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Little had changed with the Ford Escape since 2001. The four-cylinder and V6 engines are noisy. All three versions we tested had an unsettled ride and notable noise. Interior fit and finish is improved but remains lackluster. Virtues include interior spaciousness, easy access, and good visibility. Improved braking performance helps as well.
Alerts
There are 3 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 (sec.) 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.

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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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

Little had changed with the Ford Escape since 2001. The four-cylinder and V6 engines are noisy. All three versions we tested had an unsettled ride and notable noise. Interior fit and finish is improved but remains lackluster. Virtues include interior spaciousness, easy access, and good visibility. Improved braking performance helps as well.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

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
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (171 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (177 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (240 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Car has been leaking rain/snow water from the roof at the two front passengers doors for about 4 years”

Libby C., FL (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Various leaks from roof/sunroof”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rear hatch leaks rain onto floor...Ford says can't find problem...I have tried everything to pinpoint site of leak & to improve door molding”

Ronald K., VA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“there is a water leak in the tailgate which is causing corrosion along the bottom of the tailgate”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“The seal on the rear hatch has been replaced twice due to water leaks. It is leaking again”

David O., VA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Water gets into the driver's footwell somehow. This is driving while it is wet outside. Lame problem, stupid Ford can't even seal their vehicles. Why oh why do I keep buying Fords?!”

Chris B., OH (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“You cannot ride with the windows down at anything over 40mph or you get extreme buffeting. LOUD”

Skip P., AZ (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers door seal keeps rotting off. Ridiculous”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The seal around the sky light has been leaking, as well as around one of the windows”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Drains in sun roof area clogged and rain overflowed into vehicle during heavy rains. Continuous monitoring and cleaning of drains is required”

John P., CA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It appears that the water leak in the tailgate is due to poor design of the tailgate itself and failure of the weatherstripping and or seals”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Some interior streaking on hatchback window - looks like water streaks but is something more, like a resin”

Phil W., OR (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear hatch leaking”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“water chronically leaks into back liftgate and the liftgate would no longer open. the liftgate actuator had to be replaced”

Mary H., NH (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“The sunroof has developed small leaks. On rainy days the sunroof basin fills with rain water. On heavy rain occasions the water works its way down the frame and into the driver side floor area”

John P., CA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“frequent leaks at various points dealing with drive shaft, and transmission seals”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“I have a constant chirping sound coming from my dashboard. It sounds like a cricket, only louder. It's not overly loud, but loud enough”

Armando D., PA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Bushings and shocks. not a bad problem for an 8 year old vehicle”

Timothy R., WV (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“The back hatch rattled--couldn't be fixed. The front/dash console rattled. Was tightened up and fixed”

Anonymous, ND (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Can't find the source of a rattle in the back Especially when going over bumps in the road Doesn't happen all the time - very annoying”

Victor P., AB (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“1st squeak - hatchback latch - worked on several times - best fix has been to wrap tape around post. 2nd squeak - mysterious intermittent quiet "rattle" or "scurrying" electrical sound emanating from passenger dash vent - lmost like a critterx”

Phil W., OR (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dealer could not duplicate the problems. Noises have ceased”

Jan M., CA (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Vehicle makes a hooting sound on acceleration. Has done it since new”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“The rear window, which can be opened separatey from the hatch, rattles over the smallest bumps”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This vehicle has had numerous rattles almost from day one. Two different dealerships have inspected numerous times and can not find anything wrong. Sounds like the whole back end of the vehicle is going to fall off. Also, trans & engine problems”

Anonymous, ND (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“squeak in back from faulty hatch latch - replaced latch and noise gone”

Toby B., OK (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Very loud cabin noise when driving over 40 mph. Difficult to hear and speak over sych phone when driving over 40 mph”

Mark C., IL (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Increase in wind noise from doors”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“My wife bumped into a tree to avoid a child in an apartment parking lot, and the right front quarter panel was scratched, and the plastic pins holding it on to the rest of the body were sheared off, so all of this had to be replaced”

Mark S., TX (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“gasket”

David S., FL (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Paint rusting at rear wheel openings”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“peeling paint on outside of rear wheel well. filed claim with Ford and they are paying for repairs”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Paint is peeling and rust appearing in many areas around doors and wheel wheels”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint spot on the rear door was obviously repaired by the dealer before I got the vehicle. I bought it new. Now the paint flaw is becoming more obvious”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Paint was literally peeling off the rear panel. Apparently, according to the body shop, this is a very common occurence so someone should hold Ford accountable for this”

Jean L., ON (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Due to moisture buildup - rust then caused the paint to bubble up and peel”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Rust on track. Wheel well started after four years”

Thomas G., NY (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Rust is developing in the passenger side wheel well”

Anonymous, DE (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“lots of premature rusting around rear wheel wells. Many Escapes have this rust problem in the same area”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust thru on each rear wheel openings”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“wheel wells and lip of rear hatch are prematurely rusted and this car was rust proofed and paint sealed and cared for in anticipation of long term ownership. Very unsatisfactory”

James D., OH (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Rear side panel hit several times in same spot by Bad Parker in adjoining parking stall. Has now noticeably rusted above wheel well (area about size of cell phone)”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Rust is appearing on the lower lip of the tailgate”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Starting to rust in many places along the back lift gate. Snow accumulates there way too much. Even the glass supports are eroding away”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear wheel well and rear lift gate seam”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Vehicle had to have right quarter panel replaced due to rust and corrosion going through the entire panel”

Mark K., MN (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Rust starting at the top of both back fenders. Started a little better than a year ago. Very, very disappointed”

Lori H., AB (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“We had the car undercoated including sanding and oilling under the doors to remove rust starting in the joints”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Rear wheel well rusted on both sides. Repair shop informed me it was the way Ford assembled the wheel wells. They just crimped them together and that left space for dirt/salt to get in between to cause rust”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Very disappointed about the big patch of rust over our rear wheel well; upper body rust patch is very ugly and I've noticed that many Escapes are afflicted by it. Our dealership would not treat the problem and we got a $4000 body shop estimate to fi”

James S., ON (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Latches on tailgate rusted through Rusting on sunroof, tailgate, wheel wells Note: Live in area with bad winters and lost of salt”

Megan S., ON (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Rust on right rear fender requires $800 worth of body work”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Model flaw which creates moisture buildup in rear quarter panel”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust spots above the passenger side rear wheel well. Not pleased to see rust in a 2009 car this soon!”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“starting to rust above passenger rear wheel”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

“The AC went out. It's a bigger problem on a hybrid than a regular car because the AC is used to keep the high voltage batteries cool. $1500 to fix plus the vent control for defrost, vent, heat also died, another $700”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“problem 3 years ago and was fixed. leaking is still a problem”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“APPARENTLY SOMETHING HAS BURST IN THE SYSTEM AND BLOCKED UP A TUBE SO THE A/C DOESN'T COOL”

Mark G., MI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Air Condition system has been an issue for the past 2 summers and now once again. I have had it into the dealer multiple times, and luckily had purchased an extended warranty. Now for a 3rd summer, no air again. This is a nuisance and difficult to”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“A/C compressor failed. Has not been repaired”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“compressor failed, covered by extended warranty”

Delvin J., AZ (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The bottom rotted of the condenser. Seems to be a common problem. Should be better protected”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“condenser coil leaked at joint. had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“fan motor switch failed resulting being unable to get any a/c to work”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Small evaporator "balls" detached, and clogged the system”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to spend over 700 to replace an evaporator and switch”

Gerard F., MI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“ongoing problem going into 3rd year”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a leak and a part needs to be replaced. It will cost about $1000”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“AC quit blowing cold air. Low on freon and haven't found leak yet”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“The dial for the blower has been fixed numerous times, there are 4 numbers and sometimes it has to go to 3 or 4 to get any air to blow”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Only 3 and 4 work for blower. No 1 and 2. So full blast almost”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Not effective”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Blower fun broke”

Ben W., OH (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I would go to turn on the a/c or even the heater and nothing happened. Then I would park my vehicle and next I would get in the system would work. This happened several times and never fail it would happen on the hottest days of the summer or the col”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“motor that opens and closes vents to route hot air to the cabin”

John M., WI (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heater system

“Lost heat & had to replace water pump after various other fixes didn't work at a cost of $600.00”

Anonymous, NB (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Heater blew cold air on the driver's side”

Earl R., IA (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Fluid was black. Had the system drained and refilled and have had no problems since”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The problem started when the car was still new. I complained about the transmission slipping and jerking for five years. I finally called a Ford representative and was able to get the service manager to keep the car and test drive. They agreed that t”

Brian W., CA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“Slipping transmission on startup”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Automatic Transmission has been sluggish and uneven when switching gears. Sometimes gets stuck for a minute. This has been a problem off and on for at least 4 years but getting worse”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission slips when below freezing outside. Doesn't when above freezing”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Slams into gear from 1st to 2nd gear on cold days”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Common problem, driver side half shaft seal leaks, Ford has TSB kit to replace. Transmission has hard downshifts, and hesitates 2-4 seconds when changing from R to F and vice versa (like backing out of driveway/parking spot). Not a good transmission”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“The transmission was occassionally not getting out of first gear. The remedy I would need to stop change to reverese then back to forward. That appeared to temporily remedy the issue”

Dennis C., ON (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“The dipstick filler tube for the transmission is leaking. It was a hard problem to diagnose and very inconvenient to repair. Lots of waiting for right part. Was misdiagnosed twice, once by and independent mechanic and once by the dealership”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“we have had multiple seals leak, needing replacement”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“the axle shaft seal leaked @ 30,000 mi then again @ 68000, in accordance w/ a tsb”

Frank D., MI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking out the oil fill valve due to high pressure”

Peter S., CA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“over a 6 month period it had three separate leaks from the trans mission area. Each was covered by the extended warranty and cost $50 each occurrence”

Sean D., CO (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“leaked atf fluid from both side seals, and then rear output seal. Dipstick also was cracked and leaked fluid”

R R., MT (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Two seals failed requiring two separate repairs”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side half shaft seal no good. Leak present. Replacement kit from Ford. Problem described by TSB. Not covered out of warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“The transmission dip stick tube cracked, when replaced (at my cost) the replacement tube had design fault, no overflow, leaked fluid, local dealer had to modify transmission (at my cost)”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“The trans was slipping and jerking. When I complained about it, the dealership would reprogram the computer for the trans.This was a temporary help and the trans would go back to the same problem. The trans was eventually rebuilt”

Brian W., CA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“wouldn't shift”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“This appeared to be an issue causing the transmission not to engage”

Dennis C., ON (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

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

“Horrible feeling while driving over roads that are not smooth. Front end feels loose. Has many rattles”

Mark C., IL (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“worn out causing hard and rough ride”

James D., OH (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Had a breakdown in rack and pinion and had to have items replcaed”

Mark K., MN (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“At start-up the power steering did not work. If stopped and re started it sometimes worked fine”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Popping in steering column”

Randy B., MO (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced both front link pins - excessively noisy and loose”

Debbie M., AB (2009 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

“THEY'RE LOOSE I DO SOME OFF ROAD TRAVEL I CONSIDER THIS NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR”

Mark G., MI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“Power steering assist was intermittent which made the car function as a manual not automatic steering. Dealership indicated it was the whole power steering assembly and would cost $900. Eventually received a recall from Ford for a firmware update on the steering, it did not work. Then the did another recall and replaced the whole steering assembly”

Libby D., CO (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The ignition wouldn't work without pushing key in hard and then the steering wheel began to vibrate. It worsened until one morning the power steering was completely gone. The dealership said the whole column would have to be replace to remedy it. Th”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Wear on tie rods & front suspension affected alignment, tire wear. Dealer noticed this problem during scheduled oil change. All repairs were done, and costs were almost all covered by the warrenty we purchased for bumper to bumper issues (yea) local Ford dealer (Southpoint) has been best we've ever dealt with”

Dirk D., GA (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Making noise, needed replacement”

Douglas M., AK (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Needed replacement”

Douglas M., AK (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Its worn out”

Gerald R., ON (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Inner and outer tie rods need to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wheel bearings

“The wheel bearing on the driver side wore out. I replaced both side so that the had equal wear”

William M., PA (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the passenger side front bearing began making noise and when checked it was found to be defective and it had to be replaced”

Marc L., VT (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced axle bushing during the time car was under 20000 miles then again replacing the same bushing at 75000 miles”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

“Power Steering quit functioning on a trip”

L C., TN (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Electric power steering system failed. Coincidentally, re-call was in effect, thus, was fixed by Ford dealer for free. Dealer had checked hundreds, but mine was first they saw which actually failed - they were excited to gain experience fixing it”

Michael W., NH (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“At 149000 miles, I had Wrench advisory light come on and the Escape started limp home mode. It ran just enough with low power surging to get home. I took to local Ford dealer the next day. It started up and they said the test drive it for about a hour. They checked the codes before and after test drive. They could find no problems”

Chris B., TX (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Computer commanded throttle body to select idle power and resulted in unwanted slowing to a stop and inability to move forward”

Bruce M., CA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“This is the 2nd time a Throttle Body has had to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Computer malfunction and repair on 2 separate occasions since purchased”

Anonymous, NL (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

“Leak may have been caused by dealer service putting two time the oil than called foe”

Thomas G., NY (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“The timing cover leaked suddenly leaked 600ml over a 30 km ride (I refiled it after). The next day I brought it to a thrusted garage and it leaked another 400ml over a 20km ride. The timing cover cracked close to a bolt. Over the internet it seems to be a reoccurring problem with the exact same bolt. My mechanic thinks it has been over tightened. I personally know the first owner and this part of the engine have never been worked on”

Anthony C., QC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gasket leak”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Escape Limited Unsure)

“There has been a persistent problem with a slight oil leak from the oil pan. It has been corrected in the past; but keeps coming back. I ensure the mechanic monitors and corrects this problem”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“@150,000 miles it appeared that the oil pan gasket was leaking. I had it checked and it was determined that both my oil pan gasket and timing gear cover gasket needed to be replaced. The cost was $1500 for parts & labor at my Ford Dealer. The leaking has stopped!”

Terry S., DE (2009 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“Oil pan leaking”

Randy B., MO (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Leaks a few drops of oil after very oil change”

Victor P., AB (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Gasket leak at the front of the engine”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced oil pan gasket and front crank shaft seal - leaking”

Debbie M., AB (2009 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

“oil leaks needed to have engine removed to make repairs This was covered under extended warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“oil gaskets have short life and start to leak annually requiring replacement”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Engine mounts

“I DON'T THINK ENGINE MOUNTS SHOULD GO OUT WITH LESS THAN 100000 MILES THIS ONE WAS HYDRLIC AND COST $350.00 TO REPLACE”

Mark G., MI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

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

“Rust started to appear in the joints under the doors, we had to have someone sand and apply oil on the spots”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Glass defects

“Had to replace front windshield due to multiple stray rock hits & subsequent chips in glass. Replacement not as quiet as original glass installation”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

“Ignition Switch wore out”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“THis is the same issue as inability to open lift gate”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“At 53326 miles, the motor for the sunroof quit working and required replacement. Since then, more sounds of water draining. I believe more water is getting past the sunroof seals after it was serviced. The drain hoses needed to be cleared”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Bottom of hatch rusting despite rust proofing. Rear window hatch hinges broke”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Liftgate became detached from rusted hinge, rendering it unusable and a hazard. I was told by repair center that this is a common problem with liftgates of this vintage”

Darin S., PA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Unable to open rear lift gate”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The tailgate has always been hard to work and eventually became impossible to operate. An expensive fix. I probably should have complained earlier”

Eliza H., NC (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear hatch window hinge failed”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“water leak”

David S., FL (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Rust on both sides of the name trim on the bottom of the window hatch. Bubbling in the paint on the rest of the hatch door. Started a little better than a year ago. Very, very disappointed”

Lori H., AB (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“The tailgate latch seized, 3 years after we bought the truck. They had to replace the whole latch system”

Jean L., ON (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Cx”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“tailgate requires monthly lubing with grease for it to function reliably and not rattle”

Anonymous, MO (2009 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

“Replaced Ignition Switch housing by my request. My key would periodically get stuck in it and not turn”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Check engine light comes on. Free reading at Autozone, but $100 to read and give estimate at Ford dealer. Lame system keeping info from the owner of the car, making them pay to get it in some cases”

Chris B., OH (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Lost emission purge switch from gas tank. 80 dollars to repair by self. And approx 1 hour”

Anonymous, CO (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At about 62,300 miles, an emission control light illuminated. The purge valve needed to be replaced. This was a warranty fix”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Car is "capless" occasionally "faults" perhaps due to leaking vac area”

Andrew G., MN (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Fuel cap kept showing a fuel malfunction”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Capless entry. engine light stayed on , and bill states that there was an internal failure of capless fuel inlet nozzle”

Thomas C., OK (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Poor design, keeps indicating fuel cap is loose and sets off check engine light. Related to evap canister”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“Vehicle repeatedly shut off on its own. Throttle body replaced by Ford”

Stephen J., VA (2009 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“The injector devices on 2 of the 6 cylinders failed and had to be replaced”

Terry S., DE (2009 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“Had to get a new no 6 fuel injector”

Thomas C., OK (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Check engine light came on. I took to an auto shop. It needed a new fuel injector and new spark plugs”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“occasionally Engine would "die" after starting up from stop sign”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Gauges

“The led lighted display for mileage and also temp, clock, date has gotten to dim to read in the daylight”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The gas gauge was reading incorrectly”

Lucinda A., CA (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Ballest failed”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Lamps in the third tail light burned out and were replaced”

Terry S., DE (2009 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“water leakage into foglight necessitated replacement twice this year”

Mary H., NH (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Tire sensors replace once a year”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Monitor shows a problem with the tires. Tires are fine. Not even the dealership can solve this issue. This has been going on for a couple of years”

Anonymous, AK (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I HAVE CHECKED TIRE PRESSURE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK. I ADDED AIR, NO CHANGE. EVEN ADDED ONE POUND MORE, NO CHANGE. THE LOW PRESSURE TIRE SENSOR "WILL NOT" GO OUT". ALL TIRES ARE EQUAL PRESSURE”

Armando D., PA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Low pressure light and sound keeps going off. Especially in cold weather. Dealer can not find problem. Ford and dealer claims it could be caused by radio or alternator frequencies. Now in warm weather it is not happening as often”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“warning light came on prior to oil change. At oil change, dealer said tpm on right rear tire was faulty and suggested replacement. Rejected this advise, no problem with tpm since”

Steve B., ON (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I was receiving a false check engine signal. Corrected under warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“My wife's car and she takes care of it so I don't know the details. Something to do with the ABS system that affects the braking, a control and safety thing. Dealership estimate was $5500, about the value of the car”

John N., KS (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Abs module at 145000kms. Cost $2000 to fix”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“It took Autonation 14 days to fix the ABS system because the entire drive train has to be pulled from the car. The Autonation policy is that the mechanic that starts the project has to finish the project. Part were received but the mechanic was working on another car so our car sat for a week with nothing being done. Two things...Autonation sucks and REALLY Ford? You have to pull the whole drive train to replace one part of the ABS system?”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“I have spent over $1,500 getting the brakes fixed and they still don't work properly”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“Brakes needed work, but car had 90,000 miles and is 7 years old”

Mark K., MN (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“after changing to summer tires (new ones) I noticed a high pitched noise coming from the right front wheel”

Donald M., ON (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“The brakes make a squeaking or grinding noise. When we had it serviced, we then started getting a low tire pressure warning guage message on the car”

David O., VA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“leaking”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“not serious just replaced front brakes”

Kathleen K., PA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Caliper replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Braking system was not responding in a normal way. Brakes seemed to be catching, the pedal needed to be pressed further each time”

Anonymous, NE (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Vehicle was advertised as flat towable behind an RV. Turns out that doing so caused transmission overheating and failure”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Full rebuild”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I noted no problems but during dealer service for other problems I was told that a subunit had been damaged & paid 700+ for repair BUT on the next visit 2 new wiper blades were replaced for no reason I no longer use this dealer”

Ronald K., VA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Faulty design lead to excess sloshing of transmission fluid, which then leaked out”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“axel play increase due to problems in the transmission/differential”

C O., TX (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Took car in for oil leak check. Dealer discovered tranny leak too. One side replaced because of seals and gears. Oil pan also replaced. $2400 in repairs done for $100 deductible on extended warrantee which, but the way, CU advises against purchasing”

Robert H., NV (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“The transmission failed, had to be towed in to the dealer and rebuilt”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ford factory built replacement transmission used. It had defective internal seal which mechanic had to replace. Caused the transmission leak. Took over a week to get seal replacement - old seal reinstalled for interim period”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced transmission and added transmission pump. Was out of commission for 7 weeks”

Delana B., BC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“This was part of the modification to repair faulty Dip stick tube. Had to remove Transmission to do the modification”

Anonymous, MI (2009 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

“Major replacement by dealer only - independents will not touch this job for savings - was a reoccuring problem in many Fords!”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“The engine ran rough for months, I took it in several times but the clowns at the dealership couldn't figure it out-didn't occur to them to put computer on it. Took it to non dealer - engine had to be replaced. He did it for 1/2 of dealer quote”

Anthony H., MI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At about 124,000 miles the engine would act like it would stall when stopped. The dealership said the test indicated it was a catastrophic engine failure. Rather than buy a new or rebuilt engine, I just continue to drive it. A mechanic told me I migh”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Check engine light had come on periodically, but mechanics were unable to pinpoint the problem until the faulty exhaust valve created the need for the engine to be replaced”

Anonymous, OK (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Two separate oil leaks in 1) front timing cover and 2)right valve cover”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Cam timing system went bad and had to be repaired. Was still just under warranty so no cost for the repair”

Mike M., TN (2009 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

Driveshaft or axle

“Noise every time the car turned. It took 3 visits and repairs for the Ford dealership to fix correctly”

David M., CA (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
4WD/AWD components

“The pump which drives the hybrid system ceased working. The fuel injectors were changed due to poor performance”

Michael M., CO (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Differential

“The transmission failed to move the car. Ford replaced the transmission”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Transfer case

“One of the gears failed. Entire transfer case was replaced”

Anonymous, CO (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It would vibrate at 70K only”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

“Low speed vibration that would stop around 35 mph”

Bryan E., WI (2009 Ford Escape XLT 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

“CDs sometimes hang up and have to manually extracted”

Anonymous, NM (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“New Samsung smart phones won't pair”

Anna W., FL (2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Frequent when trying to place a call snyc says that there is no connected”

Robert B., WA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“cannot accomplish phone pairing”

James D., OH (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Radio

“The speakers sound like they are being muffled, but I think it is the radio. If I put a CD in then the sound is ok. Very annoying if you like to listen to the news or anything”

Armando D., PA (2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

“COMPUTER FAILED IN THE POWER STEERING AND HAD TO BRING IT IN FOR REPAIRS. CAR WAS ALSO IN FOR ITS 90,000 TUNE UP. THUS AM TO ABLE TO TO GIVE YOU A LISTING OF THE ITEMS THAT WERE REPLACED DURING THAT SERVICING CALL. ALL WERE DUE FOR SERVICING”

Robert B., WA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

“power steering drops out. Heating controls stop working as well as several other intermittent problems. Caused by intermittent diodes in alternator causing voltage to spike”

Stephen P., ON (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Problem keeping the vehicle running and diagnosis proved the alternator was defective. It was replaced with an after market unit”

Anonymous, SC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Simple worn out battery. Was time to replace it”

Mike M., TN (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Starter

“The starer stopped working one morning and after diagnosis, it was replaced by a service mechanic at a local garage”

Anonymous, SC (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“There was no leak from the pump it just stopped working”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“the belt broke and it stopped working, causing the engine to overheat, so I had it towed to a repair facility where it was replaced. It works fine now”

Mark S., TX (2009 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Noise from pump bearing had to replace”

Joseph A., PA (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“the baffles in the muffler feel apart and the noise was loud. there were no external holes or leaks. The Ford dealership tried to install a NAPA muffler and pipe system but it would not fit properly. A complete Ford system had to be ordered, includin”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

“It keeps asking me if I'd like to run a vehicle --- report. I can't get it to stop, nor can the dealer”

Anonymous, NM (2009 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)
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