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2013 Ford Escape



  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    edited February 2013
    "My '13 Escape has the HID headlamps along with the LED running lights, both of which (to me at least) look great with the "pure white" light they emit. However, it seems that the fog lamps are some sort of standard bulbs that emit the more typical off-white light that you'd expect from an incandescent bulb, and it makes it look a little odd when you have the fog lamps on along with the headlamps as the fog lamps and the headlamps are two very different shades of white. I'm wondering if anyone has found any sort of a replacement for the fog lamp bulbs that more closely matches the color of the headlamp bulbs. "

    Fog lights have a completely different purpose than normal lights; it may be intentional that they used the softer light, since a bright light in foggy conditions might actually make things worse. You are concerned with ascetics, but the lights have a specific use.

    I don't know if this is the reason. I have not seen any articles or studies on this question. But I thought I'd mention it.
  • cmunizcmuniz Posts: 604
    I like the fact that the fog lights come on when making turns to better light the right/left sides. I wasn't aware of that when I bought the vehicle. I also like the night visibility with the HID lamps.
  • I have worn jeans, etc and no staining. I would suggest spraying stain guard once you get the seat clean. Sometimes, when I have cloth seats, I sit on a dish towel in the same color as the seats, or passengers. Especially if it's raining etc
  • I have an SE and I wonder if my fog lights come on when I turn at night. :)
  • I just realized what may cause your particular staining problem. If your jeans are new, for example, colors can "bleed" from clothing when new. So can other clothes when new and "bleed" for a while. If they are washable, use Shout Color Catcher sheets in the washer. If you use a clothes dryer the sheet can go in there as well. Scotch guard sprayed on jeans can work also
  • You can see the lights come on when you turn. Look out your side window, slightly down and toward the front - when making a left turn and you'll see a light come on - if you have the feature. That's how I found out my vehicle had the feature - I didn't know until I saw the light come on.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "You can see the lights come on when you turn. Look out your side window, slightly down and toward the front - when making a left turn and you'll see a light come on - if you have the feature. That's how I found out my vehicle had the feature - I didn't know until I saw the light come on. "

    And be sure that your auto insurance is up to date, looking out the side window while making a turn...
  • cbc410
    Did you ever get the DashCommand or another app to monitor your gas mileage?
    You had stated earlier that you get 28-32 MPG on the Highway but get poor city mileage on your short trips in hilly terrain. Sounds like that may just be normal.

    Tonight I did a 21 mile round trip errand. Including my cold-start I averaged 31.0 MPG on the trip. Partly city, mostly highway, max cruising speed 62MPH.
  • Blue jeans stain from fairly new jeans is a given on light colored leather car seats. No way around it. Basic black or stone, and I preferred the lighter interior with the black tuxedo exterior.
  • usa1fanusa1fan Posts: 68
    I understand with new jeans. Mine aren't new though. But I still kept an eye out- blue jean stains on light colored leather interiors isn't a Ford-only phenomena. We've had two other non-Fords that had the same situation occur.

    I don't consider it defect with the materials, just something to watch out for, and take care of when you notice it.
  • johnnyumajohnnyuma Posts: 54
    Ford Escape in the top 10 vehicle sales in Feb. I didn't realize they were selling that well. Here's the link: 3.html
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    Imagine that, no Mazda's.

    I couldn't resist...
    Escape: 24,210 in Feb 2013 and 44,048 YTD
    CX-5: 5451 in Feb 2013 and 16,695 YTD
  • frblfrbl Posts: 1
    The CX-5 is getting a lot of good reviews. The big bug-a-boo - and it is what kept it out of serious contention for my purchasing it - is the lack of power under the hood. My last two vehicles were anemic and I had to have something with at least a little pep this time. My Escape with the 1.6L suffices perfectly. Next year's CX-5 is supposed to offer an optional engine upgrade which might make it much more attractive to buyers and perhaps take away some Escape buyers. Who knows?
  • johnnyumajohnnyuma Posts: 54
    I really like the Mazda CX-5 as well. The HP issue stopped me from buying one. IMO it's under powered. I think the bigger engine available on the 2014 CX-5 will help it pick up some sales. But I'm very pleased with my Titanium and don't regret not buying the Mazda.
  • mikeqtmikeqt Posts: 9
    You are correct that they are all stamped out of the same die but what if the die is wrong? The dealer says maybe the hinges are wrong and is checking with ford. The tailgate is 3/8 or inch out of line. too much to make up for the size of the hole it fits in.
    I would like to hear from anyone who has a ford in dash defective gps that ford has fixed. I have been waiting for 3 weeks for ford engineers fix the problem, but no answer let.
    I would feel better if no one has a defective gps. At least I would know that i'm the only one.
    Lemon law states 3 attempt to repair a problem and one more chance by ford to repair the problem and you can apply for relief under the lemon law.
  • pzampzam Posts: 19
    My GPS frequently took 10-15 minutes to locate position. My dealer replaced the GPS unit, and now it locks in under a minute. He said they were on backorder, which led him to think that others had the problem and that they probably changed something in the new unit. I suggest having your dealer give it a try. As for the hatch, mine wasn't always latching. The dealer adjusted it and solved the problem, although I agree that it doesn't fit like it should. It binds against the bumper, and has left a scuff mark on the gray material of the bumper. I'm just happy it closes reliably -- the scuff mark is a minor cosmetic issue to me -- although I'm on the look out for a TSB to resolve this issue
  • usa1fanusa1fan Posts: 68
    No scuff marks or figment issues here. Ours has exhibited the problem getting it to close, but just one time.
  • Sorry to burst your bubble guys, but any engine with a compression ratio above 10:1 runs into pre-ignition problems with 87 octane fuel. If you have a turbo charged engine with 10:1 comp ratio or higher you will blow the heads right off of it as soon as you start to build boost. The cylinder pressure climbs dramatically once the turbo spools up. The cylinder pressure is so high that it ignites the fuel as soon as it gets into the combustion chamber and doesn't wait for the ignition to ignite it. That's why "Turbo Charged" engines have low compression ratios. Oh, and the compression ratio never changes, cylinder pressure is constant. The 14:1 ratio you are reading about or seeing is the stoichiometric air fuel ratio, not compression ratio.
  • Sorry....
    I was replying to someones post that said the engine had to be at a static comp ratio of 13:1 to be economical and more stuff.... It must have ended up in the wrong place. At 13:1 you would need to run methanol for fuel instead of gasoline.
  • pzampzam Posts: 19
    Hey -- where'd message 605 go?
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