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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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

May 072014

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles


After recall completed (recall notice 13S12/NHTSA recall 13V583) I was driving car home and saw lower left corner of trip display jumped erratically with wild range numbers from 99.9 to 57 or 75 or 43 something, all over the place. I pulled over to the side of the road because I was afraid of what was going on, and because it was extremely distracting and unsafe to take eyes off the road. Told by service department it was not a problem. (instant fuel economy) was not a display before the recall and previous readings were more driver friendly and informative. If this is a diagnostic aid for service I understand, but it is a serious distraction when driving.

- Hampstead, NC, USA

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