Ford Escape Hybrid Valvetrain After 500,000 Miles of Taxi Use.

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  1. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    [​IMG]This Is What A 500,000 Mile NYC Taxi Valvetrain Looks Like

    [fimg=left][/fimg]Jay Sincavage – CleanMPG – July 15, 2015

    This Is What A 500,000 Mile NYC Taxi Valvetrain Looks Like

    If you drove a car hour after hour, day after day through Manhattan as a taxi, you’d expect the engine to be completely haggard right? Look again.

    This is a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid that had been working as a taxi in the Big Apple, as Reddit user NYCTaxiMechanic explains on this post in the ray of light that is r/JustRolledIntoTheShop:

    This was out of a 2008 Escape Hybrid. Its getting all news seals and being put back in and sold as a private car.
    The poster explains that this car’s oil gets changed every three weeks (old Crown Victorias used to get their oil changed every two weeks), and that its brakes only need changing once a year. You can thank the hybrid system for that.

    [FIMG=right],fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/1340609826304441960.jpg[/FIMG]And you may be able to thank the hybrid system for some of the light wear on this engine. The electric system takes a good deal of the city-driving load. NYCTaxiMechanic goes on to say that the Escape is pretty solid, even for a hybrid.

    They’re great. I’ve never seen a cell go bad or a module. I’ve had to crack a few open (only twice) and put new cooling fans but other than that they are perfect. The camry and prius burn battery packs like crazy.
    So if you think taxis are just rotting hulks barely scraping their way down the road, think again. Taxi operators need to rely on their cars for a living, and that means some of the best-maintained cars in the city are yellow with medallions bolted to the hood.

    Photo Credit: NYCTaxiMechanic via r/JustRolledIntoThe Shop
  2. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    I don't see anything in that photograph that proves valvetrain wear was "light." Much of the valvetrain seems to be missing. It's pretty clean, which is perhaps a credit to whatever oil was used---unless it was cleaned up after disassembly.

    Corresponding parts of my Mazda looked just as good at similar mileage, and showed very little wear; so did the cylinder walls.
  3. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    Considering that all they're doing is taking it apart, replacing the oil seals, and then putting it back together so it can be sold... I'd say that's a pretty good car. On a side note I've read elsewhere that these former NYC taxis are being bought up, painted black, and sold to Uber drivers.
  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    What he said about the battery pack is impressive , and what he said about Toyota battery packs a little disturbing.
  5. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    As far as I'm concerned Toyota and Ford packs have a great reliability record. Yes, there have been some Toyota pack failures, but as a % of total vehicles I think that number would be quite low. You have to consider that Toyota has made A LOT of hybrids, probably more than any other manufacturer. Honda on the other hand, has had numerous problems.

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