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May 26, 2008 (4:38 am)
I purchased a new 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 2wd about six months ago. I am very happy with the vehicle. It looks good, gets good gas milage, we had a large SUV before. My only complaint are rattles and the wind noise!
My Escape has a high pitched squealing wind noise when driven at freeway speeds, that is worse when it is windy outside. The noise seems to be coming from around the dash area. I have had into the dealer two times to see if they could figure out what was causing the noise, I even took a Ford technician out so he could hear the squealing noise. They have not been able to find out what causes the noise. I wrote Ford Customer Service and asked them if they had heard of this problem in any other Escapes. They replied that my dealership is not at "liberty to find this abnormality" and they instructed them not to look for the wind noise anymore, Basically they told me tough luck, if it is that bad, trade it in for something else. Has anyone else had this problem?
#119 of 149 Re: fsbartlett [fsbartlett]
May 28, 2008 (2:14 pm)
I had put 15k miles on my 2008 FEH FWD since last May. I did not experience the excessive wind noise on highway. Actually, the FEH has less wind noise than my 2005 Explorer Sport Trac. I can hear the electric motor wining when accelerating, but it is not an issue for me. Following are something that I can think of:
1) Does windshield wiper (non-OEM) introduce noise
2) Does windshield leak air through cracks between glass and vehicle body?
#120 of 149 Re: fsbartlett [dhuang2]
May 28, 2008 (8:43 pm)
The dealer has replaced the windshield wipers in hopes of getting rid of the wind noise, but it didn't work. They also thought that windshield might be leaking air between the glass and vehicle body, but nothing was tried to seal up the window to see if that got rid of the noise. Ford's stance now is, and this is from corporate, that they tried and they are not going to try anymore.
The noise when it happens is like a high pitched screeching noise, like a fan belt slipping, or high pressure air blowing across a small hole. I will keep looking, thanks for the ideas.
#121 of 149 Re: fsbartlett [fsbartlett]
Jul 09, 2008 (3:32 pm)
Before a recent trip to Arizona for our daughters wedding, I resealed the windshield with silicone and the wind noise went away. I contacted Ford to let them know that I had fixed it after they refused to look for the problem and they have yet to respond.
Aug 04, 2008 (4:51 pm)
A reporter with a large financial magazine would like to speak with hybrid owners and their experiences. If you are a hybrid owner, please respond to ctalatiedmunds.com with your daytime contact information no later than Wednesday, August 6th.
#123 of 149 Re: Press request [KarenS]
Aug 20, 2008 (6:31 pm)
I was also surprised to find that my 09 FEH (w/o Nav) did not include a simple homelink garage door feature and the little compartment up by the sunroof now is for sunglasses so you have to velcro your garage door opener somewhere. Wierd.
I love the MS Sync system - works great with the ipod - who would have thought that MS and Apple worked it out.
I hear from the service guys at Ford that that when the "plugable" model comes out they might issue a retrofit kit for our models. That would be cool. He also mentioned some chip that one could buy (and void the warranty) that extends the electric mode.
#124 of 149 '09 Ford Hybrid...First Impressions
Aug 23, 2008 (6:16 pm)
My wife and I picked up our '09 FEH two weeks ago. We previously owned a 2002 Toyota Hylander Ltd. The price of a new hybrid Hylander was out of reach. So far we are quite pleased with the purchase, but as the salesperson suggested, it is a different driving experience. In the first few days we we're confused as to when the car would switch in and out of electric mode, but now we're getting the hang of it. As my old high school physics teacher would say..."Don't underestimate inertia". We've learned that under the right conditions we can tool along at 60 KPH without the gas engine kicking in if we engage cruise control. Excellent. The fit and finish are good to excellent although the seat leather in the Toyota was superior to this very "leatherette-like" Ford leather.We love the navigation system and SYNC; our cell phones paired up without a hitch. We opted for the chrome package and it's a head-turner.
My only negative is that I dearly miss those two extra cylinders on the occasional unavoidable highway drives. The transmission really labors between 100 - 120 kph.
Too early for mileage reports.....we'll report when we have some reliable figures.
#125 of 149 Fourth Ford in a row...first Hybrid
Nov 01, 2008 (10:17 pm)
I bought my first Ford (Mercury Lynx Wagon) in '82. It averaged better than 35 MPG and went 185,000 miles before we sold it in "89 to purchase our second Ford (Taurus L Wagon). It was driven 160,000 miles until '96 when we purchased our third Ford ('96 Taurus LX Wagon). Now with 191,000 miles on it we have made a purchase of a used 2007 FEH with 12,000 miles on it.
We wanted the newest tech and gobs of gas mileage and I believe we have both it this vehicle. When driven carefully and using the electric motor in town the mileage can be astounding. Using side streets rather than the main throuoghfares here in Ogden, Utah I can achieve 50+ mpg on trips to the market, school and to the freeway. A trip in the freeway over to Clearfield and back home still left me with 38.3 mpg.
There were two on the lot last week when I bought this and I'm seriously thinking about buying the other one. It has plenty of power, economy is stellar, usefullness is tops (I have a small tent trailer that weighs about 500 lbs loaded), and even my lead footed wife is hard pressed to get less than 35 mpg on her commute to West Valley City each day.
It was used, so if anyone has a source for an owners manual ofr less than the dealer's $35 let me know.
#126 of 149 2006 FEH "Wrench" light
Jan 19, 2010 (6:19 am)
We've not had any serious issues with the vehicle, but now the "Wrench" light is coming on, mostly under 'stop & go' condtions and when it's warm outside or when my wife's running the heater.
One other time it was acting like this, the battery vent door actuator was the problem, and was replaced.
Has anyone else encountered this problem, if so, any other recommended fixes beside replacing the actuator?
#127 of 149 Re: Fourth Ford in a row...first Hybrid [russrdh]
Jan 19, 2010 (9:10 am)
"It was used, so if anyone has a source for an owners manual ofr less than the dealer's $35 let me know. "
You should register on the Ford owners site. I have a soft copy, but it is for the 2008.
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