2nd Gen (2008 – 2012) Ford Escape Problems

The 2nd generation of the Escape has a cumulative PainRank™ of 56.74. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? You should avoid this generation like the plague that it is.

Owners of the 2008–2012 Escape model years have sent in 1549 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the transmission (22%) followed by the engine (14%) and the steering (14%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2012 191
32.58
2011 211
41.8
2010 242
50.19
2009 314
61.96
2008 588
97.16

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