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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,146 miles

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2007 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2007 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 202012

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,250 miles


Could not get speed no faster than 35 to 45 miles, sounded as if it was stalling in neutral, sounded as if I was gunning the gas to make it go, but I wasn't. riding real rough at times with a rattling noise when slowing down getting ready to stop, sounded as if the axle or something was going to drop in the middle of the street. When turning either way or while riding straight forward, sounded as if the tires were rubbing against something, it also let out a gassy smell of fumes that was very dangerous to inhale. The fumes smell like the gas fumes you smell in your house, like the car was going to blow up anytime.....and they want you to patronize american made cars well I'm fed up, they need a recall on this malfunction (P T U) power transfer unit is what they diagnosed it to be, I had to pay quite a bit of money to get this fix, this could be unsafe, if this car was all together stop or the axle falls out in the middle of the highway. Plus the stop engine light didn't even detect this, and it should have, I'm really fired up about this I tried to put my VIN # at the top and it wouldn't let me.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Jul 232007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving 25 mph, all four wheels locked up without warning. The vehicle would not move forward while the engine was still running. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the 4 wheel drive failed. The contact sustained minor injuries. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 41.

- Guilford, CT, USA

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