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2008 Ford Escape Overview

One of the best selling compact sport utility vehicles gets a face and interior lift, but little else for 2008. Reviewers note that the '08 Escape's exterior sheet metal is more masculine/aggressive; Ford calls it aerodynamic.

The '08 Escape offers the same two gasoline power-train configurations as the 2007 model: a 153-hp, 2.3-liter four cylinder or a 200-hp, 3.0-liter V6, both linked to a four-speed automatic transmission. The XLS Manual features the smaller engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. Reviewers note that the V6 is both coarse and slow off the line, while the transmission seems to suffer from the common performance liability of economy gearing, thus long shift times. New speed-sensitive electric power steering is among the few mechanical changes.

The 2008 Escape includes front and side airbags with side-curtain airbags covering both rows. Completing the safety equipment is the AdvanceTrac stability control system with anti-rollover technology.

The interior is the focus for change. Ford has made an across-the-line brand change with the switch to Ice Blue interior lighting. A new information display features exterior temperature, radio functions, and climate-control readouts on the top section of the dashboard. The capacity of the center console storage is impressive - it can hold a laptop computer. It features three levels of storage with two removable bins, which further expand storage capacity.

New owners will sit on "environmentally sensitive" upholstery. In a U.S. industry first, Ford is producing seating surfaces made from 100 percent recycled materials. The supplier claims these materials will annually conserve 600,000 gallons of water, more than 7 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

Ford tops this off with a changed roof design that integrates insulating materials to make, according to Ford, a significantly quieter cabin.


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Ford Escape Blower

Hello! I have a 2008 Ford Escape. The heat/ac only work sometimes. It won’t blow at all most of the time, sometimes I’ll get lucky and it will turn on. Often times I have to hit a bump in order for...

Torque Sensor

How do I get Ford to pay for torque sensor recall that just went. They say its no longer a recall. How can you just stop a recall on a vehicle if its still running. I didn't own it when the recall w...

Need Help With Anti Theft Light Blinks Fast On 08 Ford Escape

08 ford escape anti theft light blinks fast and car won't start...i disconnected the battery and check fuses. Help


I can drive it my Ford Escape 20 miles go’s good then just stops and have nothing. Turn off the Ford Escape turbot back on then I can go another 20 25 miles.

Whining Noise Only When The Car Gets Warm, Relative To Speed NOT RPM

I have a whining noise coming from a 2008 Ford Escape V6 XLT. The car is absolutely silent when I start driving in the morning. Only when I have driven it for a few miles is when I start hearing thi...