fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,539 miles

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2014 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Jul 192014


  • 8,764 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a loss engine power while being operated at any speed. The check engine and service engine soon warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle needed a terminal kit and ground wiring installed. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer approximately 6-8 times. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V495000 (electrical system), but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 8,764.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #41

Sep 212016


  • 38,000 miles
Ford - 2014 Ford Escape (built in 2013). The car was parked in the parking lot, turned off and an hour and a half later I was notified it was on fire. The fire started under the hood and according to the fire marshal the heaviest damage was located near the air filter and battery. Engine compartment was heavily damaged.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #40

Oct 042016


  • 77,000 miles
I drove 25 miles in traffic to pick up my kids from daycare. When I got the kids in the car to go home and the car was in motion turning left onto a busy highway turn/merge lane, all of a sudden my check engine light came on and engine temperature gauge went all the way up. I pulled over and checked my coolant. There was so much pressure when I turned the lid, I thought the coolant tank was going to explode. The temperature in my car went down and I was able to make it to a mechanic close by. They said I needed a new coolant bypass solenoid. It was replaced and the car has seemed fine. Now, 1 month later, it is leaking coolant. I read about a recall for the same thing where cars caught fire but my model year is not covered under the old recall. I believe Ford needs to expand the recall as I do not feel safe driving this vehicle with my two small children and the possibility of it catching on fire! I have 78000 miles on the car and was purchased 7/28/2013.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #39

Oct 172016


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the hood unlatched independently and fractured the windshield of the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #38

Oct 062016


  • 24,000 miles
My mother owns a 2014 Ford Escape with the 1.6L turbocharged ecoboost engine. She notes that the fuel sensors in the car aren't injecting fuel into the engine when she accelerates from a stop, meaning the car will stick in neutral and rev until it kicks back in gear. She notes that this has happened multiple times. We had taken it to keller bros. Ford which is where she purchased it, and they couldn't come up with the problem. So then we went to new holland Ford, and they were able to find the problem. The guy even showed my mom how to reset the fuel sensor. But the problem came back up again. My mom, I, and her boyfriend are at the point where if sometime the car hesitates, and someone hits her, she's going to be killed. Ford, you need to do something about this. I don't want my mother killed. So recall the Escape 1.6L's that have the problem and come up with a solution.

- Leola, PA, USA

problem #37

Sep 262016


  • 38,500 miles
This happened twice in less than a month. Driving the Ford Escape at lower speeds (less than 40 mph) on a city street during morning traffic hours. Suddenly heard a continuous loud sound on the rear right of car. Vehicle then lost power. Engine shut down. Had to pull to the shoulder and restart the car. Then it worked fine. The dealer could not find any error codes when I took in for service. The air conditioner was on. Outside temperature was around 70F. Not raining.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #36

Jun 042016


  • 32,300 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. While driving 10 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated and the engine started to hesitate. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14V495000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,300.

- Vickery, OH, USA

problem #35

May 222016


  • 13,664 miles
My Escape suffered a catastrophic engine failure while driving. The engine failure while driving on an interstate presents a clear and potential life threatening event as all power was suddenly lost. At the time of engine failure I was traveling at about 35 mph. The vehicle was towed to a local dealership for repairs. The dealership told me that the engine failure was due to the ac compressor locking up creating tension on the drive belts that resulted in sudden loss of power and engine shut down. Had this occurred on a major interstate highway with semi trucks barreling upon you, the results would have been deadly. Fortunately for me the failure occurred 1/2 mile before entering the interstate. I have since learned other owers of Ford products have experienced the same thing. This is a serious design flaw that needs to be fixed in the interest of public safety. I purchased this vehicle new and it currently has less than 13,800 miles on the odometer.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #34

Mar 272016


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was restarted and towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wiring harness had a bad connection. The vehicle was repaired and the turbo charge boost sensor and air sensor were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 05/20/16

- Bruceton Mills, WV, USA

problem #33

Feb 182016


  • 62,600 miles
Just purchased a certified pre-owned 2014 Ford Escape SE. A yellow check engine light appear. Trouble code P26B7 (dealer specific). It looks like there have been numerous issues with the bypass coolant solenoid or coolant leaks. Also, steering wheel controls only occasionally work.

- Port Republic, MD, USA

problem #32

Feb 012016


  • 28,000 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. The contact stated the vehicle would stall after idling. The contact had to wait three minutes then the vehicle would start normally. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 28,000.

- San Anthony, MN, USA

problem #31

Sep 012015


  • 10,000 miles
A few months ago, I had filed a complaint on the 2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6L turbocharged ecoboost with I-4WD my mother currently owns. She had acceleration problems with the car. At a stoplight or whle moving at a decent pace (about 20-40mph), the engine would suddenly rev towards 4000-5000 and not drop into drive. This had concerned me alot. Mom called keller bros. Ford here in lititz, Pennsylvania, and said that she will have to take her car down for a software update. The update fixed everything. No acceleration problems. And since this software update, I've noticed a huge difference. It feels like there is more horses in my mom's car than there was before the update. The update happened 4-6 months ago. I feel much safer knowing that her car won't end her in an accident. She currently has over 16,000 miles, and since that time frame, no "drop-outs" (< as I call them) have happened.

- Leola, PA, USA

problem #30

Dec 172015


  • 41,000 miles
Car stalls. Power to engine stops. Engine fault light comes on. Have to pull over turn engine off and restart. This has happened on hiway at speed of 75 and on road sitting at light.

- Sandia, TX, USA

problem #29

Nov 072015


  • 10,500 miles
I experienced on three occasions that this vehicle misfires, stumbles, shudders and almost shuts off under heavy acceleration while attempting to merge onto a highway.the last time this problem occurred I was forced to pull onto the breakdown lane and almost caused an accident due to highway traffic traveling at 70 mph and my inability to attain a suitable merging speed. I have further observed that this situation has only occurred and could be replicated during rain and high humidity. This problem is a definite safety hazard that needs to be addressed!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #28

Oct 212015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle lost power due to an electrical failure. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired where it was diagnosed that the BCM connector was disconnected. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 22,000.

- Crestline, CA, USA

problem #27

Oct 202015


  • 60,000 miles
The car is bucking and almost stalling when I accelerate. I've taken it to two different dealers and they can't find anything. One dealer told me that this was normal, even though I found similar complaints online.

- Stewartsville, NJ, USA

problem #26

Oct 202015


  • 20,455 miles
In March 2015 car kept stalling while driving and while stopped. Brought to dealer who diagnosed as a problem with fuel pump. After a month I got the car back with replaced fuel pump. After the fix, car would often hesitate, sputter and shake like it was about to stall. In September car kept stalling on start up. Brought to dealer who said car was "fine" and operating as designed. They couldn't duplicate problem. Car continues to hesitate, sputter and shake. Again yesterday car stalled out 3 times at start up. Don't feel safe driving it.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #25

Oct 312013


  • miles
Uses to much gas, gauges on dash go up and down to much, ex, it says 150 miles til E go 8 miles it says 126. Park it says 163 miles to E, start car back up it says 187 miles til E. it is never the same. Dealer says they replaced gauges but it still doing it. I put 11gallons of gas in it will say 287 miles til E go 60 miles it says 164 miles til E gas gauge goes from full to 1/2 tank which means it took 7 gallons to go 60 miles which means 8.5 miles to a gallon.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #24

May 132015


  • 5,753 miles
"engine fault service now light" came on twice with "hill start assist not available" both times. After stopping at traffic light and stepping on gas pedal, car would not move and gave no indication it had stalled. All normal lights were on. I put car in "park" and restarted. This has happened twice on hills and has died on me four times.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #23

May 042015


  • 16,700 miles
I was driving on the highway when the "engine fault service now" warning light came on. My car then lost power and went into a "limp home" mode. Once I safely arrived at my destination I turned off the vehicle. Once it was turned back on, it was fine. I took this into the dealership. They repaired a recall and ordered parts. It took a few days for the parts to get in. During that time every time I drove on the highway the car started making a knocking noise and then the light would come back on and the vehicle would go back into that limp home mode. I was almost rear ended by semis and other vehicles at fast rates of speed due to this issue. I took the vehicle back in for them to install the ordered parts. When I got my car back the issue continued, and now my car is in the shop for the 4th time. They are working with Ford engineers and they are not having luck finding the issue. I have read of other individuals having this same issue. Is it going to take a fatality before something is done? I have an 8 month old baby, and I bought a new car for safety and security - I do not have either at this time.

- Nashport, OH, USA

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