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:
42,050 miles
Total Complaints:
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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 252016

Escape SE 1.6L Ecoboost

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,042 miles


Since I've owned what I call the Green Lemon (it's green, and it's a lemon)...several years...the radio knob is occasionally disabled for unknown reasons. The volume can't be changed if it's already on, and it can't be turned on or off. However the steering wheel volume control still works.

Other problems seem related: engine light comes on, sometimes the car can't be locked with the remote key fob, and the electrical outlet in the back of the console doesn't work. No driving issues noticed, but it's concerning, especially the engine light, which just started last week (today being 1/25/2016).

- Keith S., Littleton, CO, US

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