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2013 Ford Escape

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    Looking at a slightly used 2014 SE with 1830 miles. Going in again in the morning. Should I really do this? hearing some bad things about the 1.6 engine and MyFord sync system that I am getting cold feet here. thinking I just might move away and wait for the Buick Verano I am seriously considering as I didn't love the Encore, it was just o k. Love the Escape really but do not want to make a mistake here. My neighbor down the street has one and likes it so far, it's his provided work vehicle from fleet sales and he showed me it all. Good to hear some positive things because online here, all I seem to see is negative and that's not good!! I want no drama, none and am used to that foreign experience that I'm not sure I want to go domestic but willing to give it a shot. So please folks, tell me now before I commit...sorry for the short notice here but with this particular unit, I don't have the necessary time. But if it sells before I can make a deal, it wasn't meant to be so I will move on. There are many other small utes for me to test as I did like the ergonomics of the Mitsu Outlander Sport and would think they would be dealing this time of year. Their market share is so small that sure they'd love to sell as many as possible, and they might even have some good financing right now also. Like the Subaru offerings but not sure I really need...or want all wheel drive. Want quality but decent mileage figures in a well put together rig be it a small ute or compact sedan...I want it all with no drama what so ever. Can the Ford deliver? Just not sure here!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • We bought a 2013 Titanium with the 2.0 engine. We have not had any recalls and have had no trouble with the MyFord Sync either. We love the vehicle. After hearing of all of the issues with the 1.6 engine we were real happy we had the 2.0.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    What issues?? I have put the purchase off because of doubts now. I don't want the vehicle for the price they want me to pay though it is a good price according to Truecar.com.

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • Stay as far away from the ford escape as you can!
    In the past 15 years I have not seen the inside of a repair garage for a warranty issue, but since I bought my escape in Feb 2013 I have spent more than 50 hours waiting for warranty repairs. This does not include the 3 times I was given a rental car because it could not be repaired in one day.
    Major issuses;
    Tailgate rubbing on rear bumper and rattling. In 3 times for this defect.
    Major problems with Nav. In more then 5 times for this defect.
    Wiring harness under hood defective splice. Engine won't run, took 3 hours to repair. Also occured 4 times but service center could not pin point the reason.
    I'm going for a buy back or I will send Ford a certified letter so I can use the lemon law. I must have at least 4 attempts to repair and I have 5.
    There are many more issues but too many to list!
    Worst car I have owned since GM bought back my 1987 Camero under the lemon law.
  • Sandman, The 1.6 engine has had at least a few recalls since it came out. Some earlier versions of Sync were too buggy, but that is a free upgrade if you have an older one.
    The 2.0 AWD seems to have a fair number of complaints with city gas mileage.
    I have more than a year on my 2.0 SEL FWD with all options and I am very pleased with it. I am getting the EPA estimate for my vehicle as long as I drive it light-footed. These Ecoboost engines are so strong that it is easy to use more HP (fuel) that you might realize. I have no regrets with mine. No unscheduled visits to the dealership for mine.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    Have decided to not purchase at this time actually...too many doubts though they came down over $1k to my price which bothered me also...they were actually trying to screw me from the start here...I hate games like this! Nice vehicle, but not for us, as the wife hated it and said she would never drive it. And lastly...it's a Ford! Enough said...when push came to shove, I just couldn't buy a Ford product after years of great foreign vehicles, they are just not in the same league!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • My 2013 SE has no heat. I took it to my dealer who took it to the Ford dealership and they said there is nothing wrong with it. What is my next step in getting this repaired?
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    Went with this instead of the Escape SE and like the engine so much better. like the looks of the escape a bit more as it does look a bit more rugged but all the extras made me go with the Tuscon. it's a few inches shorter which is better for me but never realized that they are both tall vehicles. Liked the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport also, a lot, but didn't care for the CVT tranny though everything else was top notch and that Rockford Fosgate audio was pretty sweet! And could've gotten all three for the same price that I paid for the Hyundai, which I found interesting but hey, it was the end of the month on a long holiday weekend and they all wanted to move another vehicle. One thing I did notice, of the three stores, the Hyundai place had the most activity and sold the most vehicles that day...every desk had buyers in them while the other two stores were pretty empty besides me and another customer. Even the pouring rain had no effect on us Hyundai buyers. Just something I did notice.
    I should've looked at the escape with the 2.5 engine as I ended up with the 2.4 in the Tuscon, it was the only one offered with the SE package even though I really wanted the 2.0 engine. The extras were just too hard to pass up.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • maniac4maniac4 Posts: 41
    edited December 2013
    FORD has successfully put me into bankrupcy after a
    A rotten 2012 focus.....rid of
    A 2013 escape with rod knock, .......volutarilary returned.
    I now use a public bus
    Are you sure you want a new ford ,

    As soon as possible i need to get a good used car.
    F-ORD!...........never ever again in my lifetime.
    Thank you ford for screwing up my life rotten company should be burned down.
    Thank you ford for giving me trash for new cars.
    burn in hell ford.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    After what I read about others complaints, I walked away as fast as I could with my cane! Out of all the small utes, the Escape is the nicest looking but that's where it ends...nothing really compelled me to buy it. If it had the 2.5 engine, I might have thought about it but the 1.6 turbo, no way in hell! Sorry about your difficulties with Ford...they should make you whole again somehow, some way.

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    But the Escape does come with an available 2.5L Duratec engine and there's the option of a 2.0L EcoBoost. Sounds like you walked away with your eyes closed, I hope you didn't bump into anything.
  • He didn't bump into anything, he just climbed down the FIRE ESCAPE!!!
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,794
    I have had nothing but good luck from my various Fords. Let's see: a Fairmont (had that one forever), an F150, a Freestyle (may have lucked out there), and my current Escape Hybrid. My experience is that if they are maintained, they will do well. Of course, there are bad ones with any brand - but that is what lemon laws are for.

    It is not always advisable to use what one reads on line as the general indicator of the brand quality. Many folks won't bother coming here unless they are researching problems - so it is somewhat disproportionate representation.

    For those following the thread, the 2014 Escape can be ordered with the old-fashioned 2.5L conventional I4 engine, which has a track record of reliability.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    What mileage figures does the 2.5 have? Personally, I think the 1.6 with the turbo just wasn't right for me so I passed. I still like the looks of the Escape, as it is one of the nicest small utes out there but a bit big for what I need and the garage space we have. The Tuscon I finally did purchase fits perfectly and I am very pleased with it. But probably should've checked out the Kia Sportage also before I did purchase. Oh well, such is life!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    No, I walked away and got a better vehicle for me, it's smaller, lighter and easier to toss around so i think I did great and paid just what I wanted to. I knew that my vehicle and $16k cash was the magic number so I am very pleased with the outcome. As we speak, my amp is going in so the tunes should be sounding pretty good this afternoon. I am very very happy here!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,794
    "No, I walked away and got a better vehicle for me, it's smaller, lighter and easier to toss around so i think I did great and paid just what I wanted to. I knew that my vehicle and $16k cash was the magic number so I am very pleased with the outcome. As we speak, my amp is going in so the tunes should be sounding pretty good this afternoon. I am very very happy here! "

    I'm glad you found the vehicle that fits what you need! I was mostly posting so that other reading the thread could get additional information...
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,794
    edited December 2013
    "What mileage figures does the 2.5 have? Personally, I think the 1.6 with the turbo just wasn't right for me so I passed. I still like the looks of the Escape, as it is one of the nicest small utes out there but a bit big for what I need and the garage space we have. The Tuscon I finally did purchase fits perfectly and I am very pleased with it. But probably should've checked out the Kia Sportage also before I did purchase. Oh well, such is life! "

    EPA is 22/31 on the 2.5L I4. They don't break out AWD, which makes me think it may only be available on the FWD model.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    If so, those are pretty good numbers. Last week, I had the chance to drive a 2013 C Max across the state and was very impressed with the whole package, totally impressed. Part of me wishes I could have considered it on my short list as it checks most of my boxes though the seating position isn't as high as I'd like. But besides that one thing, I like the vehicle and the mileage figures...Ford did real good with this vehicle!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • I get 22/30 with my 2.0 Ecoboost FWD. That's only a 1MPG penalty on the Hwy compared to the 2.5. I will take my 240 Hp and 270 lb/ft any day !
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,794
    "I get 22/30 with my 2.0 Ecoboost FWD. That's only a 1MPG penalty on the Hwy compared to the 2.5. I will take my 240 Hp and 270 lb/ft any day ! "

    But the conventional engine is much simpler than a turbocharged model. That may make a difference to those keeping the vehicle a long time. I realize that this type of engine is used in Europe all the time, but those vehicles typically can't be driven more that a few years because of rust issues (and stricter requirements for rust) anyway, so longer term isn't that much of a problem.

    Do you actually get 22/30, or are you quoting EPA? The maximum power and torque are only available when the boost is used, and that takes a lot of fuel. The EPA tests probably don't really use the turbo much at all. Hence, we see a lot of variation in reported MPG here.
  • I am essentially reporting both. I have 53 tanks of fuel that I have kept track of over the last 13 months. (every tank since new) My combined mileage is just over 24 Mpg and that includes trailer towing in the summer as well as Canadian cold snowy-winter-driving. Since the EPA combined rating is 25 Mpg, I would say I am right on track. I have achieved just over 30 Mpg on the hwy with the cruise set at 110 kph or 69 mph. (round trip, full tank, no tail-wind, cruise control, hand calculated) (indicated was 31.5 mpg)
    I can't really say what my city mileage is, as I have never driven a full tank of "city" driving. (very hard to duplicate an EPA city test)

    There is no question that when pressed, this engine can burn the fuel, after all it has lots of Hp and torque. But that defines the reason that I bought this configuration. (2.0 and FWD) I need the torque for trailer towing and I enjoy the power as well. I also factory ordered it with Front Wheel Drive, as I thought it a waste to drag an extra 150 lbs of AWD machinery around, that is really quite unnecessary.
    Now I have the option of driving efficiently and getting very acceptable mileage, or bringing on the boost when I want it or need it. (the very definition of EcoBoost)
    I have owned Fords off and on over the years with many other brands in-between. I find my Escape to be a great overall vehicle. It is unfortunate that there have been a number of recalls with the 1.6 as well as a few teething problems in general. I have had no issues with mine at all. Just oil changes. 2.0 and FWD seem to have been the right choice!
  • lexan1965lexan1965 Posts: 118
    edited January 25

    I bought a 2013 SEL 1.6 Escape in June of 2013. I have had it 8 months now and just hit 20K miles. I've averaged 29.8 mpg during the summer and it has dropped to 26.8 mpg so far this winter (for details look in escape mpg forum). I love the looks of this vehicle, very pleasing to the eye and fun to drive. I don't use the SYNC system too much and have not had any issues with it so far. The only issues I have with this vehicle so far is that there is no place to put change so I place it one of the cup holders. The other issue is that everything falls out of the glove box when you open it. Also, if you change your own oil be prepared for a chore! The engineers who placed the oil filter where it is need to be beat! It takes about 30 minutes to do because of the air flow panel and tight space of the oil filter. You have to buy a special wrench to get the filter off. Overall, I am happy with it so far.

  • skimiksskimiks Posts: 2

    I leased the titanium 2.0L with 4WD for two years... I intend to purchase this car at the end of my lease. I'm just about a year into the lease and loving the car so far....

  • When I drove my new 2014 escape home from the dealership the transmission was grinding. I had it home total of 16 days while I waited to get it fixed. As of today Glenoak ford has had my car for 26 days and not been able to fix it. It has been a total let down. Ford Canada gave me the number of CAMPVAP to go to arbitration. That is there ideal of customer service. Do not buy one you will be sorry. Please visit my web site. Trying to get 10,000 hits http://myfordescape.blogspot.ca/ No Lemon law in Canada.

  • I have a 1.6l and it looks just like the picture above. I'm greatly disappointed in the fuel mileage. I'm getting 25 on long trips and 19 mixed. I live in a rural town. If you do your own oil changes, get ready for this one! The filter location is absurd. The battery is tucked way back literally under the windshield. I have no idea how to get to it. I can see a rollback in my future to replace a stupid battery! Now, it's great in the snow; love the AWD. If I had bit to do over again, I'd pass.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,550
    edited April 11

    @hardin_thicke, how many miles on yours?

    My van had to get towed on a rollback twice in recent weeks. Better add towing coverage to your auto policy. :'(

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,695

    It looks like you have to remove the air filter box to change the battery.

  • @Stever@Edmunds
    It has a little over 5G.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,550

    Hm, well that's about when many of us start to see mpg creeping up. Maybe the warmer weather will help too.

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    edited April 13

    Am so glad I passed on the 1.6 last year...all I read led me to believe that it would be a real headache for years to come. I just knew Ford just didn't do their due diligence in the first place with this vehicle so I passed. Am much happier with my Hyundai and it's longer warranty if needed but based on our experience with our '08 Accent and it's one warranty issue at year 4, I'm pretty confident that things will be fine. I got the seating position I wanted and just a bit disappointed with the mpg's but going from a Civic, anything would've been a disappointment actually. I was real close to pulling the trigger on the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, real close, but I got more features for the same price with the Tuscon which was a deal I could live with. If the Mitsu G M hadn't had insisted I drive it off that day, I would've had it in my garage right now! Jerk!!!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

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