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2008 Ford Escape



  • fravofravo Posts: 1
    :confuse: All I read about was how much the new 2008 Escape has improved in road noise? I just purchase a pre-certified 2008 Ford Escape XLT (4WD Auto) and the road noise is excessive. To me it sounds like I have 4WD aggressive tires on it? The tires are the standard Continental tires that come with it but they are really noisy. I had a 2004 Escape XLT before this and it had the same tires but the noise was not even comparable to the new one. I was wondering if anybody out there is experience the same problem. Also it seems like the gas mileage is less than 14 MPG (city). I absolutely love the truck the way it drives and handles and the style of the whole thing but the noise is a bit excessive.
  • poster1poster1 Posts: 6
    I rented an 08 4WD with the 4 cylinder this week and kind of liked it. I haven't read all your posts yet so forgive me if I repeat what others have said. I like the fact it's FWD with power to the rear tires in adverse conditions. For small cars I like front wheel drive. Let's see, the mileage was $67 for 420 miles driven, at about $3.40 a gallon so that's about 21 on the freeway. Not too good for a 4 banger. This particular rental had 13,500 miles on it and someone had definitely taken it off-road. The engine compartment was completely caked with mud, top to bottom. That said, I noticed nothing in the way of creaks or rattles. Road noise was negligible. I checked pricing and looked like for about $23k I could get a
    base model 4wd. I consider buying it if the mileage was better. The hybrid is probably $3k or $4k more so I probably won't buy one. It was fine for a rental though.
  • I am leasing a 2008 since march of 07, tranny went pulling a pop up trailer thought the mountains. We were to be gone for 1 month and this happened 6 hrs into our trip. Ford said we would be reimmbursed for our expenses and we are still fighting with our dealership as of april 08.I have had nothing but problems with this car even though I love the way it fits.Has any one slese had problems such as wipers suck,back up sensor not working properly all the time,heated seats heat for 1min then go off for 7 min then 1min on then off,keyless pad not working all the time?
  • woogsiewoogsie Posts: 7
    Yes car fits well and forget about trying to get aftermarket wipers for it..........they don't exist.Siliblade (I think thats how it is spelled) is testing some but I haven't called them lately as spring is here.Its the new technology with the clips and its quite a few 2008 cars..Volvo etc. Heated seats could be better but I am comparing to cars that cost 20k more.I have driven Jeeps for years and the escape (I have 4wd) handles much nicer in the winter.........except for those crap wipers.........that is a serious flaw and Ford needs to look at that for sure.I have had mine for 9 months now and I am pretty happy with it overall.One thing for sure.........if u have cloth seats and u fold them down u need to put something to protect the seats because it marks.Somebody else showed me that.Anyway just a few flaws to mention.Good luck!
  • desmo1desmo1 Posts: 26
    Wait and buy an 09 like me. The s
    new ones will have a V-6 with 30 more horsepower and a SIX speed transmission as well as available sync. I would not be surpirzed if it would outrun a 3.5 Edge at 264 hp!
    If you want a deal they are giving away the 08s, but I will wait for the '09 Limited AWD
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    Whats coming with the towing package I know for the hitch and the tail light cable, but what else ? Thanks !
  • desmo1desmo1 Posts: 26
    If you are talking about an '08 the only other thing might a bigger trans cooler, but I though I read somewhere that the bigger trans cooler is standard. Go to and "build" an '08 escape and click on the explanation of the trailer tow package.
  • antoninbantoninb Posts: 47
    My '08 Escape has been in the shop this entire week due to a confirmed leak from the transmission fluid cooler. There appears to be a TSB out for such a problem, which may occur during "extreme changes in temperature".

    What is becoming extremely frustrating is that a special bolt is required to mount the cooler, and this bolt is unavailable at any dealer within more than 100 miles of my location. It's on emergency order as Ford is calling it a "high demand part". But, they cannot give me any inkling of a delivery date. I'm really disappointed in Ford that they wouldn't be doing a better job of ensuring that stock exists for a "high demand part" with a related TSB.

    Are there any creative solutions to this, which would allow me to get my '08 Escape back on the road sooner rather than later? I really don't know if it will take days, weeks or months to get this very valuable bolt. I've read a few postings from other '08 owners, who have had the same issue. Thanks!
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    Desmo1, thanks for your suggestion but they mention only Hitch and harness, no mention of cooler or bigger alternator rad, or self leveling suspension...

    I really dont know if the escape is the vehicule I should get to replace my Grand Caravan 2006 equipped with a real towing package !!
  • desmo1desmo1 Posts: 26
    I was stumbling around and under the Escape and Mariner forum I found the "order bank" (?) for the 2009 Escape.
    The big news is that the 2.5 I4 is available with the 6speed auto on all trim levels, all the way to the Limited! This info was dated 3-17-08.
    P.S. The 3.0 V6 is rated at 240hp, not the 230hp previously stated. Sounds like a Hot Rod to me.
    Drum brakes still on rear, thogh:-(
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    I wonder why certain peoples complain about the return to the drum brake on the 2008 Escape. Thats all we need at the rear, the rear brakes are almost useless, more than 70% of the braking is done at the front.

    Less maintenance , components like the shoes have a much longer life, no dust on the wheel, better and simplier hand brake sytem , ok the are not cool but the are reliable and cheap to maintain.

    Tell me what the disc brake are giving me that the drum brake aren't ? Trouble ? you bet !!
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    You are absolutely right, See so many ecno box cars with rear disc, but why, cars are light. Its all about the cost to replace them at the dealer, more than drum brakes. Had a Cavalier with rear drums, never had a problem, stopping was more than adequate. Its all about an expensive repair and appearance.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,012
    I prefer rear drums too for all those frugal reasons. The original drums on my minivan are fine at 124,000 miles.

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  • Just purchased a 2008 XLT with 21k on it. Brought it to the dealer because of a rattle on the driver's side. They replaced the strut mount...same, then said that it was the clips that held the calipers in place, not covered under warranty..still the same noise. I hear it when going over dirt roads...rattle that would drive you crazy. They now say that they have to check with Ford Engineering because they can't figure it out...any ideas...anyone!!
  • Has anyone else experienced the following problem?

    I bought an XLT 4WD V6 model in early June. 3 times since then, I have gotten into the truck, put the key into the ignition and turned it to start it. Everything comes on - lights, radio, windows, etc - except the engine does not turn over. It makes no clicking noises or any other indication that I'm attempting to start the vehicle. I did try to jump start it the first time it happened, though I knew it was unlikely a battery problem since everything but the engine worked fine when I tried to start it. The first time this happened I'd been driving it around for an hour or two, then parked for a few hours, and it would not start for nearly 30 minutes. The second 2 times this happened I was in my driveway and it would not start for over 4 hours. But when I went back to it several hours later it started just fine as though nothing was wrong. Each time car was in park. Once I had the door open.

    Dealer is giving me the run-around, saying that because they can't reproduce the problem they won't fix anything, and aren't authorized to replace any parts they can't prove are broken. Talked to a mechanic friend of mine who suggested they look at the parking switch (that tells the car it's in park) and the ignition switch - service desk lady is now talking to service manager about my suggestions, though she was clear that she was reluctant to ask them to spend any more time on my truck (might have implied it was a waste of their time, I tried nicely to explain that spending a few hours of their work was worth avoiding the possibility of me being stranded somewhere).
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Ford Escape Start Stall Idle Problems may be helpful.

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  • Hi everyone,

    I recall some posts last year about winter wipers on 2008 Escapes, and I think the outcome was that nothing was available. Call me naive, but I thought I'd check in to see if Ford or the aftermarket had come up with anything. I'd still like to have something for the winter, and continue to be dismayed that this is the first vehicle I've ever had where winter wipers were not available. I'm also curious to know if the 2009's kept the same wiper connector, or did Ford see the error in their ways? Thanks.
  • I had the same problem and of course when i went to the dealer they thought I was nuts. Anyway Ford gave me a pamphlet on something called shaker wiper blades (shakes the ice off) its not cheap $200 installed!!! A few places in the U.S. like Auto Zone said they could get aftermarket blades but I didnt' have my car with me so I didnt buy them because they may not have fit.A company called Siliblade (I think thats how it is spelled , was testing some after market blades.You can find them on the net.I had the phone number and they were aware of the wiper blade problem.It wasn't just the escape, it was alot of 2008 vehicles. Hope this helps!
  • tamster1tamster1 Posts: 1
    Im sorry I dont know what TSB means.But I just dropped my car off with what I thought was an oil leak (due to the fact that nothing was leaking until I took it in for an oil change)and when I told the guy it was leaking oil up front without looking he said its not oil its a problem we are having with the transmission cooler sensor? something like that.Its under warrenty but if this is a problem they no about why no recall of the part?anyway it sounds kinda like what you are talking about.But it better be done in the 2 hours they told me it would be.Can you tell me what TSB is?
  • antoninbantoninb Posts: 47
    TSB is a technical service bulletin. There are far, far more TSB's than there are recalls. From what I've read, a recall is generally not issued (obviously at huge cost to the manufacturer) unless it is a safety issue. Hopefully, they've got the shortage of these bolts solved.
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