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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,559 miles

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2013 Ford Escape windows / windshield problems

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 202014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 24,118 miles


On December 20, 2014 at approximately 3:30 pm we were driving on I15 - into salt lake city - 19 miles South of I-80. Passenger moon roof shattered with a loud bang! sounded like an explosion. It raised up the glass on the outside of the car. The temperature was 41 degrees outside & 71 degrees inside care. My husband & I were the only people in the car. We were in 5-6 lanes of traffic & did not stop until we got off the highway. Rain was coming so we took pictures with our camera & I phone & taped up the roof over the cracks & covered it with a tarp. We returned to boise area the following day. We parked it in our garage until we could deliver the car to lithia Ford in boise on 12/22/14. (we purchased it from lithia Ford) the service tech said he thought it would be covered by warranty but would have to contact Ford & get back with us. We researched this problem & saw in the past that this has happened. Ford made the decision, it was something we did & we therefore had to turn it into our insurance & we had to pay the deductible. We believe Ford should have covered this damage, not our insurance company.

- Caldwell, ID, USA

problem #1

Jul 242013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
I was driving on the highway, no other vehicles around, no overpasses, etc. Moonroof exploded over my head. Glass was facing upwards like a volcano. Sounded like a gunshot going off over my head. Ford refused to cover this defect. Car is only 7 months old.

- Crosby, TX, USA

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