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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars
#1571 of 1617 Re: headlights Ford Escape hybrid 2008 [roni4]
Jun 30, 2009 (10:31 am)
I intend to import from USA Ford Escape hybrid 2008. However according to the European regulations the headlights can be only
HB4+HB3 or H9 and H11. Are one of these types is installed in the 2008 model or in any of the previous models?? "
No one is likely to know; Americans are not familiar with European standards.
My suggestion is that you contact your local Ford dealer and ask him. As far as I know the Escape is not a "world car"; i.e., it was not intended to be used outside of the US. It may not have been tested to European crash standards, for example, and Ford may not even manufacture EU spec headlights.
But the Ford dealer is vital for another reason; the hybrid system requires special expertise from the Ford maintenance folks - a European dealer may not have such expertise. So ask about the headlights, but also ask if they can maintain the FEH to Ford USA standards.
#1572 of 1617 Re: headlights Ford Escape hybrid 2008 [stevedebi]
Jun 30, 2009 (11:01 am)
Thank you so much for your comprehensive answer, It seems that I'll have give up.
#1573 of 1617 importing FEH
Jul 01, 2009 (7:23 am)
I'm not sure you have to give up. From 2005-2008, Ford sold the Maverick in Europe. The Maverick in Europe is the Escape in the US (except no hybrid version was sold in Europe). Simply contact a European Ford dealer and ask about the headlights. I assume the headlights on a Maverick are the same on a FEH. If not, I assume it's an easy job to retrofit with headlights ordered by the European dealer.
#1574 of 1617 Re: importing FEH [hoyafan]
Jul 01, 2009 (5:09 pm)
"I'm not sure you have to give up. From 2005-2008, Ford sold the Maverick in Europe. The Maverick in Europe is the Escape in the US (except no hybrid version was sold in Europe). Simply contact a European Ford dealer and ask about the headlights. I assume the headlights on a Maverick are the same on a FEH. If not, I assume it's an easy job to retrofit with headlights ordered by the European dealer. "
Well, let's hope that is true. Ford currently markets the Kuga in Europe.
The issue I see is that Ford redesigned the Escape in 2008, and I believe that those headlights would be different than the prior years.
Anyway, we agree: see your local Ford dealer!
#1575 of 1617 Ford Escape Hybrid Engine life
Aug 16, 2009 (2:10 pm)
I have an opportunity to purchase a Ford Escape Hybrid - 2007 with 80K miles on it from the company I work for. These are probably mostly highway miles. I like the vehicle and am wondering if this car would last another 80-100K with the appropriate maintenance? I am simply not 100% sold on the vehicle's durability and engine life. Thoughts?
#1576 of 1617 Help Needed- Is Escape Hybrid right for me? Need to make decision.
Aug 18, 2009 (4:11 pm)
I am looking at buying a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid with 26k miles on it- I could purchase it for $24k. I need some quick advice so I can make a decision in the next day or so.
I am a mid-20's female and know very little about mechanics, much less hybrids. I do understand how they work in general, though.
First off, is the mileage and price mentioned above reasonable? Is 26k miles considered "high mileage" for a hybrid- If not, what is high mileage? I want this car to last me for the next 6-7 years.
How long do the batteries last and how much do they cost to replace if needed? What other components in the hybrid that are not in the conventional car are a high cost part to have replaced? It scares me a bit getting into something so high-tech- Seems like it could be extremely pricey to fix in the future.
Is getting a Hybrid really worth it? I drive a GMC Envoy XL now and just want a smaller SUV. All the space I have now is not necessary.
I just need some help- Is it worth it? Is it a costly vehicle to repair? How long do they last- What is considered "high mileage?" I just want to make sure the cost of the car is worth it and that it will be a very reliable car for me for a number of years to come.
Appreciate any honest opinions- Help!
#1577 of 1617 Re: Help Needed- Is Escape Hybrid right for me? Need to make decision. [llh1107]
Aug 18, 2009 (4:29 pm)
not a bad price for an average escape hybrid.there are several variables like 2wd or 4wd,sunroof,leather and overall condition.What state are you in?the factory warranty in california is extended more than other states,even though in any state it is a good warranty! I think you are good if you decide on buying it,I am a Hybrid tech and have personally recommended my family to buy one!I call them my babies because they are awesome,and all of my hybrid owners love them! 10,000 mile oil change intervals,over 100,000 miles between brake jobs,etc.etc. let me know if you have any more?s. good luck!
#1578 of 1617 Random "kickdown" when slowing
Aug 31, 2009 (9:16 am)
I am having a very unusual problem that is becoming a real safety issue. I have a 2007 FWD FEH with 28,000 miles. FYI, the battery pack was replaced at 18,000 miles because the control module failed.
This problem occurs about 10% of the time. When slowing down, in electric or gas mode, at about 12 - 15 mph, the car does a small lurch forward, as if downshifting and speeding up a bit. The anti skid light flickers. Its just like a little bump from the car behind you. The Ford dealer used the hotline that says this is normal when the battery gets 100% charged, yet it happens even when not fully charged. I am not satisfied with this answer and it will be even trickier in winter weather.
Has anyone had this happen or know of a possible cause?
#1579 of 1617 Re: Random "kickdown" when slowing [uvrower]
Sep 01, 2009 (7:38 am)
During the winter, colder periods, the Escape will not use regen braking as much as in warmer climates. Ford has a US patent that applies to this technique. In addition the very instant wheelspin/slip is detected regen will be CANCELLED.
It is NEVER a good idea to have regen or engine compression braking on the drive wheels of a FWD or F/awd vehicle that cannot be over-riden by ABS. VW has just introduced a technique wherein the engine of their FWD vehicles will be up-revved automatically should the driver inadvertently downshift their manual transaxles to a level that results in wheel slip due to too much engine compression braking on a low trcation surface.
When you see the anti-skid light "flicker" you can make a safe bet, a VERY safe bet, that regen has just been cancelled. Very often that alone is enough to alleviate the dangers of wheelspin/slip of the front wheels on a FWD or F/awd vehicle.
#1580 of 1617 How soon....
Sep 01, 2009 (7:41 am)
Will Ford adopt some of the new Toyota HSD features...??
Like extended VVT-i to keep the dynamic compression ratio equal to the static ratio unless the cylinder "charge" is too high for a 13:1 CR.
DFI coming...? When..?