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:
28,819 miles

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2007 Ford Escape transmission problems

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2007 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 052013

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle decelerated without warning. The vehicle then started to jerk violently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for inspection however, the technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 30,000. The current mileage was approximately 31,000. Updated 04/30/13

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Dec 272009


  • 21,500 miles
When I was driving home, after stopping at a red light and starting to accelerate, my Escape rumbled a bit, then was running fine. A few moments later, when I was about to go over train tracks, it suddenly stopped accelerating. Thankfully I was able to coast over the tracks safety and off to the side of the road, but other then the slight jerking a little earlier, there were no warning signs. I tried to see if reverse would work, and that did not either. Thankfully my vehicle was still under warranty-the entire transmission system had to be replaced. There was only about 21,500 miles on the vehicle! and I regularly get maintenance. I have been driving it for about 500 miles and everything seems okay (although my mpg seems to have gone down some).

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 042009


  • 37,000 miles


A piece in the shifter assembly is defective causing the key to get stuck in the ignition, and instead of Ford replacing that one piece they suggest you replace the shifter assembly which is at least $400 vs maybe $50.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Jan 132009


  • 28,500 miles
I was pulling out onto a main highway and my car jerked as I pressed on the accelerator and next thing I know I am in the middle of the highway and my car does not go forward, just stops and still running while two huge trucks are coming from both directions, thinking quickly, I thought the car may have reverse. Well, thank god it did and reverse I went. I had to drive home in reverse and call chapman Ford to come and pick it up. My vehicle is still there and they have to take out the whole transmission. I am very shaken and am too scared to get back into the car. I have never felt like this before and have always bought a Ford for safety reasons, but this has made me feel very, very unsafe.

- Seaville, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 312008


  • 43,000 miles
Transmission problems.

- Stewartsville, NJ, USA

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