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#1226 of 1617 Wiper Motor Recall
Nov 13, 2005 (9:23 am)
Has anyone out there heard of a recall of 2006 Escape Hybrids for replacement of the Wiper Motor. We ordered up a 2006 a couple of months ago, and are still waiting for it. At least it has finally made it to the dealer. (At least that's what they say. I haven't seen it) The latest excuse is that they can't give it to us because there has been a recall on the wiper motor. If they give it to us before it is replaced they face a $10,000 dollar fine. I can't find a recall anywhere on the net. The Ford site won't tell about recalls without a VIN number, which I don't have because I don't have the car yet. Just curious whether or not the dealer is stalling. Thanks.
#1227 of 1617 Re: Some question about usablity [tbrakel]
Nov 13, 2005 (2:02 pm)
I can address a few of your issues:
"Will the Escape hybrid stand up to this type use?"
I would think so. And your mileage should be at the very high end of what is possible.
"1. Will it run approximately 30 to 60 min (multiple stop start cycles but rarely exceeding approx 20 mph) on battery during in city operation?"
It will not run that long on battery alone. If you stay below 25-30 mph and accelerate gently, it will run on battery alone until the battery is nearly discharged. Then the engine will start and run both to propel the car and recharge the battery. This is actually quite efficient.
"2. Will the drive train hold up to extensive start/stop cycles? Can the gas engine startup be "over ridden" in an instance where speed between stops would just reach the startup speed (25mph ?) before slowing to a stop?"
The engine normally starts and stops frequently in urban driving. I don't see anything unusually demanding in your driving. You cannot override the decision of the computer to start the engine. But I think you may be focusing too much on running in pure electric mode. The hybrid drive can be very efficient even with the engine running for part of the time. It is designed to work that way. There is virtually no loss from having the engine start briefly. Unused power is used to charge the battery.
"4. Brakes are used more in one day than most people use in a week. Same goes for steering components. Any thoughts as to durability of these components?"
You should get vastly longer brake life. Most braking is accomplished with the electric drive--not with a friction brake. Hard braking will cause wear, but normal braking (front-wheel regenerative) will not. As a clue, I have 21,000 miles on my '05 and it has produced no brake residue on the front wheels at all in all that time.
#1228 of 1617 Re: Wiper Motor Recall [wyogreen]
Nov 14, 2005 (2:22 pm)
Update: Got the VIN number from the dealer. The Ford site shows a safety recall #05S40.
Near as I can find out, it involves a washer and special lubricant. Bye.
#1229 of 1617 Still confused on mpg statements
Nov 17, 2005 (5:58 am)
I am seriously looking at the escape hybrid (2006), and I want to go in with both eyes open. One factor is, of course, the city/highway "real world" miles per gallon. While I realize that "mileage may vary", I am interested to hear from owners as to what they are actually getting.
My use is 20,000 to 25,000 per year, with 65% city driving.
I have read in this forum of owners stating that they have received 33-36 on the highway....please let me know your driving patterns and actual mileage, so I can factor that information into my decision.
Thanks, in advance
#1230 of 1617 Re: Still confused on mpg statements [karlo]
Nov 17, 2005 (6:52 pm)
34 mpg in town or heavy suburban traffic, stop-and-go. If you have a lead foot, reduce that to 32.
26 mpg on the highway at 80 mph and fully loaded.
30 mpg highway at 55-60 mph.
Running the heat or AC in a mode that forces the engine to run ALL the time will reduce those figures. All are for my 2005 4x4.
I have gotten nearly 37 mpg on a long winding trip through hill country averaging about 40 mph.
#1231 of 1617 Re: Colors [dbright]
Nov 19, 2005 (9:31 am)
The six NYC FEH taxis were painted aftermarket.
They were originally white. I saw 5 of them (4 yellow, 1 white) at their garage in Long Island City, NY. And I saw the 6th on the road. FYI they're the FWD model.
#1232 of 1617 To Karlo - re MPG
Nov 19, 2005 (4:28 pm)
I commute to work 12 miles along a busy commuter road (17 traffic lights) in Massachusetts. I'm getting 33 - 35mpg.
When I have gone pure highway, I have gotten 28 - 31mpg. The 28mpg was in a hilly area (Adirondacks). The ability to stay in battery mode has a big impact on mpg. I have owned the Escape since June. I'm very happy with the Escape Hybrid and recommend it.
Nov 25, 2005 (12:43 pm)
ANT14 - "Ford bought some items from Toyota, NOT because they didn't have faith, BUT if someone out there already has experience with a particular item/issue/component, why not just buy (pay royalties) and save time in bringing the product out."
If all of you that only want to bash Ford – not just Ford but ALL American Engineering (we all American Engineers can’t do any thing original) – for what you perceive as "TAKING" something from the Great Japanese Innovators at Toyota and others. You just don’t get it.
The ONLY reason Ford did "LICENSE" some of the components from Toyota was to head off any future lawsuit infringement on these Toyota’s patents. The Engineers at Ford had come up with (On their own) some components that were so close to the ones that Toyota was using, and had already patented, it was just a LEGAL thing – NOT stealing, buying, using parts from Toyota or anyother car manufacturer. Every part in a Ford Escape Hybrid is “FORD” nothing from Toyota or any other car manufacturer – even down to the tires used on the FEH.
Love My All American Made Escape Hybrid