Last post on May 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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#532 of 653 Re: Ford 2013 escape deceleration, drag & lurching when engaging gas pedall. [geronimo60]
Jan 09, 2013 (3:52 am)
This sounds a lot like what the EcoBoost trucks were seeing with condensation problems causing drivability and acceleration issues (bad ones!). Yours is the first report I've seen of this type of problem with one of the four cylinder EcoBoost vehicles, but I was wondering if it wasn't possible when I read about the trucks.
It sounds pretty serious, and I'd keep on the dealership until the problem is verified, and hopefully, if possible, corrected. And please keep us informed!
Jan 09, 2013 (4:45 pm)
So far, after just under 3300 miles my wife's AWD Titanium is averaging just under 22 mpg.
In my experience, it will take up to 10k miles before the drive train is broken in.
All three of the vehicles being currently driven locally have just had their worst fuel mileage, two since last winter due to the cold weather.
The 2013 does not fit a wheel chair as well as the '09 my wife drove before that.
Electronics are working out great.
#534 of 653 2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6L 4WD
Jan 10, 2013 (12:29 pm)
On Monday, 1/7, I went into a lease on an Escape. My previous leased vehicle was a 2011 Ford Fusion SEL with AWD. I'm hoping since it's a 4 cyl engine, it will have better gas mileage than my previous Fusion, which was 6 cyl.
I found the Fusion was fine in bad weather, didn't really have enough snow in the Winter of 2012 here in my part of NY to really guage. I've previously had a 2006 Ford Explorer, the year of the "new styled handle", and that was fantastic in snow.
Though I'm not new to Ford cars (I'm 48 and with the exception of once having a Chevy Trailblazer, and a Toyota Highlander), I've mostly had Fords. Wondering how the Escape is as a small category SUV?
#535 of 653 Update on our 2013 Escape experiences
Jan 10, 2013 (3:08 pm)
Fuel economy first (copied this part over on the other topic too, without the rest that follows here):
In my latest update, our 2.0l SEL 4WD, since around Christmas Eve, has returned an average closer to 25.5 mpg overall. This also needs to take into account colder temperatures during this period. We got snow XMas Eve and again 2x since, just in large enough amounts and with enough cold air to keep most of it around for two weeks, and even now there are small patches that haven't melted completely away yet, but mostly where it was piled from shoveling or plowing. The worst average tank for this period was just over 23 mpg.
Overall, taking into consideration the 'ideal' nature of the EPA testing process, this is right in line or even a bit better than the car is 'supposed' to return- I have a mixed drive of rural highway, town, city, and interstate, with speeds anywhere from 25 to 70 mph, and these tanks were with me driving five over wherever the speed limits were under 70, or 70 in 70 mph zones.
The most recent tank, with temperatures in the mid-upper-50's, is already over 25.5 mpg, and looking to hit 26 (warmer weather, slightly higher % hwy affecting the numbers). I've had over 29 on occasion, without ever having a single tank of *all* highway driving.
I'd love to get the opportunity for the latter, but time and opportunity have to get together first.
The other stuff:
We paid for the Ford Service Plan when we bought our car, and got to feel good about ourselves this week, as we took the Escape in for it's first routine service. The 'routine' service was an oil change and tire rotation, mainly, along with the stuff they check (never sure how much or even if they really check all the 'belts', fluid levels, filters, etc.). The car had just over 6000 miles on it, and the dealership swapped the factory oil for full synthetic oil.
Routine part over.
We also requested that they update the MyFordTouch w/SYNC to the latest version (note, in case it wasn't mentioned here, because I don't recall and haven't looked again lately- a new version came out sometime in November or early December). Our clock has reset itself several times, once at around 11PM on a night that I know the car was parked! According to another site I follow, this seems to have been rectified with the newer release. Our system has also been caught rebooting once (erm, 'performing routine scheduled maintenance' is the term I think the display had as it came back from a black screen). So far no more clock resets, though our 64GB SD card loaded with ~20GB of music hasn't successfully been fully indexed yet (again, the display says- it's 'indexing' the card, and apparently only does it while driving), despite around 2+ hours on the road so far since the update reset / cleared the system and we reinserted the card. I recall the previous version taking a while, but somehow it didn't seem this long..
Otherwise, it's been a pretty good experience. The hatch issue hasn't recurred, and we haven't had other problems outside of SYNC, and even SYNC's problems haven't kept any basic functionality from working, if a bit annoyingly at times.
Glad we bought this vehicle.
#536 of 653 Door handles sticking
Jan 10, 2013 (3:31 pm)
Over the past couple of weeks I've noticed that occasionally when I pull the exterior door handle, it will stick in the "out" position instead of going back in, and I have to give it a little nudge to get it to go back in. Has anyone encountered anything similar? I've noticed it mostly with the driver's door since that's the one that I use, but it has happened once or twice with other doors so I don't think it's just a problem with the driver's door. Not a huge issue but somewhat annoying, and I'm wondering if anyone has had something similar happen and if/how they got their dealership to do anything about it.
#537 of 653 Re: Update on our 2013 Escape experiences [usa1fan]
Jan 10, 2013 (10:05 pm)
I glad I got the Escape and it isn't a full week. I've seen people post about Continental tires, but tires aren't perfect. I had a brand new Highlander in 2004 and after 16K miles and regular rotations I had to replace all 4 Toyo brand tires.
Also, I learned from an experience in 1995, that Ford Motor Co rates dealerships. I found out the one I've been using since 1996 is number 1 in my area.
Some who had oil issues and had to do with the dipstick, you may want to find out another dealer you can use for service
#538 of 653 Re: Update on our 2013 Escape experiences [kathymcc123]
Jan 11, 2013 (5:09 am)
Where can I find out what my dealer rating is according to Ford.
#539 of 653 Re: Update on our 2013 Escape experiences [escapeism]
Jan 11, 2013 (7:50 am)
Back in 1995, I called information for Ford headquarters in Detroit and talked to someone in the Chairman's office who transferred me to their Quality Assurance Dept. I'm sure you can Google that department etc to get a nimber
#540 of 653 Re: Door handles sticking [escapeti2013]
Jan 11, 2013 (8:59 am)
Sounds like a warranty item. Just demo that to the dealer and I am sure they will take care of it.
Jan 11, 2013 (11:47 am)
Yeah, the dealership should take care of the door handle. I haven't seen it with my Escape and I got it 4 days ago