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 body / paint problems

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 062014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

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Cpsc: I1490148A. 2003 Ford Escape. Consumer stated that the car has a failure of the forward subframe assembly that carries the wheel joints and steering arms. The consumer stated the recall was intended to install a cross-brace on the control arm attachment so that if the subframe failed, there would be less of a tendency for major steering failure. The consumer had the brace installed in June 2014. On September 6, 2014, the sub frame failed while he was turning a corner and he was unable to steer the vehicle. Fortunately, he was only going about 5-10 mph. The consumer referenced recall # 14V165000.

- Auburn, ME, USA

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