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#333 of 740 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 740 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 740 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 740 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 740 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.
#339 of 740 Re: 2013 Escape MPG [al63017]
Nov 09, 2012 (2:34 pm)
I am driving in Los Angeles and getting an average of 23.9 miles per gallon. This average includes highway miles to Phoenix and Fresno.
#340 of 740 Re: 2013 Escape underperforms and is not ready for prime time [al63017]
Nov 09, 2012 (2:38 pm)
I've had my 1.6-liter Ford Escape SEL automatic for about 2 months. So far it has been in the shop for a total of 14 days. Engine light keeps turning on and sometimes the car won't shift up to third gear leaving me stuck at a maximum speed of 30 MPH (dangerous!). I also have the clock reset issue. Ford has decided to replace the high pressure fuel pump and inlet line (maybe a guess). I hope this solves the problem. I really thought the Ford Escape was great until I started having all these issues. I now have talked two people out of purchasing the Escape. It is too bad because I really wanted to believe in this car.
#341 of 740 If it only worked!
Nov 09, 2012 (3:23 pm)
Seems to be a general theme...
We were all sold on this vehicle for a great set of features.
An on those rare occasions where it works as designed, we love it.
Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the majority of the time.
This is my first domestic car purchase in the last 25 years after a bad experience with a Chevy. I won't be in a hurry to try that again!
#342 of 740 Should I wait to get Escape? Please advise
Nov 10, 2012 (1:08 pm)
So, I was pretty much ready to buy a 2013 Escape SEL with the 2.0 engine, panorama roof, towing package and parking package. With all the current incentives it comes out to $31,220 here in Seattle. My alternative is a 2012 Rav4 Limited for the Costco price of $29,500 (after $750 cash back). I figured it was a no-brainer to get the Escape because its seems like a better value given all the additional technology that comes with it.
Now having gone through this forum, it seems as if this model year of the Escape is loaded with problems. Can anyone please advise me whether or not we think the issues on this forum are typical of new cars, or do you guys think that the 2013 Escape has a higher than average problem rate and I should wait for a later model year to see if quality improves.
Unfortunately, I am dealing with an insurance total loss and need to make up my mind this weekend.