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#1458 of 1615 2008 Options and Accessories
Nov 15, 2007 (5:18 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 1615 Heated seats
Nov 19, 2007 (8:01 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 1615 Retrofit nav system
Nov 21, 2007 (4:22 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.
#1461 of 1615 Re: Retrofit nav system [celtviper]
Nov 22, 2007 (4:08 am)
I put in a Pioneer Z-1 GPS w/ a hard drive that can store more than 500 CDs. It has worked for a year and a half absolutely perfectly in every respect. Fits right in, but do have it done by "professionals."
#1462 of 1615 Re: Heated seats [mperski]
Dec 01, 2007 (3:51 pm)
Mine do the same.
Dec 01, 2007 (3:54 pm)
I have the 08 FEH 4WD and don't know when or if it's working. I assume that it is full time All Wheel Drive? The HEV screen on my dash shows power going to the front axle but never to the back. We had or first snow fall the other day and went to "test" it and almost hit a curb trying to turn in the snow. My Durango was full time AWD and that would turn on a dime in the snow with out having to put in 4WD hi. Does the rear axle get power when needed? and does it show up on the nav screen?
#1464 of 1615 FEH in the snow.
Dec 03, 2007 (6:03 am)
FIRST there is NO STABILITY CONTROL. I suspect that your Durango had stability or "skid control" which is why it turned so well in the snow. What you experienced in the Durango is exactly what stability control is suppose to produce.
SECOND the stock tires are LOW FRICTION tires that may have an all season tread but are likly really really crappy in the snow.
THIRD AWD has absolutely NOTHING to do with turning. AWD does not do anything that could help you turn. IN FACT it may make it harder for you to turn. Using all 4 wheels to get you going will get you going faster than the the available traction for turning justifies. Think of it this way. All 4 wheels are trying to move you forward but only the front wheels are trying to turn you. The wheels spin and you go sideways.
You need to understand how the intelligent 4 wheel drive works in the FEH vs the gas only Escape.
Intelligent 4WD is a proactive system and will send power to the rear wheels hopefully before the front wheels are actually "spinning" loose. HOWEVER, what is that power doing at the back wheels? On snow, with the crappy stock tires, you could easily get all four wheels spinning, and that is liable to get you going sideways into a curb.
In the 08 Gas only Escape, the AdvanceTrac system acts as a four wheel traction control. If you are in snow and 4WD decides to send power to the rear axle, the Advancetrac will make sure that the power is controled at each individual wheel so that you don't just get all four wheels spinning. AdvanceTrac also has yaw control to make sure you don't go plowing out of a corner and the Gas only Escape has better stock tires.
I was recently at a Nissan sales training event for the Rogue and they demonstrated to us the difference that stability control makes on an AWD vehicle. On a slipper surface, the Rogue with stability control turned off spun all four wheels and although the car got going it was in a much less controlled manner and the engine was revving away to spin the wheels. With stability control back on, the car got going in a much more controlled fashion with out any of the individual wheels spinning.
One last thought. the light on the dash in the center gauge cluster will light in 4wd mode but this does not show on the screen in the nav system.
#1465 of 1615 Winter tires?
Dec 03, 2007 (3:25 pm)
Has anyone installed and/or have a recommendation for winter (snow) tires for a 2008 FEH?
Both tirerack.ca and costco,ca seem to indicate that the Michelin Latitude X-Ice 235/70R16 are ideal for my FEH. Lots of snow up here in Alberta's Rocky Mountains.
#1466 of 1615 Re: FEH in the snow. [mschmal]
Dec 04, 2007 (7:06 am)
Thanks for the input, I haven't seen the 4wd light come on yet on the dash cluster, makes me wonder if I should have gone for the 2wd model instead. I'll have to do some research and see what makes a good tire for all terrain and maintains good mileage for the hybrid.
#1467 of 1615 Re: FEH in the snow. [jasoncarp]
Dec 04, 2007 (8:56 am)
It is possible that Hybrid Escapes do not have the same 4WD light on the dash cluster. (?)