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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
92,000 miles
Total Complaints:
32 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild tranmission and replace torque converter (18 reports)
  2. change the transmission (10 reports)
  3. not sure (4 reports)
2007 Ford Escape transmission problems

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2007 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Jan 202017

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,310 miles


Have heard of the ford transmission problem for a while now, but didn't pay it much mind, until it happened to me. I was hoping I would be one of the lucky ones, but a few months ago I started to notice a slipping sensation from the transmission. Check the fluid the first time and changed it the second time, but leaving work one Friday getting on the busy highway, I felt a sudden loss of power and my rpm revved up. my O/D light started blinking. I pulled over and googled most common cause of such a problem. found many on this site with same problem, most had to replace their transmission and it all happened with no warning. I was able to limp my car home. but it put a final straw on owning this SUV. traded it in the next day.

- Craig N., Wichita Falls, TX, US

problem #31

Sep 042016

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,246 miles

Driving home from town on the main road, Going a nice 80K the O/D light started flashing, no problem, tried to fix by pushing side button on gearshift. Still flashing. Vehicle felt suddenly sluggish. Kept going on Highway, tried neutral and pushing side overdrive button with no result. Now we are entering the HWY going 100K and the vehicle is still feeling a bit weird, not overly worried as I've kept up on maintenance and never had an issue.

Then On main highway and we can't keep up to speed Oh Oh!! Get off now, or we will be hit by an 18wheeler or Something!!

Turned onto a range road to get off of HWY 16 with Highway speeds of 120K or more behind us. Stopped and turned the vehicle off. Got out and saw transmission fluid sprayed all over back window, wheels and lower sides of the vehicle. Restarted to try to get home. No Way !! Vehicle would NOT shift into gear at all. Had to be towed home yesterday. Checked recalls and see that THIS SHOULD BE A SAFETY HAZARD RECALL, We could have easily been rear-ended with holiday traffic at a peak on this Labour day weekend. I will be calling ford in the morning to see just What needs to be done.

Why has Ford Not addressed this obvious hazard? I want Answers!

- Darcy B., Stony Plain, AB, Canada

problem #30

Oct 292016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

I bought this vehicle about two years before I retired in 2011, it was used, but in good condition with low mileage. Never had any real problems with it. I did all my scheduled service maintenance. About a month ago I did have to replace my air-conditioning unit. I bought four new tires. The rear window wiper needed to be fixed, but I was planning on doing that next month (November, 2016). I started noticing when going up the mountain on Thursday morning, (October 27, 2016, it was slower than normal going into gear, but no indicator lights that anything was wrong. On Saturday, October 29th, I drove the car, but noticed it was slower going into gear. I made it to church, but when I turned into the parking lot the O/D light started flickering and I was just barely able to park. After mass, I had to have my vehicle towed back to my apartment. I was afraid to drive, but knew it wouldn't make it. I researched on-line to see if there were any recalls, but found this site, and saw the numerous complaints concerning the transmissions. My story is just like the others, no problems, but then suddenly "BOOM!" I am a senior citizen, on a fixed income, and now without a vehicle. Why hasn't Ford Motor recalled these vehicles? Needless to say, I do not have the funds to fix this problem on my own.

- Donna J., Huntsville, AL, US

problem #29

Sep 172016

Escape XL 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,123 miles


When my wife came home from a trip and mentioned that the overdrive light was flashing in her 2007 Ford Escape, I went on line to see what was there only to find out that this was a common Ford Escape problem. Very disheartening to find out that Ford has known about this issue, I own 3 other Ford products and was planning on turning in the Escape soon to purchase another one. Up to this point, I have faithfully maintained this vehicle and it still looks good. I have changed my mind. I will repair the transmission at the cost of $2700 and look at purchasing a new vehicle but not an Escape or maybe not a Ford. I wish that Ford would start looking at this failure and give and incentive to its customers as a way of acknowledging that they have a moral duty to their customers. I recall the large Toyota truck recall where Toyota didn't lose their customers over the rust issues.

- Bill L., Abington, MA, US

problem #28

Mar 172016

Escape XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,011 miles

Bought the car brand new. Always garaged. Wife drives it. Baby it. Why at 100,000 does the transmission not shift into overdrive. Poor design

- William B., north lawrence, OH, US

problem #27

Dec 052015

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

$3,000 for a re-manufactured transmission and torque converter swap.

Like other people have stated, there was absolutely no warning. I was accelerating at a normal rate when it suddenly slipped out of third gear and was revving like crazy. I immediately checked that I was in drive and I didn't accidentally hit the shift knob. The O/D light was flashing. I tried to turn it on and back off to no avail. I slowed down to first gear and tried to get back to third- didn't work. I went straight home (luckily i was about a half mile away). I drove home in first gear, and didn't touch my car until the transmission was properly inspected.

Sure enough, It was overheated and completely worn inside. The shop (AAMCO) said that they can rebuild it, but considering all the parts that need replacing, it's almost the same cost as a re-manufactured. Because of this, and since the warranty is longer with a re-man, I chose to go that route. The torque converter was ruined because of the transmission going bad.

It's crazy to think that all that damage can happen with absolutely no warning and in such a short amount of time. I constantly check my car for faults on the OBDII, and haven't had any other real problems with this car. The sway bar links were loose at one point but that wasn't a big deal, nor expensive. Now, I plan to drive this car for a very short time while I look into buying a new car and selling this one.

With so many people having the same problem, it's frustrating that Ford accepts this as normal, and takes absolutely no responsibility for it!

I'm lucky that in my case, my car is paid off. Hopefully I can sell it for a decent price and not take such a huge loss on this thing.

- Chris F., Scottsdale, AZ, US

problem #26

Jan 122016

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles


So I have read some other gripes, mine is about the same. No real problem with the car until now. AND it was sudden. No minor issues to build up to the transmission problem. O/D started flashing and when I got up to 20 mph if felt as if someone had a hold of my bumper and would not let me move forward, RPM jumped too. The first day or 2 I attributed it to the fact that it was bitterly cold and the engine just not want to warm up(O/D light not on the first 2 days). 3rd day light came on and it really started bogging down when I went to take off from a stop.

I took it to my mechanic and he said, yep transmission. Started calling around to transmission places, this repair costs anywhere from $1900 to $4900 depending on whether I rebuild or get a remanufactured one. The car's value is between $2400 and $4800 for NADA value and I owe $3400 on it. I am dumbfounded as to which way to go! Now I know why my ex and current guy both say NO to FORDS! We also have a 1999 Chevy Tahoe that has 263K miles on it and it runs like a champ! If I could afford to trade it in I would. Sigh...

- Roberta K., Roanoke, IL, US

problem #25

Dec 232015

Escape XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,080 miles

Bought the car in 2009. Never had any major problems with it other than a couple half shafts going bad on right front. Just the other day o/d light flashing after research found that it is more than likely the torque converter possibly bad. Wanted to sell vehicle now got to get repaired to sell vehicle. Im a huge ford fan but recently with all the problems that are happening im not buying any more gm's or fords anymore those companies can go out of business for all i car. I going toyota yep thats right im going with a car manufacturer that actually puts time into the cars and not outsource outside of U.S.A.

- Jason W., Plum, PA, US

problem #24

Dec 022015

Escape 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

Have never had any problems with the transmission. Many other problems I have had repaired. Car is only used minimal. Driving and OD light starts to flash. Go to accelerate and the RPM goes to aprox 4 and no shift from 1st to second. Another instance same day, surge of power when sitting at stop light. Let off gas feel it shift. Limp it to mechanic who says indeed the transmission needs replaced. Just absolutely crazy to have not warning, no pre transmission problems and immediate failure. Very disappointed and afraid to say, just don't think I will be able to commit to another Ford.

- Tabatha W., Kansas City, MO, US

problem #23

May 012015

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Two months after paying it off, the O/D light comes on. Already dealing with the car alarm issue. To see so many people have these problems, and Ford not offer a recall? I'm done with Ford. I was so proud of it being a Ford, an American icon... Now I see where pride got me. The mechanic I took it to also has an XLT, same issues, won't fix it, says it's not worth it. Off to try and sell to CarMax before I find out about all the other defects Ford has screwed us on...

- Stephen N., Virginia Beach, US

problem #22

Sep 072015

Escape XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles


I like others mentioned here, had my OD light blinking at 122,000. Four transmission shops said the transmission only has 1st and fourth gear. I agree their are too many complaints of this happening, and Ford should reimburse for the inconvenience and frequency of this happening.

- Andy C., Phoenix, AZ, US

problem #21

May 302015

Escape XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

I owned an 02' and loved the car, so I bought another. This time an 07'. The biggest lemon since my 1974 Chevy Vega! Constant front end suspension problems and now the transmission. Ok, so I have 103,000 miles on it. But I baby this car. Always followed a maintence schedule. I see several other consumers have had the same issue. I've owned many Fords and can honestly say, THIS IS THE LAST! (My Taurus was a money pit too).Total rebuild to transmission to the tune of $3500. No warning, just DONE! Excessive slippage, and oil burnt. Because I don't abuse the car, I'm shocked. Not what I wanted to spend my hard earned cash on. I can only hope there's enough interest in starting a class action suit.

- R M., Montgomery, NY, US

problem #20

Apr 012015

Escape XLS 2.3L - 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

My wife called after working the evening shift at a hospital around midnight. She was driving home when the engine started to rev and the Escape slowed down and the O/D light started flashing. Eventually it stopped and then started rolling backwards on a 4-lane road. She managed to get it into a parking lot. She was about 3 miles from the hospital and didn't feel or hear anything until the transmission started to slip.

I was searching for probable causes and/or solutions and I found out that this is a fairly regular occurrence for Ford Escapes with this mileage and age. It seems there have been numerous complaints to Ford regarding failures, poor performance and noise from the transmission. From another source I read that Ford considers this normal. Unfortunately I have no choice but to flush the $2500 down the toilet on this vehicle.

However, you can be sure I will never buy another Ford product. After we bought the Escape, the dealer tried to rip us off on maintenance and treated my wife like she was stupid. Should have known then to cut our losses.

- William M., Naperville, IL, US

problem #19

Sep 152014

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I have always been a believer in Ford Motor Products. I have owned Mustangs, T-Bird, Explorer, Taurus and now an Escape. It is really disappointing to read all of these people having the same problem as I had. Why wasn't this recalled? I guess I should feel lucky that my transmission didn't have to be replaced until 120,000 miles.

I have had no indication that I had transmission problems until this weekend. Felt like the transmission was slipping, then noticed my O/D light flashing. Then I got stranded in rush hour traffic trying to make it to the Ford Dealership. I have bragged about this Escape even though I felt like I got ripped off when I purchased it (then the dealership went out of business - but that's another story). I'm very disappointed and now BROKE. $3600 - GEEZ!!!

- lad indiana, Indianapolis, IN, US

problem #18

Aug 152013

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,277 miles

I have been a Ford guy all my life starting with a 1965 Ford Mustang with straight 6, 200, automatic coupe design (Loved it). Then I bought a 1995 Ford Ranger XLT 4 speed and (Loved it.) Then I thought I would buy a 2007 Ford Escape XLT V6 with 4WD (DON'T LOVE IT!!). At 77,xxx miles just out of my extended warranty the O/D light comes on and is flashing. The transmission begins to slip bad and engine revs, then drops into and out of gear. Took it to my local Ford dealer who said the transmission was shot and replacement would be $4500. OUCH!!!!

I took it to another repair shop who also diagnosed the transmission and when they dropped it out for diagnosis they found the transmission fluid pump went out causing the gear levers and bands to burn up and 2nd and/or 3rd gear band cracked. Replaced at a cost of $3603.

I have been so disappointed in the quality of this vehicle I am thinking of dumping Fords permanently. I plan on calling Ford Corporate customer service and giving them a piece of my mind first. Who expects a transmission to blow at 77,xxx miles???? Poor design and even worse, more problems with this money pit. (See my additional complaints). Do not buy one of these poorly made vehicles as repairs will eat you out of house and home.

- Mike P., Greenwood, IN, US

problem #17

Jan 272014

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

I wish I would have done more homework before getting this car. Apparently the transmission is a common issue and most fail around 70k miles. The only option was to get a new transmission. A used transmission will be a matter of time until it goes. There are too many issues with our existing transmission to rebuild it. We got a Vesper transmission and not a Ford!

- akk, Cochranville, PA, US

problem #16

Mar 122014

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

So this will be my first and LAST Ford vehicle I ever purchase. I orginally bought it used with 100,000 miles on it and for the first 6 months everything was great. No complaints at all but then during a snow storm, while driving the O/D light starts blinking....and my car started acting funny. Then all of a sudden, I was driving up a hill and my car stalled out on me would not go into any gear!! I had to push the car into a lot and get it towed. The first set of mechanics told me that when they got it off the truck it shifted just fine...then they said they took it for test drive and it would not go into 2nd gear and again it stalled out on them. I then had it towed to a Ford Dealership...thinking that they would understand it better and they said that my transmission fluid was all burnt and had metal flecks all in it. They told me the transmission would need to be replaced. I told them that I had bought an extended warranty on it for just this reason...b/c when I first researched the vehicle, I noticed that alot of Ford Escapes Trannys go so I wanted to be covered. WELL....apparently the extended warranties that are NOT from the actual dealership (FORD) just screw you over and don't cover hardly anything! They are quick to sell it, saying "oh yeah your totally covered with all transmission and engine issues" but when it comes to it, they don't even cover the liquid, seals or gaskets for transmission. AND beware that it does not cover any diagnosis or teardown (which is just absurd). Well $1115 later out of my pocket and extended war. only cover 1300.

I've been doing alot of research on this exact issue and it DOES occur waaaay more often then not. PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN PURCHASING THIS VEHICLE AND PURCHASING ANY EXTENDED WARRANTY from a third party.

It is complete crap that FORD does NOT recall these transmission because again, it is waaay to common with this vehicle. THIS VEHICLE IS NOT BUILT FORD TOUGH...MORE LIKE "lets build a vehicle that will crap out on people so they will have to spend a fortune to fix"

- ledhed1130, Gorham, NH, US

problem #15

Mar 102014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

As a loyal Ford owner for 25 years, a guy expects brake issues since Ford has never been known for quality lasting brakes. But when a transmission fails at 80,000 miles, this is unacceptable. I would not dump it on a dealer or private buyer so I am repairing at my own expense. This is a notorious defect which Ford and Ford dealers apparently are willing to over look. Buyers beware! Previously driven Fords have lasted over 150,000 miles with no transmission or other major problems. Sorry, Ford engineers, but I cannot risk my income on your products, based on this expensive issue, nor can I trust Ford dealers who are selling used vehicles like mine which have a significant risk of transmission failure.

- zierer, Weston, WI, US

problem #14

Jul 202013

Escape Limited 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,000 miles

When we changed the transmission we were told it was the second one replaced In this truck already. The one in it was not original and it was a common problem for Ford. It should have been recalled but wasn't. Also the transmission overheats and they said we should install a transmission cooler rad to prevent the problem in future.

- wizardsp, Lowbanks, Ontario, canada

problem #13

Sep 222013

Escape SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,567 miles

The o/d light started flashing. I checked the manual, said have the transmission serviced immediately. The warranty expired 5 months ago. The car has not even reached 100,000 km. This was my first Ford and will definitely be the last. I really liked my Escape but will not tolerate the crap. I had a 2001 Chevy Impala that didn't require transmission work until 250,000km. Seems like a wide spread problem. Lots of discussion on this same topic all over the internet. Ford should be ashamed of themselves. If this is built Ford tuff I don't want any part of Ford.

- Brad B., Windsor, Ontario, canada

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