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#107 of 653 Re: Loss of acceleration [flbent]
Aug 22, 2012 (3:50 am)
What was the driving conditions at the time?? Lots of humidity? raining outside? How long had you been driving in these conditions? I only ask because it appears to happen with the F-150 eco when driving for long periods at highway speeds when the dew point and air temp are the same.
#108 of 653 Re: Loss of acceleration [escapeism]
Aug 22, 2012 (4:11 am)
In each of the three times it happened weather was dry and road conditions were excellent. The dealer did call to say they needed another day.
#109 of 653 Re: Loss of acceleration [wwest]
Aug 22, 2012 (4:21 am)
I live in Florida. Its always humid.
#110 of 653 Re: Seems they have previous issues [shark_diver]
Aug 22, 2012 (7:26 am)
Thanks Shark Diver. In my case they have so far taken out the windshield and put it back again as they thought it was a faulty seal. Then they intend to clean the headliner and put it back. I'm not happy and it is hard to get hold of Ford at the best of times. It is just not good enough and I intend to put my point strongly. As you say, it has probably been leaking since it left the factory. Both my wife and I have allergy issues and asthma, so don't want mold or toxic chemicals in the confined space.
I am sick of Ford already. Should have got a Volkswagen.
#111 of 653 Re: Seems they have previous issues [escapeism]
Aug 22, 2012 (7:35 am)
Yes, we have roof rails, but the dealer seems to think it's coming through the windshield. They have taken it out and re installed it. The annoying thing is that they are putting back the old 'stained' headliner after cleaning it. That isn't good enough in my opinion.
#112 of 653 Re: 2013 Ford Escape Leaking Roof [shark_diver]
Aug 22, 2012 (7:37 am)
Just had our new 2013 Escape for 11 days. Was loving it, but just noticed that water has been coming in through somewhere and soaking the headliner. Reason I know is because of a water stain on the headliner around the top of the frame on the driver's side. I notice from previous comments on this forum about the same issue. Seems like the new escape is prone to this problem.
Be interesting to see how many people have had this issue.
We don't have a sun roof on ours so that can't be blamed.
A previous poster is correct when they say that it sucks the joy out of new car ownership.
I have been in contact with Ford and awaiting a response from them and will talk to my dealer tomorrow.
I will post when I find out more. I certainly don't want a brand new car in for repairs for days and a new headliner to hide other damage caused by the water getting in.
#113 of 653 Re: 2013 Ford Escape Leaking Roof [novascotiaguy]
Aug 22, 2012 (9:36 am)
Sounds like someone on the windshield assembly line needs to be retrained. Of course the caulking could be the culprit. Geez, so many variables when it comes to this kind of stuff. Sometimes when I work on my vehicles the smallest of jobs turns into a big pain in the butt. It just reminds me of "if you want something done right then do it yourself". Of course we all can't go to the Ford factory and watch our vehicles get built, let alone build them ourselves!! Sorry about the rant cause I feel for you folks having problems.
#114 of 653 Re: Seems they have previous issues [novascotiaguy]
Aug 22, 2012 (3:41 pm)
I hope you had the dealer sub this work to a glass shop, the dealers do not do this type of work if they did your windshield will never be like the original installation.
#115 of 653 Re: New Escape? [davesnedegar]
Aug 27, 2012 (5:02 am)
If you haven't purchased a car yet, would like to give my opinion on 2013 Ford Escape. Have had the SEL for almost a month now. Has 2100 miles on it. Downsizing from 8 cyl Mercury Mt. The 2013 with turbo boost was the only 4 cyl that accomodated my 8 cyl lead foot. Also test drove the Honda CRV and Chevy Equinox. No to both, not enough power. Got 28.4 MPG on a trip. About 20 around town. Everyone that drives it is impressed with it's "zippy" "snappy" driving. It does drive like a car, not an SUV. Is fun to drive. The backup camera and blind spot indicators I love. No sign of leaky roof yet as others are complaining about. Although I have noticed that the radio will turn off for no reason. The "kick the foot under the back bumper to open the hatch" is also handy when your hands are full but you seem to have to kick it just in the right spot. And you must kick, waving or swiping your foot won't work. Got the SEL to get the leather interior with power seats but I do have serious issues with the seats. They are hard, uncomfortable. And they are about an inch or two too short. Anyone over 5ft is gonna have issues with the seating. And unless you are 6ft tall and can move the seat all the way back the arm rest is worthless. It is too low and too far back. Arms get pretty tired just hanging there. Have since purchased a large piece of foam to rest my arm on. But then it covers up the only "storage" for cell phone, etc that the driver has access too, which are two cup holders. The storage under the armrest is too deep to be any use. You will have to dig and dig to find anything. Glove box is roomy but driver can't reach it. There is some storage in door. The passenger seat is the only place you have to put purse, keys, phones, etc. So I make everyone ride in the back seat...just kidding. The SYNC my ride is absolutely worthless in my opinion. I seriously suggest anyone buying this car test drive it for at least an hour. Esp if you have back problems. The seats are my main issue with this car. And others that have drivin it notice right off that the edge of the seat does extend out far enough and causes serious stress on your legs. The seats need more padding or some springs or something and the seat bottom needs refashioned. Ford supposedly fashioned these seats after high end office chairs. These seats are not high end cos I have a comfortable office chair and these seats 'ain't' it!!
#116 of 653 Re: Seems they have previous issues [novascotiaguy]
Aug 27, 2012 (8:06 am)
There is a part of me that is feeling the same way. A couple of years ago I wouldn't have bought an American car. The only exception being my Jeep, which is more of a road going tractor than a car. Leaks and rattles are all part of its appeal, and the concept of fit and finish doesn't apply the same way on a vehicle with drain holes in the floorboard. Our last normal road car was an Infiniti G37 and it was flawless. We really loved that car, but we needed something that was baby friendly. I had come to believe that the American auto makers have really done a lot to improve their quality in the last few years and are now on-par with the Japanese competition, and the Escape was the only small SUV that didn't completely bore us. Now we have all these problems. I'm still not ready to say that the problems that others and I have had are anything more than statistical outliers, but we'll see. The replacement car we are getting on the 3rd is supposed to have gone through a much more rigorous inspection and build process. If that car has problems, then I guess I was at least wrong about buying this car, maybe about U.S. makers in general, and it may just make me go back to a Japanese maker.
I do wonder what is behind them choosing to fix your vehicle, when they replaced mine. Is it because when I had the problem, Ford had yet to see it, and thus hadn't isolated the cause and found a fix? Is it a dealership issue? I'm just curious what determines what customer gets what resolution. Maybe it was my extremely pregnant wife waddling into the dealership with tears in her eyes two days after picking up the car. Also, we did drop the car off on a Saturday and told them that under no circumstances did we want it back. The bank check hadn't even been processed by the finance dept.
I do hope they can get it resolved to your satisfaction.