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#1 of 167 2008 Ford Escape
by steve_ HOST
Jan 31, 2007 (9:24 am)
The new Escape is on its way - please let us know what you think.
#2 of 167 Re: 2008 Ford Escape review [andrei3]
Jan 30, 2007 (8:56 pm)
i wonder if they did the same thing as the '05 explorer? invoice stayed the same, but dropped the sticker price.
as a current escape owner, i would have liked drivetrain upgrades, before styling changes.
interior might be better, but i need to see it without the nav. overall, i still like the escape.
#3 of 167 2008 Escape Drivetrain
Jan 31, 2007 (6:05 am)
The new 3.5L V6 and the 6speed auto is at least 2 years away. Ford simply does not have enough factory capacity for right now to give this to the Escape.
I just hope that the heads that are rolling are the ones that screwed things up.
#4 of 167 Re: 2008 Escape Features
Feb 09, 2007 (12:28 pm)
A few points about other weird decisions made by Ford regarding the 2008 Escape which I drove today.
1. All grabbars have been removed, seems odd given that they have made the vehicle look more like a truck than ever
2. The radio/climate control system is a mixed bag. It includes a "recirculation" button for the first time (how long did that take!) but depending on the setting (even without defrost) it will resort to outside air. The non-nav radio uses a led display panel above the air outlets and thus creates a completely "nonstandard" radio arrangement. I suppose this would not be so bad, but it really sucks if you want to use aftermarket parts (nav kit, bluetooth). Bluetooth is not available directly from the factory (what century is Ford living in?). The nav kit is $2700 and does nothing more than the nav function. There are no slots for SD memory cards so that it might be possible to control MP3s using the touchscreen. There is an auxillary input, so at least that's something.
3. The brakes seemed mushy...
On the other hand, the ride was generally pleasant and the handling seemed good. But then again, that's true for the competition like Rav4 and CRV, both of which get better gas mileage in non-hybrid form. I was set to buy the vehicle, but given the issues raised above...I will have to look at the competition more carefully.
#5 of 167 Re: 2008 Ford Escape [steve_]
Feb 21, 2007 (2:24 pm)
Boy, has Ford dropped the ball on the new Escape. I've liked the look of the Escape for some time, But, it's getting old. And the fuel economy has not been all the great. I've been holding off hoping that the 2008 Escape would be worth the wait. But sadly, it's not. In the looks department, it's taken a big step backwards. How can a company come out with the Edge, and then this version of the Escape? Wouldn't you think that the Escape would follow in it's big brothers footsteps as far as styling goes? But the bigger dissapointent is the power and drive train. I can't believe Ford didn't address this with new engines and transmissions. If I want a small SUV, I'm left no choice but to look to the Rav4 or even now the New Mitsubishi Outlander. Both heads and shoulders above the Escape, and for less. Sorry Ford, I really wanted to purchase American. But you've given me no choice.
#6 of 167 What about the CX-7?
Feb 22, 2007 (4:10 pm)
I would definitely consider the Mazda CX-7 before the Mitsu. ICK.
As for the Escape, at least its short comings will only be with us for about 2 model years.
The 6 speed tranny is definately coming in a couple of years and I hope the 3.5L is as well.
As for the blue tooth, if you can wait a few months, Ford will www.syncmyride.com
#7 of 167 Re: What about the CX-7? [mschmal]
Feb 22, 2007 (7:09 pm)
I'd not recommend anything by Mazda. Their warranty follow-up is the worst in my experience. I've purchased 15 new cars over the last 20 years and Mazda is the hands down winner of the worst manufacturer experience.
I've purchased a Miata and a Tribute. I still own the Miata.
Compare the Outlander against the Escape and you'll think the Escape is 20 years behind. I have no affiliation with Mitsu and do not own one.
#8 of 167 08 Escape @ Chicago Auto Show
Feb 24, 2007 (1:34 pm)
Went to the Chicago Auto Show to look at the 08 Escape(we have a 05 Limited). Very disapointed at the display or rather the lack of one.
Ford had two on display. One Hybird on an elevated platform with the doors opened and a Limited on the floor locked up tight. The Hybird had rear disk brakes and the Limited had rear drum brakes.
One improvement I noticed was no more right hand stalk on the steering column for the wipers. It was impossible to tell if the tilt range of the column was improved or not as you could not get in to try it. The tilt range on our 05 is useless. The interior looked better but is still made of hard/cheap plastic but it did look as if the elbow rest in the door panel had a soft insert. That would be an improvement.
Nothing there to make the wife and me race to our Ford dealer to trade the 05 for an 08.
Ford was more interested in promoting the 08 Taurus (AKA Five Hundred). Just my $0.02.
#9 of 167 08 Tilt wheel
Feb 26, 2007 (9:34 pm)
Seems the same to me as previous generation...IE does not move enough.
#10 of 167 Saw first one today!!
Mar 01, 2007 (9:22 pm)
The pictures on the internet don't do this vehicle justice. I saw a red limited 08 Escape today and it looked very nice. A definite improvement in my opinion..