Ford Territory 2008 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Ford Territory 2008 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Does the 2008 Ford Territory RWD have electric steering?

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Sep 2020

Ford did, in fact, upgrade the Territory’s power-steering system to an electric set-up in the name of improved fuel economy, but that didn’t happen until mid-2011. As such, Rodney, your 2008 Territory still uses conventional hydraulic power-steering.

While the fuel consumption benefits of electric power-assistance are clear, keener drivers generally prefer a conventional hydraulic set-up for the extra feel and feedback it offers through the steering wheel. But it’s a dying technology and just about all new car designs feature electrical assistance.

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How much can my Territory tow?

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Jun 2018

750 kg with a trailer without brakes, or 2300 kg with a trailer that has brakes.

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Best budget 7 seaters?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 May 2017

The used Captiva does appear to be great value, but their shaky reputation for reliability would lead me to consider other options. The Territory would be a better bet, but they are known to have electrical and front suspension issues in the long-term.  If you're after an SUV, a seven-seat 2006-12 Mitsubishi Outlander is smart buying at the moment, but if you're just after the seven seats, I highly recommend taking a look at a 2008-13 Kia Rondo. These represent excellent value at the moment. Hope that helps, and keep us posted with your progress.

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Territory ignition switch failure

Answered by CarsGuide 9 May 2014

This is not uncommon. Ford chose not to service the ignition switch separately, so when it fails the only option left to owners is to replace the whole assembly and considerable cost as you found out. I can only assume they did to save money on the stock of spare parts they carried.

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Blown switch in steering assembly unit

Answered by CarsGuide 4 Jan 2013

Try an auto electrician, they might be able to repair the switch, or might even be able to source the switch from overseas if they can identify. The problem, of course, is that Ford Australia doesn't stock it as an individual part, only as part of an assembly. Unfortunately that's what the car business has become, and dealers are now mostly part swappers, not repairers.

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Ford Territory differential bushes

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Apr 2010

I have had reports of others needing diff bushes, from what I can determine it's not an uncommon fault in the Territory.

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