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 7 of 9)

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problem #50

Feb 202012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


On, or about the date listed above, and several incidents later, our 208 Ford Escape continues to stall unexpectedly at various speeds. The car was brought to the mechanic who was unable to reproduce the stalling. Computer diagnostics yielded no codes. After almost two weeks in the shop, we needed our car back, so I have decided to drive it and let my wife and daughter drive my Honda because of safety issues. I would like to say, and document on this official website, that the stalling problem is known by NHTSA and an investigation to this problem was started in February 2013 by your Agency. This problem, as noted by so many others, is a serious safety issue and people have been injured in mvas as a result. Not sure if anyone has been killed yet, but that is inevitable due to the nature of the stalling incidents. Someone needs to initiate legislature or a mandate, or whatever it is you do, so that Ford is forced to recall and repair this problem. I am personally holding Ford, and the NHTSA responsible if something is not done about this problem in an expeditious manner. God forbid that there should be anymore injuries, or anyone killed as a result of this defect that is already documented and being investigated. Remember: Once you start an investigation, you have acknowledged that there is significant evidence of a problem.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #49

Jan 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 67,446 miles
Driving along and the wrench icon comes on while the vehicle stalls and decelerates. This issue reoccurs consistently and appears to be that the vehicle is unable to smoothly transition automatically into 2nd/3rd gear. Vehicle diagnosed by authorized dealer who advised the transmission needs to be replaced. Vehicle has not yet been repaired since dealer claims it is not under recall and is no longer under warranty.

- Mississauga, NY, USA

problem #48

Feb 082013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the wrench warning icon illuminated as the vehicle lost acceleration power. The vehicle was diagnosed by both an authorized dealer and an independent mechanic, who both advised that the transmission gear shifter failed and the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 73,000. Updated 03/01/13 updated 03/07/13

- Bristow , OK, USA

problem #47

Feb 052013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


After driving 10 miles with the vehicle functioning correctly and then coming to a complete stop at a red light, upon starting back up the automatic transmission would not switch gears until the engine got up to 5000rpm. When it did switch it seemed to change into 3rd gear instead of 2nd because I had almost no power and had to very slowly accelerate from there. Further, it remained in 3rd gear and would never switch to 4th. This created a very dangerous situation on an open highway at night where the cars behind me expected a continuous acceleration to 50mph. I came very close to being rear-ended. My mechanic has determined that 2nd gear and 4th gear are gone. This appears to be a very, very common problem amongst 2008 Ford Escapes and a $2500 repair. This is a manufacturer's defect should be the subject of a recall before this causes a serious accident or fatality.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #46

Dec 012008

Escape 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
My gas pedal sticks, especially when it's cold out. I've talked to Ford about it and 3 other mechanics and no one knows why. I have a heated garage so it's not frozen. Not sure what to do but is embarrassing and dangerous!

- Sidney, IL, USA

problem #45

Dec 122012

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving gas pedal is sticking, electronic throttle body failures resulting in stall/surge while driving. This ia a very dangerous defect that can cause serious injury or death and needs to be addressed by Ford Motor Company. There currently is not a recall to this year model. Please help me.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #44

Dec 092012


  • 44,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the air conditioning condenser and the transmission cooling system failed, causing a loss of transmission fluid. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 44,000.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #43

Dec 032012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
While driving at 65 mph on I-10, toward armstrong international airport, the vehicle, with no pre-warning began to decelerate (slow down). The vehicles speed did not respond to depressing throttle pedal; the vehicle would not maintain speed. Fortunately, there were no vehicle in the right lane and I was able to get to the shoulder of the road. There, by turning off the ignition and restarting the vehicle I was able to continue the trip until the second and third occurrence. This situation occurred three more time on the return trip home. All on the interstate highway. Needless to say, after the first occurrence I proceeded in the far right lane where I could get to the shoulder easily. After doing some investigation, I have found that this has been occurring on Ford escorts since 2004 at least. I find it difficult to believe that such a potentially dangerous design flaw in an automobile has persisted so long. Imagine what would be the consequences of having this occur while driving in the middle of a six lane interstate with 18 wheelers all around. At best there would be an accident, there is a very high probability of fatalities.

- Gretna, LA, USA

problem #42

Oct 012012


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate and jerk abnormally when shifting gears. The vehicle was taken to a transmission specialist where a diagnostic was performed. The failure was located at the transmission, which needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 71,000.

- Stockholm , NJ, USA

problem #41

Nov 152012


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while sitting at a traffic light, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without any warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission cooler needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #40

Nov 022012


  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while entering the vehicle, she noticed that the transmission was leaking fluid. The contact also noticed that the transmission was slipping sporadically while driving. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the connector that linked the transmission to the air conditioning unit failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was called about the issue. The failure and current mileages were 71,000.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #39

Nov 052012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,850 miles
Transmission lunging back and forth for about three seconds. These happen at least once a week and are becoming more frequent.

- Des Plaines , IL, USA

problem #38

Oct 022012


  • 76,000 miles
Transmission issue: Starting revving high on 1st gear skipping 2nd to 3rd. "slipping" took it in and was told after a scan that it would have to be rebuilt. Was told this also by Ford as well as another 3rd party transmission place. All 3 of them admitted this is a very common issue. Paid 3000 to rebuild the unit. I was 3,000 miles over my Ford esp. Ford refused to help me out at all. Many forums also list this as a problem.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #37

Oct 212012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 76,500 miles
2008 Ford Escape with 76500 miles. Started vehicle and proceeded to place the vehicle in drive, when I did it shifted real hard and made a squeeling noise. I placed the car in park and then back into drive and it did it again. The vehicle does the same thing when placing in reverse.

- South Point, OH, USA

problem #36

Dec 012009

Escape 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Starting in the fall of 2009 when the weather got colder, the throttle became unresponsive and harder to depress, requiring a greater effort to press down the pedal to un-stick and only then would the throttle pedal depress beyond the idle position. Therefore, the vehicle continues to lurch forward creating a sudden, dangerous condition. The problem has been persistent and continues to get worse.

- Romeo, MI, USA

problem #35

Sep 222012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 62,500 miles
Failure of 2nd and 4th gear in the transmission.

- Rootstown, OH, USA

problem #34

Sep 152012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My Escape only had 65000 miles on it when we started to have issues with the transmission. While driving the torque converter went out, and the clutch pack went bad.I ended up having to replace the transmission and torque converter. The mechanic I spoke with told me that there was an issue with the clutch pack in the transmission and mine was one of many he has seen with the same issues. No more than 6 months later the transmission is slamming in to gear and shifting hard. We had it looked at and the mechanic said we will need to have the transmission replaced. Ford denied any claim to issues with the transmission and refuses to help.

- Linden, VA, USA

problem #33

Sep 082012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 45,678 miles
The RPM gauge on the 2008 Ford Escape seemed to be "idling" high. The RPM's did not match how fast I was going in mph like it usually does. It was like the car was hesitating to move. The wrench light came on and I looked up what that meant in the owner's manual. It said powertrain fault/default, take to dealership immediately! the back window stopped working too. I am sooooo disappointed in this vehicle!!! I'm still making payments, as I bought the car barely 4 years ago. With so few miles, it should not have these types of problems.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #32

Jul 202012


  • 60,000 miles
Transmission has previously been repaired for leaking transmission fluid at approx. 25,000. Now, at about 60,000 miles the transmission has seized. It appears many owners are having problems with the transmissions on this vehicle and Ford is trying to say that abnormal noise and failures are typical.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #31

Aug 202012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 77,500 miles
Vehicle wrench light came on the dash in the morning going to work. On the way home I was stopping by local auto parts store to have code tested. The auto parts tech said that there were no codes popping up. As I left and pulled away from the store the transmission jumped in rpms before it lurched into the 2nd automatic gear causing the vehicle to shudder. Every time I accelerated from a stop to higher speeds the rpms would jump up to 3-4 thousand before it would jump into the next gear. Took the vehicle to a dealer garage. They said it was giving them codes related to tsb 12-4-8. the estimate for the repair is $2200. Ford has issued this as a tsb knowing that it is an issue. They should take care of the repair.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

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