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#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..?
#1581 of 1617 Ford Escape Hybrid - coupons, tips, maintenance online @ Fordowners.com
Sep 15, 2009 (10:38 am)
I mentioned this in other forums, but felt it was worth repeating... If you own a Ford Escape Hybrid (or any Ford car), you should enroll in the Ford Owners (http://www.fordowner.com) website. Its everything online, and allows you to keep track of your carsí complete maintenance records, calendar/mileage of recommended maintenance, and tons of coupons to use when you have your car checked at a Ford dealer.
#1582 of 1617 New tire suggestions
Sep 26, 2009 (2:52 am)
Our FEH needs new tires. What do you recommend for a quiet tire? Are there tradeoffs for this?
#1583 of 1617 Re: New tire suggestions [imcookn]
Sep 26, 2009 (4:59 pm)
Bridgestone Turanza summer use only.
#1584 of 1617 Ford Escape hybrid flexfuel
Jun 06, 2009 (4:23 pm)
#1585 of 1617 escape hybrid flexfuel
Feb 05, 2007 (10:49 pm)
A while ago there was some hoopla about a E-85 ford escape hybrid. anyone hear of anything recently?