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#1 of 22 2008 escape stained seats
Aug 09, 2008 (2:30 pm)
Hi. I've had my 2008 escape for 3 months now, and I see white stains on my black cloth seats. I've spilled water once or twice and got into the car from the rain where the seats got wet. Stains everywhere.They stain very easily. Any suggestions on how to clean them? Also, when I turn the steering wheel either way when starting off, I hear a noise. Like a chirping sound. And when I go over speed bumbs, it sounds like something needs lubricating, both front and back. Thanks
#2 of 22 Re: 2008 escape stained seats [cubbies1]
Aug 20, 2008 (10:48 am)
I never thought I would be reading about cars and problems on a web site, but here I am. After driving GM products my entire life, I had to turn in a Saturn Vue (which I loved, BTW). I was advised to give Ford a try. Even though the engine (V6) was certainly no where near where my Vue was, I somehow liked the Escape (08) on the test drive. I figured I could forgive the lack of horsepower. I have less than 3000 miles on this car, and I absolutely hate it. What caught my eye in your posting was the steering wheel noises. (sorry, I can't answer to your seat issues, but you have my sympathy. Thus far, I am ok with my cloth camel seats.) But the noises? This car is full of noises. The steering wheel, when turning right only makes a creaking noise as if the car were 10 stinking years old! I am considering taking it in but dread getting the strange looks from the same techs who had the car three times to fix another loud creaking noise from the right rear brake two weeks after I picked up the car. It also sounds like the panels on both doors rattle and there are noises coming from the dashboard. I believe I will be taking it in for the noise that bothers me the most, as I am SURE, they will never ever get this SUV to lose all of it's shakes, rattles and rolls.
And yes, I hear sounds going over bumps, exactly like what you have said about sounding like something needs lubrication. The car sounds like it has 100,000 miles on it.
To anyone who reads this: think twice about this vehicle. Yes, it has handsome looks. Those looks are not worth it to someone who likes to drive and enjoy some peace and quiet while driving. I am glad I opted for the high-end stereo, as turning it up to drown out the Escape's noises is part of my sentence for the next 22 months and six days I have left to deal with this piece of crap.
Oh, and those of you who like Vista Blue? It chips easily. Under my normal driving conditions, the front end already has chips out of the front bumper and hood. I didn't realize that I would have to research colors from Ford before I picked up this vehicle. Apparently, I did.
#3 of 22 Re: 2008 escape stained seats [cubbies1]
Nov 19, 2009 (12:52 pm)
Ford is replacing the seat covers on Escapes... I guess the memo went out on Nov 6 - call your dealer!
#4 of 22 Re: 2008 escape stained seats [eamcconnell]
Nov 19, 2009 (1:26 pm)
I did call my dealer. They no nothing about a memo regarding the Escape seats.
#5 of 22 Re: 2008 escape stained seats [keytexas]
by vg33e power
Nov 19, 2009 (2:05 pm)
TSB 09-23-3 CLOTH SEAT STAINS WITH WHITE RING OUTLINE - BUILT ON OR BEFORE 5/14/2009 - (EXCLUDES XLS)
FORD: 2008-2009 Escape Hybrid, Escape
Some 2008-2009 Escape and Escape Hybrid vehicles (excludes Mariner) equipped with Cloth seats (excludes XLS) and built on or before 5/14/2009, may exhibit stains with a white ring outline around them. An updated seat cover is now available to reduce this specific type of staining.
Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition
Inspect the seat cover stain for a white ring outline.
If the white ring stain is present, then replace the seat cover with latest level part. Refer to Workshop Manual (WSM), Section 501-10 Seating Disassembly and Assembly.
NOTE: ONLY APPLIES TO STAINS WITH WHITE RING OUTLINE. REFER TO WARRANTY AND POLICY MANUAL FOR ANY OTHER TYPE OF SEAT COVER STAINS.
***Thought I would help those of you that need this info...yes I work for a dealer***
#6 of 22 Re: 2008 escape stained seats [vg33e power]
Nov 25, 2009 (6:09 am)
My vehicle is a 2008 Escape 2WD XLS. It appears it would not qualify??
#7 of 22 Re: 2008 escape stained seats [vg33e power]
Nov 25, 2009 (6:12 am)
My vehicle is a 2008 Escape 2WD XLS. It appears it would not qualify?? The seats are past the white ring stage. I have scrubbed them until they are just nasty. There is no doubt though that they should be replaced.
I did call the dealership here and they ran the VIN # and came up with nothing, so I'll take your post to them and see if that spurs some action.
Dec 12, 2009 (7:23 am)
Nothing qualifies with Ford. You're going to have to live with the stained seats.
#9 of 22 Re: 2008 escape stained seats [vg33e power]
Feb 27, 2010 (9:19 am)
I just thought I would add to this discussion. I have a 2008 Ford Escape which I bought brand new and like many others have the disgusting stains on all seats. All of my seats have the white stain. The stains started very soon after I bought it. I tried cleaning them but that made them worse. I was so fed up with looking at the disgusting seats that I planned on getting custom seat covers. I'm glad I took the time to research the problem first. After reading the posts on this site I contacted my dealer about the problem. They told me to bring my car in. I took it in today and they bent over backwards to get me new seat covers. They said I was only the second person to complain and I live in a large city. I was told it will take a day to complete the installation and I will be given a rental for the day. I am very pleased and highly recommend contacting your dealer if you have the same problem. The squeaky wheel does get oiled!
#10 of 22 2008 Ford Escape Limited Leather Seat Peeling
Mar 27, 2010 (8:10 pm)
The leather seat in my Ford Escape is peeling. When I contacted the dealer they said it was my problem. The only thing that has touched the seat is my pant covered leg. Has anyone else experienced this?