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#9 of 27 Rusty Seats and bolts - Ford Escape Hybrid
Jun 29, 2008 (11:08 am)
I have a 2006 ford escape hybrid and the bars within the back seats seats are rusty. (I can see them when I fold down the rear seats.) The bolts connecting the front seats to the floor are also rusty.
I live in San Francisco so I am not dealing with snow or salt, and I am not parking the car in the ocean or doing anything out of the ordinary.
Has anyone else experienced this issue?
#10 of 27 Re: Rusty Seats and bolts - Ford Escape Hybrid [pje123]
Jul 31, 2008 (11:58 pm)
I haven't got my FEH yet, but I've seen that in other cars. It's kind of normal- metal that's got iron in it rusts. Yes, it kind of stinks, because it means they didn't use something that wouldn't rust, but a little rust alone doesn't mean you should worry.
Rust comes from having just about ANY water vapor around. What I'd say you should check for is to see if there's any *unusual* amount of water in the car on a regular basis after you drive in the wet. Feel the floor carpeting and see if there's a noticable damp area or something; you might have a drain that's clogged and somehow getting into the car, or a seal that's not sealing.
But... odds are it's just plain normal water vapor in the air, when you get in with your shoes wet, whatever. The rust is dirty and such but it's not a sign that the car is going to fall apart or anything!
#11 of 27 Air Conditioning Problems on Escape Hybrid
Feb 26, 2009 (6:43 pm)
My wife has the 2008 FEH. The Air Conditioner (intermittently) seems to go into "econ" mode –no cold air at all and the compressor is not running even when the gas engine is running and the A/C switch is selected and showing “on”. The local dealer is telling us it's a fleet wide problem. We’ve been to the dealer three times and still no solution. Help or I'm going to have to go after them down the lemon law route....and I love the car but we need the A/C in So Cal in the summer with small kids
#12 of 27 Re: Air Conditioning Problems on Escape Hybrid [helo_driver]
Mar 04, 2009 (12:20 pm)
" Help or I'm going to have to go after them down the lemon law route....and I love the car but we need the A/C in So Cal in the summer with small kids "
Not much help here, but I've had my 2008 FEH in SoCal for a year now, the A/C has never stopped except when I wanted it to do so.
#13 of 27 Rust below front seats
Oct 25, 2009 (3:03 pm)
I bought a used 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid. The second day, I was putting in new floor mats and noticed that the undersides of both front seats are totally rusty! What would cause this rust? The carpet seems slightly damp.
#14 of 27 Rusty underside of seats
Oct 31, 2009 (4:08 pm)
I own a 2006 FEH that came from SO California as a salvaged vehicle., I noticed the rust on the seat rails and bolts when I bought my car in San Diego in 2007. I was out looking at a 2009 on a dealer lot in Edmonton. New car made in Kansas City, same rust problem in similar areas, on a factory new car in a relatively dry climate Alberta. Ford must be getting it seats built by Toyota. Haven't yet had a chance to check out a 2010. Their lowball offer of 4500 for my 2006 FEH fwd which I just spent over 10 grand getting back on the road caused me to go check out the local Honda dealers instead.
#16 of 27 X#!@%$!!?$## Door Locks
Feb 04, 2007 (7:59 pm)
I have searched and don't think my issue is with the lengthy "junction box" thread.
My FEH locks its darn doors at times in ways which seem random. Yes, I can always hit the remote and get in, but I am talking about the times I park, get out, shut the driver's door, and try to open the left rear. It is LOCKED.
Steam begins issuing from my ears.
I have run the routine in the OM about re-setting some lock program or another, but I always wind up
4th down and 20.
Can anyone help?
I want all doors to remain open until I lock them with the remote or the inside rocker switch.
#17 of 27 The doors auto lock at 3mph.
Feb 06, 2007 (10:16 am)
Nots sure how you can turn it off ifyou can..check the OM or call your dealer.
#18 of 27 Re: X#!@%$!!?$## Door Locks [smitty150]
Sep 02, 2007 (11:36 am)
My 2008 HEH door locks are possessed. Period. With about 8,000 miles on the odometer of my fully loaded 2x4, and no interaction with the key fob, the doors (all) lock when you open the door when you’re getting out of the vehicle (!). This all started at about 5800 miles. They sometimes lock or unlock when I’m driving down the freeway (!). The dealer has looked at it and they have determined it’s NOT the key fob transmitters as these can be across their dealership and the doors will still lock by themselves when you just open the driver’s door. They can’t believe it, even though they’re standing right there. It happens about 85% of the time. Sometimes, you park the car, take the key out, open the door, and the alarm goes off. Nice.
I asked them to completely disable the security system because I feel it’s just a matter of time before I can’t get into the car or are stranded in some desolate desert environ. They say they can’t because when they talked with the Ford engineers in Detroit about this (August 24, 2007), no one can come up with an answer as to why this is happening or what to do about it. They can’t even isolate this problem to the security system, which is why they won’t disable it. (Not even sure they can…) At least for the time being, the key fob still gets me into the car.
Oh, and the alarms goes off at the slightest movement when the car is parked. So you constantly have to reset the little red light/button under the steering column. Annoying.
Before I sold my 2005 diesel Super Duty and bought this money-saver, I noticed that the Ford website, on the “build your vehicle” site, did not offer a security system. The printed brochure that the dealer gave me when I purchased my FEH showed that no security system available. Gas motor versions showed “available” in both places. Then they hand me the 2008 FEH $100 key fob with the buttons on it, and the window sticker shows a security system installed. This is just truly curious to me.
We’ve owned some 18 Fords is a row now and have purchased my last 10 Fords in the last 10 years from the same dealer, same salesman (yeah, he loves me). Is there a diesel VW Passat Wagon in my future? Ford, you tell me.
(FYI – here in the Phoenix area, on my 28-mile commute which is 2/3 freeway, I can get about 32 mpg when temperatures are 100 degrees or below, but you really have to pay attention to your driving technique. Above that, I use the gas motor at stoplights a lot and get 28-29. If global warming continues, I’m expecting 26-28 mpg in the hot part of the summer time.)
Any ideas? I may just wait to get my $3,000 federal tax rebate and then sell it if it cannot be fixed. You just cannot be stranded in Arizona when your dash temperature gauge reads 117 degrees. I’d bet that this is going to happen eventually. And that 117 temperature has been displayed a lot lately, regardless of what the “official” temperature is on the radio. I won’t let my wife drive the FEH because of this problem.
(She’s still driving her 500, which Ford never supported with advertising. We're losing our buns on the value of that Limited 500. Thanks Ford. And do not tell me that the Taurus is “all new”. Please … a grill and some new badges and a motor that really doesn't feel any different and probably gets worse mileage. This is “all new”? ... But this is a different rant altogether.)