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Great small family SUV
By mrjustin24 on 06/24/14 11:59 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

It still had the truck styling. Too bad the new ones look like space ships. We bought it as a small, safe, family car. It completely served the purpose. It had plenty of cargo space. The seats were cloth and a rough material. Water would leave rings in the material too. However, it was reliable.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Transmission issues
By msgomez1 on 06/04/14 11:30 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Ford Escape SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Back in 2011 my 2008 Ford Escape was found to have a cracked transmission, leaking fluid, etc. This fix was covered under the extended warranty I bought when I purchased the car. Yesterday I took the car to the dealership for transmission issues and was told my transmission was shot and its a $4000 fix. Shame on Ford for doing such a subpar 'fix' job in 2011. I did try contacting Customer Service for some financial help...what a joke...in 5 minutes they decided they could not help me unless there was a recall. BTW if you call and get a 'Dylan', just hang up, he is no help.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Terrible product, terrible customer service
By kwolff1 on 02/18/14 23:58 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Ford Escape SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

We bought a 2008 Escape, we were so excited to finally have what we thought was a great new car. Well that quickly turned into a nightmare. It needed a new transmission in 2013, and now the transmission is gone again. $7000 to fix!!!! Why does the transmission last only a year?? What garbage. Then on top of the product being terrible, we were treated poorly when we took it to Ford AND by the representatives we spoke to at customer service o the 1-800 number. We are taking it to Honda to trade it in like the scrap it is, and getting a car we can actually rely on!!
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Great Little SUV - BUT slippery when wet
By descape1 on 01/01/14 09:59 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I've only owned my Escape for 11 months, and I love almost everything about it. It has plenty or room, all seats are comfortable and it's fun to drive and easy to park. I have not had a single issue with it, except I think it might need a battery soon, but that's to be expected with any car that has 72,000 miles and temps around zero here in the Midwest. My only complaint is I didn't get the 4wd. Even with new tires, the front wheels spin at every start when it's raining or snowing. I'm getting used to the traction control light blinking at me (indicating the wheels have lost traction), but still very annoying. Maybe I have a lead foot for the amount of torque in the V6.
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5 of 9 people found this review helpful
Dangerous
By roslynr on 06/02/13 19:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Ford Escape SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

On May 24, 2013 while driving in the middle of a memorial day weekend rush hour traffic the lights came on in the dashboard and the suv, was not accelerating and just shut down , while trying to coast to the side of expressway this was impossible, I had to restart the truck. Once the suv restarted a short distance later it shut down again forcing me off the expressway. Once I made it home I called the dealership who told me to contact ford and file a complaint. My truck is a 2008 ford escape. After this email I will contact the BBB , this is dangerous to myself and others in traffic. This is a law suite waiting to happen.
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Stop Safely now
By josephcallendr on 05/22/13 16:37 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Ford Escape SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I have been driving my parents 2008 ford escape hybrid for the past 6 months twice i have had the problem where a lights comes on and on the dashboard it says to stop safely now and the engine huts off and i have to coast to the side of the road and turn the car on and off again it is really scary and not safe when that happens
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
TRANSMISSION FLUID LEAK FROM CONDENSER
By ashleyohio on 05/03/13 10:09 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

My 2008 had been diagnosed with a transmission fluid leak from the condenser on May 2 2013. I am 8 months out of my warranty and 10,000 miles under my warranty. This is a $300-$800 repair. The only way to get reimbursed for this issue is after a recall has been published. Only way to get a recall is for about 150,000 complaints to be filed. They must be filed through Ford (1-888-392-3673) and through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (888-327-4236). It take 5-10 minutes for each of those calls and we are steps closer to a recall being issued.
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08 Escape 4 cyl Auto Great MPGs for SUV! Very reliable
By dalebass3 on 04/03/13 07:16 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Ford Escape SUV XLS 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)

Review

We bought our escape with 46k on it and have put 40k on it since. It is a great vehicle for a small family. We are about to have a second child so we are thinking about upsizing a little. These old style boxy SUVs have more room than the newer crossovers I think. Only problem we had was when there was a carbon build up on the throttle body that was making it hard to press the gas. That was easily fixed with some carb cleaner.
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An overall Great car
By j3rry on 01/31/13 08:22 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I had this 2008 vehicle as a company car. I was fortune enough to have no financial association with this vehicle. I rode it hard, and put it away wet all the time. I found that this vehicle stood up to my abuse extremely well. I did have some problems with it. warranty fixed most of them. they replaced something that leaked (Can't remember what, sorry) and my acceleration pedal failed on me once around 15,000km. This was repaired.
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Beware of Ford Escape, Beware!
By ahwilson on 12/16/12 09:44 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I purchased a 2008 Ford Escape in August 2007, and about 8 days after purchase the accelerator cable line broke. The dealer chose to repair the care, even though I expressed concern and worry about keeping the car. I immediately notified National Highway Safety. The dealer could not explain the malfunction. Cable line broke again at about 15,000 miles. This car has multiple problems. Windows freeze, and won't roll up..even in summer. The fabric seats stains very quickly and car offered cleaning of seats and carpet for additional. Every time I presented it for cleaning, the dealer never had appropriate staff. This add-on cost is a rip off. The keys to car wear down. I hate it!
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