This Ford Escape is quieter and more comfortable than the previous model we tested in 2001. IIHS crash-test results improved, as well. The Escape is agile, but had less tire grip than the 2001 version we tested. Because of this it had a relatively long braking distance and low maximum speed in our avoidance maneuver. Also, compared with many competing models, the Escape had slow acceleration times and so-so fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

This Ford Escape is quieter and more comfortable than the previous model we tested in 2001. IIHS crash-test results improved, as well. The Escape is agile, but had less tire grip than the 2001 version we tested. Because of this it had a relatively long braking distance and low maximum speed in our avoidance maneuver. Also, compared with many competing models, the Escape had slow acceleration times and so-so fuel economy.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 hybrid (155 hp)
  • 2.3-liter 4 (153 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"After paying $4,400 for a replacement Hydraulic Control module, the first one was was totally inoperative after installation, the next replacement took about two weeks to successfully bleed the the system after it was installed. Now I believe that the module needs to be replaced again, due to erratic operation."

Bernard W., CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Tone wheels broke on both front wheels"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Wheel sensor failed"

Don D., KS (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sensor was misreading"

James F., IA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The toner ring on the passenger side front axle had cracked & separated. Caused a warning light to come on. I put on a new one myself in Oct 2014, at my brothers house. No problem since. It was a big job"

Anonymous, KS (2007 Ford Escape XLT Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Axle assembly had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Ford Escape Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front ABS sensor replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The ABS Tone Ring on both left and right front axles cracked (on separate occasions), which disabled the ABS system and 4 wheel drive"

David B., MN (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Sensor failed"

Donald M., MI (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"System malfunctioned requiring repair that has kept it operating since"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake lines wore through to leakage"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"An ABS warning light on the dash came on. I took the car to a dealer and had the problem fixed. I don't have details on what failed!"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The car had a few times where it displayed dashboard warnings that the brake system had faults: "Service Brake System" and illuminated the ABS and Brake lights on the dash. Sometimes turning off the car and restarting it could make the lights and warning go away. Other times that tactic didn't work. I took it to my favorite local shop and they couldn't really find the flaw. It reset but came back a few weeks later. I took it to the Ford Dealer that sold me the car for service, they could not diagnose it. It reset and was fine for a few weeks. When it happened again I could tell this time it was very unusual. The car felt as if one wheel was dragging. Then, it felt as if someone was pushing down on one corner of the car when I was merely approaching a stop. Then suddenly the car lifted again as if the person stopped pushing on that corner. After 130,000 miles of almost daily driving you can tell when that;s not normal. I drove it to my favorite local shop, stopped the car and felt all wheels. Sure enough the driver front wheel was hot. They diagnosed a faulty ABS sensor, replaced it and it's been fine since."

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Calipers

"Both front calipers locked up this year. Both replaced."

Anonymous, WV (2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"noise and more effort to stop. turned front rotors and replaced pads. rear brakes still satisfactory"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"with only 63000km on this unit and living in a rural setting, the brakes are worn to point that dealership recommends replacement. This appears to be premature wear to me"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rotors and pads were rlaced dure to wear"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"I TOOK MY CAR TO MY MECHANIC AS I WAS HEARING SOME SCRATCHING NOISE UPON APPLYING THE BRAKES, HE PULLED THE TIRE OFF TO LOOK AT THE BRAKES AND SURE ENOUGH, THEY WERE ALMOST WORN ALL THE WAY THRU TO THE ROTORS SO I LEFT IT AND HE REPLACED THE SHOES FOR ME."

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Part of the parking brake system and components rusted out and interfered with the branding as well as created squeaking. Rust had damaged several bolts and a bearing that had to be recreated."

Anonymous, DE (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"parking brake lever cannot actuate brakes seized up,"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"System rusted and fell onto the disk brake system, causing horrendous screeching, thought at the time to be bad wheel bearings."

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

"After being driven about 47,000 mi., had to replace all four rotors and all brake pads due to the rotors pitting. Roughly $1,400 to repair."

Bernard W., CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replaced brakes 4 times since purchased vehicle"

John T., ON (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Left rear brake caliper locked and caused excessive wear to brake pads"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"We only driven the vehicle about 2000 miles when we experienced premature brake pad wear. Upon inspection, I was told that the vehicle needed to be put on a diagnostics machine to find the problem because of the hybrid regenerative braking system. We were told that only Ford dealerships had the diagnostics machine and that the price of the machine and to fix the brakes was going to be over 1000 dollars."

Anonymous, (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Pulsation or vibration

"Pulsation in the brakes were due to the rear rotors needing to be replaced."

Anonymous, WA (2007 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Both front break likes blew out at once"

Donald M., MI (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rotors

"Both rear rotors had to be replaced with new because they were slightly under the caliper specification to be able to be turned."

Anonymous, WA (2007 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"uncertain why they needed replacement"

Anonymous, AK (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Front brake lines failed at 96000 miles losing all front brake fluid. Also needed rotors for the third time"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The rotors were advised to be replaced and we replaced them"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C stopped working, was told the compressor developed a leak. This was the first problem we had with the A/C since we have had it."

Douglas O., CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Don't really know a lot; we've only had the car 4 months. The air conditioning didn't work, we took it in to be repaired, they had to replace the compressor. It's 12 years old, not really an unexpected problem, it's just a problem to solve. It cost $1200 to repair; the car cost us $1400, and we've driven it enough already that it feels worth it. (Lots of 1000 mile round trips.)"

Michael A., CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The clutch on the compressor has gone out. With some vehicles, the clutch can be purchased separately. However for the Escape, the entire compressor needs to be replaced."

Jeffrey D., IN (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the compressor replaced about 2 yrs ago but the compressor went bad after one year. Luckily it had a 24 month warranty so it was replaced free of charge (by Precision Tune Auto Center)."

Roland R., NC (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Leaking and needed to be rebuilt"

Gary F., AZ (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Being replaced now, completely blown"

Anonymous, ID (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The compressor began making a terrible noise then needed replacement. The cost of replacement was in excess of $1,000.00"

Cullen L., GA (2007 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped working then froze up. It no longer spins so car had to be towed to be fixed"

John G., IL (2007 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad compressor required about a $900 repair but now is working fine"

Roland R., NC (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"compressor leaks"

Don B., WA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The original compressor went bad after 9 years. I had it replaced at a garage that included a 2 year warranty. After one year the replacement compressor went bad and it was replaced for free under warranty. A year later THAT compressor went bad and since it was out of warranty I had to pay $500 for a new one, which seems to be working OK."

Anonymous, NC (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Condenser

"Leaking, needed replacement"

Mark S., MA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Evaporator

"The small aluminum radiator had moved and pressed against the evaporator causing it to leak coolant"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The a/c charge won't last, but the evaporator continues to leak"

Mark S., MA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Leaking, needed replacement"

Mark S., MA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Quite often the passenger side heated seat is on when starting the car and must be turned off, except in cold weather."

Douglas O., CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

"The A/C does not cool enough in hot weather. I have filled up the system with Freon equivalent, now it works fine."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"suposedly leaked from the evaporator"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Old car...old system leaked"

John G., IL (2007 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer initially charged $2k for hose replacement and recharge. Then after the a/c stopped working again, the dealer recently diagnosed a compressor leak. . 3rd party tested and determined in was actually a condenser leak. Works fine now. Dealers are crooks"

Mark S., MA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water leak over both front seats during rain"

Paul D., NV (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear door lift seals wear out too easily"

Stephen B., OH (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak over both front seats during rain"

Paul D., NV (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Seals around front and back windows have always leaked, especially back window. Streaks of water, not condensation, on back window,"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The noises are coming from somewhere in the suspension and have been occurring since I acquired my 2007 Ford Escape. I've never had them investigated by a professional and don't know what they are. I've looked around underneath myself, but don't see the cause."

Anonymous, KS (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"we took it to dealer and they said there was nothing wrong. but it sounds like something on the undercarriage is loose"

Anonymous, NE (2007 Ford Escape)

"Very loud"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear shock shot car sounds like it is falling apart"

Webb S., OH (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The back window squeaks like crazy"

Karen M., CO (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This has been a very noisy car to drive from the beginning when it was brand new from a Ford Dealer. No serious consequences, but annoying when you consider the cost of a brand new car. No dealer has ever been able to fix them"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Escape XLT)

"The center console squeaks all the time. TIghtened all the bolts and screws still squelks. If you wedge a block of wood between the seat and console the obnoxious noise stops"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"My car squeaks and rattles in the back. The Ford dealership said it's the shocks which donor seem spongy. My car sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks commute with me every day in a wheelbarrow . I've replaced many parts on the car since I bought it in 2010. The Mercedes on the other hand, is a pure joy, insanely comfortable and quiet"

Elaine P., CT (2007 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"last year the car made a lot more rattling noise with driving. WE considered buying a new car, but were turned off by price and complexity. My husband took the car to the dealer and said it wouldn't be worth fixing up. So my husband went to different mechanic and he quoted a lot less. We spent $2000 fixing the Escape, replacing strut assembling, bar link, rear shocks, exhaust & pipe, exhaust gasket, front brake pads and new tires. The independent garage did a great job and we are very pleased. We expect to get another 50 K miles out of the car, but even if it lasts another 2 years, we figure we got our money's worth. The garage seems to have done a good job so far and that was 10 months ago"

Anonymous, NE (2007 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

"suspension has developed clunking noise when going over bumps and irregular pavement"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"Excessive road noise while driving"

Stephen B., OH (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Same comment as before. Annoying & never resolved"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Escape XLT)

"this might not qualify after further thought. We didn't like the wind noise after we bought the car and spent at least $1000 in interior insulation to reduce it, back in 2009 I think"

Anonymous, NE (2007 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Expensive and repetitive"

Victoria P., MI (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Front ball joint is failing"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Rear shocks failed by 48,000 miles now front struts failing at 84k miles"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear shock rusted off and was free floating at top of shock. Banged around in the well"

Anonymous, DE (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear shock broke while driving the vehicle"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Front end tie rod bushings rusted out & needed to be replaced. Both rear shocks needed to be replaced due to bolts rusted through. The tie rod bushing issue started as knocking noise 2017 whenever I drove over uneven ground. The rusted out shocks & bolts let loose while making left turn & scared the shit out of me in 2018. Both issues were repaired the week the shocks broke in 2018."

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Developed an initial resistance when turning the wheel either left or right, made a clunk and then the wheel turned normally"

David B., MN (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"TIE RODS WERE EITHER COMPLETELY MISSING OR BADLY DAMAGED. UPPER AND LOWER BALL JOINTS WERE COMPLETELY WORN OUT."

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out prematurely"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"worn, leading to alignment problems"

Dwight C., NM (2007 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Very expensive and I drive in city with minimal wear and tear but still have had to repair all tie rods and suspension!!!????$&@"

Victoria P., MI (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Front right tire was very shaky. I could feel it in the steering wheel when hitting a bump"

Robert M., ON (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"They seem loose; I have not repaired yet. PS the survey does not cover this, but Ford does not honor its hybrid warranty completely. it classifies parts that are exclusively hybrid as not exclusively hybrid. 2) this car has major issues with rus"

Anonymous, DE (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace"

David C., AL (2007 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had many more front end suspension failures in this Escape over the years since we purchased it new in July 2006. The vehicle has been meticulously maintained at our local Ford dealership since it was new. But there has been almost constant repair/component replacement work required on this vehicle since it was new; some under warranty and many others not. It's developing more suspension noise right now and I sure will require more work soon."

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire wear is uneven

"replaced tie rods and corrected"

David C., AL (2007 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Had two wheel bearings fail at same time"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front bumper trim is loose and expensive to fix even though I think it just needs a couple of screws"

Anonymous, UT (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Hood started crackling along the front edge almost immediately after purchase in August 2011. It has continued to so ever since. The car is garaged & isn't left out in the sun. Will have to replace the hood to make it look decent"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Tailgate and both rear doors are experiencing paint peeling at the bottom of the doors and hatch"

Craig H., MD (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"The back end is rusting out. The rest will eventually rust out the rear shock mounts. This probably is not universal to all Escapes of this year and body style, so it leads me to think its a quality problem similar to what Toyota had with the Tacoma years ago."

Jeffrey D., IN (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on rear fender well arch. Would be very costly to repair. Additionally, under body shows signs of considerable rust."

Anonymous, WI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The welded seams on the inside bottoms of all four doors were showing severe rust and corrosion. I had to grind off the rust and apply two coats of rust preventative paint"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Developed an area of rust through at the R/S wheel well. This was not caused by external damage or compromised paint"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rust under door inside edges of all doors and inside of tailgate window big problem rear wheel well rusted away near door edge passenger side"

Webb S., OH (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"I am unsure how to have it fixed and if it is even worth having fixed"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Tailgate and both rear doors are experiencing paint peeling and rust at the bottom of the doors and hatch"

Craig H., MD (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rust through on right rear wheel well. Rusted completely through. Also rust on front edge of sunroof. This car has been exposed to salt and snow but it has also been parked in a garage and a parking garage at work"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire underbody has basically rusted out. The brakelines are so rusted that they'll have to be replaced (but we'll get rid of the vehicle first). The entire exhaust system had to be replaced and there wasn't anything to attach the new system too because the underbody had rusted away. Basically all of our mechanical issues are due to the underbody rusting away."

Anonymous, WI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"This car, purchased in 2016, began to show rust in 2010. The bottom of the doors didn't drain and rusted. The wheel wells and now the frame. I have Hondas, Caravans and Nissans with that same milage with no rust."

William M., DE (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"slipping clutch required replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"THIS VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED ''AS IS'' AND LISTED AS A ''REBUILT SALVAGE TITLE''...I LATER DETERMINED THAT THE TRANSMISSION HOUSING WAS CRACKED AND AN ATTEMPT TO CONCEAL THE CRACK WAS EXPOSED. IT WAS LATER DETERMINED THAT THE AUTOMATIC CLUTCH WAS DAMAGED; AS WELL.."

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission went out just before hitting the 100,000 mile mark. I had to have it replaced."

Joanna R., ID (2007 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission abruptly began to fail to shift as expected and would remain in a lower gear. Aamco did a major rebuild for some major money and it's worked fine ever since but their customer service was less than ideal"

Scott R., NC (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission failed with slightly over 60,000 miles on the vehicle. It was VERY disappointing, as it had been well maintained and not driven hard. Transmission place told me this model was prone to early failure"

Linda R., ID (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Failed for second time. Car was junked"

Robert W., NY (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The transmission failed and had to be replaced"

James F., PA (2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission froze up at 100,000 miles. Needed a new one. Had rebuilt transmission installed but don't know if it will last"

Evelyn V., CA (2007 Ford Escape XLT Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"it became evident that this vehicle had a cracked transmission housing causing serious transmission oil leakage."

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"this age of escape is known for transmission failure at around 150000 miles. and fail it did in a big way. tried to get a new transmission and found it was not available and a rebuilt with all the other things would cost about 3500, which was more than the value of the car. mechanic suggested scrapping it and find a new one."

Anonymous, (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Putting back and forth into gear the transmission lost a gear I was just having to back up and pull foward a few times then kaput the transmission took a dive is missing gears can only drive it about 40mph took it to a shop they charged me money thinking they could fix it but their fix did nothing."

Anonymous, (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Transmission abruptly stopped functioning - vehicle immobilized."

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Very minor leak so far. Less the 5 ounces in 3000 miles"

Anonymous, SC (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Main engine seal is leaking which will cost over $1200 to replace a $20 seal"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Fixed several times but still leaks and smells like burnt oil"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace all the areas where oil might leak"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"I had the valve gasket replaced and now the timing chain gasket needs to be replaced also at a cost of over $800.00. I am waiting until the leak gets really bad before replacing that. Other than that the car is running and working fine"

Roland R., NC (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"oil pan seal is going. Leaks oil on to the exhaust manfold. Smells its annoying"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"The oil is leaking from the timing chain gasket cover. Repair would be over $1000.00 but mechanic said if I watched the oil and added it when needed it was probably not worth the cost considering the vehicle mileage. But I hate the oil puddles on my garage floor!"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Small oil drip in the garage is coming from the timing chain gasket cover, according to my mechanic. He said it's an $800 charge to replace the gasket and probably not worth doing at this stage of the cars life"

Roland R., NC (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Driveway spotting...oil pan gasket or crankshaft seals"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Alternator failure, no warning light. $750 to replace. Car stopped running while driving, had to be towed"

Valor P., WA (2007 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"only drove it 383 km and gad to get it replaced"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Alternator died. Was AMAZINGLY difficult to replace. Had to yank front right wheel, front right axle, and many other parts to access. It took an experienced mechanic 3 hours to change it (and he wasn't exaggerating; I watched). He called it the worst alternator replacement in all of America."

Brian L., VA (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Coil

"Ford is not able to tell me why check engine says there is a spark plug or coil problem. Light has been on for over 3 years"

John F., NC (2007 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"ignition coil on a cylinder failed and all spark plugs needed to be replaced. parts were very costly from dealer. later found them to be 25 to 40 %less at auto parts stores"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"Dead hybrid battery after sitting without use. Dealer charged $400 to recharge,"

Gary H., OR (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"two of the rear spark plugs were bad ...very expensive to replace because of their inaccessibility"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light says problem with spark plug and coils but Ford cannot find the problem so simply inspects the car with the light on. They are now looking at a slight occasional miss when car tries to gain some power. Again they are not able to find out why"

John F., NC (2007 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CDs will not eject."

Joanna R., ID (2007 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"it jams and teh cost to repair it is 400.00. told ford this was bad sub contractor and they told me they have fixed the problem but not for my car"

Eva R., TX (2007 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"Can no longer read CD's"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"I only use my SUV's CD player to listen to music. I don't use the radio at all. However, the display screen which shows me music details (i.e., Which CD & which track, as well as volume) is blank. It's been this way for over 1 year"

Anonymous, NV (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"After about 100000 miles, I had the CD player portion of the in-dash nav system replaced so it would read new maps. After about 1000 more miles, the connection to the GPS was lost, so the nav system is useless"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

"Radio has failed multiple times since new. Dealer not able to fix after multiple replacements. New parts no longer available"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"LCD screen burnt out had to order a new radio and get it replaced."

Anonymous, (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Speakers

"one speaker plays on and off... problems with the security system...honking for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Got dash msg Stop safely now as the engine died. PTO for rear whells problem. Problem fixed at Ford dealer $1800. Leter reimbursed because it is a recalled issue."

Richard M., MI (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Differential

"I felt a subtle rattle, had it check, and got it repaired quickly, about $1800"

Susan B., NY (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Driveline vibration

"Right around 20 mph the car will start vibrating. I attribute this to transmission because it happens if I am using the gas engine or simply in full hybrid electric mode. It can last sometimes to 30 mph and sometimes up to 50 mph. It's not consistent. My local favorite shop owner believes it's the axles, and that may be. Right now it's not so bad that I want to replace axles just to find out."

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Driveshaft or axle

"driveshaft disintergrated"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Carrier bearing went bad no way to change or grease the bearing you have to replace the whole drive shaft"

Nunzie B., PA (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"vibration in the drive shaft which require replaceing"

Merle C., NS (2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Transfer case

"transfer case needed replacement"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm system is constantly going off for no reason"

Jason R., NC (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Alarm randomly activates at any time of day. Have had all contacts checked but no solution"

Harold M., TX (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"it goes off for no reason at times"

Billy G., TX (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"turn indecator rear replaced twice"

James C., CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Gauges

"Light bulb assembly for RPM and notification screen bad. Being replaced"

Anonymous, ID (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Interior lights

"For the past 4 years or so. Half the dashboard is black with no illumination. The dealership said it's a big job to take the cash off to replace the bulb. My CD player hasn't worked since about 2012 and I can't see paying to get that fixed either. It's my daily car and it's fine for bad weather or to use for yard work.its the workhorse"

Elaine P., CT (2007 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"lights in dash went out"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Hole in pipe under driver's seat. Couldn't tell when windows were rolled up, but obvious with driver's window down."

Eric L., IL (2007 Ford Escape 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Rusted out"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Escape Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Rusted out, not original equipment."

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Escape Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"The exhaust pipe came apart, behind the muffler, at a place where there were two bolts."

Anonymous, KS (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a big problem but had to have several connection areas repaired"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Brittle and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"The car would fail to recognize that it was in park, thus not allowing you to remove the key. The vehicle would also be very difficult to shift out of "park.""

Cullen L., GA (2007 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Very difficult moving the gear shift selector. Fixed by dealer. replaced cables."

Richard M., MI (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transmission leaks

"engine oil and transmission oil leaks were from the initial ownership of this vehicle - obvious after my purchase."

Anonymous, MI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Overheating was the actual problem. If we had known that, we could have pulled over, aired out the engine, and resumed travel"

David C., NC (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Thermostat

"This turned out to be a problem covered by a recall. The thermostat/sensor apparently believed the car was critcally overheating and caused the engine to shut down completely. Fortunately this only occurred at very low speeds. Once the car had been turned off for a minute or so it could be restarted and would continue operation. The repair was completely covered under teh recall."

Tracy V., MD (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Water pump

"On a "pleasure" weekend trip, the engine suddenly shut off, with text warnings to pull over and stop. Both the owner's manual & the telephone "help" pointed in wrong directions. A $600-$700 dealership visit identified coolant pump failure"

David C., NC (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Pump failure with leaks"

Gary H., OR (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Drain lines around sunroof became clogged and caused water to soak carpet after heavy rain."

Anonymous, WI (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"hatch stops at 80% open"

James C., CA (2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hinges on back window of hatchback seem to corrode very quickly on Fords. Usually one hinge at a time will corrode to the point where it will crumble when you open the window only. This has happened with the Escape and my sister's Explorer."

Anonymous, VA (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"New catalytic converter required"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"High rail fuel pressure sensor fault"

Anonymous, SC (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"bought this vehicle, drove only 383 km, had to replace alternator. After 1600 km, engine went, now need to replace but have no money, have not finished paying off the purchase. no warrantee"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
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