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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,427 miles

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2014 Ford Escape engine problems

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2014 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Mar 122014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles


While accelerating to pass a slower vehicle the engine started stumbling and went into some type of limp mode and lost power. I had to rapidly pull back into the slower lane to avoid having cars behind me rear-end me. I stopped the car, turned it off, and when I restarted the car the problem was gone. I took the vehicle to a Ford dealer but they stated there was no error codes stored in the ECU so they couldn't diagnose or fix the problem. Then a few months later it happened again just like before- I was passing a slower vehicle and suddenly the car went into a limp mode and I lost power and had to quickly pull back into the slow lane to avoid having cars from behind rear-end me. This time I had my wife use her phone to video the engine failure lights on the dash.again I had to stop my car, turn it off, and when I restarted the cars it was ok. And again I took it to a different Ford dealer, I showed them the video of the problem occurring, but again they couldn't find an error code so they said they could not fix the problem. My wife is afraid to take this car on trips because she is afraid the problem will happen again and she will be rear-ended. I did some internet research on this issue and there are numerous complaints from other drivers describing the exact same problem. The two Ford dealers we took the car never told us that this is a known problem and there have recalls for the older Escapes for the same issue. NHTSA can you help before someone gets hurt.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 122014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 8,270 miles
Pulling out of my driveway, engine dies with no warning. Put into neutral to restart. Pulling out of driveway onto the hardtop road, engine dies with no warning. Traveling at 20 mph or less. This has been going on for 2 months now. Doesn't happen when the car goes to the dealership...can't seem to figure out what is causing it.

- Marion, VA, USA

problem #14

Jun 202014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 15,334 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the service engine warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 15,334.... updated 06/30/15 updated 12/10/15

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #13

Sep 122014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 35,548 miles


Outside temperatures were over 100F. Vehicle cutoff - lost all power and was coasting. Shifted to neutral to restart - which it did. Pulled off the highway called hertz roadside assistance. Vehicle cutoff again while parked. Did not immediately restart. Restarted after about 10 minutes. Vehicle was towed by hertz.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #12

Oct 252014


  • 150 miles
We leased a 2014 Escape in March of 2014. From the start it has a problem on acceleration, it will hesitate and almost stall when pulling out into traffic. The hesitation is sporadic as at times it is ok. We notice at low speeds around 20 30 mph when accelerating it bucks, will not take gas. At times it has become so frustrating I will stop the car and re start if traffic permits. This could be a very unsafe condition as we never know when it will do it. It does it usually when it is cold however it has done it after driving for hours, stop for 15 minutes and it does it then too. We have taken it to the dealership but it never happens then. This is constant and annoying [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Indlay, OH, USA

problem #11

Oct 182014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 9,500 miles
I was driving along with cruise control on at 73 mph, when I could no longer accelerate, my Escape just died with no warning lights, stall out or anything. Just as if someone turned it off. I had to coast to the side of the road. I waited a few minutes and tried to start it again with no luck. When I turned the key over, it seemed like it wanted to start but was not getting the gas to. I tried 3 more time and finally called Ford roadside assistance and had it towed to the nearest Ford dealership. I am waiting on a reply (with no loaner etc) the reason I buy new is for peace of mind. Not even, 10,000 miles on the car and it brakes? what gives. I have already taken it back to the dealer once (the day after I bought it) because it tries to stall when switching from reverse to drive, but the dealer made some excuse and said to watch and see if it continues. I am just glad that I was within cell phone signal range because I had just not been a few minutes before (scary).

- Borger, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 122014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 5,500 miles


Saturday, July 12 around 3:00 pm driving 70 mph on us 23 N, just South of North territorial road near ann arbor. The car suddenly lost power and the engine stopped. Drifted to the shoulder in very heavy traffic and tried to restart. Started and ran for 5 seconds and then stalled again. Repeated several times with same result. Called roadside assistance number and they said they would send a tow within 30 minutes. Police stopped and asked if we needed help. Left after we said tow was coming. A following car took all but one passenger to a gas station at North territorial because heavy 75 mph traffic passing inches from the driver┐'s door was frightening and dangerous. Tow truck took car to varsity Ford in ann arbor and we continued to traverse city in the following car.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #9

May 152014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
2014 Ford Escape SE AWD with 1.6 ecoboost engine. Infrequently upon full throttle acceleration the engine bogs down. While the engine does not stall, power disappears and then power/acceleration rebuilds. It has occurred twice in 3 months. Vehicle currently has ~3000 miles on the odometer. I have heard that an investigation is underway for what sounds like a similar issue with F150's with a different ecoboost engine - related?

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 022014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 1,185 miles
The vehicle stalled with no warning, would not restart. Have had for 6 weeks. Has been at dealership and they cannot identify problem. 5 sensors are not communicating from the engine. They have changed computer it restarted and died again. Ford insists they are going to fix it and are going to force me to take it back.

- Chciago, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 012014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 1,152 miles
While driving down the interstate at 55 mph in heavy traffic, the engine suddenly started running extremely rough, jerking and lurching, while losing power. The "engine fault - service now" warning display illuminated and the engine stalled out. Pulled to the side of the interstate and was able to restart the vehicle and drive home with no further problems.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #6

May 092014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 9,600 miles


While driving on highway I accidentally depressed the keyless start-stop button. The engine shut off, power steering and brakes were lost and engine would not restart by pushing start-stop button. I was able to slow car - with other cars close behind- shift gear shift to neutral and apply brake pedal so that start-stop button would restart engine. I have had Ford dealership check keyless start-stop system and they indicate that system works as it should. Start - stop button is located in drivers right knee area and is two inches from similar looking climate control button. Power steering and brakes were lost with engine off and car in motion. I contacted Ford Motor Company and they referred us to the dealership. This is a dangerous design flaw.

- Richmond, VT, USA

problem #5

Apr 012014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
For the first incident, the car's warning light came on and said "engine failure - service immediately." I attempted to proceed to the dealer for service but, before I made it off of our street, the car began to shake and shudder violently, then died in the middle of the road. I was able to get it to coast to a small parking area. As it would not start again, it required a tow to the dealer. The dealer informed me that it was a sensor issue and ensured that it was repaired and would not happen again. Today (May 10th) a similar issue occurred, though this time it was while I was pulling into traffic. Again, the same warning light came on. I attempted to turn and get the car home but, before I could do this, the car began to shake again and the engine lost power. This required another tow to the dealership for repair; the vehicle is presently in the shop.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #4

Apr 052014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 367 miles
Vehicle stopped at stop sign. Engine died. Moved gear selector from drive to park and restarted with no further incident.

- Heath, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 102014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
I bought a new Ford Escape in February 2014. Since day one I have noticed an exhaust smell in cabin when the vehicle is put into reverse and occasionally when driving at low speeds. Similar to what other customer complained. I will bring this to the attention of my Ford dealership when it goes in for maintenance service when it reaches 10,000 miles, but maybe sooner to have it looked at.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012013


  • 12 miles
Leased this vehicle in August, 2013. Since day one I have noticed an exhaust smell in cabin when the vehicle is put into reverse and occasionally when driving at low speeds. I am sensitive to odors in general and my family members only smelled it occasionally, so I disregarded until recently the odors are becoming stronger inside the cabin and not clearing when windows are lowered to air out. I will bring this to the attention of my Ford dealership when it goes in for maintenance service when it reaches 10,000 miles, but maybe sooner to have it looked at.

- Foxboro, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 022014


  • 50 miles
When the vehicle is between 1400-1600 RPM it starts to vibrate and drives rough. Is this usual? had it to two different dealerships and complained to Ford. No satisfaction!!

- The Villages , FL, USA

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