really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,615 miles

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2008 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #130

Apr 032015


  • 147,000 miles


My wife was driving when she went to take off and the car went to around 3500 RPM before shifting out of first gear. We took it that day to the Ford dealer and it was diagnosed with a broken overdrive band and the car is missing 2nd and 4th gear. I have done a google search of this issue and it is a very common one on this car. There are thousands and thousands of complaints out there. It is so common that when I picked it up at the Ford dealer they told me there was no charge for the diagnosis even though I had not had it fixed yet as they knew exactly what the problem was without taking it apart. They said they see it all the time. If my wife had been pulling into traffic when this happened and was expecting it to take off like normal she could have been in a wreck as the car will not take off like normal. She was very lucky. How Ford can get away with not doing a recall when this is such a common issue is beyond belief. I am now looking at a minimum $1300 bill just to fix that part. That is if I don't do a rebuild or new transmission. This is the 6 cylinder version of this vehicle.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #129

Mar 102015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the vehicle failed to shift gears and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact had to maneuver to the side of the road to a complete stop. After few minutes, the vehicle started normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Brooklyn, CT, USA

problem #128

Mar 102015


  • 118,000 miles
Driving down highway car suddenly didn't want to accelerate from stop light. Rpms would surge to 4.5-5,000 but car wouldn't go faster than 20mph until about 100ft. Wrench light came on. Took it to Ford dealer, bands 2 to 4 are broken. Have to get a new transmission for $3,800. An inability to accelerate is a very serious safety issue. Ford_please do the right thing and put a recall on this!

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #127

Mar 022015


  • 85,000 miles


There is a bad weld on the ac condenser/ transmission cooler estimated cost $800. If not replaced transmission will fail. Found multiple complaints.

- Arvada , CO, USA

problem #126

Feb 092015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
My car feels like it's jerking into gear. If started off only jerking when I would be at a corner and I needed to make a turn. The car would move very slow and then mum forward. This is very dangerous because any cars coming could possible hit me. After a while it would also jerk when I was stopped at a light and needed to pull off, the car would move forward slowly and then jerk forward. Now the jerking is happening while I'm driving. Is there something going on with this vehicle? I am scared that I'm going to get hit one day.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #125

Mar 022015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 124,485 miles
We have had throttle body problems since 2008. Ford dealer replaced it once in 2008. Throttle body sticks and you can't push the gas pedal down. This happens the first 5-15 min of starting the car.. it happened on 3-2-2015 while trying to cross a highway, could not push gas pedal down. We just about got T boned ! also we have had the transmission replaced at 114000 miles. Dealer says we have transmission problem again and the throttle problem again.

- Smithfield, NC, USA

problem #124

Feb 112015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Backing into parking spot car started to surge and stop. While attempting to get car home it started surging and over revving. When stopped it would not move. Pushed off the road. Restarted and revved hard and was able to get it home. Now you put it in gear, engine revs, then decels to 800 RPM and will move some.

- Minford, OH, USA

problem #123

Feb 092015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Escape would not shift gears when it hit 20 mph it stalls when going from a stop position. Rpms would jump up during this time until it finally does kick into gear. Took to mechanic and was told the 2nd and 4th bands on the transmission are faulty and need transmission rebuild. There is a tsb out for this problem but this is a safety issue and should be a recall. Mileage is at 101,000 miles. Having your car not accelerate from a stop position puts the driver and other drivers at risk.

- Bennington, NE, USA

problem #122

Feb 032015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle made a loud clinking noise and the transmission seized. The contact lost control of the vehicle. The service vehicle warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission was faulty. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 75,000. Updated 4/15/15 updated 03/09/16.

- Zion, IL, USA

problem #121

Jan 232015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
After the recall on the power steering for the 2008 Ford Escape we have had numerous issues. Moses Ford of St. Albans, wv said the computer must re-set. At 7:30 a.M. on 1/23/15 the power steering went out. Ford Motor Company states we must pay for all repairs even though a problem has existed. Was told that some cars had to have complete system replaced because of problems. This comment was made when I contacted Ford Motor Company. The computer was just re-programmed on mine.

- Poca, WV, USA

problem #120

Jun 302014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 112,474 miles


I was driving the vehicle and a loud noise was made and the vehicle stopped running. Had car towed to garage and the 2nd and 4th bands were destroyed. The transmission was rebuilt. It took 1.5 months to complete the work. Now here I am again sitting along the highway with the same issues 2nd and 4th bands destroyed and the engine mounts destroyed this time. It has only been 7 months and 6,526 miles later and I have to put another transmission in the car. There is a serious problem with these transmissions.

- Princess Anne, MD, USA

problem #119

Jan 102015

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
It feels as though the car is pulling to drive forward. And a puttering effect.

- Freeport, NY, USA

problem #118

Jan 052015


  • 74,059 miles
We were driving to work and noticed that the car was not shifting at all. We got about a 1/2 mile and a wrench-like light appeared on our dash. I got out the owners guide and looked it up and it said it was the throttle control/power train.

- Ridgeville, IN, USA

problem #117

Dec 092014


  • 153,000 miles
Transmission slipping. No 2nd or 4th.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #116

Oct 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 28,311 miles
The condenser is combined with power steering and transmission. This vehicle should not of had a leak as it only has 28311 miles on it. This is bad for ground water as fluid leaks goes on street and into storm drains. Cost to fix is about $700.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #115

Aug 282010


  • 95,200 miles
I own a 2008 Ford Escape, in August 28th, 2014 as I was coming off the highway and stopped at a light my vehicles wrench symbol came on and as I tried accelerating my vehicle went up to 45 RPM before changing gear into second. Since this day, I tried taking my car into repair services but I am very limited, as a full time student and a father at the moment I was not working and relying on my school income which was not a lot to repair my car. The car has gotten worse since then, instant of going up to 45 RPM in order to change into second gear it sometimes goes up to 60 RPM before changing, not only that but as I slowly break my car suddenly speeds up forward, like a boost which I need to firmly apply my breaks again. I've tried taking it to Ford, but so much for help or willing to work with me, it is disappointing when we purchase our favorite vehicles and get turned down by the company knowing we are in need of help. My car consumes gas, every other day I have to fill up it to keep it from completely running low, in a day it consumes half the tank, with the second day my gas is nearly done. I went from spending 120-30 biweekly on gas to 120 every two days, add it up especially as a full time student. I am a father of two in which I freak out when I have them in my car. I've came to realize I am not the only one that has this issue, I've seen a serious amount of complaints about 05 to 13 Ford Escape models. There is no recall for fixing the problem which leaves many of us helpless. Ford does not treat their customers well. Ford is the definition of poor customer service. The transmission is going out, if that is the case how the hell do I and others come up with $4200 to replace my transmission having two children. I am pinned against the wall and there isn't anything I can do, if this isn't a cry for help, then I don't know what to do, please help.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #114

Jul 072014


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift into second and fourth gears. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic, who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #113

Nov 102014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My car doesn't take 2nd or 4th gear. It's a faulty transmission. There are numerous complaints all over the internet with Ford Escape owners once this car passes 100, 000 miles. Ford has not done a recall on this. I think it is unfair that consumers have to pay for a new transmission when Ford know there is an obvious defect.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #112

Oct 012014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle hesitated when engaging the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the transmission was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the transmission. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Sharpsburg, MD, USA

problem #111

Nov 292014


  • 58,350 miles
I own a 2008 Ford Escape a couple of days ago coming off the thruway I started to apply my breaks to slow down, instead of slowing down my vehicle sped forward on its own, I had to firmly apply the breaks to make it stop just barely avoiding hitting the vehicle in front of me, right after that a yellow wrench came on the dash.then the vehicle would not go higher than 20 miles, the car was basically coasting.when I try to give it more power it would just stall.I had it towed to my local Ford dealership and had to pay $100 to see what's wrong, they tell me my 2nd and 4th gear is gone and I have to have my transmission replaced. A Ford rebuild transmission would cost me over $4200, a junk yard transmission $3800, called aamco they said $2200 I bought this vehicle in 2011 with a little over 34,000 miles, it currently has 58,300 miles on it, now in 3 yrs I have driven this vehicle less then 25,000 miles.meaning around 8,000 miles if that a year.so why in the world do I need a new transmissions? I learned there was a serious amount of complaints about these Ford Escapes 2005-2013 models all with this same issue, instead of Ford doing a recall and fixing the problem, they settle on a customer satisfaction program, but instead of them including all the vehicles with this issue, they only do it for the 2009-2013 models. I talked to someone from the Ford Motor Company and they said my car wasn't eligible for the customer satisfaction program cause its a 08, what difference does it make on the year its the same issue as all the other Escapes.now is that fair if there's other year models out there now experiencing the same issue.this is a known issue with these vehicles and Ford should be responsible in fixing the problem.now I have a vehicle that I cant drive and have to wait to get up the money to fix. I will never purchase a Ford vehicle again if this is how they treat their customers.

- Troy, NY, USA

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