really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
90,800 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. repair hydraulic system (1 reports)
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012018

Escape Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


There is a long list of this same complaint on your site. This week, my car made a choking noise when starting and the ABS and parking brake light went on. The car was braking funny, although this car has always required a long push on the brakes. The car was "slipping" away from me when i was driving, and i have to drive 20 miles an hour home for 4.5 miles with the blinkers on.

I had it towed, and the Ford dealer told me the hydraulic system failed and it was over a $4,700 repair and has high labor because it's a difficult repair. This car had a very high trade in value for a long time, but it has really, really sunk now in the past year because of this problem. I could have been killed.

- Jen G., Chicago, US

problem #2

Jan 182017

Escape Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

Over the summer of 2016, the brakes failed multiple time in the extreme heat (95+ degrees). All brake lights were on - ABS, Parking brake, Warning lights. had it in to be fixed - they ran diagnostics and reset error codes. Now, in January 2017, total brake failure including the "regen" issue. Cost to fix - $5700. ABS control module/hydraulic control unit.

- V Z., Cincinnati, OH, US

problem #1

Aug 072013

Escape Hybrid 2.3L Dohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,400 miles

I live in Camarillo, CA. Brake warning light came on with error message "check brake" and "regen brake disabled". Called Ford and they said vehicle needed to be checked out. Took vehicle in the next day and the code indicated the hydraulic control unit (HCU) needed replaced. Cost for the repair was estimated to be $4,175. This included the part and 4 hours labor. The cost was a shock! Ford technician indicated that only Ford had the part and special tool to fix it. I took the car to a private mechanic and he was shocked to find the part cost was $3,700 after doing a nation-wide search. With his 4 hours labor, it was the same estimated cost as Ford.

After reading others complaints, they all appear to be the same scenario..... regen brake disabled error, needs fixed, and its going to cost $4,000+ dollars. Ford obviously knows about this problem based on the number of people posting and I feel this is a serious issue for drivers safety and financial consideration.

- Sue S., Camarillo, CA, US

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