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#339 of 663 Re: 2013 Escape MPG [al63017]
Nov 09, 2012 (3:34 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 663 Re: 2013 Escape underperforms and is not ready for prime time [al63017]
Nov 09, 2012 (3:38 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 663 If it only worked!
Nov 09, 2012 (4:23 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 663 Should I wait to get Escape? Please advise
Nov 10, 2012 (2:08 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.
#343 of 663 Get the escape
Nov 10, 2012 (2:18 pm)
I have the titanium and I love it. It is the best car I have owned and I have had a lot. It drives like a sport car yet I have gotten 44.5 miles to the gallon for over 25 miles at a time. I have had no issues wih my escape. I say get it you will love it
#344 of 663 Re: Get the escape [jlrahn]
Nov 10, 2012 (2:24 pm)
I love my escape. It's a fantastic car.
#345 of 663 Re: Should I wait to get Escape? Please advise [john4023]
Nov 10, 2012 (3:26 pm)
I have Titanium and no problems. Trip today 90% hiway 27mpg. I would be thinking about what car to buy also after reading this forum. My car was built about 6 months after they first came out so think they are getting better. They are not great on gas in the city, one poster from San Francisco is unhappy as he drives in the city a bunch and some hills. If I had it to do over again I would buy a BMW X1 that just came out. Not that I do not like the car but about the same price and 5 years of free maint.. Plus I came out of a German car and there is just something about them they seem only to have.. So my reason for a do over are not quality related but just the driving experience. I also found the Titanium about same price as SEL if I added 2.0 engine. The first year can have some problems and these forums are most often used by people with problems as few people post to say how much they love their car. I appreciate all the posters as they have helped me so much.
#347 of 663 Re: Get the escape [jlrahn]
Nov 10, 2012 (5:51 pm)
I think saying that 44 mpg is possible is doing a disservice to anyone interested in purchasing this vehicle. That is not real world mpg. Not even close.
#348 of 663 Re: Get the escape [escapeism]
Nov 10, 2012 (7:44 pm)
You are right! I've had my 2013 Escape since July, and I'm getting around 28 mpg. Nowhere near what is being touted about this vehicle by Ford. I've contacted them and they are telling me to take it to my dealership to have it tested.
I've also been reading that premium gas is recomenned for this vehicle. I wish I'd know all this before I purchased it. I would have kept on looking.....