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.
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There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)

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)
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)

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)

"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)

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)

"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)

"Transmission abruptly stopped functioning - vehicle immobilized."

Anonymous, OH (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)

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)

"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)

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)

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)
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)
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)

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)

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)
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)

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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

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)

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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Recalls
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POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL)
Sep 29 2015
If the shift lever disengages from the transmission, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the gear selection indicator may show that the transmission is in the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not actually be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2001-2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured March 31, 2001, to September 1, 2009. The affected vehicles are equipped with either a 2.3L or 3.0L engine and have had their CD4E transmission replaced with remanufactured one that was rebuilt between June 11, 2015 through July 15, 2015. These service repair part transmissions have a shift lever bolt that may not be properly tightened. As a result, the shift control lever could disengage from the transmission without warning.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmissions and either tighten the manual shift lever bolt or replace the manual shift lever assembly. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on October 23, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S28.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V606000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 57
SUSPENSION:FRONT:WHEEL BEARING
Jun 03 2015
Use of an incorrectly sized wheel bearing can adversely affect the braking and steering of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
The Timken Company (Timken) is recalling certain aftermarket front wheel bearings, part number 510072, sold from January 22, 2015, to May 21, 2015, to be used as service parts on 2001-2012 Ford Escape, 2001-2011 Mazda Tribute, and 2005-2011 Mercury Mariner vehicles. The affected wheel bearings have incorrect dimensions of a 42mm bore, 76mm outer dimension, and 39mm width, instead of a 42mm bore, 78mm outer dimension and a 45mm width.
What should you do:
Timken has begun notifying distributors who will offer purchasers replacement wheel bearings, free of charge. The recall began on May 21, 2015. Owners may contact Timken customer service at 1-866-984-6536.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15E045000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 576
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Sep 03 2014
If the hybrid electronics system overheats, it may shut down the powertrain, resulting in a stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2005-2008 Ford Escape hybrid electric vehicles manufactured October 13, 2003, to June 20, 2008, and 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner hybrid electric vehicles manufactured June 10, 2005, to June 20, 2008. The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail resulting in the hybrid electronics overheating.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the original Motor Electronics Coolant (MEC) Pump with an improved brushless pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 27, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V526000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 70209
EQUIPMENT
Sep 03 2010
AN IMPROPERLY DEPLOYED AIRBAG COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY.
Summary:
MARATHON IS RECALLING CERTAIN SEAT COVERS, BRAND SUPERHIDES WITH PART NUMBERS 593, 594, 578, 960, 228, 228-09, 267-08, 333, 625, AND 630, SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE SEAT COVERS ARE MADE OF HEAVIER THREAD AND ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH SEATS CONTAINING SIDE AIRBAGS. THE HEAVIER SEAT COVER COULD INTERFERE WITH FULL DEPLOYMENT OF THE AIRBAG IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
What should you do:
MARATHON WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF RECORD AND REPLACE THE SEAT COVER FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MARATHON AT 1-800-735-2769.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET MARATHON SEAT COVERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON GENERAL MOTORS, FORD, CHRYSLER, TOYOTA, OR NISSAN VEHICLES.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10E043000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 294
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