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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 29
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,668 miles

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 10 of 21)

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problem #227

Aug 222016


  • 29,000 miles


Exactly two weeks after purchasing this used Ford, I start it up to leave in the morning for work and my check engine light came on. I took it up to the shop to get looked at and the code coming on the code reader is P26B7 replace coolant bypass valve. Hmm common problem in several 2013 Escapes there was actually a recall on many of them except mine??

- Kimball, MI, USA

problem #226

Aug 012016


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving, the message "vehicle over heating" was displayed before the engine suddenly stalled. The contact also indicated that smoke was present coming from under the hood due to oil leaking unto the engine. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #225

Aug 012016


  • 80,000 miles
My car started leaking coolant, was using about 1 gallon a month, took to dealer 3 times before they determined it was leaking coolant around the 3rd cylinder head. Motor determined to be bad. Likely cracked head or bad head gasket. Options were to tear down the motor, find and fix issue at $7500, or just replace motor for $5500. Opting to get new motor despite car only being 4 years old.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #224

Jul 242016


  • 90,599 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving 60 mph, smoke appeared under the hood of the vehicle. The contact stopped the vehicle and placed oil into the engine, which caused the failure to subside. It was diagnosed that oil leaked into the engine of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired, but the issue recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 90,599.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #223

Jun 012016


  • 30,000 miles
A warning indicator will appear on the dash stating "engine malfunction service now". the car shudders, jerks, hesitates and can stall when the throttle is pushed. Pulling over, powering the car down, and turning it back on seems to temporarily resolve it. Issue may be associated with high temperatures since this was serviced in August of 2016. After 5 trips to the dealer with repairs related to the wiring harness, I was told it was resolved. The problem has recurred starting in June of this year. Went to the Ford dealer again and they failed to diagnose. Drove it to the dealer in failure mode with warning displayed to prove there is an issue. This happens when in motion. I have video of the error display.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #222

Jul 052016


  • 43,000 miles
This engine has been stalling. It seems to stall when slowing for a turn or an intersection. I seen there was a recall issued for some Escapes with the same year as mine. Why were not all Escapes recalled for this condition?

- Hubbard, OH, USA

problem #221

Jun 212016


  • 75,000 miles


The car would occasionally loose power. It would stall out soon after starting the car and putting the car in drive. I thought perhaps I was accelerating too soon after starting the car. I would start the car then wait a few seconds. The car still stalled while in motion. Several times I had to steer to the side of the road to restart the car. I'm lucky no one was close behind me. The last time it stalled, I was on a busy city street. I had just picked my son up from summer camp. The car stalled as I merged into traffic after leaving the parking lot. The car stopped running with no warning. The engine light came on and stayed on. The dealership says its the scensor that is not covered under warranty. My car has been in the shop for 8 days now and I still don't have it back. It seems like more than just a scensor issue to have it that long. I am in a rental vehicle until repairs are complete. This has been costly even though I was given a discount by the dealership on car rental. I had no choice to rent a car. I was attending a family reunion out of town June 23rd thru June 26th. I couldn't risk driving my car putting my family and myself in danger on the highway..

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #220

Jun 202016


  • 89,000 miles
Car continually stalls. Error message says engine fault service now. It can happen coming out of the drive way or driving at 50 miles an hour. Dealer says nothing is wrong! this is dangerous! it's been happening for over a year now

- Ocean Pines, MD, USA

problem #219

Jun 282016


  • miles
Purchased used 2013 Ford Escape vehicle with approximately 33K miles in October of 2014. Purchased extended warranty as warranty was due to expire at 36K miles. A week or two after purchase, car stalled. In the shop it went. Several months later check engine light came on. In the shop it went again. Multiple times later car has been in the shop again for same "check engine light" for 2-3 weeks at a time; transmission replaced twice. The car was back in shop again last week for same issue check engine light this time dealer claims purge valve issue.

- Totowa, NJ, USA

problem #218

Jun 262016


  • 55,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and shut off without warning. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and restarted it, but the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall; however, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V597000 (air bags, seat belts). The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

problem #217

Jun 082016


  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle overheated and lost power. The accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The service engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wires in the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V813000 (electrical system) and 14V495000 (electrical system), but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 78,000.

- El Centro, CA, USA

problem #216

May 222016


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle surged while driving and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that incorrect signals were being provided to the PCM due to insufficient compression in the wiring harness spliced into the manifold absolute pressure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 15V813000 (electrical system), but the VIN was not provided. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Turner, ME, USA

problem #215

Feb 012016

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owned a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, an abnormal noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 08/22/16 the consumer stated the vehicle stalled, when he attempted to pass another vehicle. Updated 08/30/16.

- Woxall, PA, USA

problem #214

Apr 112016


  • 29,000 miles
First problem April 2016 - engine shaking at 55/60 mph - rear transaxle mount replaced 5/3/16 second problem - car stalling and shaking / but not turning off - towed 5/11/16 - replaced main harness wiring 5/12/16 third problem - car stalled / not starting - towed again 5/12/16 - replaced left ac mount, now to replace right ac mount. Still at dealer - 5/31/16

- Rye Brook, NY, USA

problem #213

May 262016


  • 84,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving 55 mph, the contact noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and the engine warning light illuminated. The oil light flickered and remained illuminated as well. The vehicle continued to emit smoke fumes from under the hood and the front passenger wheel well. The contact exited the vehicle, lifted the hood, and noticed flames. The fire department extinguished the fire and a fire investigator came to view the scene. Neither a police nor a fire report were filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. There were injuries to the contact's right hand, which required medical attention. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 84,500.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #212

Apr 172016


  • 50,000 miles
Intermittent check engine light (happens when in park or when driving). Hooked up to code reader and got P026B7; found online that the the engine coolant bypass valve is defective, but not recalled (tsb 13-02-15). Dealer confirms code and that engine coolant bypass valve is defective and should be replaced but referenced tsb 16-0052. Despite the part being so defective it has been discontinued, redesigned, and replaced the dealer claims it isn't covered under any form of warranty.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #211

Jan 182016


  • 42,000 miles
Since January 18, my car has stalled many time while driving, has been to the dealership six times, not fixed, always unable to replicate. It has now been there for a week, trying to replicate the stalling. It has stalled while diving out of my driveway, on side streets, and twice on the highway. No engine lights go on, it just stalls. The radiator, the map sensor and now the battery have been replaced, still no fix. The water pump was replaced after a recall in 2014 after overheating and coolant leaks.

- Beverly Hills, MI, USA

problem #210

May 082016


  • 28,623 miles
Engine fault service now errors again. Occurred within 1/2 block of leaving the driveway, car stumbles and becomes difficult/dangerous to drive. Was able to return to the driveway and tried it again several hours later with no error. This same issue occurred in 2013 when we bought the car new, it took several months to identify that some wiring splice/heat shield was failing as no error code was captured. Ford eventually issued a recall for that and it has behaved until now. The dealer has advised no error code was captured again this time. They advise all they can do is keep the car and start it several times a day trying to catch it failing in order to capture the code. I cannot believe they've designed a system that cannot capture its own error codes but obviously have here. We learned to take pictures of the screen when it failed and did that again here. There are two Ford recalls for what would appear to be the same issue 14S17 and 14S17-S1 where they expanded the recall. It seems clear they need to expand the recall further.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #209

Apr 212016


  • 90,000 miles
My engine light came on and my car started to stall and not drive. It started to skip and at as if it was not going to go while driving. When I stopped it started to act as if it was going to cut off in the street. I had to get it towed to a dealership. They said it was my engine wiring system. Cost 500 dollars to fix.

- Hardwick, GA, USA

problem #208

Apr 142016


  • 36,600 miles
Since August 2015-April 14, 2016 I have taken my vehicle to the Ford service department four times due to reduction of engine power/engine overheating warning. My Ford was subject to the recall and serviced in Aug 2015. In January 2016 and twice in April 2016 I have had the same issue with engine reduction/vehicle heating gauge idle on hot/the vehicle sputters and rides extremely hard until you can come to a complete stop. All incidents have happened while driving in traffic and once on the interstate. When it happened on the interstate I barely made it to the shoulder as I had to try and cross a lane of passing vehicles to do so. I do not feel that Ford has adequately found a fix for this huge and dangerous problem and I do not know if a consumer has to be killed first for them to look at it and suggest a fix that is viable to the problem. I am fearful to even drive my Ford due to the is problem since it only happens when the vehicle is in motion. I am requesting that you please review this for all of the consumers that Ford continues to sell these automobiles too.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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