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Ford Escape Hybrid: Great until the HCU died
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By Chuck W
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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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Good fuel economy until temp dropped below 32 deg F; then MPG dropped from 33 to as low as 24. Good for hauling tools and equipment for remodeling projects. Leather seats lasted 11 years with only one tear. At 11 years with 80,000 miles, the car had a resale value of about $3600. Then the HCU went out, leaving the car with approx 10% of its braking power, making it unsafe to drive. The dealership quoted $7500 for the repair, an independent shop quotes $6500, which led to a new car purchase. Not a Ford. I entered a complaint with the NHTSA, hoping that a recall will be ordered.


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Best Snow car ever
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By John Goodson
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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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Sure it's a hybrid and gets good mileage for an SUV, but, the 4WD, with the motor over the front tires and the hybrid battery over the rear tires gives this SUV a low center of gravity and amazing traction on snow. Forget about the chains forever with this car; Oh, by the way, after 100K, the motor is still super reliable. I spent $500 on the 100K service and had to spend $600 on the hybrid fan after 60K, but other than that its just a $20 oil change every 5K. A well-built car with great mileage and outstanding traction.


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Very Good SUV hybrid
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By vincenc08
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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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2008 Kiwi green Escape Hybrid has been a very good SUV. Had is for 3 yrs and 71K mi ...reliability is very good only a few minor build issues. Good interior room and surprising storage with 2 nd row folded down. Gas mileage is over 32 mpg on HIway 33 city. Sotck tire have ltos of road noise after 30K mi. Eco seat material stains easily...hard to keep clean. There is a way to get them replaced but you really have to dig on the internet. Overall a very good SUV if you can live with some minor quirks.


Best Features

Clean dash controls, gas mileage, storage room with 2nd row seat folded, brisk acceleration, value priced hybrid.


Worst Features

Seat material, stock tires


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Escape Diebrid not Hybrid
39 of 61 people found this review helpful
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By scoobykk
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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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This vehicle has the potential to die on you while driving or parked. There are problems with the parts below that you should be aware of before purchasing. Repair is very expensive.

FORD nor your dealership will inform you of known potential problems.

For FORD 05-07 owners, these parts are known to fail so get them checked out before the BtoB warranty expires.

1. MOTOR cooling system water pump pn# (5m6z8c419a) TSB
(Technical Service Bulletin ) # 07-25-12.
2. The Blend air door actuator applications pn# (8L8Z19E616E), will also probably need to be replaced.


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I no longer have any favorite features.


Worst Features

Replace faulty known parts at company expense.


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Typical Ford
9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By CarGuy87
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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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This Escape is a Fleet vehicle that gets a lot of use - 25k miles per year. I was initially very happy when the company bought the Escape. The first winter the wrench light kept coming on disabling traction control. The power steering periodically shuts off, which the manual calls "normal". Recently this triangle light has been coming on almost daily which indicates a serious problem with the Hybrid system. The shift had to be replace after something broke inside releasing the car from park, resulting in a co-worker getting run over by the car. The gas/elec transition is rough, and the gas engine is loud. I understand its feet and it'll have problems - but this is ridiculous.


Best Features

Great sound system, love the blue lighting. Good size vehicle. Good acceleration and handling. Does great in the snow when the traction control works.


Worst Features

Quality! If it can't handle two years of fleet use, what about after five years of normal use?


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