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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
20,950 miles
Total Complaints:
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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 312014

Escape SEL 6.1L Ecoboost

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,928 miles


Took to dealer on 8-7-14. North Brothers had the car for 6 hrs while I waited. They could not find problem after they rebooted the system. Manager took me for a drive to make sure I knew how it worked. Worked fine. Took car for weekend trip. Stopped working again on Friday. Taking it back again. I now will take the manager on a test drive and show him it does not work. Very poor service. Never buying a Ford again.

- Tiiu S., Redford, MI, canada

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