2nd Generation (2008—2012) Escape Problems

This generations ranks 100th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and will be a constant headache to anyone who owns one. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (22%), steering (14%), and the engine (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Cooler Failure - Tsb Exists 43 complaints at an average of 45,395 miles in the 2008 Ford Escape.
  2. Loss of Second and Fourth Gear 22 complaints at an average of 97,889 miles in the 2008 Ford Escape.
  3. Power Steering Quits While Driving 30 complaints at an average of 103,960 miles in the 2009 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 36.93
2011 216 3 43 41.8
2010 249 5 43 51.51
2009 316 3 41 62.54
2008 595 5 38 96.95

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