2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2020 Hyundai Accent SE (daughter #2)
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.
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.
@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.
It looks like you have to remove the air filter box to change the battery.
Hm, well that's about when many of us start to see mpg creeping up. Maybe the warmer weather will help too.
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!!!
When was the last time you read about an issue with the 1.6 that hasn't been addressed many months ago?
Have 5 2012 Escapes in my fleet, and one 2013 SEL now. My drivers love the performance and everything else about the car. Only issues have been oil leaks - the left front CVJ boot tore, allowing oil to leak out to the wheel. Ford replaced it free, of course. While there, the dealer noticed some seepage around the something or other cover, and fixed that too. I've been buying Escapes for my fleet since 2006, and have been extremely satisfied. Never had a bad one. 15 Escapes later, still think they are the best Courier vehicle around. Depreciation is minimal, performance is awesome, and the drivers love how they fit. Even had one Hybrid. Actually got better mileage than a Camry Hybrid I had.
Refused to buy a 1.6 one back in December and am still very happy I decided to run the other way. My Tuscon has been a great vehicle and we are very happy with it and it's great warranty. So far, nothing to go back to dealer for except it's first gratis oil change.
Like the looks of the Escape but after what i read about that engine, no way would I ever think to purchase one!
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