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2013 Ford Escape repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (16%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 196 repairs.

2013 Ford Escape

Engine not specified

5300 mi Burning smell from first day the car was picked up with 14 miles on it 

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2013 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

16000 mi Recall 14s17, correct driveability issues due to splices in wiring harness 
72540 mi Splash shield is removed for engine oil changes, fastener threads stripped after 14 oil changes, inadequate design. Mechanic installed new fasters, not a permanent repair. 

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2013 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

13000 mi Car began hesitating, clunking into gears and felt like it was going to die. Caused by a wiring harness that is part of a new recall. Parts for the recall are not available for another month so dealer made repairs to the harness instead. 
29000 mi Gas smell in car and in garage. PCV hose replaced per TSB 
15500 mi Pop sound in exhaust. Repaired as per TSB. 
16080 mi oil leaking from turbo engine stalling on highway, throttle assembly replaced 
70000 mi Check engine light on, loud thumping/flatulence sound from the rear of the car. Gas filler tube assembly gasket released gas tank pressure, dealer re-seated the gasket and couldn't reproduce the noise. 
84000 mi

US $351
Check engine light was on, car had difficulty starting after refueling. Expected symptom after previous problem could not be reproduced- dealer said vent valve failure was likely with time, but driving was safe. Should wait until repeatable. 
37000 mi Turbo cooler hose failed 
4000 mi The car stalled and would not restart 
5000 mi Applied TSB to address the stall no start issues that occurred last month 
37700 mi initial road trip with car, on the freeway, intermittent odd noise coming from rear of vehicle. After 10 minutes, attempted to pull over and check, vehicle died on exit ramp and would not start for several minutes. Same problem as previous. Strange sound, Stall, no start. Started engine using process to start a flooded engine. Shop could not duplicate. Same symptoms as above. I diagnosed the issue based on knowledge of recall on Mazda vehicles. (Spider egg sac in gas tank purge line.) Noise car was making was vacuum in gas tank caused by faulty purge control valve. 
21700 mi Intermittent rough idle 
3000 mi The heat shield over the muffler and catalytic converter tore loose due to poor design and had to be replaced. 
10300 mi Engine light came on, dealer could not fine a problem, it happened again. After restart engine light went out both times. Car ran fine after 
14260 mi changed the muffler according to Ford's SSM concerning the "ping sound" at cold start. 
18600 mi The escape kept stalling all of a sudden with message : engine problem. service now. . Then after re-ingnition it would be fine for a couple of days. Took it to Ford where they performed TSB 13-12-12, changing wires. 

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2013 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

turbocharged 178hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

18000 mi Service engine light came on day after purchase and wouldn't clear thy checked codes and replaced the coolent bypass solenoid , checked the system and cleared the codes repair done under warranty 
85500 mi

US $750
Leaking hose. 
46880 mi coolant was low. they found a loose hose clamp. pressure held for 1 hr afterwards 
24000 mi Low coolant warning. Replace water pump. Engine hesitation and raving. 
29000 mi Check engine light with service engine warning. Engine goes into limp mode. Reset on restart. 8 times in month. Wire harness splices repaired. 
10000 mi TSB 13-7-5ISSUE: Some 2013 Escape vehicles equipped with 1.6L or 2.0L Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection (GTDI) engines may exhibit difficult to start, runs rough at start up, crank no start, lack of power, loss of RPM or hesitation concerns with 
15000 mi hose was leaking antifreeze 
14700 mi Over heat 
18000 mi Overheated 
20000 mi Overheated 
20500 mi Would not start, wire issue 
21500 mi Overheated yet again 
28000 mi check eng. light on 

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2013 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

turbocharged 178hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

11160 mi Car vibrates incredibly when at a standstill when in Drive, or Reverse. When in neutral or park it doesn't vibrate at all. Ford says they can't do anything about it. Seems like a drivetrain issue but Ford is ignoring. Only present on 1.6L. 
7000 mi Odor of coolant after driving. Had to replace degas tank to correct. POOR MPG's. Advertised as 30mpg highway. Never better than 23. Ford knows of issue and will come out with a re-flash for the engine software this summer. That is what I was told by dealer. 
15000 mi Coolant odor. 3rd trip into shop they decided water pump defective. Dealer performed recall for cooling system also. Dealer also replaced exhaust system due to popping noise when starting engine cold in morning. They also flashed computer 
38000 mi replaced leaking water pump, along with recall for overheating. 
35000 mi Low coolant warning light appeared. Dealer replaced leaking water pump. The vehicle claimed it was overheating and would not move. Towed to dealer, and they couldn't find a problem. They topped off the coolant and returned the car to me. 

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2013 Ford Escape 4dr SUV

168-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

3100 mi Suddenly the main screen displayed "Engine failure" and the engine became extremely weak. They ran some diagnostics but couldn't find a cause, it fixed itself. It looked like overheating to me. Rescheduled for a software reset next Tuesday. Engine failure warning, no acceleration, diagnosed as acceleration body failure, sensors not reporting back to main computer. Repair delay due to replacement part shipping and testing. 

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2013 Ford Escape Engine Problems

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