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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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There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“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 Unsure)

“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)

“Rear window leaks”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape Unsure 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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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 Unsure 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)
Wind noise

“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)

“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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“as already mentioned crossbar immediateley under rear window”

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

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

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

“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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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)
Rust

“Back side passenger door on drivers side + underside of back hatch”

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

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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)

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

“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)

“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)

“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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“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 Unsure 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)

“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 Unsure 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)
Condenser

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

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

“Variable fan switch, failed 3 times”

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

“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)

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

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

“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)

“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)

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

Display screen goes blank

“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)

“Instrument Panel console display went dead. Had to replace it”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“volume would raise on its own channel would change on its own”

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

“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)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“GPS Antenna needed to be replaced”

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

“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)
Speakers

“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)

“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)
Voice control commands

“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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“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)

“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)
Slipping transmission

“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)

“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)
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

“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)

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)

“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)

“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)

“Brakes wearer out to soon”

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

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

“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)

“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)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“recall on steering pump”

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

“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 Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Problem caused by aggressive driving”

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

“needed to be replaced”

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

“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)
Tire wear is uneven

“Premature tire wear”

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

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

Locks and latches

“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)
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)

“The paint loss was ON the lift gate. The gate itself was ok”

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

“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 Unsure 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)
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)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“Check engine light came on several times. Took 3 visits to fix - had to replace all of the gas tank pipe from cap to tank to fix it”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Escape Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Bad 02 sensor. Had it replaced at the dealership. 3 months later, warning light came on again. Sensor had to be replaced again. Part had to be ordered, dealership had my vehicle for a week”

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

“Check engine light kept coming on then going off= frustrating. Dealer fixed sensors at no charge”

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

“The gas cap sensor kept lighting the "check engine" light”

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Escape Limited Unsure)

“engine code replace myself”

Cary S., VA (2012 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“Engine would quit while driving”

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

“Thought car needed an oil change earlier than 3000 miles as Wal-Mart had botched the last basic oil change because I had to add 2 qts of high mileage 5-20 weight oil after 1000 miles driving. The car was sluggish. Had difficulty getting over 40 mph when driving up hill. When I pushed the car the engine made a metal on metal singing noise. Then took car to a friend mechanic who ran a test & said I needed a new gas filter because they only last 100000 miles. But I was bumped for a car with worse p”

Sharon R., TX (2012 Ford Escape Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Body control module

“Light under gear shift doesn't work”

Anonymous, IL (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)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Tail light burned out due to short in system”

George T., WA (2012 Ford Escape XLS Unsure)

“Recently the driver's lock is not locking all the time or is not unlocking requiring that I reach in and pull the handle to unlock the door or push the button down manually when locking. All other locks are working fine”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Discussed with 2 FORD Dlrs. Cant fix the rear wiper? Really. Other problems, was told I needed to go ahead and let them do the $800 36,000 mile scheduled service and it may tell them what is wrong. No Thanks. Will never buy FORD again! Am in the pro”

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

“Rear wiper wipes slow, delayed, or doesn't wipe at all”

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

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Sync wouldn't recognize iPhone after a couple of years. Was told software had to be updated. Most SYNC software can be updated by user, but not this one. $165 at dealer for 2 minutes of work!”

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

“Radio did not respond to input, Sync system had to be reloaded at the dealer. Car was out of service for one day”

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

“Trouble with paring new phones”

P M., MI (2012 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Does not always recognize voice commands. 80% Ok, 20% problem”

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

“Sync My Ride is not easy to use. It requires an additional contract to use. Cell phones do much better job than Sync”

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

“Terrible voice recognition, very frustrating”

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

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Check engine light revealed problems with solonoids in the engine”

Anonymous, HI (2012 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)
Oil leaks

“left inner drive axle seal leak”

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

“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 Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Timing chain cover gasket leaking oil”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

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

Angel H., OK (2012 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Traction control

“Wheel sensor went bad”

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

“Blower motor sensor went out on both 2012 Escapes. Fixed this myself both times”

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

“Rubber boot leak”

Tiger S., MN (2012 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“covered under power train warranty”

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

“Burned valves”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Escape XLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“I heard abnormal engine noise on a trip at about 58,000mi. When I returned home, I took it to my mechanic. He did a LOF and found metal fragments in the oil. Noise remained. Purchase a used engine to have installed. No problems with replacement engine (30000mi on replacement)”

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

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Car wouldn't start, tried jumping it but no luck. My mechanic said the starter was broken”

Angel H., OK (2012 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Oct 26 2016
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured February 26, 2009, to April 29, 2012, and 2010-2011 Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured February 25, 2009, to December 12, 2010. On vehicles with a 3.0L engine, the Fuel Delivery Module (FDM) may crack, causing a fuel leak.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the FDM flange with one that has a redesigned fuel supply port, free of charge. Remedy parts are currently unavailable. Interim notices were mailed to owners on December 13, 2016. Owners will recieve a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S41.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V777000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 329265
SUSPENSION:FRONT:WHEEL BEARING
Jun 03 2015
Use of an incorrectly sized wheel bearing can adversely affect the braking and steering of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
The Timken Company (Timken) is recalling certain aftermarket front wheel bearings, part number 510072, sold from January 22, 2015, to May 21, 2015, to be used as service parts on 2001-2012 Ford Escape, 2001-2011 Mazda Tribute, and 2005-2011 Mercury Mariner vehicles. The affected wheel bearings have incorrect dimensions of a 42mm bore, 76mm outer dimension, and 39mm width, instead of a 42mm bore, 78mm outer dimension and a 45mm width.
What should you do:
Timken has begun notifying distributors who will offer purchasers replacement wheel bearings, free of charge. The recall began on May 21, 2015. Owners may contact Timken customer service at 1-866-984-6536.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15E045000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 576
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