FYI, the 08 E/M/T have a parking brake pedal now, no emergency brake handle to clutter up the center console...with the center mounted shifter. :shrug: My wife was looking for the handle in the middle as her last two cars had the e.b. in the center. When I told her it was a pedal on the left side like her Crown Victoria and Exploder she was not a happy camper. ;-| She would have liked the shifter on the column as well...resq51kmg365 said:The reson I got a 04 Escape over an 05 or above, is I like the shifter on the column (even though it is obnoxiously long) instead of by the E brake.