2nd Generation (2008—2012) Escape Problems

Escape owners with a 2008—2012 model year have the most problems with the transmission (22%), steering (14%), and the engine (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 114 complaints at an average of 57,958 miles in the 2008 Ford Escape.
  2. Power Steering Failure 112 complaints at an average of 104,097 miles in the 2008 Ford Escape.
  3. Transmission Cooler Failure - Tsb Exists 43 complaints at an average of 45,395 miles in the 2008 Ford Escape.

What Escape Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2012 204 2 34 37.09
2011 216 3 43 41.95
2010 248 5 43 51.66
2009 316 3 41 62.69
2008 595 5 38 97.16

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