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Ford Escape Seats

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  • Recently, bought a used 2012 Escape XLT with 10k on it. While on testdrive, noticed my leg ached once test was over, but didn't put 2 and 2 together and Bought the car. I drove it 5 miles and my Leg hurt for next 7 hours. Tried putting a car seat pad to fix problem. Worked for awhile. At first I thought it was high curves of the seat bottom, but now think it may be in the seat back. The bottom of the seat is shorter than my old honda accord and hits me funny. Also lower back is not supported, creating pressure on sciata nerve, which is causing tingling in legs, arms, and face. Now I've got pillows under my rear and behind my back., trying every position I can think of to stop my legs aching when I drive. Have thought about taking car to upholstery shop and shaving down curves, or going on line and trying to find a replacement car seat. Anyone else having these problems? And if so, how did you solve it? Other than I'm in pain when I drive, I love my pretty little suv.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,786
    "Anyone else having these problems? And if so, how did you solve it? Other than I'm in pain when I drive, I love my pretty little suv. "

    My wife had problems with her 2002 Civic. We bought a seat cushion that solved the problem. Unfortunately, I don't recall where we got it, or if it was online. But I recommend you try to find an orthopedic seat cushion. Ours covers both the seat bottom and the rear.

    Come to think of it, we got it at a store here in LA, which helped because they were able to assist us in getting the seat just right.
  • babbs3babbs3 Posts: 50
    I recently got out of my lease on a 2011 Escape which was one of the surprise seat staining units. I leased a 2013 Edge S.E 3.5 eng. I received the car on Dec 26th 2013 and it was during a bad snow storm. That night, it was in my garage and the next morning I went to place items in car(new mats, tire gauge, dust rags etc. I was shocked to find 3 big stains on the drivers seat. OMG I was fit to be tied. The biggest reason for not getting another Escape was the seat spots. Here I am with a bigger, more expensive car but those awful recycled,stained seats. Due to the product I have (Incredible) I can remove the spots but this is just ludicrous that Ford has been shoving these bad seats on us since late 2008 and when I asked the dealer 3 days later they looked at me like I was crazy. The stains had to be from the snow but come on, why doesn't the water just dry up? I really don't think cleaning seats constantly on a brand new car is acceptable. I thought Ford was changing the composition of their seats to avoid this problem. Ha They know that people will keep on buying them(after all, no one is being injured). I'm locked into a 2 year lease and when it's up I will be looking at another car company. This is the 3rd Ford in a row with problems. I am very disappointed with Ford.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    Wow! Never heard of this in an Edge. Try a different dealer.
  • babbs3babbs3 Posts: 50
    Yes bdyment, It was shocking to me also. The Escapes have had trouble with their seats for a long time but having a 2013 Edge I thought no way. I did find out (much later) my brothers Focus (2009) and his daughters Lincoln (leather) had stains that the dealer couldn't remove. It may sound funny but all of our family really keep our cars spotless and NEVER eat or drink in the cars so it is disturbing that Ford continues to pump out these recycled products. I will continue to use INCREDIBLE (no chemicals in it) but I think it's unfair to ask us to be constantly shampooing our cars.!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,944
    edited January 2013
    Apparently Incredible is vinegar, soap and water, if you can believe other posts on the net. Trademarked in '85 but no easily found information about the company in Houston or the ingredients (no MSDS sheet that I can find, for example). Looks like it's getting hard to find on Amazon.

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  • babbs3babbs3 Posts: 50
    I have been using Incredible for over 6 years and I don't think it has any soap in it (leaves no residue) and if it has water in it, it is slight (on Fords seats water leaves a ring). I originally tried to order from the mfg, and found that the shipping was more than the price of $5.00. Can buy it at BED Bath & Beyond. I have used it on chocolate, wine, sauce etc. No fumes, no footprint left by this product. love this stuff but still hate cleaning seats in my 2 Fords.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    We have 3 Escapes. All have black leather and even the '04's seats are still in good shape.
    I just use a damp cloth to clean and occasionally put on some leather conditioner.
  • babbs3babbs3 Posts: 50
    Good news about your leather seats in the Escape. I have not heard any complaints about the leather (except my nieces' 2010 Lincoln) I think that the leather used in the past models was very good (and not recycled) My complaint, is only with the cloth recycled stuff Ford is using now. I did like my 2011 Escape but couldn't live with the spots. Now in my 2013 Edge they appeared overnight. Yuk
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    edited January 2013
    Why didn't you just get some seat covers? Then you don't have to look at the stains any more.
    When i have a car with cloth seats, the first I do is spray some Scotch Guard on them.
  • babbs3babbs3 Posts: 50
    edited January 2013
    Seat covers? really? We are talking about fabric seats that spot up just with water! I don't think you were being sarcastic but the last time I saw seat covers was in the 50s on cars my dad bought, because the interiors were all white vinyl. Imagine a 2013 car with seat covers,omg, I don't even think they would fit well on the bucket seat! If a person can afford leather (I can't) than they can not imagine how we feel with these spotty seats. I am afraid to spray my seats with Scotch Guard if they mark up when water hits them, what will the Scotch Guard do?
  • I have a 2008 escape and went through the staining problem and the dealer replaced them and no problems with the new covers. I was going trade it in for 2013 and called Ford to see if the problem with the seats was fixed and they assured me it was. Decided to keep the 08 and picked up a 09 madza x5.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    I was trying to be helpful, but I see you just wanted to rant.
    Are you happy now?
  • babbs3babbs3 Posts: 50
    Sorry if you thought I was angry at you. I am just in shock over these awful seats and thought Ford (after 4 yrs) would listen to all the folks who share this problem. Didn't mean it to be abusive. Seat covers just don't seem viable.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    Things can get misinterpreted by the reader, too.
  • I am going for 2013 Ford Escape with Stone leather seats. But after seeing forum posts about stained seats, I am tensed and now in double minds.

    Can anyone with "stone leather" seats on 2103 Ford Escape confirm that they too see spots on the seats out of nowhere? Also, water/snow flakes creating stains is also a problem with these "stone leather seats" or is it only with cloth seats?

    This is going to be my first Ford car, so a bit nervous. Need to make up my decision in 2-3 days.
  • mikeo56mikeo56 Posts: 16
    edited February 2013
    I have the stone leather,
    No spots from water although not too much rain or snow has entered my car.
    They are nice looking but they do pick up the dirt stain easy.
    I have cleaned them with a mild soapy water and they have come clean no problem there with the water. I have 1800 miles and have cleaned them 3 times takes 3 minutes. If you are not worried about heat in the summer I would go with the darker color, my wife wanted the stone, although the darker color will get hot.
    Just finished our longest trip so far very hilly terrain almost mountain passes got 27 almost all hwy 32 degrees 70 mph traveling about 375 miles.
    1.6 ltr FWD No problems with the car. :D
  • donl1donl1 Posts: 109
    I have Stone Leather in my 2011 Taurus and that's why I ordered black leather for the Escape that I'm waiting for.
  • So we have had our 2008 Escape for about 3 years now and the seats were horribly stained. Some did have the white rings around them, some did not. Ford dealer said there was nothing they could do and I had tried so many things to get rid of them UNTIL my last resort was posting a message on Facebook asking my friends to give suggestions for stains. One friend sent me one that had been circulating on FB and to my amazement, it works!!! My seats are so much cleaner and the stains have gone away. It really is amazing that this works! The "recipe" is 1 C. Blue Dawn Dish Soap, 1 C. White Vinegar and 1 C. Club Soda. You put this all in a spray bottle and spray the seats liberally. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and then scrub with a clean brush. I also followed this up with wiping down with a clean white rag. If you have the awful seat stains, you MUST TRY THIS...I wish I could post my before and after pictures..I am totally amazed, still, at how great this works!!!
  • I hate leather..hot in the summer and damn cold on teh butt in the cold weather. Rather have cloth. The so called environment seats feel like the old polyester seats of the 60's. And classless! To each their own.
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