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2013 Ford Escape
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2013 Ford Escape has been in the news quite a bit and for all the wrong reasons. Within a few months of its release the SUV was recalled three times, twice because of engine fires.
In July 2012, due to a fuel line that could split and leak, Ford told owners to park their cars because even driving to the dealership for repairs was deemed too dangerous. Instead, in a somewhat unprecedented move, Ford sent tow trucks to pick up the affected vehicles and handed out rental cars while the owners waited for repairs.
A few months later the Escape was recalled again because antifreeze could leak out onto the engine due to a freeze plug becoming dislodged. As the coolant hit the hot engine there was, once again, a threat for fire.
Worst 2013 Escape Problems by Category
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- engine problems47NHTSA complaints: 199
- interior accessories problems32NHTSA complaints: 8
- body / paint problems17NHTSA complaints: 23
- windows / windshield problems16NHTSA complaints: 2
- electrical problems10NHTSA complaints: 63
- fuel system problems10NHTSA complaints: 31
- transmission problems10
- steering problems7NHTSA complaints: 15
- AC / heater problems6
- suspension problems6NHTSA complaints: 4
- brakes problems4NHTSA complaints: 24
- cooling system problems4
- lights problems4NHTSA complaints: 6
- exterior accessories problems2NHTSA complaints: 12
- drivetrain problems1NHTSA complaints: 36
- exhaust system problems1NHTSA complaints: 1
- seat belts / air bags problems1NHTSA complaints: 40
- wheels / hubs problems1NHTSA complaints: 8
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 19
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