Little had changed with the Ford Escape since 2001. The four-cylinder and V6 engines are noisy. All three versions we tested had an unsettled ride and notable noise. Interior fit and finish is improved but remains lackluster. Virtues include interior spaciousness, easy access, and good visibility. Improved braking performance helps as well. A rear-view camera was made optional for 2010.
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"as already mentioned crossbar immediateley under rear window"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Some trim on the tailgate came loose and the dealer had to reattach"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint and finish deteriorating quickly even after taking good care of car with cleaning and waxing"

Robert H., OH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"paint peeling for no good reason"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint is cracking and peeling over the two rear wheel wells"

Bob V., ON (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The paint is coming off of course where the rust is looks bad"

Christine N., OH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front bumper"

Anonymous, MT (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust around wheel well and doors"

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rust pain coming off back bumpers and by trunk they fixed front around tires earlier"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"They repaire all problems! i was Happy"

Bonnie B., MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Flaw in the tailgate paint. Covered under warranty"

Robert C., MI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling down to bare metal on driver rear wheel well and liftgate"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Paint cracking and peeling around only one wheel"

Bev M., MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling on rear quarter panels"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The paint on the top of the lift gate started to peel off. Ford repainted it, at no charge, and so far it is ok"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Front grill chrome cracked, peeled, and the grill needed replaced"

Patricia P., PA (2012 Ford Escape XLS)

"this was a precursor to the rust. The paint began to peel off before the rust set in."

Bob V., ON (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Paint peeling wher3 rust was"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"peeling paint varies spots"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Paint began to chip and peel in two places on the front bumper."

Don S., MT (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Tailgate and rear well paint flaw peeling paint caused rust dealer knew it said I was out of warranty. I take it there for everything why did they miss it! Tech told me to try to fight for it I lost"

Carol Y., ON (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Substantial rust on rear wheel well. Ford won't fix under warranty. Wanted $5,000 to repair"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust: Both bracket hinges for rear hatch window developed white corrosion; PASS side bracket completely broke in two, DR side other was cracked approx. half way thru. As noted on rear hatch it was also corroded on inside (nut corroded on) due to window leak"

Nicole S., MI (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Paint is bubbling and metal is rusting on both rear wheel wells"

Timothy K., MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rusting on the upper portion of the wheel well - rear driver's side. Body shop states that it is a design flaw, fixing it would cost apx $800. The vehicle is only 5 years old!"

Kyle E., IL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The body rotted through on both sides above each rear wheel (along the fender well lip. The 60 month perforation wty had expired approx. 5-7 months before this happened. I can see why this happened. The wheel wells are constructed out of two pieces of painted sheet metal that are spot welded together. There is no sealant between the metal sheets, drainage looks minimal (trapping dirt and water) until it corrodes. This is a poor design and poorly manufactured. It is clearly designed to fail"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back quarter panels started to rust within 3 years"

Michael B., IL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Many rust spots on the body"

Perry B., ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back hatch door, rear fender wells above wheel"

Randal B., IA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Vehicle claimed it had a five-year rust warranty. Repeatedly took it back to the dealer. Repeatedly got the runaround from the dealer regarding the rust. Contacted Ford directly. Received no actual assistance from them. Finally told that complaint was no longer valid because of warranty had expired"

William M., IL (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear fender rusting from the inside out and paint peeling off"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Car rusting in rear wheel wells very early in it's life"

Robert H., OH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust is just starting on rear wheel well"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Rust over rear wheel wells and bottom of lift gate. Seems to be a common problem with this vehicle as I see the same rust pattern and paint peeling on Ford Escapes of the same vintage. And I always check when I see them in a parking lot. Ford dealer doesn't appear to care. Body shop says Ford worst company for standing behind their product"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust is forming on the bottom edge of the lift gate and under the wheel wells of both rear wheels"

Bob V., ON (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Above the right rear tire well there are spots of rust, paint is coming off, and the exterior is coming off"

Christine N., OH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bottom edge of rear lift gate became severely rusted after 4 years"

Marc C., NY (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Rust on tailgate, rust all over the car."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust developed in the driver side rear quarter panel. Apparently this is a problem with this vehicle given the dual panel construction. Water gets quite and they rust. It was quite early and repaired"

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wheel well panels are rusting. Just about every Ford Escape 2012 or older has the same problem. This shouldn't be happening. I was told when I bought the Escape that I didn't need to get it rustproofed. It would invalidate my body warranty. This was extremely bad advice! Every vehicle I bought previously I had it rustproofed. This resulted in no rust for well over 12 years."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"It started showing the significant signs of rust on the rear wheel wells on both sides after 4 years and now looks terrible. When Ford was contacted about the premature rust, they failed to help at all. My next vehicle will not be a Ford. We also have a 2004 Suburu Forester with no body rust at all so a I know that a solid body CAN be constructed."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The bottom of the tailgate and the body around the wheel wells rust on all of these. I haven't seen a single one without rust spots in those areas."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left quarter panel at wheel well is beginning to rust thru. Notice this is a problem with other Escapes of same vintage."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The rear fender wells were starting to rust due to chipping from road debris thrown by the tires. I had a repair shop repair and repaint the damaged areas. They also rust proofed the underside of the newly repaired areas."

Anonymous, VT (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"rust over the wheel well area. why don't you have a seperate trim over the rim around the wheel well. this would stop all the rust."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

"Tire well, rear panel started to rust."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

"The rear wheel well aprons and tailgate bottom began seriously rusting in the last 12 months. I learned this is a common problem for this vehicle after it was paid off. It would cost more to repair, so it will be driven until inoperable."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back side passenger door on drivers side + underside of back hatch"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"under carriage rust at the spare tire crank point under the rear hatch"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rust appeared on tailgate"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"beginning to rust at bottom seam of rear hatch"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"peeling paint has resulted in rust on driver rear wheel well and liftgate"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Lift back door hinge hardware rusty"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust starting around rear wheel wells on outside"

Tom M., ON (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"The tailgate and both rear wheel wells have severe rust which I was quoted thousands of dollars to fix. This should not be happening on a 6 year old vehicle."

Bob V., ON (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Rear wheel wells are both rusting. Have noticed it on other Escapes also, must be a regular problem."

Jim B., OH (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Rust on both rear fenders started in 2017. The car was only 5 years old. I thought that they had rust problems solved. Ford was unconcerned with the problem and would not help"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Rear quarter panels both started to rust above wheel wells"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"A lot of rust not covered by warranty"

Vincent P., IA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"rusting in the seam area it has for years an dealer told us they had corrected this problem"

John E., NY (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"discovered rust on the body over the rear wheels. Huge disappointment"

P T., MB (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Rust at bottom of rear hatch door and other areas on hatch door"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Rust around rear wheel wells. Repair shop said this was a common problem with ford escapes of that year. It was a bad design. To repair would have been $2000. I decided not to repair. This occurred after 5 years."

Susan D., PA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Surface rust on right-rear wheelwell"

Laura W., MO (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Design flaw around the rear tire wells; appears to be a common issue on all Ford Escapes of this style and age."

Fred H., NH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"no rust in the Impreza (was out in bad weather also). no rust in daughters vw. Rear wheel housing and fender eating thru"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Around the doors cost $1,500.00 to repair."

Mat P., IL (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford is notorious for poor body paint and rust and they essentially don't care. Every Escape from 2012 and earlier have the same paint flaking and rust patterns - bottom edge of back lift gate and around the rear wheel wells. Look around any parking lot and it's obvious that it is a well-known flaw."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear wheel wells peeling and rusting, right through in one spot"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"It is my understanding once rust has started it can not be stopped. I don't like driving a rusty vehicle as it gives the appearance that I did not care for it properly. I have given great care to this vehicle."

Shirley J., AB (2012 Ford Escape)

"the rear wheel well area on the outside is now rusting and I understand this is a Ford problem they have known about for years. A protective rim for the top of the wheel well would have been a better fix."

Linda F., CT (2012 Ford Escape)

"Rusting with paint chipping near left rear wheel well."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust in the rear wheel wells started at 4 years and Ford Motor cared little. On the right side the rust is almost through now."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Rear quarter panels rust by the wheel well"

Anonymous, NE (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tailgate started rusting in 2 years , LR wheel well RUSTING AT 3 YEARS , Ford would do nothing , asked at time of purchase an was told the problems they have had for years were taken care of , big joke"

John E., NY (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust over rear wjheels"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"rust has appeared around the rear wheel body"

Robert H., RI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There are many with the same problem, they rust and perferorate around the rear fenders,rear doors and talegate."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear wheel wells are rusting."

James W., MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear wheel well rusting, paint peeling"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust along the rear quarter panels. Looked at many other Escapes of this vintage and it's a problem that's common. Ford knows about it but is unwilling to correct the problems."

Robert D., AB (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"a 6 year old vehicle with only 60000 mi. should NOT be rusting out above the left rear wheel well. it is coming through the paint and have noticed loose pieces on the ground . And this vehicle is garaged every day. Not impressed."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Rear window leaks"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Back window leaks watervinside"

Michael B., IL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Drains in the sunroof have clogged and are causing water to leak into the cabin"

Ruth A., KY (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"sunroof leaks"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started 7 months ago, still not resolved"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We noticed a build up of water in the passenger compartment after a heavy rain, about 2 inches the first time. Following several repair attempts it was determined to be a leak/overflow from the sunroof drain system. We were finally able to clear the drains using plumbing drain cleaner very quickly poured through the drain system and rinsed. We are now doing this several times a year and have not had a recurrence of the problem."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Drivers side passenger door"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Moon roof misaligned - leaked in a car wash, but not when it rained. One day fix at dealer."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"This has been an ongoing issue that the dealership(s) have NOT been able to remediate. The rear hatch leaks small amounts of water into the rear cargo area, this has been ongoing since we purchased the vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The gasket on the lifting rear window was not sealing properly"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Rear hatch door leaks water when ever it rains"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"water leak around rear window"

Fred B., SC (2012 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"water leak on back window. Ford replaced seal. Warranty work"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Rear window leaks repaired by dealer"

George T., WA (2012 Ford Escape XLS)

"Slight water leak around top of rear tailgate window. Weather stripping replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Leaking roof into seat beat area (driver's side). Roof drain hole was plugged"

George P., GA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Window gasket failure. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Took it through the car wash and water leaked through the corner edge of the sunroof and the top of the hatchback or rear window"

P T., MB (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The sun/moonroof leaks and since we've had a lot of rain this year in Southern CA, it has stained the roof decor of my SUV"

Bob B., CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rear glass has had issues with water leaks for the last 5 years"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"rear glass seal leaks water. New gasket installed about a year and a half ago. Still leaks on occasion, have been told to clean gasket regularly. Can't seem to get glass to "sit tight" against gasket"

SUSn J., MA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there seems a sufficient quantity of weather stripping in the right locations, but they apparently don't seal out road dust in the rear door area. there is always a large area of dust at the wheel house area of both rear doors. also, the weather str"

Laurence P., NH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rear hatch leaking around glass"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seal around front passenger door. Repaired successfully"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Has wind noises during the winter months more than summer"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Took three attempts to fix the leak in the hatchback where water would run down the inside of the window during a car wash"

Ian H., ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"back hatch door leaked"

Bev N., ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Seal around window in tailgate leaks. The leak caused water to get into the door mechanism, this leak caused the door latch to get stuck and not able to get the tailgate open."

Erin P., OR (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear hatch window leaked day 1."

Adam F., OH (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sirius radio antenna leaks into headliner. Also read hatch window leaks."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Undiagnosed front suspension noise"

David M., MI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeak coming from lower passenger side windshield seal since approx 6-8 months old and progressively getting worse. Rented Escape from Major CarRental Company and it had the exact same squeak in same area. Was informed it was seal, and only way to eliminate it was to replace the windshield"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ball joint"

Rodger H., ON (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Engine developed knocking noise. Had it checked - couldn't find a problem, but it got worse"

Thomas R., NY (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was told a year ago when tech. replaced muffler, that a front stabilizer bar connection was worn and might cause rattling under the car. I put off having someone recheck/repair it due to some medical problems and not driving much. I plan to have it checked/repaired when the virus has cleared and have had no problems while driving."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"As the vehicle ages there are more squeaks and rattles that are more of an annoyance than a problem."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Squeaky belt"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When in drive and stopped, car makes a high chirping sound like a criket"

Charles C., VA (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings in rear suspension required replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a rattle in the passenger heat dust on dash only in winter until the heater warms than it goes away"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rattle from dashboard has been 'looked after' at least six times and the rattle is still there. Ford won't do anything under warranty even though the problem started long before the warranty expired"

Ian H., ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"the driver and passenger windows made a grinding noise when raised or lowered"

Devin S., IN (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The lower dash panel, the one below the steering assembly had a squeak, no big deal"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattle in rear of passenger compartment that I am't locate"

Anonymous, ID (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heard a sound in the front end when coming in for a stop and starting up again. Took it to the dealership and they lubricated the entire front end and the sound is gone"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"I noticed during the first few months that a ratteling sound could be from the underside but not all the time. It was intermitant and its been 2 months the rattles and noise is gone."

Linda F., CT (2012 Ford Escape)
Wind noise

"The seals around the front windshield are fraying, and the result is fairly significant wind noise when driving"

Bob B., CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"You can hear wind and road noise when driving on highways"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"This vehicle has had a problem of wind noise since it was new, primarily from the passenger door window area. Dealer has always said they couldn't find anything. Another noise are you didn't ask about is "road noise". This car has allot of it!"

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Wind noise from doors. Sometimes opening and re closing doors stops this for a bit"

SUSn J., MA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle is just plain noisy during driving"

David K., FL (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"sitting in the back seat you can't have a conversation with people in the front seat"

Thomas M., PA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Unbelievably noisy for a relatively new car"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Buffeting with a window partially down"

Dennis D., CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Dealer said primary cause of noise was roof rack."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"No A/C. Went to dealer, who said they could find nothing wrong. Lost the A/C again, took it back. Dealer said the compressor was shot, replaced it"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Third time during ownership of vehicle that the compressor has catastrophically failed"

Bernard-Ellen H., PA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed and had to replace"

Thomas R., NY (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ac compressor needs to be replaced. Does not function properly"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C went out. Mechanic refilled with dyed freon to trace leak. Leak was from compressor so had to replace entire thing."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"After losing refrigerant for two summers in a row, the compressor was replaced and we have not had a problem since."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Fan would only work on #3 & #4. Air would come on cold and then turn hot. If dial shut off it would work a bit and then do the same thing again. Listed below is what was done to car to repair this :Evac/charge system, replaced dryer, modified air box and replaced fan resistor."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"It has failed and a new compressor is needed and a drier too , I believe to be on the safe side."

Anonymous, NH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air was always blowing hot. It really started getting better after 8 times to the dealership.....It was fixed by outside mechanic"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failrure cost $1,300 in repairs."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seals on the compressor started leaking."

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor failed pushing refrigerant into parts it should not have been. Entire AC system must be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor stopped working and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"broke down completely and needed replacing"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"somehow the compressor/radiator had gotten a hole probably from a small rock. it was replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The compressor is engaged and on very hot days, the A/C works intermittently. I t will start cool and then after a while, only warm air"

Keith S., FL (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"I have replaced the blower motor resistor three times since I have owned vehicle. I was told that it is due to circuit board corrosion. It is a common issue with this model but Ford will not recall"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The compressor is engaged , yet the fan blows warm air, then cool for a couple seconds then warm air again"

Keith S., FL (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fan failed"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The low fan speed 1 and 2, were not working"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The problem started in July of 2017 when the weather was really hot and humid. The dialfor heat and air condition would only work on 2 of the numbers and would switch from air condioner to heat."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The air or heater only blows on the 3 setting or higher"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Blower motor resistor failed. This is a common problem and poor design. Blower would only operate in the two high speed positions. Corrosion causes the printed circuit board to fail."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The blower fan would not operate when the switch was in the 1 or 2 position. The problem began last summer with Position 1 first, then Position 2 went out about 4 weeks later. The problem does not involve fuses. Still unresolved."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Blower fan does not work at low settings."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The number 1 and 2 fan speeds failed. Needed to have resistor(s) replaced"

Delbert S., NC (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"replaced fan motor, mechanic thought it might be causing variable fan switch failure"

Weston P., MA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The air and heat do not work well when set to blow on your feet. Very little air comes through on the floor, but okay on the top. Had it in a few years back but the dealer saId it was okay. I love my Escape but the this has always bothered me"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Defroster stopped working"

Theo K., ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The heating and cooling system (fan) doesn't run well....never has. It can be adjusted, but it's like it gets used to that adjustment and you have to turn it up to get same air pressure from the fan"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"A resistor failed and had to be replaced. The medium and low fan speeds wouldn't work. I was told by the person who repaired it that Fords in general and Escapes in particular experience this often."

Charles M., WI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"blower motor on A/C causing excessive noise and vibrations when turned on, Eventually fixed, but took 3 visits to dealer to locate problem."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Air only blows on high, no low"

Laura W., MO (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Condensation from AC drips onto blower motor. Blower motor has been replaced three times."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Condenser

"AC condenser sprung a leak without warning"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C failed due to debris in system - entire system needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Had to have whole air conditioner system replaced. Yikes, expensive but need air cond. in 100 degree weather. Multiple leaks and failures in system."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Variable fan switch, failed 3 times"

Weston P., MA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Evaporator

"expansion valve failed"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"The blower only worked on high. Repair involved replacing more than just the blower"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Heater core leak"

Richard M., NY (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Heater core leaked and needed to be replaced. The complete dashboard needed to be removed to replace it"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"900 dollar repair on refrigerant system damages"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working. Took to dealership. They refilled with freon, but didn't check for leaks"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car looses refrigerant at an extremely low rate. Need to have it recharged about once a year."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"system never got cold enough when we moved to florida.was back to dealer twice ,first time leak fixed second time system was overcharged from first service"

Gary H., FL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Firewall connector leaked the refrigerant"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"It took a ford dealership 5 back up cameras to correct this back upcameeas"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Instrument Panel console display went dead. Had to replace it"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem was fixed by our dealer and Ford. There was a shorting problem with the screen"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Won't play music or podcasts from iPhone, probably because just can't figure out pairing"

David B., WA (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"volume would raise on its own channel would change on its own"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS Antenna needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Stopped working completely."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"We have trouble answering the phone"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"pairing of I phone"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Becomes unsynched at intervals and requires re-pairing"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to pair my new iPhone with the car."

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Radio

"Sirius reception is getting really bad. Has degraded over the past three years. Most noticeable after SYNC was "upgraded""

Lew L., AZ (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Works fine when the sun is out, on cloudy days and in winter there is a buzz to the music, it's not a clear sound."

Jim B., OH (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Software update fixes

"My Sync cell phone hands free calls leaves a lot to be desired. The person receiving my call reports that the volume is very low. Sounds like I'm millions of miles away. I paid for several software updates. Problem would go away for a little while, then reappear."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Speakers

"Two of my speakers failed. I never had any speakers fail in all the other vehicles I have owned. This is supposed to be a deluxe audio system. REALLY!"

Chris D., OH (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"One speaker was cracked and caused a vibration in the sound"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The front passenger speaker became distorted. It was replaced under the manufacturer's extended service contract. This speaker has had to be replaced twice before in the almost 7 years of ownership."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"speakers sound like diaphragms busted"

David K., FL (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Driver's side front speaker stopped working"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Static and crackling sound"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blown"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right Front and Left Front Speakers failed. Covered by warranty for both"

Robert M., CO (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Front Right Door Speaker Failed. First with scratchy, intermittent audio then no sound at all. Replaced under warranty"

Bradford W., AZ (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side front speaker rattled and eventually gave out completely. Required parts to be ordered and spend multiple days in the shop to fix, but was covered under warranty"

Laura L., AK (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right speaker blew really easily. Left speaker's bass is blown too"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"door speaker intermittent"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Voice control commands

"The Ford Sync system no longer supports the 2012 models so I cannot update my Sync software so using voice commands to make phone calls is hit and miss."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Voice commands are not understood by the system, especially when trying to make a call. It seemed better when car was new but now does not understand commands 99% of time"

David K., OH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice control command wouldn't work every time. Sometimes clicking the button several times would activate it, sometimes it wouldn't and I would just have to wait and keep trying"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The Female Voice asking for commands sometimes has scratchy, fuzzy audio in all speakers. When this happens, she does not respond to voice commands very well and mis-understands our commands. Even with the car parked and no engine or interior fan run"

Bradford W., AZ (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem is clearly the SYNC system that the dealer cannot rectify"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"2 Dlrs could not tell me why it shimmy's when pavement is wet or icy, even after I paid for new rotors. Why SYNC has never worked, why the rear wiper doesn't work....blah, blah blah"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After having tires rotated, I drove 12 miles back to the dealership because the ABS engages burning out the right front brake system.."

James W., MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"calipers locked and brakes overheated"

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle would occasionally become sluggish in acceleration and/or shake violently at certain speed ranges, e.g., 45-50mph. Couldn't diagnose the problem until I smelled the wheels while it was happening and pinpointed the problem wheel. Mechanic couldn't find anything on visual inspection but replaced brake and that has fixed the problem."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Passenger side caliper locked up. Finding a replacement caliper was very difficult."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"brake pads were worn down to a point where replacement was necessary. service mgr. this was caused by factory failure to lubricate the calipers. not covered by warranty, so i had to pay $150 to replace the pads"

Laurence P., NH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Front axle brakes - pads / rotors were replaced after normal wear"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Gently used brakes should not be worn out at 26000 miles. I have a 2007 Camry with 16000 miles and the original brakes so its not driving habits, It's poor brakes. Maybe if Ford had only paid Mulolly 20,000,000 instead of 22,000,000. they could have"

Robert C., MI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I had my state inspection done the Ford service dept. told me my front brakes showed wear and should be replaced at my next oil change"

Anonymous, VT (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced front brake pads and rotors although I was informed that getting over 40000 miles on a set was considered normal. I have put a lot of miles on the car in a short period of time"

Mark R., OH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I felt a metallic grabbing when braking. I was surprised in that I had no warning. Rotors had to be replaced. Previous vehicles I have owned gave me warning and probably went 50,000 miles plus before replacing rotors."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Discovered on normal maintenance of vehicle that needed new pads."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pads and rotors replaced on the front axle"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"replace brake pads; normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes wearer out to soon"

Sodiri K., MA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I did not feel there was enough mileage to have brake problems. I also had a front axle leaking repair great cost of $829.48."

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Escape)
Regular brake failure

"This was the first brake change"

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just normal wear tear ready for new"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"First problem with rotates. Had not been turned."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors had excess corrosion. But still worked properly."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Bunch of BS from dealership about breaking in. After third time to the dealership GOLLY GEE, no more squeaking"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Escape)

"noisy brakes, 2 trips to dealer before repaired"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Brakes are fine but squeal when first using the car morning and after work"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"While out of town for a trip, we went to drive the vehicle and when getting in the driver's door fell off of the vehicle. We were able to determine that the hinges had rusted through due to a sunroof drain leak."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Rear liftgate latch broke, and it would not latch. However, it did not open enough in careful driving to activate the liftgate open message. It was replaced under an extended manufacturer's service contract."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Trunk lock broke and could not access trunk. It was semi broken and when I took to dealer, it seemed to work. when I got home it would be broken. It finally broke on the 3rd year and 1 month.......Lost a lot of money replacing it"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back hatch will not open. Lock/unlock not operating. Intermittent, so dealer will not fix (Ford will not pay for it if it works when they replace it).Scheduled repair twice only to have it work when I arrived. Unreliable part w/no back up way to open"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear hatch latch failed, $300 repair"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Latch on rear hatch would not operate. Solenoid had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)
Sunroof

"Sun roof operates okay but I can't open the sunroof's interior sliding cover"

Kevin M., NY (2012 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Rear Hatch; Rear hatch leaked and periodically had drip marks on inside since about 2 yrs old. Do not think related to bracket hinge failure since that occured at 4.5 yrs, but the screw and nut were corroded on INSIDE of vehicle vehicle also"

Nicole S., MI (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"crossbar (light ) on tailgate --RUST ON BOTH ENDS -- left rear wheel well rust"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rear window hinge failed and glass dropped down resting on the rear lift gate scratching the paint. Replaced the hinge, now the other hinge is failing and I need to replace it as well"

Marc C., NY (2012 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Rear hatch leaked water so new weatherstripping was installed, solenoid lock failed and was replaced."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The hatch hinges corroded completely through causing window to almost fall out. Also allowed water to enter lower part of hatch leading to excessive rusting. The steering problem occurred in in an electric assisted steering column on this vehicle. Intermittent failure of the power steering made it dangerous to drive. Also the mechanic told the part was on recall in years prior but not in the 2012. Had to replace the entire mechanism not smaller modules, at a cost of slightly under$2000. Ford would not compensate since the work had not been done by a Ford dealer."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Hinges on the lift glass corroded and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"I had an issue with the bottom of the tailgate on the inside. It was rusting and chipping the paint. I brought it to a repair shop and they repaired and repainted the damaged area."

Anonymous, VT (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Glass operating rear window, the hinge rusted and could not open. Had to have the hinge replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

"The paint loss was ON the lift gate. The gate itself was ok"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Tailgate would not open. Had to buy a brand new latch; total with labor over $400"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"started rusting at 2 years , had to have large hole to get warrainty to fix"

John E., NY (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"hatch has a history of leaks around the window which has been reported in large numbers to Ford"

Robert H., RI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"window in rear hatch leaks when spray washed. dealer claimed only needed to be rain proof"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Occasionally transmission will shift without notice going up or downhill without notice overspeedng engine. Occasionally will experience a 5-8 second delay after shifting into Drive before transmission actually kicks in"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"at about 45,000 shifting was rough, tranny missing shifts. occasional I would get engine light. Dealer could not catch any codes. I told dealer to flush tranny and they said it was not due. I insisted and after fluid change problems cleared up. I suspect this tranny will not go for a long life without a rebuild. we happen to use a number of vehicles like this at work and they have all had tranny rebuilds, but their use is much harsher then my driving"

Chris S., MA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Electronic problem corrected under warranty"

Anonymous, AR (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2nd to 3rd gear conversion, when cold, may have engine rev up and slam into gear"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"I stand corrected it is a 2010 for dEscape. the car experienced rough shifting for a few years. w ewere told a variety of things from the dealer. they did several things that didnt help. we were referred to another dealer bu a mechanic. That dealer r"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rough shift occurs once at low speeds after long period of ignition off. calibration improved this issue but did not completely resolve. still slightly noticeable"

Devin S., IN (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"you must not shift immediately after starting or stopping and changing directions 9F to R or R to F) if you don't give the vehicle a few seconds, it will make a huge BANG as if you revved the engine and slammed into gear. tires spin, scary."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Upon a cold start, there was a shifting problem in third gear going into fourth. If the engine/transmission is warmed up, there are no such issues"

R L., FL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Pending at this moment. Tech support from Ford does indicate how to repair at this time"

R L., FL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"intermittent slip between 1st and 2nd. has been doing this since I owned. took to Ford soon after purchase. they gave extended warranty, but would not fix."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trouble with slipping transmission and needed expensive repair which was fortunately covered by extended warranty. This happened twice"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Rough shifting for many months. Dealer tried to suggest it was my fault (and charge me for the repair) until the mechanic blurted out that it actually was a manufacturing error and required an easy fix to the computer"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape XLS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When downshifting transmission shifts hard in lower gear stopping only periodically. Had to dealer they reprogrammed computer module but said it is a problem ford is working on. Still does it occasionally"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Vehicle was leaking transmission fluid. Took it to a mechanic who replaced a valve twice but it still leaked. Took it to dealership who said you had to use a special tool for the valve . Cost $700 at the mechanics; $900 at the dealership"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced left axle inner CV joint seal and bushing"

Bev M., MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there was a leak in a seal. the dealership replaced it for free under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"had to replace the seals on the transaxle"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a defective seal which was covered by extended warranty, however the defect caused the transmission fluid to leak which led to transmission slipping and rough shifting. Had to take the car in and wait on parts which resulted in a week without the vehicle."

Lsia D., KY (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"It was able to limp to the dealer, but it would stall out frequently. Fixed under a customer satisfaction action."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bought vehicle with known transmission problem. Computer was also replaced as it controls transmission shifting. Codes suggest replacement of solenoids governing gases. On-going."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light revealed problems with solonoids in the engine"

Anonymous, HI (2012 Ford Escape)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine runs rough while in drive, runs a little smoother when in park"

Angel H., OK (2012 Ford Escape XLT)
Engine mounts

"we recently had to replace a cracked engine mount. The replacement mount also failed and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"oil leak near timing belt cover. significant repair. 2 days at the dealer. many parts had to be removed to get at the problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Timing chain cover gasket leaking oil"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Oil pan crack found during routine oil change. Had to replace the oil pan at that time. More expensive than I would have thought."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"They put new gasket on and it leaks again. has to go in to put another one on."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"left inner drive axle seal leak"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford repaired the leaks under the extended warranty. The leak has returned and has not yet been resolved. They are still working on the leak."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Gaskets and seals leaking on the motor. Valve covers. seals to front drive axles and cam seals"

Clayton S., IL (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The oil pan needed to be replaced because of over-torquing the drain plug (majority of oil changes were made by dealers)"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Oil leak and mechanic had difficulty finding problem and fixing."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Escape)

"Just before 100000 miles oil leak, was under warranty all new valve gaskets etc. Just over 100000, not covered LH water pump pulley seal on cam leak."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"gets out of alignment easily resulting in tire wear. this car needs alignment every 3-4 months"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"While it seemed as though these failed prematurely, the dealership was quite professional and reasonable about fixing"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford Escapes seem to need joints and linkage replaced sooner and more often then I expect. I owned an older Ford Escape before this one so I somewhat expected it. On my 2012 Ford Escape the joints and linkage has been replaced 3 times in 150000 miles which seems excessive. It is a fairly costly repair. The same occurred on my previous Ford Escape."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Both lower control arms needed to be replaced to pass inspection."

Anonymous, NH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"recall on steering pump"

Gary H., FL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Persistent clunking on small bumps in road . Claimed nothing wrong after 2visits. Finally leaking shock diagnosed replaced and problem solved"

Tom M., ON (2012 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)

"Problem caused by aggressive driving"

Mark M., ID (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The steering linkage requires repair/replacement more often that I expected. On my 2012, it was about 3 times. I previously owned an old Ford Escape so I expected it as that was the case with my older Escape as well. It seems to wear out sooner and more often than I would normally expect."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Was hearing a creaking when making turns or driving over some bumps. It turned out to be a suspension link that needed to be replaced. Wasn't expensive, just seemed unusual"

Mark R., OH (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"It has occurred over last year; problem not resolved"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"While it seemed as though these failed prematurely, the dealership was quite professional and reasonable about fixing"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Premature tire wear"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"The noise level inside the car was very loud.Not sure when it started. My wife used this car. Took it to the mechanic who identified the problem. Said it was typical of Ford Escape's. He changed thr bearing's and it had a big impact on reducing the noise inside the car."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Somehow the alarm was hooked to the horn and every time we start the car, every time we went over a bump, and many other random times the horn would just honk"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

"Light under gear shift doesn't work"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Tail light burned out due to short in system"

George T., WA (2012 Ford Escape XLS)

"I have had both turn signal lights, the center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL), and one of the back-up lights (white) go out. And the CHMSL is quite expensive because you have to replace the whole CHMSL assembly!"

Charles P., TX (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlights do not always come on when motor is started"

Philip M., CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights and some interior lights would not come on, or when on could go off"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)