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2.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,634 miles

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2010 Ford Escape Hybrid brakes problems

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2010 Ford Escape Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 272016

Escape Hybrid

  • 65,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Hydraulic control unit failure at 65000 miles. Car was in motion, driving down the road at normal speeds. ABS, traction control, and brake indicators all lit as well as a message to check brakes all came on simultaneously. Applying the brakes caused dramatically reduced braking ability (nearly none), rendering the car undrivable. Car has been meticulously serviced at the dealer since purchase. Purchased the extended bumper to bumper warranty and that ended last year. Repair cost $2500 at the dealer.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #9

May 102016

Escape Hybrid

  • 75,000 miles
While in motion, on two separate occasions (3 weeks apart) my brake system went out and resorted to the default emergency brake functions where I was able to engage my brakes slowly after pressing the pedal all the way down. Had I been on a highway or going fast, I think I could have died. The first occasion, the mechanics told me that my brakes were fine because they went to diagnose my car and it was acting normal, but that they saw the computer error codes. I also had a picture of all my warning lights that came on the dashboard. The second time, the Ford dealership once again says that nothing is wrong. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed because I have learned I am not the first person to experience this in a Ford hybrid. This isn't a small problem. This could definitely kill somebody.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #8

Mar 012016

Escape Hybrid

  • 55,000 miles
Upon starting up the car, and after accelerating, the brake lights and anti skid lights came on and there was a chime. Upon pressing on the brakes, the brake pedal went all the way to the floor and the car did not brake. Luckily I was on a side street both times and had room to coast to a stop without hitting anything. This happened twice in the span of three days. Upon having it towed to the Ford dealer, they stated the ABS module had failed and they replaced it.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 072015

Escape Hybrid

  • 98,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape hybrid. The contact stated that the brake light illuminated and the brake pedal failed to respond several times. The contact had to apply force to the brake pedal due to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for several repairs and the condition continued with the brake pedal failing to respond when applied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the condition was common and that they were not able to replicate and diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Orange, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jul 262014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 38,800 miles
I was turning a corner when the car chimed three times. I thought perhaps my wife had failed to buckle her seat belt. I asked her and she said no, she had. I looked down and the dashboard had a red indicator of a brake failure and instead of the mileage it said "check brakes". when I did there was a brake failure - only by pumping really hard could I stop the car. I drove about a mile home carefully. This is the fourth brake failure. I will never drive the car again.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Apr 252014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 37,500 miles
I was driving slowly in an underground parking garage when I heard a double alarm sound. I looked at the dashboard and it had a red brake symbol and text that said check brakes. I tried them and there was noting there. I proceeded very sonly to a spot and pulling at a crawl. I pumped the brakes many times and stopped the car. After a while I started it again and there was brake warning - I drove it very slowly to the street and called Ford and they sent a tow truck. It is in the dealers now. This is the third brake failure - I am very concerned for my safely and that of pedestrians and other drivers.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

Mar 122014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driving on onramp to highway at about 30 mph, alarms sounded and ABS light, brake light, and service brakes warning came up. Alarm sounded about every 5 min on way to destination. Lost brakes almost completely. Had to press brake pedal almost all the way to the floor for any stopping power. Problem goes away after restart of engine, but returns when driving. Same problem occurred 6 months ago and dealership replaced brake pedal. Worked fine for 6 months, but now exactly same thing occurring. Now scared to drive my own car because of brake failure.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

May 072012

Escape Hybrid 4WD 4-cyl

  • 23,875 miles
When I started the vehicle in my garage on May 7th 2012 there were one audible and three visible alarms - showing a brake failure. I moved forward slightly to see if that was true and there were no brakes. Ford had the vehicle towed in and it took about 10 days to diagnose and repair - a failed pin in a brake signal wire. They replaced the wire. On Sunday 4 August 2013 while driving at about 35 mph I heard a twin chime audible alarm and looked at the dashboard. There was a visible notice - check brakes. When I did - there were no brakes. I was able to stop the car by turning into a side street that was uphill and using the emergency / parking brake. There were 33,000 miles on the vehicle at that point. Ford, once again, had it towed in. Even though I explained carefully in writing what happened, when the repair shop opened on Monday they wrote it up as a repeat of the original failure - so the diagnosis is suspect in my mind. After about 10 days they said it was ready - no failure found but there was some code saved in memory; they reloaded some firmware and test drove it about 20 miles a day for a week. Needless to say, I am concerned every time I drive it. It now has 33, 200 miles on it. Note well - all mileages listed are accurate to within 50 miles.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Feb 022013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 30,963 miles
In heavy, slow traffic northbound in right lane on I-93 South expressway in boston first saw "check braking systems" message, then engine quit and I had no brakes. Was able to pull over to shoulder and stopped car with the emergency brake. Aaa towed us to hotel, sentry Ford in medford, MA took car from there to dealership service department. They informed me that the brake booster assembly was not covered, since car was about 4 mos. Past warranty. Total bill $1617.33. (does not include the cost of a 4 day rental car.) if I had not been in the right lane and in slow traffic, when the brakes failed, I would have been in very serious trouble.

- Newport, RI, USA

problem #1

Aug 152012

Escape Hybrid 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape hybrid. The contact stated that while reversing at low speeds, the brakes failed. The contact experienced the failure previously and the brake module was replaced. The vehicle was recently taken to a dealer for diagnosis where the contact was informed that the entire brake assembly would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 44,000. Updated 11/01/12 lj updated 11/01/12

- Fenton, MI, USA

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