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.

The 2013 is the first model year of the Escape's 3rd generation and proves once again that you want to avoid the first model year when at all possible.

8.9

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,417 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 132013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 2,417 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This vehicle should be equipped with a single dedicated dash mounted switch for the traction control "off" function. To disable traction control in low speed situations requiring more traction now involves navigating through four dash mounted information screens while using the steering wheel mounted control buttons. A process that requires taking your view off the road for 5 seconds or more and is potentially dangerous.

- Sobieski, WI, USA

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