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Ford Escape Hybrid



  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 4,098
    "I'm considering a FEH to replace my '88 Blazer. I need 39" of height in the cargo area from floor to ceiling to carry bicycles upright (front wheels removed). Does the hybrid lose any cargo height due to the battery? Could someone tell me the actual floor to ceiling height in the back? Thanks."

    If it's not too far, you might just go in to the Ford dealer with a tape measure...
  • I just measured our brand-new Mariner from the loading area floor to the headliner. It is 32.5". That is the opening ( smallest )measurement. Maybe not enuff for u.
  • Our Mariner (AWD) is rated 33c/29h. We are getting about that. Only 2K mi - 2 wks old. It was 102 the day before yesterday. We use the AC continuously, altho not on the MAX settting - (gas engine ON).
  • The owners' manual doesn't recommend ANY off-road excursions. The AWD is mostly for traction and control. ASR ( acceleration slip reduction ) is not available.
  • My experience with in-the-tank fuel pumps - they are submersed in the fuel to quiet them and to cool them. They sit in a sump in the tank to allow them to pump fuel that is not washing about when cornering.
  • subdudesubdude Posts: 9
    I have not been off ROAD, but have been off PAVEMENT on a recent trip to Death Valley. The FEH seemed fine; no issues, no problems. Same experience in the snow - no issues, no problems.
  • merfoardmerfoard Posts: 2
    not sure any hybrids were available prior to 2005. Check the dates of Hybrid availability. My recommendation is to go for a newer model as the earliest models with this technology were frought with problems.
  • merfoardmerfoard Posts: 2
    I have just purchased a 2006 FEH and am looking forward to planning a trip from NY to IN this summer. As those of you with this system know, that will involve the use of three of the NAV discs. Any ideas how I can use the system to plot out the most interesting route? I contacted the manufacturer and they told me I'd have to do it "city by city" whatever that means. Anyone else used this to plan a lengthy trip? Thanks for any help...
  • christophchristoph Posts: 10
    Helllo, Everyone. I'm new here and new to Ford ownership. Last week I purchased an '06 FEH (and an '06 Mustang GT ragtop 5 speed!) I am receiving conflicting info regarding aftermarket installation of a 2" receiver hitch on FEH. My local dealer is saying absolutely no tow hitch available. Yet here on this board, it seems like manufacturer-approved hitch is available, rated at 1000 pounds.

    All I want to do is tow a cedar rowboat & trailer (300 pounds) or possibly stick a bicycle carrier in the tow hitch.

    Has anyone here had the Ford tow hitch installed afterwards into FEH? Is the hitch receiver 1 1/4" or 2"? Do you have a part number I can take to my local dealer?

    Thanks and cheers!
  • dw438dw438 Posts: 41
    I'll direct you to two websites that are specific to
    Escape hybrid owners.
    Yahoo has a Escape Hybrid group, with people who have installed hitches -- and fyi they are aftermarket, not Ford hitches .... there are detailed posts there, information on how to secure the part and where it is mounted (to stay clear of the under-car spare tire and the piping apparatus to the rear battery air unit).
    I remember that the OEM hitch on my '01 Escape was 1 1/4".
    there's also, some of the same people on Yahoo are on that group.
  • christophchristoph Posts: 10
    dw438, thank you for referring me to the Yahoo FEH Group. I quickly scanned some recent posts and see that my towing question will have been answered there. Thanks again.
  • cdoldcdold Posts: 34
    "I am receiving conflicting info regarding aftermarket installation of a 2" receiver hitch on FEH."

    Any independent shop should be happy to install a Hidden Hitch model 70758, along with a 30130 lighting harness. will sell one that you can install yourself. (don't enlarge the holes, work with it)

    I occasionally tow a two horse trailer with my 2005.
  • I've been reading the FEH forums for awhile now while considering purchasing one. Thanks to all the contributors for some great info! I do have a couple of questions that I haven't found the answer to yet...

    1. Does anyone here have the FEH without the Nav system? I've seen some sites that say the MPGs as measured by the Nav system aren't all that accurate and the only reason I would get it is for the feedback on the hybrid system. If anyone has the FEH without the nav system, do you feel like you're missing out on info? If you do have it, does it help you drive more efficiently?

    2. I'm aware of the study by CNW Marketing claiming that from production through disposal, hybrids don't actually save energy. Has anyone seen any other similar studies? Or comparisons of energy usage over the life cycle in purchasing a new hybrid vs. a comparable used non-hybrid?

  • 69driver69driver Posts: 4
    Hey dreaming,

    Mine does not have the Nav system. I wanted to save a few bucks.

    In place of the Nav system is a single gauge that you can toggle. Some of the items you can select are avg mpgs, miles till gas tank is empty, efficiency high or low, and a few others.

    I know I’m missing out on the cool display, but I’m already over it.

    My driving is definitely getting better. It’s kinda funny, for some reason now anybody that drives behind me tells me I’m NUMBER 1!!
  • atlvibeatlvibe Posts: 109
    Like 69driver I opted to go without navigation. To me the cost outweighs any benefit. Of course, many would say that about the hybrid option itself. However, I did spring for a kewl green bumper sticker that reads "treehugger".
  • I plan on adding a Mobil-Ease Bluetooth adapter to my 2006 FEH. I have a 6-CD, 80W system (not the VNR). This supposedly allows me to talk handsfree using a Bluetooth cellphone. Has anyone ever installed this on their Ford (any Ford)? This is available for most Ford 2005 and 2006 trucks and SUVs but you won't find this option on the brochure. I only found it in the SourceBook at the Ford dealer. The part number for the FEH adapter is 3W4Z19G399AA, and it also needs a wire harness, 3W4Z14A411AA or 3W4Z14A411BA, depending on the audio system installed. Seems a little pricey (I paid $400 for the adapter and cable. The Ford dealer sold it to me at "their cost"), but if it helps my wife avoid an accident or a ticket, it would be well worth it. My questions are:
    Has anyone installed this in their FEH or any Ford vehicle?
    Was it hard to install? Does it work? Can you talk handsfree and listen to the other party using your audio system? What cellphone were you using?
  • I also didn't want to pay $3800 for the VNR radio. I have a Garmin Color Streetpilot I bought on eBay for $330 about 3 years ago. Found out later it was a wise decision to opt out because you cannot play audio CDs and have the NAV operating at the same time (VNR uses CDs for the map database. Everyone else uses a separate DVD drive for their database). Your best bet if you really want GPS navigation is to buy one of the newer Garmins like the 2920 or a Magellan Nav 750 that gives turn-by-turn audio driving directions.
  • cosanostracosanostra Posts: 74
    Does anyone know when the 2007s will go on sale?
  • The local dealer told me they should be out in July, but they'll essentially just be a carryover since the '08s are getting an update. I'm debating how long I can hold out. ;)
  • dw438dw438 Posts: 41
    They [the '07's] are out already, though the Ford consumer databases don't show it. One can go to a dealer and order an '07 now. You can see more info at Ford's fleet site, ... you'll see that the vehicle is the same, and there are new colors ... out is the familiar dark shadow gray and sonic blue ... replaced by a lighter gray [graphite] and a slightly-less electric blue.
    FYI the '08 will be the big revision ... look for it the start of next year at all the best auto shows. There have been spy pix of the '08 ... engineers are driving them .. the body will change a bit, there's a new front end look, upgrades to the hybrid electric system [if equipped] and more.
  • I just saw that you can now price the '07 FEH on edmunds. Interestingly, when you go to price with options it no longer lists the Mach audio (non-nav) system or the retractable rear cargo cover. Does it make sense that they wouldn't offer them or could that just be an omission at this point?
  • subdudesubdude Posts: 9
    You can play audio CDs and use the NAV system at the same time. The setup includes a single - disc in dash slot for the NAV CD, and an under-seat changer for audio CDs.
  • cosanostracosanostra Posts: 74
    Since the 2007 FEHs are starting to appear and can be config'd on the Ford website, are you no longer able to order a 2006 (you're stuck with what's on the lot)?

    On a related note, did I read correctly that the new Drive on Us program will include the 2006 FEH? :surprise:
  • 148522148522 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2007 model on Memorial Day. The dealer said he just got the car in last week.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    A national finance magazine is looking to interview current hybrid owners who purchased a hybrid within the past year or two. The reporter is wanting to know if you have been satisfied or not with the gas savings you’ve been receiving. Please send an e-mail to no later than Saturday, June 10, 2006 by 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET containing your daytime contact information and the make and model of your hybrid vehicle.


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  • larneslarnes Posts: 59
    Mine does not have the Nav system. I wanted to save a few bucks.

    Consider it a blessing in disguise. I had a Garmin 2610 I used in my last car and considered selling it when we got the new Escape. I'm glad I kept it. In my opinion, the Ford navigating system is inferior. In fact, a pain in the [non-permissible content removed]. The Garmin is much better. This seems to be a common opinion. Many people I've talked to agree; factory nav systems are just not that good. And too expensive. Get an after-market one.
  • alwynalwyn Posts: 9
    We owned a 2004 CRV prior to our FEH 4WD 2006-CRV less tipable-better rollover resistence-seemed lower-squatier-so would give the edge to CRV-But as I did not think would happen-wife loves to drive this even better than the CRV 2004 and 2002 that owned before FEH. If CRV had a Hybrid 2007 we wouldn't even think about the FEH-because of the workmanship and relibility and resale values-BUT CRV has no plans for CRV Hybrid in 2007 as understand.
  • alwynalwyn Posts: 9
    Understand the 2007 FEH has the DVD Navigation improved over the 2006 CD 12 Disc Navigation-Can anyone advise as to this true? Am weighing a FEH FWD 2007 against a Sport trac 2007 purchase this week
  • alwynalwyn Posts: 9
    1318&1319 Air Conditioning-Both correct-we on our 2006 EH/Nav have dropped 4MPG-test every fill up-if traveling on Highway the other two ACmodes sufficient-under 30 MPH have to use Max-also probably the extreme cold regions will drop the MPG-ours has around 12,000 miles-as to Nav-2007 Escape still has same CD type Regional-did not improve as with the 2007 Sport trac DVD type-
  • elaineannelaineann Posts: 3
    I am a sirius addict. I've had it for 3 years. The only downside
    has been all the extra wires around the dash due to my Sportster.

    I was very excited when I bought my 2007 FEH hybrid last week
    because the stereo is "satellite radio ready." Which usually means
    that you just have to add a tuner and antenna and you're ready to
    go. Cost to do that would normally be around $100-$150. When I made
    some inquiries about upgrading it at the dealer, I was shocked to
    find that to do it with this radio you supposedly have to use Ford's
    tuner and harness - TO THE TUNE OF $538.

    When I talked to the installer, I said, well, it would be less
    expensive for me to buy a better stereo plus tuner at Circuit City
    and have it put it. He told me that the car will not run correctly
    with another stereo in it - I DO NOT have the Nav system, just the 6
    CD changer - because of computer problems and that I might void my

    Has anyone else heard of this?

    Has anyone replaced their Ford stereo in the Escape Hybrid? Has it
    affected the way your car runs?

    Has anyone successfully added on a Kenwood Sirius $99 tuner without
    coughing up the $538 to Ford?

    I have to say that the sound quality on my stereo is pretty poor -
    the worst sounding car stereo I've had in years. I wouldn't
    hesitate to replace it in a minute, if it weren't for the warning
    that I might screw up my car and void my warranty.
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