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:
61,959 miles

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2007 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Oct 012011

Escape 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Anytime temperature is below approximately 50 degrees F, gas pedal sticks and cannot be depressed for acceleration until vehicle is being driven. Pedal also hangs closed at this temperature while being driven.

- Chapin, SC, USA

problem #10

Dec 072010

Escape 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2007 Ford Escape, 45,000 miles, car is outside of warranty. On 12/7/10, I was driving to work & tried to lane change, the gas pedal became stuck, I could not accelerate. Luckily I was able to merge back into my lane & repeatedly force the pedal down to get the car to finally accelerate. The problem persisted the remaining part of the day & next, and I took the car to my Ford dealership on December 8. on December 9th, the service manager advised the throttle was bent, replacement at cost of $300 and the part is being ┐redesigned ┐ and not be available to be shipped from the part supplier until 12/20/10, the dealership would not receive the part until sometime in January 2011.the car is not safe to drive and would need to remain at the dealership. I asked why the part was being redesigned, he had no answer, to me means the original part in my car is a manufacturer defect. The car is only 3 years old, the throttle cannot get ┐bent┐ on it's own the part was defective when installed, obviously a common problem that the part dealer is aware of & redesigning. I was also advised the mechanics discovered a faulty ABS tone ring, cracked, $145 to replace, I asked how can that happen, the service manager stated probably due to the weather ?? looking at numerous websites this is a common problem with the Ford Escape, along with the accelerator sticking. I called Ford customer service, spoke to a rep & two supervisors, who all refuse any type of compensation for two known issues of the manufacturer defects since there has been no recall for the 2007 model. As a consumer I am outraged that Ford will not stand by their product for a loyal Ford is December 28,2010, and I still do not have my car back as still at the dealership. The problem is consistent on all the 2007 models, Ford, please issue a recall for the safety of your customers. My total repair bill will be $450-$600, due to defective parts from Ford.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #9

Sep 192010

Escape 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
2007 Escape XLS developed trouble with accelerator pedal in February,2009. Pedal would stick requiring excessive pressure to depress. Still under warranty at 33,205 miles. Taken to Ford dealership where concern verified by groove detected in throttle body. Throttle body replaced and problem resolved until now. As of September, 2010 same trouble has developed.

- Fair Play, SC, USA

problem #8

Apr 162009


  • 79,000 miles


Throttle sticks, usually when cold but it has stuck when warm. The gas pedal won't depress without pushing it hard to overcome being stuck. This has caused me a few scares when pulling out into traffic and it wont move as it should. This has happened many time including this morning.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #7

Mar 182010


  • 35,000 miles
Gas pedal sticks and it wont let me accelerate from time to time. It happen most of the time in the early morning when its still cool outside. Also the rear driver side door lock sticks from time to time.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #6

Feb 222010


  • 65,000 miles
Gas pedal sticks in near and below freezing weather.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 092010


  • 72,000 miles


On 02/09/10 I was driving my 2007 Ford Escape. The gas pedal stuck. I could only get it to work by using my cruise control buttons. I proceeded to my friend's house. It happened several times on the along the 13 mile ride. When I arrived I went online and googled my make and model along with the words "accelerator stuck". I found several websites where there was a discussion of the issue going back to the 3002 model. I read that it happened to several years of the same model of vehicle. I discovered the fix was replacing the throttle body and it solves the problem. I called kendall Ford (my dealership) and left a message for my service manager. He returned my call in less than 45 minutes. I explained, he listened, he told me to bring it in and said there is no recall so I would have to pay for it. I brought in my vehicle and left it and went to work. I called Ford Consumer Affairs in detroit and spoke with a representative, the lady who answered. She took my VIN number. I told her I researched online and this was an ongoing issue dating back to at least 2001. I asked why no recall she said Ford monitors repairs and had not deemed this a problem. I told her it was a known issue and I would file a complaint with my state ag and she told me she would note it. My car was delivered to me at work and the cost was $305.43; $140.53 for parts and $164.43 for labor. I called my service manager and asked about the cost. He verified it. He told me they had done this repair "many" times on this model of vehicle. I feel since this issue has been going on since at least 2001 Ford should have looked into it and perhaps this vehicle should be recalled. It is obviously a known issue. I have filed complaints with the BBB and the Oregon ag.

- Marcola, OR, USA

problem #4

Oct 122007


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated whenever accelerating from a complete stop the vehicle lunged forcefully without warning. The failure occurred during extremely low frigid temperatures. The contact had concern of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 16,000. The current mileage was 24,000. The VIN # was not available.

- Morehead , KY, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009


  • miles
The SUV is a 2007 Ford Escape, purchased in December of 2006. Didn't have any problems until Jan. 2009. The accelerator pedal sticks in cold weather. Every day after having started the car. Even though the engine has warmed up. You can start down the road and then suddenly the accelerator sticks, will not depress. Sometimes it might depress and you think its ok and then it does it again. You can be in traffic and cannot proceed. Doesn't stop until the car has been running for atleast 10-15 minutes. In warmer weather ( from April-December) it doesn't happen.

- Amherst, NH, USA

problem #2

Feb 192009


  • 46,000 miles
Accelerator pedal becomes very difficult, almost impossible to depress, as if it is locked into position. This happens on the average of 4-5 times per week, most frequently when the car is cold and has been sitting...but occasionally as car is being driven down the road. Last night I was in the process of merging onto a highway and could not give the vehicle any gas at all, as a tractor trailer was quickly bearing down on me. I had to coast onto the shoulder and was eventually able to stomp extremely forcefully onto the gas pedal to get it to "unstick". this problem is becoming extremely dangerous and I will be taking the vehicle in for service to have the accelerator cable replaced. (assuming that's the problem).

- Carlisle , PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 162009


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. For the past four weeks, the vehicle has been accelerating on its own. The contact stated that the vehicle barely moves when the accelerator pedal is depressed. After approximately 40 seconds, while her foot is still on the accelerator pedal, the vehicle accelerates extremely fast automatically. The contact was informed that the throttle was the cause of the failure. The vehicle is currently not being driven due to the safety issue. She feels that the manufacturer should perform the necessary repairs. The current and failure mileages were 44,000.

- Merritta, GA, USA

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