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#128 of 167 Re: Should I buy the 08 Escape [desmo1]
Apr 12, 2008 (10:02 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 (9:14 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 (4:39 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 (2:18 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 (8:53 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:-(
#133 of 167 whats wrong with drum brakes ...
Apr 23, 2008 (5:27 pm)
I wonder why certain peoples complain about the return to the drum brake on the 2008 Escape. Thats all we need at the rear, the rear brakes are almost useless, more than 70% of the braking is done at the front.
Less maintenance , components like the shoes have a much longer life, no dust on the wheel, better and simplier hand brake sytem , ok the are not cool but the are reliable and cheap to maintain.
Tell me what the disc brake are giving me that the drum brake aren't ? Trouble ? you bet !!
#134 of 167 Re: whats wrong with drum brakes ... [baveux]
May 11, 2008 (6:20 pm)
You are absolutely right, See so many ecno box cars with rear disc, but why, cars are light. Its all about the cost to replace them at the dealer, more than drum brakes. Had a Cavalier with rear drums, never had a problem, stopping was more than adequate. Its all about an expensive repair and appearance.
#135 of 167 Re: whats wrong with drum brakes ... [nifty56]
by steve_ HOST
May 11, 2008 (6:58 pm)
I prefer rear drums too for all those frugal reasons. The original drums on my minivan are fine at 124,000 miles.
#136 of 167 Front end rattle 2008 Escape
Sep 03, 2008 (12:51 pm)
Just purchased a 2008 XLT with 21k on it. Brought it to the dealer because of a rattle on the driver's side. They replaced the strut mount...same, then said that it was the clips that held the calipers in place, not covered under warranty..still the same noise. I hear it when going over dirt roads...rattle that would drive you crazy. They now say that they have to check with Ford Engineering because they can't figure it out...any ideas...anyone!!
#137 of 167 Intermittent Problems Starting 08 Escape
Sep 09, 2008 (1:47 pm)
Has anyone else experienced the following problem?
I bought an XLT 4WD V6 model in early June. 3 times since then, I have gotten into the truck, put the key into the ignition and turned it to start it. Everything comes on - lights, radio, windows, etc - except the engine does not turn over. It makes no clicking noises or any other indication that I'm attempting to start the vehicle. I did try to jump start it the first time it happened, though I knew it was unlikely a battery problem since everything but the engine worked fine when I tried to start it. The first time this happened I'd been driving it around for an hour or two, then parked for a few hours, and it would not start for nearly 30 minutes. The second 2 times this happened I was in my driveway and it would not start for over 4 hours. But when I went back to it several hours later it started just fine as though nothing was wrong. Each time car was in park. Once I had the door open.
Dealer is giving me the run-around, saying that because they can't reproduce the problem they won't fix anything, and aren't authorized to replace any parts they can't prove are broken. Talked to a mechanic friend of mine who suggested they look at the parking switch (that tells the car it's in park) and the ignition switch - service desk lady is now talking to service manager about my suggestions, though she was clear that she was reluctant to ask them to spend any more time on my truck (might have implied it was a waste of their time, I tried nicely to explain that spending a few hours of their work was worth avoiding the possibility of me being stranded somewhere).