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:
58,051 miles

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2007 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #15

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 #14

Oct 022016


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving at any speed, the warning indicators on the instrument panel illuminated and eventually turned off without warning. The failure recurred multiple times. The mechanic diagnosed that the rear door auto lock malfunctioned and burned out the computer system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Jewett City, CT, USA

problem #13

Aug 252016


  • 15 miles
Door ajar activates constantly setting off the car alarm and killing the car battery. This happens while car is sitting stationary, and or moving (while driving) this has been going on since the day the car was purchased in 4-2007, and it happens quite often, and is happening up to the day this was submitted (8-25-2016. This is a very well known issue with this car and Ford...yet nothing is being done about it. You say it isn't a safety issue, but if you go to Ford or a dealer to have the alarm and door switch disconnected they say they cant due to a safety issue.

- Louisa, VA, USA

problem #12

Sep 152015


  • 54,670 miles


I was told by local dealer the the drivers door and passenger rear door had faulty door lock/ door senor issues. I noticed on line other year Escape had same issues but see no recall.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #11

Aug 012015


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while in park, the horn independently activated. The head lamps and dome lamps also independently activated. In addition, the contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the door ajar was displayed across the message board even though all doors were locked and secured. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Maysville, KY, USA

problem #10

Nov 102012


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle's alarm functioned independently. The failure happened without warning approximately twelve times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 99,000.

- Lafollette, TN, USA

problem #9

Oct 082015


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving at 25 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V2840000 (steering). The manufacture was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- West Havens, CT, USA

problem #8

Mar 252015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving at any speed, the instrument panel, fuel gauge, and speedometer lights flickered intermittently. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Nevada, MO, USA

problem #7

Jul 242015


  • 54,350 miles
The Ford Escape,4 cylinder front drivers door latch and passenger rear door latch faulty causing door lock alarm to sound the horn various times of the day with vehicle parked and locked by key. Has occurred in the last 4 months (June, July Aug, Sept 2015) some days multiple alarms then a dry spell then at 10 am and then at 3 pm same day or different day. All while parked in the driveway.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 042014


  • 60,000 miles
The door ajar light comes and beeps while the overhead light comes on and off while I am driving for no reason. Sometimes it continues for a few minutes and other times it goes on and on until I stop the car and slam all the doors on my car shut. My car alarm also goes off all by itself for no reason, probably resulting from this same problem. I understand from online posts that this is a common occurrence with Ford vehicles. This problem should be addressed by Ford.

- Long Island City, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 092013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Throttle body will not drive rev or go. Gas pedal does not move. Cold weather and it does this more.

- Farwell, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 012013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to ABS recall notice. The consumer took his daughters vehicle to the dealer, after receiving a recall notice in the mail. The consumer informed the service advisor, the ABS light had been coming on and going off for a while. Upon the return of the vehicle, the ABS light was on continuously. The consumer returned to the service desk and reported the issue and he was informed he could leave the vehicle for diagnosis, but there would be a fee of $ $130. The consumer refused and then took the vehicle to a local repair shop. The local repair shop informed the consumer, the problem they were encountering was an ABS code B1676 which was a result of no electrical power to the ABS module. The repair shop stated, because the light would no longer go out, that the current situation was caused by performing the work on the recall. They also explained, that the recall that was performed was to add power to the junction block to supply electricity to the ABS module in such a way the vehicle would not catch fire, and that power was not being supplied to two of the wires at all. The repair shop discovered there were two incorrect splices performed at the dealer. Apparently, there were two splices that should have been made and the mechanic only put a heat-shrink tape on the connection and did not electrically connect the wires. After the repair of the two splices, the shop found that one of the two wires supplying power to the ABS module still only had three volts at one of the connectors. The shop found additional recalls as well. After inspecting the harness per the recall notice, he found the insulation on some of the wires damaged and one of the wires was corroded internally causing the low voltage problem. He also noted that the inspection cover on the connector had been removed for inspection and the master cylinder cap looked newer and not the original. Additionally, when he removed the connector from the ABS unit, there was no grease applied in the cavity like the recall instructed.

- Randolph, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 162012

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
Just bought the car...I was driving from L.a. to palm springs...after about an hour on the road the car just stalled while driving on the freeway....I pulled over and started the car again it was fine for 10 min then did it again. Started again and drove the rest of the way at 40- 50 miles an hour with hazards on. Problem seemed to stop as long as I drove at this speed and was not on an incline of any type. Car pulls at times but mostly drives fine if I'm not on the freeway and if I don't drive over an hour at 60mph. Otherwise it stalls out at unexpected moments on freeways. A very unreliable vehicle and very dangerous!

- Topanga, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 112013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
We took our 2007 Ford Escape (aprox 60,000 miles) on a road trip from omaha ne to St. Louis mo on 3/10/13 and arrived with no issues. On our return trip we drove about 100 miles until the car stopped on the interstate. The vehicle completely shut down and all of the warning lights came on at the same time. We were able to coast to the shoulder safely but were unable to restart the vehicle. We had aaa tow the vehicle about 30 miles to the closest town and aaa approved mechanic. When the mechanic looked at the vehicle they determined that the vehicle had burned through all of the oil and was completely empty causing the engine to seize up. There were no warning lights indicating low oil up until this point. I had recently had my oil changed about 8 week and less than 1000 miles prior to this incident and there were no leaks so it seems very improbably that the vehicle would have used 4 qts of oil in that time. I contacted Ford and the vehicle is just out of the warranty period and they are unwilling to assist. In my research it appears that this may be a common occurrence on this vehicle at about 60-70K miles and may warrant additional research. I am currently attempting to get my vehicle transported the 350 miles home to get a second opinion and repaired. The current estimates I received for repair are between $3,500-6,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #1

Oct 052007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,731 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. When the failure occurred, the steering column locked and prevented the contact from controlling the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they repaired the torque converter. The failure recurred several months later. The dealer is currently diagnosing the vehicle to determine the cause of the failure. All of the remedies to date have been insufficient in correcting the failure. The failure mileage was 21,731 and current mileage was 22,000. The transmission was jerking and shifting hard. When coming to a stop it made a sound like twisting metal and the brakes popped and jerked, when accelerating in a curve. There was no response from the vehicle when the accelerator was applied. The vehicle also pulled to the left. The consumer also stated the vehicle stalled while driving 70 mph. The overdrive light illuminated for no reason, the automatic door locks did not work properly, they would lock and unlock at will while the consumer was backing up. Updated 02/05/09.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

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