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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,851 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2007 Ford Escape brakes problems

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2007 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 082011


  • miles


I knew I needed to have my brakes and rotors done so I took them in to get fixed at meineke. After they were finished they took it for the normal test drive to make sure everything was working correctly. They noticed that the anti-lock brakes came on but the light wasn't coming on. They told me to take it to Ford because they cant handle ABS. I took it to Ford and they told me that my front left tone ring was cracked. I paid almost $350 for a $10 piece to be put on. I drove it for about 3 days and it started to happen again. I have not taken it back because I cant afford to pay $100 just for them to look at it to tell me its the same thing again. Some thing needs to be done about this.

- Vineland, NJ, USA

problem #10

Dec 062010

Escape 4-cyl

  • 42,434 miles
ABS failure, caused by broken front tone ring reoccurs in October 2011 (second time this has happened) car now has only 49029 miles.

- Sharpsburg, MD, USA

problem #9

May 262011


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 40 mph the contact heard a loud noise while depressing the brake pedal. The contact stated that it became difficult to engage the brakes and control the steering wheel. The ABS light also illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact drove the vehicle to the dealer where the technicians stated the exciter ring needed to be replaced. The technicians were unable to determine how the failure occurred. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

- Blountville, TN, USA

problem #8

Jan 102009


  • 20,000 miles


Transmission went at 20,000 miles, replaced 2 ABS sensors, gs pedal sticks, front disc brakes warp.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 082010


  • miles
ABS system kicks on and off at random... mechanic discovered faulty left front tone ring, which is cracked on front drive axle. Appears to be a manufacturing error as there was no damage incurred.

- Lake Forest Park, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 132010


  • 53,456 miles
I have a 2007 Ford Escape. I took it to the car was and my ABS lights and 4WD lights came on. I looked online and found several complaints of tone rings (ABS rings) being cracked. Sure enough my front left tone ring is cracked. I believe it happen on the conveyor at the car was. Still this is a common problem, even Ford dealers (two of them) agree. Why isn't this a recall? Ford is fixing it for $300.

- Topsham , ME, USA

problem #5

Aug 092010


  • 33,000 miles


I have a 2007 Ford Escape with 33,000 miles. Both ABS tone rings on the front axle have cracked and are affecting the ABS system. I called Ford and asked if this was a covered warranty claim. Ford gave me a run around. When I google this problem, I located numerous pages of complaints about the same problem (cracked tone rings). This appears to be a safety issue and NHTSA needs to investigate why there are so many failures of this ABS part.

- Riverdale, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 262010

Escape 4WD

  • 75,200 miles
2007 Ford Escape 4WD front ABS system failure. The tone ring on my Escape broke on my vehicle causing it to fail. My braking system didn't work. I looked up the problem and found it to be very common, a tone ring failure. I feared for my safety as well as my wife's. we drive this car a long way to work. There are so many repairs to this 'problem' that I believe it warrants an investigation. I refuse to drive the car until the problem is fixed as I now have no brake system.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 152009


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While approaching a stop sign and engaging the brake pedal he was unable to stop the vehicle. The contact was able to safely drive the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer was unable to diagnose or duplicate the failure. The dealer informed her that they could run a diagnostic test for $85. The contact did not agree to the diagnostic test. The failure mileage 14,000.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 252009


  • 53,271 miles
I started my car in the morning, and drove up my street as I normally do on dry, clear pavement, hitting no bumps or potholes. As I got to the stop sign and pressed my brake pedal, the ABS light came on and my 4WD light began flashing. The brakes made a grinding sound, and the brakes locked up. I now know this as the ABS system activating. This has been happening for 2 days now, every time I hit the brakes in my Ford Escape. I have been told that it is a cracked tone ring by my local Ford dealer and that it is a minimum of $400 to fix. I do not have that kind of money. I have been looking online about this problem and I am amazed at how many other people have the same issue! and with low mileage and through no fault of their own. I am at 52,000 on my 2007 Ford Escape (with this being 90% highway miles) this is a serious safety issue and I am appalled that there has not been a recall on this yet!!!! please help us in allowing a recall for all the people who have been effected by this. I am a single mother and I have no idea how im going to afford to have this fixed. : ( thank you for any help you may be able to provide to me and my boys!

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 092009


  • 55,000 miles
Left front "tone ring" failed and locked out the brakes.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

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