really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,103 miles

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 4 of 8)

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problem #89

Jan 292014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 67,410 miles


On 1 -28- 2014 I tried to mash gas pedal down it wouldn't do anything I kept pressing on it I went down and accelerated almost hit fence got end lane tried give it gas it was really sluggish almost get hit bytruck then it started working sluggish. On 1-29 14 it did it again but this time I couldn't get it to press down without pressing really hard on pedal when I stopped at stop light it would not press down. Had sit for about five minutes almost got hit in back end after pressing hard on pedal it finally went down but I had press hard on pedal. This is a serious situation. U have no warning. Please make Ford recall this. Im terrified. Its dangerous for me my son and other drivers.

- Monticello, KY, USA

problem #88

Feb 192010


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the vehicle failed to respond to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #87

Jan 282014


  • 115,000 miles
The gas pedal is getting stuck and not working properly especially during times when the weather gets cold. When gas pedal is pressed to moved vehicle forward the pedal gets extremely difficult to press down and vehicle doesn't move. Once it does work it jerks the vehicle forward in which if another car is in front this could cause an accident.

- Converse, TX, USA

problem #86

Sep 012013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


The vehicle has been experiencing a sticky gas pedal that is difficult to push to accelerate in cold weather. Driving the vehicle is difficult in traffic due to the inability to accelerate. The gas pedal has to be stomped in order to brake it loose.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #85

Dec 162013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 79,696 miles
Gas pedal sticks and when you push it, the vehicle will not go. After pumping it a few times, the car goes forward very fast. When pushing the gas pedal, you don't know if the car will not move or if it will lurch forward.

- Apollo , PA, USA

problem #84

Dec 262013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
After years of intermittent problems with my gas pedal in cold weather - sticking, high idle, not accelerating etc... I finally took the vehicle into the local Ford dealer. I've been told the throttle body needs to be replaced due to a "carbon build up"! I mentioned that this has been happening since I purchased the vehicle and getting worse. I mentioned the numerous complaints recorded however the dealership (pocorro Ford racine Wisconsin) is not willing to admit it's a problem with the part from day one!

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #83

Jan 022014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


While stopped at intersections while driving the vehicle will stall out or when accelerating from through the intersection it will stall out.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

problem #82

Dec 182009

Escape 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
When the temperatures drop to below 25 degrees - the accelerator / gas pedal will often "freeze" and not allow acceleration and/or will stay depressed even with application of the brake (car still stops) and idles very high when in neutral. When starting from a traffic light at times the vehicle will not accelerate properly.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #81

Dec 052008

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 9,600 miles
Throttle sticks shut when outside temperature falls below 30 degrees. Have to feel around for right spot to get throttle to move and vehicle to drive. Had throttle cable replaced once by Ford, has done this every winter since then. This year being worse then normal and got stuck so pedal wouldn't move at all.

- Limerick, ME, USA

problem #80

Dec 062013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Problem with vehicle speed control my 2008 Escape (not hybrid) 2.3L XLT began having issues where I would get a sticky gas pedal. It would sometimes take some jiggling to get the gas pedal to depress so that I could accelerate. I cleaned out the throttle body and the issue was resolved for about a month. We recently had some cold weather in the 10 - 30 degree range in which my gas pedal started acting up again. It got so bad to where I could not depress the gas petal intermittently. When the gas pedal would depress my car would jolt forward like too much gas was applied. The issue seemed to dissipate if I let the car warm up for 30 minutes before driving. I purchased a new throttle body from courtesy Ford for $278 installation was quoted as $386. I opted to have my brother install it for me. It has been 10 days since installation and the issue seems to be resolved. I have not had any issues since replacing the throttle body but I still do not trust the car. I hesitate to take my family in the car and am thinking about getting rid of it for something else. This issue is a safety hazard and should be recalled by Ford before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #79

Jun 012013


  • 77,000 miles


Accelerator pedal sticks upon attempting to accelerate. This problem has been on and off for the last six months, but has worsened. Last incident (12/14/13) pedal completely stuck to floor. Contacted dealer and was advised of a $70 diagnostic fee and deductible. Prior to this incident from August 2011 to August 2013 experienced three incidents of steering column locking, column did not respond to keys, keys would not unlock doors manually or with clicker, and ignition switch would not turn when key is inserted. Dealer replaced steering column (2011), but problem returned on two separate occasions within two years. On last two visits to dealer regarding ignition problem - dealer could not verify problem existed and deemed the battery as problem. Dealer replaced my newly installed battery (less than a year old) with their battery without my consent and required me to pay for unapproved battery - which I had them to remove, and reinstall my original battery that worked fine. Called on Ford dealer on 12/16/13 regarding incident of pedal sticking, and received head wrenching response. Was informed that my car was not on the list for recalls eventhough Ford just paid a hefty $17+ million fine for not recalling these Ford for sticking gas pedals!

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #78

Dec 142013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The accelerator would not move at all on my 2008 Ford Escape. Before the accelerator would hesitate a little bit and than go. This is an issue that Ford need to fix asap.

- Macomb , MI, USA

problem #77

Oct 272008


  • 12,044 miles
No gas pedal could not move vehicle had to have towed accelerator cable has happened 2 more times Jan 26 2010 21843 miles Dec 2 2011 33,651 seems to be sticking again at 50,000 Ford says no one else having problems tsb 9-21-9 tells different.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #76

Aug 192010

Escape 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I was driving to work and exiting off the high way as I turned the corner my accelerator pedal broke off and was laying on the floor. Luckily I was turning on to a residential street and I could stop in front of some houses, but I had to have my car towed to the Ford repair shop which there is was told my warranty had just expired and I had to come out the pocket with $230 and that their had been no recalls on the Ford.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #75

Nov 262013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the accelerator failed to respond to acceleration attempts without warning. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle erroneously decelerated while the accelerator pedal was being depressed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician stated that the throttle body would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #74

Nov 232013


  • 124,500 miles
When going from a complete stop to accelerating the throttle sticks and will not accelerate! this has happen many times before and happens at least once a day!

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #73

Nov 262013


  • 73,293 miles
I was trying to go from stopping to accelerating. I tried to press on the gas pedal, but the pedal would not move. It has happened several times prior to this event, but never on the on ramp to a highway. It is a dangerous malfunction.

- Randleman, NC, USA

problem #72

Nov 122013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
While driving on the highway 595 speed of 65 mph the car just lost power causing to reduce speed fast with no prior warning. Had to move from the far left lane to the right lane on rush hour almost causing an accident.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #71

Nov 142012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
It was approximately 45 degrees outside and I was driving down a road at the posted speed limit of 50 mph and took my foot off of the throttle. I attempted to get back up to speed and the throttle was locked shut and I could not accelerate at all. This happened repeatedly until the engine warmed up. It has continued intermittently since that time and yesterday was so severe, I could not move from a stop sign. I went to the dealership and they wanted to charge me a total of $385 to replace the throttle body. Now I see that there was a recall and I am feeling very ripped off. Ford should pay for this manufacturing/design problem.

- Sedro Woolley, WA, USA

problem #70

Jun 012011


  • 65,000 miles
May 30th, 2012 2008 Ford Escape stopped at a stop light, gas pedal was stuck rendering vehicle unable to move. Mileage was approximately 70,000 miles. Had vehicle towed to local Ford dealership. They replaced the entire pedal assembly. Within about 3 months, the pedal seemed to start catching again. Problem is intermitted not continuous but very dangerous in heavy traffic. Owner must press firmly to get the gas pedal to work which causes the SUV to leap forward. Just over a year after the pedal assembly was replace, it is being replacing again due to the same sticking problem.

- Altona, IL, USA

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