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2013 Ford Escape



  • selescapeselescape Posts: 2
    I drove a 2003 mountaineer.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,033
    I have a 2002 Explorer and over 50 mph it sounds like one of the rear windows is open.
    The first time or two I was in the Escape, I heard some wind noise (cross bars?), but I don't remember hearing last time I drove it.
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  • mikeqtmikeqt Posts: 9
    toyota corolla
  • nr7000nr7000 Posts: 6
    Hi, guys. Year-long lurker/first time poster.

    I apologize if I've posted in the wrong forum, but here goes. My dad is a Ford employee and I can get "D-plan" pricing on new Ford vehicles through him. This translates to about a 4% discount. This would be on top of the $2000 available rebate. The 2013 Escape "S" model with these discounts is right around my price point.

    The other vehicle in contention is a certified 2011 CR-V EX with under 40,000 miles. This would likely bring a similar price tag.

    Naturally, my dad is pushing me to get the Escape "S", but Hondas are just so reliable, and that's very important to me. What do you think?

  • nr7000nr7000 Posts: 6
    Can't edit or delete my post anymore, so here's an addendum: the sale price of a base model 2013 Escape "S" for me would be $19,844.

    The sales price for the well maintained, certified 2011 CR-V EX FWD with around 30K miles would likely be between $20,000 and $20,800.

    I have serious concerns about the reliability of the new Escape, but far fewer with a used CR-V. What do the more experienced here think? Your opinions are highly appreciated.

    Thanks again,
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    Go with what you're going to be most satisfied with. I'm not familiar with what trim level the EX is, but the Escape S is pretty basic transportation with no frills and it comes standard with the 2.5L Duratec engine. That's one of the best engines in the Ford lineup and you don't need to worry about its reliability. Personally, I think the Escape looks better than the 2011 CRV.
  • johnnyumajohnnyuma Posts: 54
    Don't forget a new Ford Escape will have the full warranty (3 year bumper to bumper and 5 year drive train). A used Honda CRV might have some warranty remaining (depends on mileage).
  • tvumbacatvumbaca Posts: 4
    I would just test drive both to see which performs to your liking. Since the Escape S come with the basic engine and no ecoboost, I'd see how it performs compared to the CR-V you're looking at. I think both cars are solid choices and that you would just need to judge how each of them handles. Could make a big difference. Before I bought an Escape SE, I tested the Mazda CX-5 and although it looked nice, was well equipped and price was really good, the engine just had no power at all. That was all I needed to see in order to cross it off my list of options.
  • nr7000nr7000 Posts: 6
    Thanks, guys, for your input. I feel that the Ford vehicle offers a higher quality interior and better looks. Possibly better MPG. These are all important to me.

    The CR-V offers dependability, which is also important to me. Perhaps most important.

    I'm leaning Ford at this point. I can scrape together the money for either S or SE, and at such deep discounts it is hard to pass it up, given that it would be totally new.

    Thanks again! :shades:
  • automelon48automelon48 Posts: 105
    Anyone else notice that there is a whistling noise coming from the drivers side mirror?
    I notice it when I am going 25+ Mph and the window is down. Very annoying. Makes me want to keep my window up, all the time. I notice that if I fold the mirror in partially, then the whistling stops.
    Sounds a bit like a turbo whine, but it's not. The turbo's in these things are very muffled. I have scarcely ever heard mine.
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  • mikeqtmikeqt Posts: 9
    Are all the ac exhaust vents chrome plated?. Mine is and it reflects in the door mirror so bad that I can't see out of it very well. If some are black I will change mine.
  • pzampzam Posts: 19
    I think they are all this way. I agree it is annoying at first. I'm used to it now, and I don't even notice it.
  • donl1donl1 Posts: 112
    Never noticed mine...must be doing something wrong. ;)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 70,555
    It's traditional to drive with your eyes open.. ;)


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  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    edited May 2013
    I don't have that problem and don't recall having seen anything on the Escape forums, but I've read about 2012 Focus mirrors whistling. If I recall, the sound is made by air traveling through the gap between the mirror and the support where the mirror pivots. One fellow put foam rubber in there and others put tape over the gap. I recall one person on a Focus forum had Ford replace the mirrors, but good luck with that. See if you and scrounge up some black foam and push it in the gap with a thin blade.
  • tobasco27tobasco27 Posts: 2
    coldnfrosty - did you ever get your radar detector mounted? I also noticed that it didn't look like the Blendmount would work on the new 2013 Escape. I'm still trying to figure out what to do. Did you ever get yours installed?

  • automelon48automelon48 Posts: 105
    Thanks for the reply. I will try putting something in there to see if that addresses the problem. I am surprised that no one else has mentioned this. If these are all built on the same assembly line, then should all whistle. Maybe everyone else drives with the windows up and the A/C on.
  • coldnfrostycoldnfrosty Posts: 25
    edited May 2013
    Yes. I used a ProClip.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,033
    Last Saturday, I actually drove my wife's Escape and tested for the noise.
    Didn't hear anything unusual.
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  • milano327milano327 Posts: 9
    Loaded a few groceries in the Escape tonight with the manual rear lift gate and grabbed the handle Ford conveniently provides for pulling the lift gate down and OOPs, the lift gate stayed up and the trim panel with convenient handle provided came down.

    As usual it is plastic, even the part that pulls the lift gate down and something is broken off inside the projections molded in the panel.

    Trip to the dealer tomorrow should be entertaining.
  • milano327milano327 Posts: 9
    The inner trim panel is held on by several molded in plastic push tabs. The handle is secured by two screws that engage metal clips in the inner door structure and are installed at the factory before the handle is clipped in place.

    Both screws had fallen out and the push pins for the rest of the panel came loose when I pulled the gate down.

    To access the screws the handle has to be removed and it is attached by plastic tabs with metal clips over the tabs. Chances of breaking one or both tabs is high.

    When the large panel pulled off, it messed up one of the short trim panels that go up the sides of the lift gate so they have to order the part and back to the dealer for an hour for a five minute fix.

    The technician said this is the second one he had seen like this. Maybe not common but certainly not unknown. He put Loctite on the screws and hopefully that will permanently fix the issue.
  • tvumbacatvumbaca Posts: 4
    Just wanted to update on the Transmission issue we've seen:
    Well I took it to the dealer and luckily the transmission showed the same clunky delayed shifting when going from park to drive. The technician was in the passenger seat when it happened. So the problem was confirmed and they tested everything out and ultimately their fix for this was to replace a part that they called the "valve body", and did some reprogramming to the computer. Not sure yet if all is well since I have not driven too much since the fix.
    Anyway for you guys seeing the same problem, take it to the dealer and let them know that this is a documented issue and make sure they fix it.

    At first they could not duplicated the symptom I was seeing so they did nothing. I went ahead and contacted Ford customer care directly and they assisted me with setting up another appointment to take a test drive with a technician to help them duplicate the problem and confirm it. Luckily the problem showed up right when we started the test drive. This was a huge concern for me, I thought I was getting stuck with a :lemon:
  • maniac4maniac4 Posts: 41
    Nah they fixed it for you. I think ford needs to review their dealers. I appears the dealers are ruining fords reputation. The Escape is excellent. but the dealers are horrid.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Lets chalk that up to personal opinion. My family is dealing with a nightmare in regards to the 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD.

    After many service department trips because of many CEL's and random dead batteries, along with FE that cannot top 19 mpg, the transmission is acting up. In 3rd gear, in both select shift sport mode, or regular drive, there is loss of RPM's , about 300-400, and then the RPM's pick back up. There is no specific RPM where this happens. It happens as long as 2,500 and as high as 5,000. It's a concern. Whether this is a normal characteristic or not remains to be seen as I have yet to drive another one to verify.
  • donl1donl1 Posts: 112
    No it is not normal. That's what the warranty is for. ;)
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    The Ford dealer claims nothing is wrong. They won't fix what's not broken, according to them.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,033
    anyone have a roof top cargo box?
    I have one but it's huge, 7 feet long, 18 cu ft.
    That won't work on the Escape.
    I did some homework, but I'm hoping someone has one.
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  • what kind of computer or program would be needed to tweak the engine for much better gas mileage. We are emissions crazy here, so gas mileage suffers.
    A mechanic told me that in Europe is opposite, they are not as stringent on emission. But get much better mileage.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,033
    in the Escape. What a lead foot. Not sure if she usually drives like that or just wanted to ditch as soon as possible. ;)
    Anyways, warmer weather and a few more miles have bought things up to average.
    Don't want to say what 'things' is.
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  • lateralglateralg Posts: 929
    If tweakable, I'd like to see turbo boost begin at a later throttle opening. My Scangauge tells me that boost begins earlier than I need or want it.
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