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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,950 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. engine replacement (4 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
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2018 Ford Escape engine problems

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2018 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 132023

Escape SE 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,689 miles


This 2018 Ford Escape is a junk box on 4 wheels. In may of 2023 the transmission just stopped one day. cost 4100 dollars on a remanufacture transmission. NOW this junk ecoboost motor will not run enough to go down the road. Coolant intrusion was noticed in 2023 and Feb 2024 its is done! We have been Ford people but NO MORE!! I will NEVER buy another Ford as long as I live!!

- David P., Jackson, US

problem #6

Dec 142023

Escape Titanium 2.0L Ecoboost

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Three months out of warranty and only 55,000 miles I got a check engine light. Had been running a little rough at startup, but otherwise no issues at all in the 5 years we've owned the car. Dealer says coolant is leaking into the cylinders and will need a total engine replacement for almost $9000. Not a happy camper!!

- go4fun, Cocoa, US

problem #5

Jul 212023

Escape ES 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

I purchased my 2018 Ford Escape with 18000 miles on it in 2019. I now have 88000 miles on it. The light came on in in July. I dropped by Ford the guy hooked it up and said it showed 3 codes. He put fuel treatment in my car he said we will start out with the cheapest first. He reset the the system. A week later it came on again code P0303 cylinder #3. The car hasn't run hot, not smoking, and not cutting out. I am reading all the complaints about replacing a head gasket due to poor engineering or design. The plugs were changed and the light went off for a week but came back on. This is a Ford issue and they should have to pay or replace the gasket. I have always liked Ford but this is disgusting. My husband works and so do I, lucky for me I work 5 minutes from home. I won't drive it except to work and back home. I am tired of not trusting my SUV.;

- maddia9, Dawson, US

problem #4

Aug 102021

Escape SE 1.5L Ecoboost

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,595 miles


Had a problem with my Ford at around 66 or 67,000 miles - I had a scanner code read P0301 engine misfire, so I tried common methods to fixing it changing the spark plugs and ignition coils. Then I reset the code and it came back so I took it to Meineke auto shop to see what they could find and after a couple of times looking they said it could be a possible engine problem with that and coolant loss. Then I took it to the nearby Bill Collins Ford and they said it was a coolant loss due to a bad engine block and coolant is leaking into the cylinder and it’s out of warranty. So they said around 7,000 at one point and another price at 4,000 and this 4,000 price is to replace the engine and engine block on a vehicle that’s barely three years old. I took care of it the best I could and definitely can’t afford this fix - I'm trying to currently find a way to trade it in and get rid of it, hopefully, before it dies. If I can I won’t be buying a Ford again until this is recalled or can be fixed.

- Jacob D., Mount Washington, US

problem #3

Dec 132021

Escape S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

My 2018 Ford Escape's check engine light came on and I was giving the code cylinder 4 misfire. When it got to the shop I was told that there was no oil in the engine, even though I checked it and my brother in law checked that there was oil. The whole motor had to be replaced.

- Maegan L., Lytle, US

problem #2

Dec 022021

Escape 1.5L Eco Boost

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

Our family purchased a 2018 Ford escape 1.5 eco-boost motor. The car has 15,000 miles on it and the dealer just advises the engine is shot coolant is getting into mixing with the oil and it needs an engine replacement now. The dealer was unfriendly and now they’re stating that they’re refusing to complete my free lifetime oil changes that I have in writing.

I cannot believe the Ford dealership would treat a person who purchased a brand new car from them just three years ago. The poor treatment we received in reference to the engine replacement is disgusting. Automobile dealerships believe that you are at their mercy in the service department tells you what to do. Now the dealership advises me that repairs are by appointment only, that was not mentioned when I first bought this car and never advised me off. I am sick and tired of all car dealerships they’re all rip offs.

- John C., Levittown, NY, US

problem #1

Apr 242021

Escape SE 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,199 miles

Please notify if anyone can help me with this problem. I have full coverage insurance and warranty but not covered have to pay out of pocket. Please help.

- Cherry R., Martinsburg, US

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