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#329 of 736 Fuel Economy
Nov 07, 2012 (9:26 am)
I picked up my 2013 Escape SEL just over a week ago, and the reported Fuel consumption is no where near what is advertised. The car reports fuel usage at an average of 12L/100KM or 19 miles/gallon, and I have been doing 90% highway driving. When I spoke to the dealer, they advised that this is normal for new vehicles, and that I should see better results, and in some cases better than advertised, once I drive about 6,000-10,000 KMs. I find this to be very odd.
There is also a strong smell of gas when the car idles.
Just want to know if others have experieced the same, and if the fuel ratings do in fact improve over time.
Nov 07, 2012 (11:34 am)
Just wondering if anyone has any information on the recommended mileage for doing the first oil change. The manual seems to be silent on this. With the kind of driving I do I'll probably go about 5,000 miles or so between changes. But was thinking that it might be prudent to do the first one sooner. Any thoughts on this. Thanks.
#331 of 736 Re: First Oil Change [ghostpepperguy]
Nov 07, 2012 (12:02 pm)
The need for early first oil changes and the such no longer apply. Today's engines no longer need to have this done.
I presume it has an oil life monitor? Follow that and you should be fine.
#332 of 736 Re: Ford Escape 2013 excessive exhaust fumes [reh999]
Nov 07, 2012 (6:15 pm)
Great news! After that many kms, that's service! It must have been as bad if not worse than our first one. No problems yet with ours. Fingers crossed.
#333 of 736 Front license plate holes?
Nov 07, 2012 (6:23 pm)
I've got a 2013 Escape Titanium with about 1000 miles on it, and have been very pleased with it so far -- none of the problems that others have reported (fingers crossed!).
The dealer transferred my license plates from my old truck over to the Escape when I bought it and I didn't see them do it. I just removed the front license plate (as it's not required in my state) and was somewhat surprised to find that there's no real license plate "mount" for the front license plate. It looks like there's just a couple of holes in the plastic on the front bumper, almost like they were just drilled there and the screws for the front license plate were just screwed into those holes. Needless to say, it looks pretty unprofessional with the front license plate off. Can anyone else confirm whether this is the way that it's supposed to be, or (as I'm wondering) did my vehicle not come with a front license plate mount and my dealer did some kind of makeshift job of installing the front license plate?
#334 of 736 Re: Front license plate holes? [escapeti2013]
Nov 08, 2012 (3:54 am)
Yes that is standard. No front license plate mount so they just drill two holes and screw it on. I know it looks like crap. If you don't require a front plate and already have the holes, then I would get two decorative pan head or truss head bolts and fill in the holes. Could even be nylon bolts or screws if you could find them in black.
#335 of 736 Re: 2013 Ford Escape [vdm123]
Nov 08, 2012 (10:23 am)
At the moment, I would have to agree with the MyFord Touch being buggy. I recently purchased a 2013 Titanium Ford Escape, which I love! The MyFord Touch, not so much! I have an iPhone 4S (I am an IT Admin BTW) and I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively. I bought the Escape because of the MyFord Touch and phone pairing, but have found the sync process to be erratic, buggy and unreliable. The Touch system has already been replaced once (I bought the car in October) because the clock quit keeping time. My problems have been - sometimes it works seamlessly with my phone several times in a row (even if i'm out of the car for hours), indexes, my device to show the titles and autoplays my books. Sometimes the screen shows symbols instead of titles. Sometimes I can get out of the car for 10 minutes and it can't reconnect with my phone when I get back in. Frequently, it says "no Bluetooth audio device can be found" though my phone is right there. When it can't find Bluetooth, the car radio comes blasting on and deafens me (this is the most annoying thing for both my husband and myself). Sometimes the voice says it has suceeeded to play my device, but I have to push play on the phone for it to actually work. Sometimes it succeeds, but plays through the phone instead of the car. Sometimes it plays fine. Though paired with my phone, sometimes it says it is connected when it is really not and I have to disconnect and reconnect from the phone to get it sync back up. I have called Syncservices three times, reset the master on the MyFord Touch system twice and soft reset and hard reset my iPhone multiple times with the same results. It is very frustrating! My Jabra and Motorola Bluetooth devices are way more reliable than MyTouch and link with my phone seamlessly every time. Ford is trying to point the finger at my phone Bluetooth, but if that were the case I think I would be having problems with my other Bluetooth devices as well. Because I love my iPhone, my expectations of the system were high. I am very disappointed and frustrated with the MyFord Touch on my 2013 Escape!
#336 of 736 Re: Front license plate holes? [escapeism]
Nov 08, 2012 (11:08 am)
These days as a general rule there are 2 "dimples" in the plastic facing of the front (bumper?). Nutplates are already mounted behind those dimples so all that is left to do is DRILL!
#337 of 736 Re: 2013 Ford Escape [clwalker3]
Nov 08, 2012 (1:14 pm)
I am afraid that you are not the only one having that problem. I have a 2013 Titanium AWD that I love but hate the Touch/Sync system for its bugginess and inconsistency. I have an iphone 5 which is paired via bluetooth to the system. The phone connection works fine. However, I like to stream Pandora to the system and listen to music. This is a hit and miss proposition. To the point that it got so frustrating that I have given it up for the time. Also, the voice response system and I don't get along. My dealer called me to see how things were going and I told him all is fine with a couple of exceptions, one being that the "lady" and I are no longer in speaking terms.
The car is great to drive and a lot of fun. The touch system is not there yet as well as the gas mileage. Although mine has been improving (up to 19 mpg on the last fill combined mileage). Also, the small fuel tank limits the range quite a bit and is a small pain.
Lets hope that Ford does a software update to the system and things get better. Otherwise it will continue to be an unreliable and inconsistent system.