really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,159 miles

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2006 Ford Escape Hybrid drivetrain problems

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2006 Ford Escape Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 092017

Escape Hybrid

  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape hybrid. While the vehicle was placed in the park position, it rolled forward. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V606000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- New Haven, WV, USA

problem #13

Jun 182016

Escape Hybrid

  • 33,000 miles
The wheel speed sensor ring, also known as the tone ring, can split or crack while driving, causing loss of ABS and 4 wheel drive. This is what happened to me. It's a known defect, is frightening when it happens, and should have long ago result in a recall.

- Glen Arm, MD, USA

problem #12

Jun 032016

Escape Hybrid

  • 75,000 miles
Driving car and brakes failed completely. Had to jump on the brakes to get any traction whatsoever. Was fortunately able to use the emergency brake before I got into an accident. Yellow ABS and red brake lights are on, along with messages of check brake system and regen brakes disabled. Appears to be a common problem with Escape hybrid that it is the hydraulic control unit - a part to repair which is more expensive than the car is worth.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #11

Dec 142015

Escape Hybrid

  • 55,500 miles


The brake system is very irritating because my ABS and brake light are on at weird times and to fix they said it would cost me $4500. That's ridiculous I can't afford something like that. It also just started spitting gas out at me when I go to fill it up. Did it to me twice the other day and I have no idea what the reasoning was for that never had happen before. Then when I go to drove off sometimes the vehicle likes to make a pop noise once or twice not sure what that's all about. These cars are have more problems then they are worth.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #10

Aug 122014

Escape Hybrid

  • 138,100 miles
Traveling home on the interstate at about 70mph and the motor shut off, giving me a 'stop safely now' with the red triangle light on. I stopped, waited a few minutes on the roadside and it started again. Headed home again, when about a mile and it happened again. Waited a few minutes by the road, then took off. This time I turned off the A/C and made a few miles to the house.

- Enterprise, MS, USA

problem #9

Jun 142014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
My 06' hybrid escape completely shut down, it just gave me a " please pull over now". I almost caused a major accident on I44 at 75mph because of all power loss. When I was on the side of the highway I let it sit for like a minute and then restarted the engine and it drove a good 5 minutes at about 60 mph but as soon as I accelerated above 60 it gave me the sign again, and I had to repeat the process. I drove it home on the access road staying between 30-40 and thank god, it made it home.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 212014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


My car hasn't had any other symptoms and was working fine. On 7/21/14 I was driving at 40 for maybe 5 minutes when the "safety alert" light came on and was prompted to pull over safely. I was in three lanes of traffic, going up a large hill and was doing my best to make it over to the shoulder but the car was not accelerating above 20 at this point and was getting slower and slower. I made it over one lane and the car completely stopped and started rolling back a little. The car never turned off though ac, lights, radio, etc stayed on but nothing would happen when I pressed on the gas. I turned the car off for a few minutes and turned it back on and it worked normally for about a minute and then the same thing happened. I got the car towed to the dealership and was quoted around $800 to replace the throttle. Ford has recalled over half million vehicles for similar issues with the throttle, including many escapes.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #7

Jun 112014

Escape Hybrid 3-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
We purchased this Ford Escape hybrid in August, 2012, after procuring a pre-sale evaluation at Ford dealer 1, including a full VIN search for any incomplete recalls.the evaluation found nothing incomplete.returning home 6.11.14, on our residential street, the escape without prior warning flashed ¿'stop vehicle safely¿ and simultaneously turned off all power. Research indicated a failed oem mecs coolant pump (tsb 08-24-5), and we had issues getting the correct part from Ford dealer 1 and sourced a dorman part from the local X auto parts store, supplying it to an ase-certified shop for installation (vehicle inoperable/on a lift). Another ¿'stop vehicle safely¿ event occurred 6.24.14 with my family in the vehicle on an expressway entrance ramp, with the escape taken to Ford dealer 2 for evaluation. Ford dealer 2¿'s VIN check found csp 07B48 and tsb 09-18-6, not available previously. Ford dealer 2 made repairs consistent with the csp/tsb on 7.12.14 at our expense. These serious safety implications well-known to Ford (both csp 07B48/tsb 09-18-6 and tsb 08-24-5) were not identified by Ford dealer 1 in our pre-purchase inspection, or by Ford in a prior investigation and repair of the corrosion issues in this escape. We are concerned that known/identified safety issues generating an errant BCM signal disabling the car made this particular escape a ticking time bomb. We could not have been aware of the issues despite our diligence, but Ford had direct access to that information.we were fortunate when/where our failures occurred. For anyone else in a similar escape with the csp 07B48/tsb 09-18-6 and tsb 08-24-5 repairs not already accomplished, the NHTSA should compel a long-overdue recall for the affected vehicles.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #6

Jun 102014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 117,306 miles
Completely lost power steering with no warning while making a right turn into oncoming traffic. Left me in a dangerous situation without power to turn the vehicle in time to avoid the incoming traffic.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 082014

Escape Hybrid

  • 153,325 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape hybrid. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph. The vehicle shut down without any warning. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The failure reoccured again. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer for diagnose or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate mileage was 156,325.lj

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 262013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


Car stalled out while driving. It happened 3 more times before I took it to the Ford dealer who told me it was the throttle body.

- Brighton, CO, USA

problem #3

May 302013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
When you engage the vehicle into drive, after few minutes the service wrench light goes on. The issue is that my SUV Ford escape is stalling while in motion or suddenly surging forward when accelerating from a stop. After having my dealership and outside mechanic review the issue. The root cause was identified to be faulty throttle body. Apparently a common issue among Ford escapes.

- Waterloo, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 212012

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
While driving on highway at high speed (55mph), entire powertrain (gas engine and hybrid motor) completely shutdown with no warning leading to an abrupt loss of power and control of the vehicle, and was unable to completely pull off the road safely. The dashboard information center just displayed "stop safely now." There was no warning of this at all. Vehicle would not restart. After sitting for one hour, vehicle restarted and drove perfectly for another 3 days, then the same thing happened again on local streets, leaving the car in a very dangerous position in the middle of the street. Brought into shop and they could not find anything wrong with it. I am almost afraid to drive this vehicle anymore.

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 182010

Escape Hybrid

  • 108,000 miles
Driving my Ford Escape hybrid on I 5 wa state. Warning lite came on that said stop safely now and my engine had stopped. I was in the left lane on the highway and had to unsafely maneuver 4 lanes to the right without the engine on.. I read my manual and it said to try and start, which it did. 3 miles later it did it again. This went on for 4 or 5 more times. I got off the highway and limped to a Ford dealer. They repaired it, it as a hybrid component cooling pump. It cost me $726. They wouldn't cover it. I view this as a severe safety problem.

- Boise, ID, USA

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