Notes: The 2007 Ford Escape looks pretty good compared to other Ford Escape model years, but still has a trend of transmission problems, so it's not a model year we can recommend.

Also the base model Escape did not come with side airbags so it received a "Poor" rating from the IIHS for side impact protection. Other similar 2007 models like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V & Hyundai Santa Fe scored far better.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,121 miles

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2007 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #16

Feb 262015


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while parked and the key was turned, the vehicle had a loud noise from the front end, the instrument panel illuminated and the panel read "brake service needed". in addition, the ABS and the brake warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was restarted and all of the warning lights turned off. The vehicle was driven to the dealer. The hydraulic brake system was replaced but the failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #15

Dec 232013


  • 74,000 miles
Pulled out of my parking spot and the ABS/4WD light came on. Went to dealer and had to replace the cracked front ABS ring for the second time

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #14

Jan 272012


  • 61,000 miles
Started to drive and the ABS/4WD light came on. Went to dealer and had to replace the cracked front ABS ring. This happened on 27jan2012 and again on 23dec2013

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Oct 232015


  • 125,588 miles


Broken tone ring right front

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #12

Aug 302015


  • 42,000 miles
The passenger rear right brake/tail bulb went out, when I went to replace the bulb I found that the socket was burned, very dark brown splotchy areas, and had a distinctive odor. I checked the left, driver side and found that the socket on that brake/tail light was also turning brown at the pin site. It concerns me that I am finding this issue to be a consistent problem around the internet.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #11

May 122015


  • miles
Three lights turned on simultaneously, brake, ABS, and the "wrench" icon indicating a major failure. Brake pedal went to the floor and I experienced an 80% loss of braking power narrowly avoiding a collision with cars stopped in front of me. Lights remained on and brakes were severely compromised with very little braking ability. Turned the car off. When I restarted the car all systems were operational and all lights were off. Drove the car to a Ford dealer the following day for evaluation. Dealer diagnosed and told me they ran a computer test and no reports. I asked them if they test drove the car, they said no. A week latter the same thing happened and I almost T-boned a car. A very loud sound was coming from the rear of the car. I shut the car off and the system "reset". I was able to drive home but I do not feel safe. I can not get a any Ford dealer to tell me what is going on.

- Glenpool, OK, USA

problem #10

Apr 302015


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the front passenger side tone ring fractured on the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that front driver side tone ring fractured and the brakes failed to respond. The tone rings were apart of the front axle. The vehicle was repaired but the details of the repairs were not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Allison Park, PA, USA

problem #9

Mar 102014


  • 36,000 miles
The tone ring which inputs pulses to the ABS computer fails on many many Ford Escapes. When this happens the ABS computer applies the brakes in ABS mode even though the vehicle is on dry pavement. This causes the vehicle to swerve, making directional control difficult. This can cause accidents! there is one hall effect ring on each wheel. The state of Virginia states that this condition of a failed ring is a safety defect. See safety rejection dated 3-16-15 I.D. [xxx] enclosed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #8

Feb 272015


  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle but the vehicle did not drive. The check engine warning light and brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 153,000.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #7

Dec 242014


  • 50,000 miles
ABS light came on and 4 wheel drive light flashed off and on. The next day backing out of my driveway the brakes made a very bad grinding noise.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #6

Dec 062014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


Right front tone ring cracked causing ABS to malfunction and inability to brake safely. Part is a very common failure point and Ford should address this issue.

- Cle Elum, WA, USA

problem #5

Feb 032014


  • 42,000 miles
I got my Ford Escape 2007 (42000 miles) completely inspected January 15th. Not even a month later my brakes did not work. I realized I had to completely press them to the floor and luckily I was going up hill so I was able to maintain a safe speed and pull over. I had no warning with my brake light until I pulled the car over and parked!! inspected a month ago.......nothing!!! warning.....nothing! $650 dollars later they are fixed. This was very scary and unsafe and I am looking to see if there are any recalls out there.

- Dunmore, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,702 miles
First, the vehicle has been regularly maintained per the normal maintenance schedule. While driving on 03/09/13, noticed the ABS dash light stayed lit. The 4WD dash light also started to blink intermittently. On 03/11/13 I called the local Ford dealer and scheduled an appointment to have the problems diagnosed. The vehicle was diagnosed with a broken tone ring along with marginal brake pads. Reportedly the ABS and 4WD sensors are interconnected. Reportedly, the front rotors had to be replaced because they were too pitted to be turned. Questioned the service department about service bulletins or recalls, none were list on the Escape concerning this issue. According to one of the service managers, the problem with the tone ring is not a common issue. While waiting on he repairs, I checked the internet and found that this is a common problem with repeat failures of the part. I presented this info to the service department without any relief or recourse other that I would probably have to pay to have this done again. Another note, the repairs have a 12 month, 12,000 mile warranty. If the defective part has to be replaced, the warranty goes back to the original date of install. This appears to be a common problem with possible serious repercussions which is not being addressed by Ford.

- Damascus, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 152012


  • 50,000 miles
Tone ring cracked on drivers side. Right side was replaced a year ago for 350 dollars. Hello Ford way to stand behind your product.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #2

May 302012

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 91,292 miles
The ABS tone ring on the drivers side front cracked and became loose making the lights on the dash flash red for the 4WD and ABS system. This ring is what the ABS wheel speed sensor picks its signal up from to allow the ABS computer to determine if the wheel is having a traction issue. This is causing the ABS and traction control system to go crazy. I'm being told that corrosion forms underneath the ring building tension until it just cracks and pops itself free. Ford has quoted me a price of $300 per ring replacement. My car has been well maintained. It's a shame that this problem is not being recalled by Ford with a permanent solution. Poor design from a lay-persons point of view.

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 112011

Escape 4-cyl

  • 38,353 miles
Had to pay for the replacement tone ring on 06-11-2011 and now its broke again. I think Ford should have a recall for this for safety reasons and not be charging the customer for these repairs.

- Worthington, IA, USA

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