Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 22
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,791 miles

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 11 of 13)

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problem #45

Aug 282013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 15,029 miles


While sitting in a drive-thru with my foot on the brake, car lunged forward. It feels as though someone hits you from behind.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #44

Aug 142013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The engine air filter assembly is cracking at the holding screws. I notified Ford and they refuse to honor warranty. Regional customer service mgr. [xxx] for Ford based in phoenix is denying claim information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #43

Aug 122013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 9,244 miles
After driving a 1/2 mile from my home my 2013 Ford Escape overheated and said "stop safely temperature high" or something to that extent. The vehicle then became inoperable and I managed to coast to a safe location. The coolant cap had exploded off the tank and my motor was covered with fluid. The dealership keep my car for 5 days and could not find a diagnosis but they did manage to add 100 miles to it and use all my gas. Presently the vehicle smells like burnt coolant while driving it and now idles high in park. I am afraid to drive the vehicle for safety reasons. Ford has not offered any resolution or help. I'm not sure what to do. They say my VIN wasn't part of the recall but I find that hard to believe and I am driving around in a ticking fire hazard.

- Evadale, TX, USA

problem #42

Aug 152013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 14,986 miles


I started the car and an "engine fault failure service now" came one. When trying to back up it would idle very roughly and jump forward. When you turn it off and re-start it, it works fine again. This is the 2nd time this has happened to this car. It was just serviced last week for the exact same issue and a map sensor was replaced.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #41

Aug 122013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 14,100 miles
Twice, while backing up, the engine has stalled. There is no hesitation or warning from the engine that a stall is imminent. The engine just cuts off. Car will restart fine with no issues. It happens either when the engine is warm or cold.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #40

Aug 072013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 6,171 miles
Was driving on manetto hill road in plainview, NY when vehicle stalled. No power to the accelerator. Kept pressing the gas, and the car didn't move. No warning chimes, no appearance of anything wrong-radio was playing, ac, etc. Was able to pull over (roll to the side of the road), put the car in park and restarted it. The computer then showed "engine fault service now" drove to a local gas station, though the car was bucking and difficult to drive. Car was then towed to dealership service station. Have learned that there are multiple tsb's issued for my car, but no recall. Parts are not available so the car remains at dealership service station. I was lucky I was not in rush hour traffic or on/getting on or off a highway when the car died. I shudder to think what would have happened then.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #39

Jul 212013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 3,900 miles


First thing in the morning, after car was off for more than 10 hours, I started car to see engine fault service now" error. Backed a few feet out of garage, turned off vehicle. Turned vehicle back on about 5 minutes later. No error. Drove car for about 10-15 minutes. No problems. Turned car off. Restarted car 70 minutes later to see engine fault service now error appeared again. Drove car for 10-15 minutes with hesitation, lurching and nearly stalling. Turned car off. Took to dealer next day. They could not see the error in the computer.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #38

Aug 032013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 7,400 miles
While driving the vehicle engine stalls. No lights, no warning, if gas is not accelerated I have lost engine 4 times. 3 times it wouldn't start while parked, and 4 additional times while driving the engine stalled completely, no warning on the expressway in Chicago. I drove straight to dealer and left it there, had to put car in neutral if I let off the gas in order to rev engine to keep from stalling a 5th time. This has happened over and over the last few weeks. The dealer (fair oaks Ford, naperville, il) is telling me there are no 'codes' showing anything is wrong. This vehicle is unsafe to drive and has 7,000 miles. I have brought vehicle in twice for the same issues, thus far to no avail. I cannot drive this vehicle in this condition. It's unsafe and there is no remedy.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #37

Jul 052013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 11,500 miles
Driving approx. 15/20 mph on a side street. Went to backup and turn around and the engine just shut down. I was able to restart with no issues. I'm glad I wasn't on the highway when this happened. On 08/02/13, went to my driveway to start the car. I got a "engine fault service now" error. Vehicle was jumping and seemed like it was struggling to go past 25/30 mph. Seemed as though you were driving with the parking brake on along with the jumping of the vehicle. I parked it back in the driveway and had to drive my daughters reliable 05 Honda to work. Called Ford to tow my vehicle in for service. Purchased in Nov/2012. Has approx. 13000 miles.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #36

Jul 292013


  • 4,850 miles
1st incident: While driving thru a store parking lot at about 10 mph and further reducing the speed to park, the engine quit without warning. After engaging park, I was able to restart the engine normally. No check light remain lit. Vehicle mileage 4850 - weather condition: About 85 deg - humid - 10:00~11:00 am - second week in July 2013 2nd incident: While driving at approx 25 mph and reducing speed to turn into a parking lot the engine stopped. No previous warning or symptoms. Car was in the middle of the street facing oncoming traffic. I was able to safely pull over into a safe spot. After engaging park, I was able to restart the engine normally. No check light remain lit. Vehicle mileage 5100 - weather condition: About 85 deg - humid - 19:00~19:30 pm - last week in July 2013 today 08/02/2013 car was checked by Ford dealer. After a full morning checking the car, no fault or code error detected. I am afraid of a potential safety hazard while driving on highways. Web has many reports of this type on brand new 2013 Ford Escapes. What is going on?

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #35

May 092013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles


The "engine fault service now" light came on and vehicle chugged and lurched. Brought to dealer the next day and computer diagnosis showed nothing appeared. I even took a picture of the light. This has happened numerous times since. This matter should be investigated further since I have noticed many complaints on this. Thank you.

- Rothschild, WI, USA

problem #34

Mar 252013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 5,817 miles
2013 Ford Escape sel 2.0L. Recurrent issues with "engine fault service now" displaying when car is started (first instance at 5817 miles, now at 11K and still happening). Results in rough idle, poor shifting, harsh acceleration. Can be reset with restart so the error must be visible and the car driven (in terrible and unsafe condition) so the dealer can validate the condition. Condition validated at dealer twice (has occurred five times total) computer has been reset twice, map sensor has been replaced. Issue still occurring with no proposed repair to resolve.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #33

Jul 222013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Started ignition and automatically displayed message - engine fault service engine now. Pulled out of home driveway and when accelerated on the gas, vehicle jerked severely. Pulled over and turned off the vehicle and restarted, the same message and jerking occurs. Later that day I started the vehicle, the message went away and had no jerking upon accelerating. This "engine at fault" is a serious concern if this occurs while driving. Took the vehicle a couple weeks ago about the same issue to a dealership and told them the situation, however the message did not appear on display. Their conclusion was if the engine fault message was not on display, then the vehicle should be fine.

- Roswell, NM, USA

problem #32

Jul 152013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 6,800 miles
Vehicle displayed message service engine fault service engine now on start up. Immediately shut down and restarted. Message went away. Next day vehicle displayed same message and then began jerking severely. Taken to Ford dealer. Forced to pay for rental! vehicle has 6800 miles! dealer never gets back to me when they say they will. Tried telling me to take vehicle back without them fixing it. Serious safety risk as vehicle jerk and hesitates uncontrollably. Very dangerous if occurred while on roadway.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #31

Jul 092013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 3,982 miles
Vehicle with approximately 4000 miles stalls while driving. The vehicle has stalled 3 times in the last 15 days, twice while driving on major roads with average speed being about 45 mph. The vehicle literally just turns off. It doesn't shake, jerk, make any noise, nothing, just turns off. I get a message that says "engine fault service now." It is a very scary situation to experience. Since the car just dies at full speed the momentum of the car keeps the car moving but obviously at a much slower pace. This last Sunday, July 14, 2013 the car stalled on a very busy, major road, so I was in a very close call for an accident. The cars behind me did not see my hazard lights on and didn't realize I had stalled. All I heard was the screeching of brakes behind me. I was getting yelled at, flipped off, you name it, but there was nothing I could do but hope that the momentum would be enough to allow me to pull over to right lane until I could come to a stop in a safe place. On July 11, 2013, I took it to the dealer, they replaced the map sensor and said the problem was fixed. When it stalled again on the sun, 7/14/13, I took another day off work to take the car back to the dealership. They tell me it needs another 2 parts due to technical service bulletin 137-5. now I'm waiting for the parts to come in as they are on a nationwide back order. I understand lemon law requires the same thing to happen 3-4 times however I don't want to risk the 3rd or 4th time being the time I don't make it. Please help. What can I do?

- Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

problem #30

May 132013


  • 2,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the engine was started and the engine fault message warning light illuminated as the vehicle hesitated and jerked. The failure was experienced several times. The dealer performed a diagnostic which located the failure at the engine sensor. The dealer cleaned the engine sensor however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,500 and the current mileage was 2,700.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #29

Jun 052013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while at a stop light, the vehicle stalled as the engine failure service soon warning message illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. In addition, unknown repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The approximate failure and current mileage was 17,000.

- Mathis, TX, USA

problem #28

Jul 122013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 731 miles
The cam phazor used in the 2013 Ford Escape variable valve timing system failed after only one week and 750 miles. We noticed the vehicle was hard to start, idled rough, and hesitated. This is a brand new vehicle. We purchased this car in East Tennessee on July 4, 2013, and it was in the shop a week later for a major engine repair. So glad it did not break down on the interstate and leave us stranded, but the potential is there if Ford has a bad batch of cam phazors on 2013 Ford Escapes.

- Gainesville , FL, USA

problem #27

Jul 052013


  • 14,687 miles
For the fourth time in 4 months the"engine fault. Service now." Message displayed. Another day of work missed to being the vehicle into the dealer. Thankfully I bought the service package but it was for 'just in case' not a monthly visit. The dealer staff has been very close-lipped about the history of this event happening on many other of these same vehicles.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #26

Jun 242013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
While driving, in humid weather conditions the vehicle lost power and began lurching, shuddering and jerking. Center, driver side screen (behind steering wheel) displayed "engine fault - service now". was able to drive about a mile back home in "limp mode". I shut off the engine, waited and then restarted and all seemed ok. Next day I went to the Ford dealer's service and explained the problem. They could not pull any codes and said it was probably just a "fluke".... it's happened again twice more this week since then. It's not a "fluke". Ford engineers need to get involved here to determine the cause of the problem, and communicate with the dealer service centers, and issue a tsb fix or recall. It's become a serious performance and reliability concern, and a very serious safety issue as well. I can find similar complaints to mine all over the internet, yet Ford claims ignorance of any problems."??"

- Batavia, IL, USA

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