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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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,216 miles

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 172016

Escape 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


My 2013 Ford Escape's information display with all required information and odometer reading has gone blank all of a sudden. The vehicle was stationary at the time. I addressed this issue to Ford and the Ford dealer, but they don't care to help me and asking me to pay too much amount to replace it. How can I pay too much amount for replacing this if its there manufacturing defect. I know as per federal law this is must and the screen cannot happen on this case to any vehicle. Its definitely a much needed thing and its not a fault from the user. They said there is no recall for information cluster. When I searched, I found many recalls (15C03 recall) which they said my car cannot be included since it is 2013 model. Please help me. This is really a safety issue. I am scheduled by colonial Ford, danbury on 6/27/16 to check the problem and I have end up paying too much money. Please consider this complaint and please take actions as soon as possible. Thank you

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #7

Jun 172016


  • 82,600 miles
After starting my 2013 Ford Escape, the instrument cluster information display with system warnings and only odometer display went blank. Technicians checked for a bad fuse, but none found. Also, found that there is a recall (15C03 - reprogram instrument panel cluster) issued against 2014 Ford Escape for the same issue.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #6

Feb 282014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 35,610 miles
Vehicle info centre indicated a brake light malfunction. All 3 brake lights were inoperative. Personally checked fuse which was not blown and contacted sam galloway Ford in fort myers for service appointment. Was told only a bulb was burnt & that all bulbs were non-functional because of "xmas tree effect". I find it unsafe for a vehicle to loose all brake-light functionality because 1 bulb in the circuit expires. This is exceptionally dangerous when driving at night; which is what happened here. I would like to know if this is a factual situation with this vehicle.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 162015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 42,400 miles


The car has hid headlights. These lights use a "shutter" to cut off the light on "low beam". the "shutter" is stuck and does not raise to obscure the lamp in "low beam" leaving the lamp on "high beam" whenever the headlamps are on. Our Escape has this problem on the drivers side resulting in many flashes from oncoming drivers. This is a clear safety problem as it impairs the vision of oncoming traffic and we have no control over it. Ford will not recognize this as a safety issue. They will only repair it if it falls in the 3 yr. 36,000 mile warranty. I have found incidents on the internet going clear back to 2005 on Ford Focus cars with same problem.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #4

Mar 042014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 19,600 miles
My vehicle's rear running lights failed at night. The car has automatic headlight controls, and even after cycling the light switch several times (off-parking-on-auto), I was unable to get the running lights to illuminate. The issue cleared up after leaving the car parked overnight, however the following day, the passenger side light failed to illuminate. Both bulbs checked out fine.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #3

Jan 102014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
The left light went out. Went to dealer to get the light bulb changed. After an hour, they updated me that "some" electrical failure occurred and that it could take "hours" to fix. It for sure is covered under warranty, but now I am skeptical to drive this car. And this car is new, and under 3 months old with about 3500 miles. Incident occurred on Friday evening. Took to dealer on Saturday morning. Was told they were out of bulb, and to wait until Tuesday. Took to another dealership. They were kind enough to get the needed part (bulb) by Monday. Took to them on Monday. They put in the bulb. Then realized power wasn't reaching the bulb point. So had me get it back in on Tuesday. Checked on Tuesday, to find out it was the BCM (body control module) that was out. So had to wait another while they got the part. Finally got the vehicle delivered on Wednesday evening.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 032012


  • 22 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph during the night, the daytime running lights and the instrument panel lights illuminated automatically however, the tail lights would not illuminate unless activated manually. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who advised that the vehicle was functioning as designed. The manufacturer also advised the contact that the vehicle functioned as designed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 22.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 152012


  • miles
Warning light failed to go on for a flat tire. Light went on when tire was removed. After temporary tire was put on 3 different lights kept flashing on and off when driven.

- Lindstrom, MN, USA

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