definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,480 miles

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2008 Ford Escape transmission problems

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 162010

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles


2008 Ford Escape. Consumer states vehicle loss all power while driving when the mechanic opened the hood, he discovered the engine was covered in fluid. The transmission cooler was leaking, as well as the coolant.

- Harrisville, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 192009


  • 39,000 miles
Girlfriend bought 2008 Ford Escape new from dealer. At approx. 39,000 miles noticed fluid leak from front of engine. Soon car began stalling and or jumping as stop and go driving. She called dealer for appointment to have condition of transmission checked. And was advised to check fluid level. Level was low but kept appointment. Upon arrival was quoted $850 to replace leaking transmission cooler. I got angry that Ford isn't standing behind their product and used some profanity to express my dissatisfaction. At this point service manager at hansel Ford says that they don't need our business, retrieved her car and we were told to leave. Had car repaired by private shop for $650. No recall yet? 2008 Explorer has recall for loose mounting bolt for lines from tranny to cooler for possible fire danger, (see NHTSA id 07V453000, Ford recall number 07S56). Will all of the people who have had this problem corrected have to replace these units every 38,000 miles?

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 252010


  • 35,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the transmission cooler is leaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated this was not covered under the power train warranty because it is a part of the air condition. They would not repair it unless it was paid for. There was no warning light indicating a leakage. The failure mileage was 35,400.

- Duncan, OK, USA

problem #2

Jan 282010

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Letter from congressman kanjorski on behalf of constituent jeremy roth re a leak in the transmission cooler of his 2008 Ford Escape.

- Kunkletown, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 042010


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that his vehicle was leaking automatic transmission from the transmission cooler. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated this was a common problem; however, there was no related warranty. The contact is responsible for the repair cost. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Riverview, MI, USA

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