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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,106 miles

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Aug 272015


  • 56,500 miles


My 2013 Ford Escape rear passenger door latch, the part which catches the metal bar which is connected to the vehicle, does not close and securely shut the passenger door. It will remain open and open up if I make a left hand turn. The latch mechanism is malfunctioning and does not keep the rear door closed.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #10

Apr 172014


  • 37,473 miles
Door latch broke twice while car was parked. Both times I was shopping and came out to find door latch popped open. First time was 04/17/2014, rear drivers side and second time was 03/28/15, driver side door. When this happens you can not close the door or latch it in anyway. I had to find rope and bungy cords to try to secure it shut. I was transporting my grandchildren at the time, one preschooler and one infant. This is a very dangerous situation. After 2nd latch broke I talked with a Ford car salesman who informed me that they have had many problems with the door latches.he informed me that they have been recalled on certain Ford vehicles.this is a serious safety hazard! children could have been killed if door suddenly swung open while driving, especially if you turn a corner and have no control of the back door.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #9

Mar 152015


  • 44,000 miles
The back left rear door opened while driving highway, with my 9 year old daughter in the back seat. Thanks god no one get hurt. But it was a very traumatic moment for us. Then when I visit the dealer Ford mayaguez puerto rico they said that I must pay for replacements of latches. I look for the safety recalls of my vehicle Ford Escape 2013 and it was the safety recall #NHTSA campaign number 13V-085 latches/lock/linkages. The dealer said that my unit by VIN # was not included in the recall. I have a concern, it happen to my unit and there are a lot of Ford Escape vehicles affected, it could be worst, I ask for your help in this matter. Is not fair that my 2013 Ford Escape is not included in the recall when that problem happen to it, thank you in advance. I can not use it if I have to park it because the door doesn't close. Help me please.

- Lajas, PR, USA

problem #8

May 072015


  • 58,000 miles


99% of the time I put my foot from the gas to the brake, my foot ends up under the brake pedal on the undercorner before I make a quick adjustment to get my foot on top of the brake where it belongs. This happens everyday since I got the vehicle. You can actually see where there is a worn spot under the brake pedal and on the very most right side of it. I curse it every single time, every single day. One of these days I can see it coming. I would say that this has been a problem since the vehicle was built.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #7

Jun 142015


  • 46,874 miles
The driver side rear door would not close, after bringing the vehicle to Ford margate they diagnosed that the latch on the back door was broken and needed to be replaced. I was informed that this had happened on other Ford vehicles and was on recall for several other vehicles types but not yet for the Ford Escape 2013. I was told to keep my receipt so if this does become a recall I will be reimbursed. The dealership was certain since it had happened on multiple other vehicles it would only be a matter of time until it became a recall on the Ford Escape. I am grateful this happened when the car was in park and that the latch didn't brake while the car was in motion becoming a severe endangerment for myself, family and others.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 122015


  • 34,400 miles
I was traveling down the freeway and suddenly my rear passenger tire blew out. When the tire was changed by aaa, I noticed the inner sidewall of the tire was blown out. All of the years that I have been driving, I have never seen a hole blown out in a tire like I have with this one. I decided to do some research and I've noticed that there are several instances of this happening. I believe there is a serious issue with these tires and I believe some action should be taken against this company; it is worth an inspection anyway. I will be contacting the Continental tire company myself to voice my concern. I've driven many vehicles and I have not had tires fail so soon, especially being mostly highway miles.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 052015


  • 36,000 miles


My husband set out to change and rotate my tires this afternoon. After verifying the arrows on my car for placement of the jack, and checking with my car manual, he went to work. While he was removing the back passenger tire, after jacking the car, I discerned car movement. I was barely able to warn my husband before the defective Ford Escape jack bent and cracked, causing the vehicle to come down hard on the ground. My husband's hands were almost pinned beneath the car and I am livid. This was extremely frightening to us both! he could have been seriously injured. The Ford Escape 2013 has been no picnic, with the several recalls since 2012, one occurring immediately after we purchased with vehicle from the dealership in 11/17/12. We lost the car for about a month, while they kept it at the dealership, until the parts had arrived that were needed for the repair. This is the final straw. We are going to trade in this potentially disastrous vehicle, before someone in our family does get injured. It has been (seemingly) one recall after another, too. Now, there is a recall for my car regarding the back passenger doors apparently opening while the vehicle is moving and could prove deadly for children, if improperly harnessed. We have 2 children, boy, 9 and girl, 5. that is not another risk I am willing to take either. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to express this experience. Sincerely, kristine nowak

- Saint Helens, OR, USA

problem #4

May 252015


  • 26,000 miles
When starting, car shows "engine fault, service now" light. Took to dealership three times, has not been resolved. Recently, when braking for a stop light, engine fault reappeared and lost all power to the transmission. Huge safety issue.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 012015


  • miles
Twice the passenger interior door frames have separated from the door and became caught on items inside the vehicle such as the seat etc. This causes the door to become stuck and unable to open. Both times it took we well over 30 minutes to dislodge the frame and reattach to the frame to be able to open the door. Both times, the vehicle had been just parked and I was trying to retrieve my infant daughter from the back seat. I fear that if I had been in an accident I would not be able to safely retrieve my daughter from the vehicle. If this occurs with no impact, what would happen in case of an impact" would all 4 doors become lodged"

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 032013


  • 4,580 miles
When the start button of the vehicle is pressed, the instrument cluster and synch panel of the vehicle will energize but the starter motor will neither turn over nor engage. This problem is intermittent and has neither been reproduced nor correctly diagnosed at a Ford dealer service department. No errors codes have ever been recovered from the vehicle immediately following the malfunction when a Ford mechanic has searched the system. The vehicle has been returned to the dealership multiple times with none of the attempts to correct the problem being successful.

- Hatfield, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012012


  • miles
Recall nothing is being done.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

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