2006 Ford Escape Hybrid from North America
The transmission hose became detached, drained all the transmission fluid and locked up the vehicle at 189 miles new. Dealer has had the new Hybrid for over a week and isn't readily returning phone calls. Say they will "replace" the transmission.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th May, 2006
Ouch. Sorry to hear that. At least you were under warranty. You can expect Ford to have your vehicle for a couple of weeks... maybe longer. Even with little things, my dealer keeps my Focus unnecessarily long. This is most definitely due to engines becoming more and more advanced. Takes a lot of diagnostic work now.
Anyone who mentions transmission problems or lack of same should also mention what KIND of transmission they have, what engine is attached to that transmission, whether the majority of miles is CITY or HIGHWAY, year of manufacture, and whether they consider rebuilding of the transmission a normal or abnormal occurence and what distance.
I was under the impression that all Escape Hybrids came with the same type of transmission, is that not correct?
You are right... the CVT tranny. Bought an Escape Hybrid a few months backs for the wife. Over 6500 and nothing wrong with the transmission. Readers (and posters alike) have to consider that a lot of these owners have experienced isolated problems. I mean, come on, 150 miles and your Escape's tranny fluid drained? I'm no mechanic, but sounds to me like something loose at assembly or even delivery...
I understand that the Hybrid 4WD does not function in reverse as the rear axle is electric driven only.
Story I was told is that the state of NJ bought 150 for park and wildlife rangers and returned them all as they could not back up in heavy snow.
Can't back up?? That story makes no sense. An urban folk tale like that requires at least a website URL for support.
"Reverse is handled by battery power, which is fine under most circumstances, but I occasionally parked it nose-down on a slight incline, and no matter how hard I pressed the throttle, the Escape dawdled back up at an unwavering speed. The owner's manual says it is limited to 35 km/h in reverse and is electric-only "in most cases", but I couldn't get anywhere near that limit, and the gasoline engine would not kick in"