definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,086 miles

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 082016


  • miles


The steering wheel motor is not working

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Jan 062014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
There are two specific but related problems reported to Ford without resolution: 1. dome light assembly - switch burnt: In early 2014 the manual slide switch on the dome light shorted out and melted ? burning the inside of the assembly. Thus, the switch would no longer operate properly. It was disconnected by the owner. A Ford replacement assembly was purchased in September, 2014, which replaced the defective assembly. The assembly had an engineering change which eliminated the manual slide switch. Owner has pictures and has retained the defective assembly. Note: The melting of the slide switch and burning of the plastic housing could have ignited the headliner. Very dangerous. 2. air bag fuse: When replacing the dome light assembly, it was noticed that a fuse had blow due to the switch melting. The fuse panel was accessed and it was verified that fuse #25 (demand lamps) was open. A spare fuse, per the owner?S manual, was moved from position #32 (spare) to position #25. The new dome light now worked properly. However, the next day it was noticed that the SRS (safety restraint system) light was on which indicated a possible problem with the SRS. The car was brought to the dealer on September 30, 2014. It was determined by the dealer that fuse position #32 is really not a spare as indicated in the owner"S manual " it is instead the fuse that controls the restraints control module circuit which when it was removed caused the SRS light to appear. (of course the dealer charged for the service!) subject vehicle owner?S manual can be found online.) note: The owner?S manual must be changed to reflect the appropriate fuse locations. If someone had to use the spare fuse incorrectly marked, while driving remotely, and then subsequently got into an accident, the airbags would not deploy! very dangerous.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #3

Feb 022014


  • 36,178 miles
When I started my vehicle, a warning light in the shape of a wrench stayed on. I look in the manual and this said powertrain. Upon further checking, I found this is a problem in these Escapes. When I stop at the railroad track or at a red light, the vehicle will surge forward when I take off. The shifting is rough at times. I also just had to have the dome light in the vehicle replaced. This, too, I was told was a common problem. The lights would not work when I opened the door and also the dash lights would go off and on. This was a $103.88 repair job and the dome light, after being replaced, is loose and does not fit properly. When this having to be replaced frequently, I would think there would be a replacement light that fit the roof correctly.

- Lynnville, TN, USA

problem #2

Mar 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 61,250 miles
This is an update to previous incident. $10486901 having spent the previous ($900) to find the problem, customer took the vehicle to a Ford dealership repair shop. They agreed with the other mechanics that the instrument cluster was defective, but said that they could not give anything in writing till I paid their diagnostic fee ($135) and saw for themselves. I agreed. Now I have spent another ($1120) to replace the instrument cluster. I also have in writing from the Ford dealership that the speed cannot be viewed while driving (it reads 0 mph) and is a safety issue. Contact me for the next step.

- Mississauga, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 202012

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
When driving the instrument cluster fails. All the dashboard lights come on, the speedometer/fuel gauge/etc move to 0 or the far left. Looking online for Ford instrument panel failure, there are hundreds of complaints about it. Checked with the mechanic who says it is a common failure with Ford. They have a bulletin about it but it will not construe a recall until a death or injury from a crash related to the defective equipment. This may also fall under a tort lawsuit.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

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