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2013 Ford Escape



  • al63017al63017 Posts: 149
    I am sorry to read new owners having problems as there is nothing more exciting than getting a new car and having problems sure takes some of the excitement off the experience. Stick with it and hopefully with some help from the dealer and FORD you will see some light at the end of the tunnel. These problems should be corrected. I think at some point you have to ask to talk to a Ford Regional Manager that serves a region of dealer ships if things do not improve.

    This forum was so helpful when I first started to consider buying this vehicle. To sum up my experience the vehicle has been flawless. I use my Samsung Note Smartphone daily for all kinds of things. MFT and SYNC both work for whatever I try to do. My back up camera when backing out of parking places has been a huge help. I would not want to own a car without one. I also appreciate the extra help the blind side/cross traffic alert to help with lane changes on the inter state and again would not want a car without this. My mpg over those 2500 miles of 60 per cent highway and 40 per cent city driving is 26.2 calculated with a calculator. Pure inter state trips are a few mpg better and pure stop and go city are a few mpg less. I do not have the leaks, extra annoying alerts and other issues. I am most grateful for that. I drove Honda's for years and they were only change the oil and buy gas vehicles for me. This Escape is as good as any Honda I have ever owned. I add this note for others viewing this board for I certainly had some trepidation after reading this forum and the problems. I also hope this helps owners with problems see that they can get to a problem free vehicle if Ford helps them. I imagine there may be 20 or 30 thousand of these on the road by now and suspect many are problem free. The Honda forum I used to read has their share of problems also. I usually fade away from these forums in a few months after buying a car as most people do not post good news and use these as an outlet to help solve problems and report problems which is very helpful. So parting with some good news. This forum helps you evaluate a car when driving it so you can look for problems before buying vehicles. You would have no clue what to look for if you had not viewed the comments on these forums. Thanks to all of you posters for your help!!! If I had it to do over again I would buy this vehicle again.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    edited October 2012
    Thanks for the report. Maybe you can visit the Ford Escape Real World MPG discussion and repost your mpg findings so far to help seed that discussion with 2013 posts. Thanks!
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    Thanks for the positive and optimistic summary. What you wrote is exactly what I've experienced, including the percent freeway/city/mpg's. I couldn't have said it better myself. Happy motoring.
  • Thanks MUCH I was worried as I bought mine manufactured in 9/12. I have had NO problems pretty much sums it up what you said! I had evaluated the Edge extensively and didn't like it. On a whim tried the Escape and fell in love. Bought without much thought to quality issues and it worked out fine despite reading up on it after the purchase. I have had it 3 weeks. Mixed driving. Works great. Don't be scared folks!
  • I bought a new titanium . like the car all but the windsheild has about a 6 inch section through the middle that is distorted. I took back to dealer they acknowlodged it. Brought another new escape around an it had similiar distortion. Ford reply is they all have its the way the car's windsheild is made. I dont agree with that.
  • lateralglateralg Posts: 929
    Is the 6" section horizontal or vertical?
  • mck588mck588 Posts: 12
    Does anyone know if Blackberry is compatible with the Titanium handsfree and/or text feature? It's very hard to figure out by reading the Ford website. My salesman said he thought all phones except iphones were compatible. When I double-checked and asked about my Blackberry, he said he wasn't sure about that one;(
  • jlrahnjlrahn Posts: 7
    I have a iPhone and it is compatible. I have had no problems. The Internet specialist at my dealer said that all androids will work also.
  • jlrahnjlrahn Posts: 7
    All I know you don't want to have to replace this windshield. A rock hit mine 5 days after I got it and it cost me 700 dollars to fix it. It made me sick. But I love the car
  • It will work with any Bluetooth compatible phone, which is all current phones
  • automelon48automelon48 Posts: 101
    edited October 2012
    I have a BB 9900 and it worked fine when I rented the Escape. It was able to read my texts to me and I was able to send a text through the system as well. I am sure I did not explore every possible feature, but all the features I tried, worked. My Escape was just built this week, so I will not be taking delivery and trying all the features for a few weeks.
  • jrock83jrock83 Posts: 10
    Did you talk to your insurance company? Where I live glass replacement is mandatory and free (IE included in your policy).
  • jlrahnjlrahn Posts: 7
    Yes and it was not in my policy but is now.
  • pam70pam70 Posts: 3
    Does anyone have radio issues? I have had my Escape S for almost 2 weeks and sometimes, not all the time, when I shut the car off the radio does not cut off when I open the door. The service department said they did not know how to fix this.
  • usa1fanusa1fan Posts: 68
    edited October 2012
    We've put over 750 miles on it in that time. It's color is frosted glass with the lighter interior, and it's got the 2.0l, panorama roof, backup sensors, and cargo packages. I wanted the parking package, mainly for rainsense wipers and the backup camera, but our dealer couldn't find anything within a 100 mile radius that included that option package, on SELs or Titanium's! (Yes, the self parking would be cool to have, though we rarely, almost never parallel park any more)

    Normal driving is getting around 23-24 mpg's, and with more restraint, around 27. It seems to like cruising between 60 and 65 best for economy, but with 70 mph speed limits, and the turbo, that's no fun at all..

    It'll be interesting to see how it does this winter, assuming we get winter this year.
  • I've had my 1.6 SEL for about 3 weeks now and just love it. I especially noticed how much quieter it is than the Honda Pilot I had been driving. But there is one little quirk that I'm curious about. When you open the tailgate the interior lights come on as expected. But the tail lights as well as the front amber parking lights also come on. I called the dealer and they said it is a normal function of the vehicle and not a wiring issue. Anyone have any idea what Ford's thinking is on this. I was told that after a period of time the lights would go off. I tried it for about 5 minutes and they still were on. Will be a little weird when tailgating at Miller Park next summer.
  • usa1fanusa1fan Posts: 68
    That's the courtesy lighting. I'm not near our car right now, but I believe the feature can be customized through the settings menus in the car.
  • usa1fanusa1fan Posts: 68
    Not all features are supported with all phones. For example, a Virgin Mobile Triumph running a custom 2.3.4 Gingerbread Android rom worked with voice-to-text and text-to-voice messaging through our Escape, but a Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S Showcase running a slightly newer version of Android OS (NOT custom) did not. I found a list from Ford, which I used to pick my latest phone (upgrade time anyway): _30.pdf

    This isn't guaranteed to be the latest, but is better than guessing, and it does at least illustrate my point that some phones work with some features but not others..
  • Thanks. I'll take a look at the menu. I did set the timer for how long the headlights stay on after you shut the engine off. But don't remember anything about tail lights and parking lights being on when you lift the tailgate with the engine off.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,451
    You might try looking up 'battery saver'. Ford has had this for a long time.
    My 10 year old Explorer has an occasionally balky door that leaves the interior and puddle lights on.
    Security has called me many times, so let me know some lights are on, but they do shut off after a while.
    some battery saver info
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