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#123 of 167 Road Noise
Feb 22, 2008 (8:38 am)
All I read about was how much the new 2008 Escape has improved in road noise? I just purchase a pre-certified 2008 Ford Escape XLT (4WD Auto) and the road noise is excessive. To me it sounds like I have 4WD aggressive tires on it? The tires are the standard Continental tires that come with it but they are really noisy. I had a 2004 Escape XLT before this and it had the same tires but the noise was not even comparable to the new one. I was wondering if anybody out there is experience the same problem. Also it seems like the gas mileage is less than 14 MPG (city). I absolutely love the truck the way it drives and handles and the style of the whole thing but the noise is a bit excessive.
#124 of 167 Re: Road Noise [fravo]
Mar 01, 2008 (2:46 pm)
I rented an 08 4WD with the 4 cylinder this week and kind of liked it. I haven't read all your posts yet so forgive me if I repeat what others have said. I like the fact it's FWD with power to the rear tires in adverse conditions. For small cars I like front wheel drive. Let's see, the mileage was $67 for 420 miles driven, at about $3.40 a gallon so that's about 21 on the freeway. Not too good for a 4 banger. This particular rental had 13,500 miles on it and someone had definitely taken it off-road. The engine compartment was completely caked with mud, top to bottom. That said, I noticed nothing in the way of creaks or rattles. Road noise was negligible. I checked pricing and looked like for about $23k I could get a
base model 4wd. I consider buying it if the mileage was better. The hybrid is probably $3k or $4k more so I probably won't buy one. It was fine for a rental though.
#125 of 167 Re: Should I buy the 08 Escape [pbstlrs1]
Apr 03, 2008 (12:41 pm)
I am leasing a 2008 since march of 07, tranny went pulling a pop up trailer thought the mountains. We were to be gone for 1 month and this happened 6 hrs into our trip. Ford said we would be reimmbursed for our expenses and we are still fighting with our dealership as of april 08.I have had nothing but problems with this car even though I love the way it fits.Has any one slese had problems such as wipers suck,back up sensor not working properly all the time,heated seats heat for 1min then go off for 7 min then 1min on then off,keyless pad not working all the time?
#126 of 167 Re: Should I buy the 08 Escape [csiroishka]
Apr 03, 2008 (2:41 pm)
Yes car fits well and forget about trying to get aftermarket wipers for it..........they don't exist.Siliblade (I think thats how it is spelled) is testing some but I haven't called them lately as spring is here.Its the new technology with the clips and its quite a few 2008 cars..Volvo etc. Heated seats could be better but I am comparing to cars that cost 20k more.I have driven Jeeps for years and the escape (I have 4wd) handles much nicer in the winter.........except for those crap wipers.........that is a serious flaw and Ford needs to look at that for sure.I have had mine for 9 months now and I am pretty happy with it overall.One thing for sure.........if u have cloth seats and u fold them down u need to put something to protect the seats because it marks.Somebody else showed me that.Anyway just a few flaws to mention.Good luck!
#127 of 167 Re: Should I buy the 08 Escape [woogsie]
Apr 05, 2008 (10:23 am)
Wait and buy an 09 like me. The s
new ones will have a V-6 with 30 more horsepower and a SIX speed transmission as well as available sync. I would not be surpirzed if it would outrun a 3.5 Edge at 264 hp!
If you want a deal they are giving away the 08s, but I will wait for the '09 Limited AWD
#128 of 167 Re: Should I buy the 08 Escape [desmo1]
Apr 12, 2008 (9:02 pm)
Whats coming with the towing package I know for the hitch and the tail light cable, but what else ? Thanks !
#129 of 167 Re: Should I buy the 08 Escape [baveux]
Apr 13, 2008 (8:14 pm)
If you are talking about an '08 the only other thing might a bigger trans cooler, but I though I read somewhere that the bigger trans cooler is standard. Go to fordvehicles.com and "build" an '08 escape and click on the explanation of the trailer tow package.
#130 of 167 Transmission Leak and the "Golden Bolt"
Apr 18, 2008 (3:39 am)
My '08 Escape has been in the shop this entire week due to a confirmed leak from the transmission fluid cooler. There appears to be a TSB out for such a problem, which may occur during "extreme changes in temperature".
What is becoming extremely frustrating is that a special bolt is required to mount the cooler, and this bolt is unavailable at any dealer within more than 100 miles of my location. It's on emergency order as Ford is calling it a "high demand part". But, they cannot give me any inkling of a delivery date. I'm really disappointed in Ford that they wouldn't be doing a better job of ensuring that stock exists for a "high demand part" with a related TSB.
Are there any creative solutions to this, which would allow me to get my '08 Escape back on the road sooner rather than later? I really don't know if it will take days, weeks or months to get this very valuable bolt. I've read a few postings from other '08 owners, who have had the same issue. Thanks!
#131 of 167 Re: Should I buy the 08 Escape [desmo1]
Apr 18, 2008 (1:18 pm)
Desmo1, thanks for your suggestion but they mention only Hitch and harness, no mention of cooler or bigger alternator rad, or self leveling suspension...
I really dont know if the escape is the vehicule I should get to replace my Grand Caravan 2006 equipped with a real towing package !!
#132 of 167 THIS JUST IN!!!!!!
Apr 19, 2008 (7:53 pm)
I was stumbling around blueovalforums.com and under the Escape and Mariner forum I found the "order bank" (?) for the 2009 Escape.
The big news is that the 2.5 I4 is available with the 6speed auto on all trim levels, all the way to the Limited! This info was dated 3-17-08.
P.S. The 3.0 V6 is rated at 240hp, not the 230hp previously stated. Sounds like a Hot Rod to me.
Drum brakes still on rear, thogh:-(