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#72 of 255 Re: Escape 08 stained seats [keytexas]
Dec 11, 2009 (5:35 pm)
I recently purchased a 2008 Ford Escape with fabric seats. I made the carnal sin of allowing spots of water to touch the seats while tossing in the newspaper. The next day it looked as if a bootle of soda had spilled . The effort to clean this off only caused more issues until I cleaned off the entire seat using foam cleaner. Of course I'm afraid to go out in the rain and re-enter the car for all the seat damage that will occur. How ridiculous is that? I found this forum which confirmed the problem is rampant. If I can be put on a list of dissatisfied buyers,put me down! Unbelievable.
#73 of 255 Hold on, Not so fast....
Dec 12, 2009 (3:51 am)
When I read above about the TSB Ford had issued on the Escape Seat Staining problem, I went right over to my local Dealer. I had complained with no results when it had 25000 miles on it, and was just over a year old. Still under Warrenty. Now it has 43,000 miles on it, and the Warrenty is up. The Ford Dealer spoke with Ford, and they looked at the pics. from when it was a year old. They say they dont see the white rings around the stains in the pics. Now, the Rings are CLEARLY visable, but because of the mileage, They are not going to replace them. As alot of you have stated these stains also come in an ugly Babys^%t brown. Some of which I have also. Not Pretty, and the first thing you see when you get in the vehicle. So basicly Ford admits fault in their product, but when I;ve complained since the vehicle was nearly new, UNDER WARRENTY this was their fabric, They say my stains appear to be from use. Give me a break. I even have a dark stain on my headrest! I said to the dealer, That didnt come from anything I put in my hair!!! Thats for sure. He had no reply. I think their splitting hairs here, Trying to keep their outlay of Coverage minimal. So case closed. NO NEW SEAT COVERS FOR MY 2008XLT ESCAPE. So its not such a sure thing. This will definately be the last Vehicle I ever buy from Ford, And I tell everyone who asks about the Vehicle about my displeasure. Its too bad, I like to buy American, in the hopes of keeping Jobs HERE. Thought this info might be useful to some of you in the same place with your mileage. I wish everyone luck. There's another active Forum on this same issue. The exact TSB info is there posted, as well as another bunch of dissatisfied people. Go to www.ford-forums.com. I would post the exact link, but its too long to fit on one line here. I dont think it will work
#74 of 255 Re: Hold on, Not so fast.... [oldbottleman]
Dec 12, 2009 (4:51 am)
Dear Oldbottleman, I was just wondering if you have those wonderful Continental tires on your Escape too? We too are so dissatisfied with our Escape, it only has 28,000 miles on it (also a 2008) and all 4 tires need to be replaced because they are all severely cupped already!!! We had that car in every 5,000 miles and had the tires rotated, so that just tells me that the dealership was rotating bad tires. They claimed that it happened from hitting potholes or a curb. My husband was always commenting on how loud the inside noise was, but I didn't think it was that bad, until lately. I drove home to Mom's in Ohio with one hand over my right ear because it was so loud!!! We had to have the leaky transmission problem fixed, although that was still under warranty, but the tires are our problem. The car is so loud because of the tires, it is deafening and you can't even hear the music!! I had the stains all over my seats, and I got the Turtle wax foam cleaner with Oxy in it. I sprayed the whole seat, so that it looked completely dark, and then wiped them down with very hot water and a rag. When they were dry, I Scotchguarded the living crap out of them and hoped for the best. So far they look pretty good, but we will see. I actually don't care if the stains come back, I want people to see what a piece of s**t my car is so maybe they won't buy one. We are done with Ford forever!!!!!!!!!! Once that warranty is up, (my husband bought the 5 yr. total wrap warranty) that piece of nice looking junk is getting traded in!!!!
#75 of 255 Re: Hold on, Not so fast.... [marypal]
Dec 12, 2009 (7:06 am)
oh, great. my front seats are being replaced (but no the back one that has that brown staining) and now i have to be concerned about the tires? they actually get a very good rating from consumer reports. when did you start having problems with them? my 08 XLT has 21k miles on it.
just looked up consumer reviews on this tire. almost everyone hates it. overall complaint: they wear out way too fast. thanks for the heads up!
#76 of 255 Continental Contitracs suck...recommendations for replacement tires?
Dec 12, 2009 (7:17 am)
in the escape seat complaint thread, someone mentioned that her continentals have had big problems. so far, i've been ok with mine, but with mileage at 21k, i could start experiencing problems. what would you out there recommend for replacement tires? i live in NH, so snow and ice are a factor.
#77 of 255 Re: Hold on, Not so fast.... [mariposa7684]
Dec 12, 2009 (8:22 am)
The tires are junk, making the car very loud! The transmission leaked within the first 3 months I had my 2008 Escape as well but was repaired under the manufacturers warranty. My seats are a complete embarrassment and I have been to Ford's corporate office about it as well - twice! The first time customer service sent back a form letter saying they would prefer to talk on the phone, so I called. Then I was readily dismissed because I was past warranty. No consideration by Ford in regard to the horrible fabric used in the vehicle. The TSB was an interesting development but I haven't heard of any success by anyone managing to get a dealers service department to act on that. Also, TSB is not listed on Ford's website area where the current TSB's are listed.
I won't buy another Ford again either. I am about to put $550 worth of new tires on the Escape so it can be inspected. Can't wait to see the inspection techs face when he gets a look at the front seats of the car where it looks as if very unmentionable things have taken place there, the result of a recent snow we've had.
Ugh, I'm totally fed up!
#78 of 255 Re: Hold on, Not so fast.... [mariposa7684]
Dec 13, 2009 (12:52 pm)
We started having problems with the tires quite a while ago. My husband was always driving and complaining about the inside noise, I didn't notice it nearly as much as him, but other people would ride in it and comment on how loud it was. Just watch for your tires to cup. They said that it happens from the car being out of alignment, but for as long as my husband thought that it was too loud, it must have been out of alignment when we bought it. We just went yesterday and put new Michelin tires on it for about $800, Merry Christmas to us!! It sounds so much better, now we can hear where all the wind comes in the car.
#79 of 255 Re: Hold on, Not so fast.... [keytexas]
Dec 14, 2009 (7:29 am)
my transmission leaked, too. the dealership admitted to the defect (they had just replaced the faulty part on a fleet of escapes). until they were able to get the actual TSB on the seats, i didn't have any luck on their acknowledging the problem. i was surprised they had the bulletin as, like you, i didn't see it posted on their website. i will definitely keep my eye on those tires. i bring the car in every 7500 miles for an oil change and tire rotation. i'm already researching different brands of replacement tires and keeping my fingers crossed that these continentals stay decent past the 21k i have on my ford. thanks for the heads up!
#80 of 255 Hold On, Not so fast...
Dec 14, 2009 (1:39 pm)
I am currently looking into buying Leather seats out of a wreck at a Junkyard. You have to get all the airbags reset though if they have gone off. I'm told this can be costly. Have seen some grey Leather Seats, but not the Camel Color. It may run my 5-700 bucks to do this though. Dont know if I can stomach that. May try what others have said, and soak the whole seat with cleaners others have mentioned, and hope for the best. They really cant look much worse. I also have the Continental tires on my Escape. I have rotated them faithfully, and watched pressure closely. I have always felt they made alot of Roadnoise, and others have commented on it. They do seem to break traction easily as far as Hidroplaning. The Tread is getting down there, especially considering the Crazy roads I drive on, and how much snow we get. I wont buy another set for sure.
I wasnt going to get into my Transmision issue on here, but in a nutshell, With no indications there was trouble, My Transmision went from fine to undriveable in about 50 miles. This was at 32,000. Luckily I got home. Called Dealer, they got it on a flatbed, Called to say a main seal had gone, leaked all the fluid out, and they were going to put in a RE-MANUFACTURED Tranny in my Escape. A week later I got it back, and have not had a problem yet. I never saw a drop of fluid anywhere I park. I left work that day, and there was no fluid in my spot. This coming summer I will be towing an 1800 LB Boat. Will see how it likes that. At least theres a 5 yr 60,000 on the Transmision. They gave me no problems.
Thats just like them to replace only the seats with the ring, and not do the ones with brown stains. I thought was losing it, as these stains just started appearing from nowhere in a new car. These brown stains are surely their issue as well.
#81 of 255 Here I am with my story
Dec 21, 2009 (1:31 pm)
These vehicles looked so good on the lot, didn't they? I am not having transmission problems, but I AM suffering with the HOPELESSLY STAINED SEATS and the tire issue. However, I don't blame the tires; there appears to be excessive negative camber on my front driver's wheel. (They aligned it - didn't fix it) I'm on a second tire on that wheel and it has now cupped too and it makes a horrible reverberating road noise with each revolution, being most irritating between 45-60 mph. Two other issues that are driving me insane are that the driver's window is rubbing something inside the door and making a squealing noise as it goes up and down, and the serpentine belt chirps on acceleration with the A/C engaged. I have also heard other Escapes/Mariners/Tributes do this as well, seemingly only the 2.3 L4 powered ones do this. I am currently conferring with Ford and if I don't get satisfaction I'm making a mini-documentary and throwing it on YouTube.