really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,906 miles

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2008 Ford Escape brakes problems

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #73

Oct 042019


  • 95,000 miles


ABS light came on over a year ago. Since then I've had it serviced 3 times and the brakes replaced. Now it's in for inspection and can't pass. My experience and mechanic experiences routine moments when the brakes do not engage even when the pedal is floored. They've bled the brakes and now are trying to explore other potential solutions. As of now 5 days without a car or any apparent solution to the diagnosis. Mechanic will not pass since the brakes fail without warning...it is still with the mechanic so no documentation as of yet.

- Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA

problem #72

Sep 162019


  • 126,000 miles
Brake peddle goes to the floor sometimes after a hard braking event. After pumping the brake peddle a few times, they come back. They sometimes go out when hitting a bump in the road also.again they come back after some vigorous pumping of the peddle. Fluid level is good. I haven't wrecked it yet, but I can for see a passable problem in the future.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #71

Sep 112019


  • 128,000 miles
Driving at 40 mph, ABS light came up first, then, brakes and then regent brakes disabled warning light came on. I was driving going home at 4:45 and stopped at a postal office when I noticed that to stop I had to push hard on the brakes to park. Leaving the postal office, I noticed the car wasnżT breaking exactly when I wanted, to but decided that I wanted to get home, so I continue driving, but at a red light the brakes went all the way to the floor and I almost hit the car in front of me. I went into a panic and parked my car right there, in a bank parking lot, and proceeded to call a towing truck, to tow it to my friends house. I took uber back home and IżM not planning on driving that car.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #70

Sep 042018


  • 96,900 miles


While driving, the car will randomly display the "parking brake" warning-light, ABS warning-light, and a message stating that "regenerative braking has been disabled". at which point the brake pedal will no longer slow the car down unless depressed all the way to the floor. Braking appears to be entirely manual -- there is no support from the regeneration or hydraulic system. This can occur suddenly, without warning, in conditions as varied as highway driving (at speeds greater than 65 mph) or in stop-and-go traffic.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #69

Aug 192019


  • 161,200 miles
Recently purchased 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. On August 19th, when I turned the car on with approximately 161,200 miles, the "check ABS" light came on. While driving within city traffic with the "check ABS" light on, the car had sluggish braking. Applying the brake would slow down the vehicle, but the brake pedal would need to be pressed hard for the final 10-15 feet of the stop. The next morning, when I turned the car on again, the ABS light had disappeared and braking had returned to normal. The car is currently being checked at Virginia tire & auto 6620 backlick road, springfield, va 22150. It seems very dangerous that the ABS can fail intermittently, and a severe defect in the brakes should be recalled and repaired immediately by Ford.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #68

Jun 212019


  • 124,000 miles
Car was braking erroneously as I was driving. Misdiagnosed twice, it was ultimately diagnosed as ABS module failure. This put a strain on my engine and transmission and of course, the brakes. This is a very expensive repair if you get a new module and even with a rebuilt one. The initial rebuilt one as also faulty. Repair place struggled to get a unit because they are so in demand, I rebuilt my transmission less than three years ago M(which also shouldn't have happened) and now it is damaged. Even with a used unit, the total repair was $1200, not counting the rental car after the first replacement module failed. As this is a brake issue, it was recommended that I report it.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #67

Jun 262019


  • 86,090 miles


All associated brake failure warning messages appear on dash. Took it to the local dealership where they diagnosed it as a hydraulic control unit failure. Repairs quoted at $5000.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #66

Nov 242018


  • 150,000 miles
Ford Escape - brakes started to get very very mushy. Once I pushed on the brakes, the pedal would keep dropping and not be responsive. Luckily I had enough car lengths in front of me and was going slowly enough on neighborhood streets to stop without injuring anything. Luckily I was not on the highway! this is extremely dangerous while driving, so I took my car to a local shop and they replaced the master cylinder. That still did not resolve the issue so they said the hydraulic control unit is faulty and I will not be able to drive my car (as the brakes could completely fail at any time). Took the car to Ford and they said it was the master cylinder (just replaced) and sad if it wasn't that - it was the hydraulic control unit. They did nothing to resolve the issue. This is extremely unsafe and I cannot drive my car since the brakes are failing!

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #65

Apr 182019


  • miles
Brake pedal travels almost to floor. Had brakes replaced, master cylinder replaced. All brake lines bled and still having same problem.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #64

Mar 052019


  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle lost electric power steering (eps) ability, which caused the contact to have to maneuver the steering wheel with extreme difficulty. The eps warning indicator flashed when the failure occurred. An independent mechanic located a diagnostic trouble code for the steering shaft torque sensor. The torque sensor needed to be replaced the ABS control module needed to be reprogrammed. Dick masheter Ford (1090 S hamilton rd, columbus, oh 43227, (614) 861-7150) and the manufacturer indicated that the vehicle received a software update in 2014 for NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering); however, the remedy failed. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA action number: DP15001 (steering); however, the failure was related. The manufacturer provided no assistance other than suggesting the dealer replace the part. The approximate failure mileage was 139,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #63

Sep 152018


  • 135,000 miles


The breaks continue to fail. Has all new pads, rotors and the master cylender replaced. When coming to a stop the breaks vibrate and then need to push the petal to the floor to be able to slowly slow down. I then need to pump visiously up to 5 times to get the breaks to temporarily work again. Was then told by my mechanic the ABS is the issue. I have researched this issue with the yr of my vehicle to find that this is a serious issue with many 08 Ford Escapes and have yet to find a recal for this deady malfunction. My car only has 135000 miles and this is a safety issue that Ford needs to fix with a recall asap.

- Sanbornville, NH, USA

problem #62

Dec 132018


  • 18,000 miles
I just purchased this car. It has 18,000 miles on it. After driving for one week. I noticed the car brakes have become very hard to stop. Almost to the point where I have to press the pedal to the floor. I was driving about 45 mph when a car turned in front of my and I had to hit the brakes. I had an extreme delay in the brakes and almost smashed into the car in front. Luckily there was another lane to merge into or I could have been in a major accident. I now always have to have my foot ready for the emergency brake because I am afraid the brakes will go out. I took the car to a Ford dealership and they are telling me that the car has a faulty hcu. The cost to replace is over 5000 dollars. How does a car with 18K miles require a part that cost more than an engine? this car is not safe to drive. Upon research we noticed that thousands of these cars have the same braking issue and its a hazard. A recall must be issued and Ford needs to own up to their faulty car before someone gets killed. This car is dangerous and we will be taking a huge loss and disposing it if there is no recall issued.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #61

Dec 152018


  • 150,000 miles
The front passenger brake caliper keeps seizing. I replaced it in July along with the rotor and pads and now its started seizing yet again. The steering shaft U joint wears out easy and causes the steering to become loose.

- Shavertown, PA, USA

problem #60

Dec 182018


  • 230,000 miles
I have had several occasions in the past few months when the brakes went almost to the floor and came back up after I pumped them. They continued doing this every time I stopped until I got home. I have had a mechanic check out the brake system each time and he can find nothing wrong with the brakes. His only suggestions is that "maybe" the ABS module is trying to go out and if it happens again, pull over, turn off the car and turn it back on and see if that fixes it for the time being. The only common element I can think of is that one time, I had driven over a very rough spot in the road, one time I had just hit a pothole, and one time I was making a turn as I hit a rough spot in the road. The mechanic thought this was making the ABS system think it needed to engage but offered no suggestions of how to fix the issue other than what I mentioned above.

- Kearney, MO, USA

problem #59

Nov 122018


  • miles
When you take the transmission is sluggish on changing gears and after a change out of logan her into high gear is sykes working fine wine step on the brakes the truck starts bouncing feels like the front end is about to fall out from under the truck and I told you to the Ford company and they said there's no any recall on my VIN number but I have a part that is listed under the government site is good that's what's going on with my vehicle is a Ford Escape 2008.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #58

Nov 092018


  • 172,000 miles
ABS brakes engaging while driving at low speeds constantly.

- Inkster, MI, USA

problem #57

Sep 052018


  • 130,000 miles
ABS light on, regen brakes disabled, $5,000 to fix it, brakes work poorly and engine revs too high

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #56

Sep 012018


  • miles
Well known 2008 Ford Escape hybrid anti lock brake problem but when I brought car to hempstead Ford 301N. Franklin street, hempstead N.Y.11550. Supervisior name maria (888)457-8442 service dept claim to havent heard of the problem.aslo I was there for a coolant pump recall and all they did was check my antifreeze and never change coolant pump.waste of my time.I called the Ford company phone number, does not speak english. Ford is playing phone tag. Ford hybrid brakes are the worst I ever experience in a vehicle.regenerating braking manufacture defect ! they don"T want to recalled because anti lock brakes cost money.Ford Motor Company please do the right thing and fix recall anti lock brakes for 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. I was coming to a stop at red light and went right through it ending up into the intersection.lucky it was not a busy road or else I would not be here reporting this problem.to mention...not that many 2008 Ford Escape hybrid on the road you are not going to lose a lot of money instead gain new customers for correcting your problem.I would accept a settlement or a trade in for working vehicle.

- Freeport, NY, USA

problem #55

Dec 232016


  • 72,500 miles
A reoccurring soft brake pedal issue. Seems to occur after and hard braking incident where the ABS is engaged. After a few days to a week the pedal travel and feel returns to normal. This has been a continual problem with the vehicle for the last two years that we have owned it.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #54

Sep 272018


  • 200,000 miles
Vehicle was in motion, getting ready to stop at the end of my driveway when the brakes barely braked, and I had to push the pedal all the way to the floor to make a complete stop. It's like that all the time now. Took it to a mechanic who replaced the brake master cylinder. Did not fix the problem. Mechanic said it's the ABS system and that he sees that problem with a lot of Ford.

- Roseville, MI, USA

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