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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,914 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 262015


  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving 35 mph, the low coolant light illuminated, the temperature started running hot, and the service engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the thermostat and hoses needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- East Ridge, TN, USA

problem #8

Jun 122014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 17,728 miles
My 2013 Ford Escape keeps shutting off while in motion and also when stopped at a stop sign or stop light. Has happened several times and started sometime in June, 2014. Happens regardless of how slow or fast I am moving in the vehicle. Took vehicle into my local service department for a scheduled check up and mentioned the issue and they could not find anything wrong. The problem continued. Called Ford corporate in September and logged a formal complaint. They said there was nothing that could be done until parts became available. They could not send appropriate parts until they could figure out what is going wrong. Then they said a recall would be issued the end of September and parts would be available for fixes then. Called local Ford service on 10/10/2014 and they claim parts still have not come and could be another week. This same issue seems to be happening to other 2013 models around the country. Ford has been very slow about acknowledging but when pressed they seem to give partial acknowledgment but still no promises. This is a dangerous issue for drivers. Can something be done" is Ford going to be allowed to let this go on until someone has a serious accident or dies"

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

Jun 022014


  • 18,000 miles
Following service performed for recalls for possible coolant leak / engine fire, engine fault codes for low coolant began to display. Visual confirmation of low coolant in reservoir. Added coolant to proper level several times at weekly intervals while driving approx. 200 miles per week. Loss of coolant was not an issue until the recall servicing was done. Three or four service visit attempts to fully diagnose and resolve have resulted a replaced water pump (that leaked during pressure test). This most recent low coolant engine fault message occurred after four weeks post-new water pump. I am returning for another service visit in an attempt to fully and finally resolve the issue.

- Hamlton, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 182014


  • 30,000 miles


My vehicle was hesitating acting like it wasn't getting power and then it would and then it wouldn't at which time the check engine light was on but the sync on the vehicle was showing all systems are normal. We took our vehicle to a dealership where we found there was a recall that could do these things. How ever they cannot fix or guarantee this is the problem since Ford corporate has not told them how to check this or fix it. Ford dealership. Informed us there has been no fatalities from this yet so we should be ok to take the car until they get this information out to dealerships sometime in late September. The Ford corporate says unless the dealership finds it unsafe then they would figure something out. The dealership says without knowing what to check they cant say whether it is safe or unsafe. If your car can stall and possibly cause an accident as they say in the recall that sounds pretty unsafe. Our car is now sitting at a dealership because nobody will fix or guarantee the safety with the recall but no way to get it fixed.

- Payson, UT, USA

problem #5

Jun 022014

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
2013 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle continuous to have issues related to recall. The consumer stated the radio would shut off and would not turn back on. When it shut off, a 911 error message appeared. The speaker volume would get high and then go low. The consumer also noticed, the engine coolant level dropped below the minimum level on several occasions, which resulted in the engine light illuminating. The dealer found a leak, which was caused by the washer not sealing properly. The consumer stated prior to the recall, there were no issues with coolant loss.

- Helotes, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 142014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 15,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact mentioned that while driving 25 mph, the check engine warning lamp illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was repaired under recall NHTSA campaign number: 13V584000 ( fuel system, gasoline) and week later the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The manufacturer made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 15,500. Updated 7/8/14 MA also, the engine overheated.

- Clear Water, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 132014

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, there was an abnormal burning rubber smell from the vehicle as the high temperature high warning display light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 13V583000 (engine). The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 13,000....updated 02-28-14 the computer system began reducing speed and the gas pedal could not produce acceleration. There was a burning rubber smell and the vehicle would no longer move forward. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, where the dealer determined the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was recalled and serviced in December 2012. There was severe engine overheating and fluid leaks coming from the vehicle. Updated 03/18/14

- Geneseo , NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 182013


  • 23,000 miles
The auto stalls randomly on occasion. I feel this is a dangerous situation, however, the dealer can't get a code so Ford will not fix. Ford clearly knows this is a throttle problem with many of their vehicles, and as I understand, it has been investigated for a recall several times. How can I get them to fix it?

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 012013


  • miles
2013 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle hood damage by dealership and several recalls.

- Mobile, AL, USA

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