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#1451 of 1617 Re: Electric Assist [mecheng1]
Oct 30, 2007 (5:04 pm)
I'm strongly considering buying the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, but hear that if the A/C or Heater is on that the electric motor will not be used, even when driving less than 25 mph in "D". Is this true? I really hope not.
The person that told me this said that with the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid that either you use full electric or full gas, but never a combination of both. Is this true? I really hope not. If someone could point me to some documentation from Ford that says otherwise then that would be great!
#1452 of 1617 Re: Electric Assist [kedl]
Oct 31, 2007 (2:57 am)
Unless Ford has completely overhauled their system, you use both battery and engine anytime you accelerate beyond that of a turtle. (I own an '06). You can always override the engine shutting down by putting the A/C switch in the "Red" (7 o'clock position); you can't get either A/C or heat if the engine is not running. The design of the hybrid is so the engine shuts down when decelerating below 30 mph. or stopped; this is how you save gas at a stop; and, the reason your milage is better in the city than on the open road.
#1453 of 1617 Re: Electric Assist [kedl]
Oct 31, 2007 (3:52 am)
Who ever gave you that information was incorrect. The system is designed to use a combination of engine/motor for optimal fuel efficiancy. If you get an 2008 with navigation you will be able to see that on the screen, or with out you will see the needle move in the assist/charge. You will still have heat even when the gas engine is off (I live in New England trust me you still have heat or it would be miserable). You will not get A/C unless you have the control in the orange areas of the dial. With the Ford system the A/C only works when the engine is running. Toyota's newer system (2004 forward) can run the A/C with the engine off, they installed an electric A/C instead of a belt designed one. Read a online test of the vehicle ie. Edmunds for an acurate depiction of how the system works. Go test drive one and you will also see that the person giving you the information was not correct.
#1454 of 1617 RE: Electric Assist
Nov 01, 2007 (3:11 pm)
As you may be aware, you can still get the benefit of the electric mode with the A/C switch ON as long as you also have the "Econ" switch also on. (2008) The A/C will not be working once the electric motor engages, but since the electric motor doesn't stay on very long anyway (unless stopped in traffic), the A/C will come back on as soon as the gasoline powered engine cuts in. (That is,assuming the temp you have set is calling for it to come on)
Also, I have noticed that once your gasoline powered engine has heated to its operating temperature and you are traveling on a flat or any degree of downgrade, (one where you need hardly touch the accelerator), if your gasoline engine is still engaged, simply tap or apply the brake slightly, and the vehicle will switch to the electric mode and stay there until the nature of the roadway changes to where more than electric power is needed. (This is the way my 2008 is working, but whether it's normal to let you have this little bit of control, I don't know)
Nov 04, 2007 (6:38 pm)
Does anyone know who makes the Escape/Mariner Hybrid Nav System in the 2008 vehicles? Not Nav Tec, they only provide the data base.
Nov 06, 2007 (2:38 pm)
#1457 of 1617 Re: Nav [mschmal]
Nov 07, 2007 (5:46 am)
Thanks. Do you know which other OEM's have Pioneer systems?
#1458 of 1617 2008 Options and Accessories
Nov 15, 2007 (4:18 pm)
The optional "Audiophile/6-CD In Dash" system offered without the Nav package is not worth the Mfg $695.00 cost. Only if you must have the 6CD in dash factory package should you consider this option. The sound quality however is in my opinion extremely poor. There are 7 speakers, but the mid range (or at least one of the ranges) sounds tinny and distorted. This is in sharp contrast to the factory "Audiophile" option I had on my 2004 F150 Lariat. That system sounded better than the optional systems offered in BMW and Mercedes. I guess I expected the same quality in the Escape, but I am sadly disappointed.
The Ford Escape Keyless Entry Keypad offered only as an accessory on the 2008 FEH works great! It is smaller and more compact than previous models and takes no wiring or drilling to install. Programing is simple (directions included) and the unit is backlit and programed to the same frequency as your remote keyless entry.
You can open just the drivers door, or all doors, or rear glass. Even though the Ford Escape accessories web page doesn't specifically say it's for a hybrid, it works perfect. Should you wish to purchase for a 2008 be sure you order part number 7L2Z-14A626-BA as previous models are different and will not fit correctly.
Price is about $85.00. The one area that is questionable is the fact that the manual says when the battery in the unit goes dead, it can't be replaced. The unit itself must be replaced.-------I don't know if replacing the unit means you must buy a whole new package or what. But then, it may be covered under the vehicles warranty, since genuine Ford parts usually are.
#1459 of 1617 Heated seats
Nov 19, 2007 (7:01 am)
My heated seats seem to be on a timer. They got hot when I first tern them on then cool off, then get hot again, and so on. Is that how everyone elses work or are they kicking a circuit breaker.
#1460 of 1617 Retrofit nav system
Nov 21, 2007 (3:22 pm)
We have an 06 Escape Hybrid with the in-dash 6-disc CD changer. I am wondering if it is possible to have the dealer replace the existing stereo with the stereo/nav system that was optional for 06. I am also wondering if it is possible to replace the stock stereo with the Pioneer nav system that is available after -market. I have read prior posts talking about not being able to mess with the stereo or nav system on the hybrids.
Thanks for the info.