freeway speed and the car suddenly gave the signal "stop car safely now." I immediately began to lose power and barely had time to pull over to the left-hand shoulder to get out of the way of traffic. No previous signal (e.g. wrench light or warning triangle) had appeared to give me advance warning. This had happened before (see 2/1/13 complaint), but when we took the car to the shop after that first occurrence, they were unable to identify any problems, so I had driven it again. Both times the problem occurred after sustained (2 hrs) freeway speed (70 mph) driving. This time I was towed to a Ford dealership where they identified that the hybrid battery system had overheated and numerous parts needed replacement.

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012013

Escape Hybrid

  • miles
I was driving at freeway speed and the car suddenly showed the signal: "stop safely now, " and I immediately began to lose power. I barely had time to pull to the shoulder to get out of the way of 70-mph traffic. No previous signal showed on the dash (e.g., the wrench signal) to give me any advance warning.

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 052013

Escape Hybrid

  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape hybrid. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the throttle body would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #1

Jul 022010

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Without warning, the engine and motor stopped upon accelerating after right turn, with warning message and many lights displayed. After rolling to a stop at the side of the road, and waiting 5 to 10 minutes, the car started and drove normally. This has occurred a number of times since then, on surface streets and expressways. The loss of power is accompanied by loss of power steering, of course, and creates a dangerous situation.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

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