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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,392 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 152011

Escape Hybrid 4WD 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


We are having problems with our 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. 4 months ago we had to replace the blend door actuator 300 dollars then car shut down when my wife was driving in the highway at 60 mph she almost had a bad accident so we had to replace the coolant pump another 600 dollars. Now my wife was driving and car had no brakes with message regen brakes disabled I took it to the dealer and they said that the cost to fix it will be like 3,000 dollars. Because the ABS module is bad. I can not afford to pay this kind of money. I bought this car last November 2010.

- Lyons, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 042010

Escape Hybrid

  • 26,000 miles
2008 Ford hybrid escape, 26,000K miles on it. The ABS, regenerative brakes failed while putting the car into reverse leaving only manual brakes working. The emergency lights came on identifying regenerative brake failure. The car was towed to the dealer and when turned on the issue couldn't be replicated initially and appeared to working fine. The technician did tests and found the master cylinder was failing. I had the car taken back to the dealer I purchased it from to have it repaired and again the warning lights didn't come on and they couldn't find the issue. I left the car with them to look at and they drove it around testing it when the brakes suddenly failed again while a technician was driving it on the road. They ordered a new master cylinder which hopefully will address the issue.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 032009

Escape Hybrid

  • 40,569 miles
In Sept 2009 I experienced complete & unexpected brake failure in my 08 Ford escape. I was able to nurse the car to the dealership. The dealer told me that the brake pedal travel sensor circuit failed which they said was part of the master cylinder. I was told no operator error, just a defective part. The dealer also told me they couldn't just replace the travel sensor circuit, they had to replace the entire master cylinder which ended up costing me $1530.63. My safety was totally jeopardized-I was just lucky I didn't get into an accident and wasn't on freeway when brakes failed. This was equipment that shouldn't have failed for years, if ever, especially not in a car with only 40569 miles on it. I was without my car for 5 days and had to cancel client meetings and rent a car. I tried to contact Ford to have them reimburse me for parts/labor ($1530.63)but was told they wouldn't/couldn't do that even though this was not operator error, but a Ford defect.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262009

Escape Hybrid

  • 10,000 miles
On several occasions since purchasing my 2008 Ford Escape hybrid (new) the brakes have either been spongy or seemingly, temporally, non-existent. When this problem happened/happens it seems to be immediately following the vehicle transitioning from gas to electric drive mode.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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