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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 time, twice because of the threat of engine fire.

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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,720 miles

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #13

Sep 042013

Escape

  • 15,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 69 mph with the cruise control activated, the gears would not engage, causing the vehicle to lunge forward. The contact mentioned that once the gears had engaged, the vehicle would jerk in reverse. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 15,700.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #12

Aug 282013

Escape

  • 15,040 miles
While sitting at a light with my foot on the brake, car jumps/lunges forward. It feels as though someone is hitting it from behind.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 282013

Escape

  • 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 #10

Aug 192013

Escape

  • 4,440 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle accelerated without the accelerator pedal being depressed. The contact crashed into a building. The contact was not injured. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where unknown repairs were performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 4,440.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #9

Apr 242013

Escape

  • 6,800 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle accelerated without the pedal being depressed. The vehicle was taken for repair but was not yet diagnosed.the manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 6,800. The VIN was unavailable.

- Polk Hill City , IA, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Jan 302013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 150 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, there was a sudden loss of power as the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150 and the current mileage was 700.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #6

May 062013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 11,100 miles
While stopped at a stoplight, with the car in drive and my foot on the brake the engine revs up and the car lurches forward and crashes into the car in front of me. This happened last week at a drive thru and I was fortunate that no one was in front of me.

- Oakbrook Terrace, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 312013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
I purchased a 2013 Ford Escape in Oct 2012. It has been in service three times for the same issue. Faulty engine light "service now" but computer didn't capture any issues with vehicle. First time dealer changed the mass pressure air sensor. The second time they contact Ford which told them to upgrade the computer software, this time I called to have the manufacturer send the Ford engineer which states it is the onboard computer. He emailed Ford for the diagrams since vehicle is new and not available to the dealer (so that is what I am being told). The dealer has no idea of what the problem truly is. Finally contact manufacturing who states it is a computer component. Vehicle still at dealership for repair. It is a safety hazard due to the lunging and hesitation of the vehicle when you depress the accelerator. It doesn't have enough power to get you out of an intersection if needed. It lunges forward as if the transmission is defective or the fuel injectors.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 012013

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
2013 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle throttle issues and consumer seeks reimbursement. The consumer stated the throttle response on the vehicle was horrible. The consumer stated there was an abnormal hesitation. The dealer claimed it had to with the new 1.6 no boost engine and the delayed response of the turbo. However, there was no fix for it. Also, the consumer noticed the clock would reset for not reason and the preset radio stations would randomly go blank. The dealer re-loaded the software for the display to fix the issue. However, a week later the radio went completely dead for one day, but came back on the next day. Also, the gas mileage was no where near where Ford indicated it should be ( 23 mpg city, 26 mpg combo, 33 mpg highway).

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 112012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 6,300 miles

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

I was at a red light on a freeway exit. My cruise control had been set to 65 mph, and when I accidently tapped the resume lever, the car accelerated rapidly. Hitting the brakes did not stop the car before it hit the car in front of me. The cruise control cancel/resume lever is located on the lower left part of the steering wheel. If your steering wheel is in a low position, and you move your left leg, you can activate cruise control with your thigh causing immediate acceleration. This happened to me again while driving slowly on a curvy road last week. This could be disastrous if it occurs at a cross walk. Luckily I only hit a car, not a pedestrian, and there were no injuries. Elevating the steering wheel reduces the likelihood of activating cruise control.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 152012

Escape

  • 800 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the accelerator and the brake pedals were too close in proximity. The contact mentioned to the dealer when he purchased the vehicle that he felt the pedals were too close but was advised that it was how the vehicle was designed. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 800 and the current mileage was 3,000.

- Mansura, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 102012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 700 miles
The gas pedal is too close to the brake. When I wear big shoes, the back left side edge of my shoe catches the back side of the brake when I lift it off the gas. Serious problem that should be corrected.

- Richardson, TX, USA

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