Solid, sophisticated, and athletic, the fun-to-drive Ford Escape delivers agile handling and a taut, yet supple ride. Its cabin is one of the quietest in the class. Overall, this small SUV feels more substantial than most of the competition. With its long list of desirable and high-tech options, a well-equipped Escape feels like a competitor to some luxury-branded small SUVs.
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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 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 2017 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

Air or water leaks

"Water leak on passenger door due to weather strip"

Wayne B., FL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water entering driver side after rain stops, but not when washing car!"

Ken S., CT (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The sunroof leaks when I go through the car wash"

Liz M., IA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Passenger side rattle discovered to be a part of the shield underneath the car coming loose"

Pg D., ON (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When it's cold the console in front seems to expand and bend and makes mild squeaky sounds; it's less annoying than the wind noise"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"right rear deep moan... never the same time even over uneven terrain, just out of no where once a week then never for days"

Ken S., CT (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dashboard rattles. Thumping when accelerating from a stop"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There are plastic panels all on the underside of the car and they are constantly coming loose and rattling against the bottom of the car on the highway. It's maddening!!"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Interior trim rattle"

Steve S., MI (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle noise comes from the rear, near the cargo area. Had the car to the dealer 2 different times to repair. The dealer cannot fix the rattle. It continues and have given up on the dealer. The dealer says other people with this year model complain about the rattle"

Thomas O., PA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is a persistent creaking noise from the left rear quarter of the car when the body is flexed - going over a speed bump or turning into or out of a sloping driveway. I read that it is a chronic problem on these vehicles and that Ford has no fix. I mentioned it the first time I took it to Ford for service but the service just shrugged and indicated there was no fix. It does not effect the handling and driveability of the car and is only a minor irritant."

William W., FL (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Almost since it was new, one of the plastic underbody panels has rattled at highway speeds and drives me crazy. Mentioned it to the dealer once and they didn’t fix it. Can’t wait to get rid of this car once the lease ends."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Plastic cover plates underneath the car are coming loose."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Many parts of the dash rattles when going over any kind of bumps. There is wind noise coming from the drivers door. The plastic panels that run along the underbody, constantly bang under the car from the wind. There is some suspension noise / rattle from the front suspension when going over any uneven road or gravel. It's sad that I use the excuse it's a typical American made car, when speaking of these problems."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Under carriage splash guard comes loose"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer unable to locate source of rattles."

Michael O., OK (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle in instrument panel. Not fixed. Noise from loose sheathing on underside of vehicle. Also not fixed yet."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Inside the rear driver side door is a rattle that begins about 45 mph and eventually subsides as I continue to drive the car."

Anonymous, MO (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"there is a rattleing noise under the car, that I had in for warrenty repair. It was not fixed the first time, and I am returning it for futher repair."

K S., MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose door speaker mounting bracket, 15 minute fix"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Took 3 tries to find the first rattle on the underneath on passenger side, a second has occurred now on the opposite side"

Pg D., ON (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The Ford dealership has looked at it twice, decided on the 2nd trip it was a bad back shock and replaced both back shocks. It did NOT take care of the problem. Because the problem occurs intermittently (about 90% of the time) and does not seem to want to reveal itself when I am at the dealership, it is causing me big frustration. The squeak noise is from the front passenger area outside and is VERY LOUD when traveling at highway speed and moderately loud at street speed. Growlllll...."

Vickie S., OH (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Interior and under-body squeaks and rattles almost since new. Right front passenger seatback rattles and bounces whenever seat is empty. Rattles in dash area. Underbody squeaks in RR corner at highway speeds. Can't locate."

James M., MI (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Underbody covers are loose and rattle annoyingly at highway speeds."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeaks and rattling coming from the dashboard. Started hearing it 1 year into the lease."

Thom K., NJ (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof rattles"

Anonymous, NV (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"At speeds over 50mp/h there is a highly annoying whistling noise on the driver side; do far no remedy was found"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Wind noise at 20 mph and above. Ford has the same problem with a Lincoln that has the same mirrors. TSB issued on Lincoln but not the Ford"

Wayne B., FL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Annoying"

Donald B., MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Very noisy interior. would not but this vehicle again"

Anonymous, PE (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Very noisy inside the cabin even at lower speeds in town. All windows are closed with a/c on low."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Noise reduction wasn't built into this vehicle, so long distance driving becomes a bit of an issue without good ear plugs or headphones that reduce noise. It isn't engine noise but road noise."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Plastic clips broke on underside covers. Now it a flapping makes noise when on the highway."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After reading posts by owners of this year of vehicle, I know the cause of the wind noise: a large plastic piece under the front of the car. It becomes loud at higher speeds. Very annoying."

Anonymous, MO (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The wind noise I hear in the cabin is only at highway speeds but loud enough to make my ears hurt on long (more the 4 hrs) trips. However, it is probably more due to my now having an SUV versus my prior vehicle - a quiet Buick LaCrosse. My issue more than the vehicle issue."

Vickie S., OH (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rubber gasket for the passsenger window jammed. Window could be rolled up or down. Dealer removed gasket leaving an air leak. Took 6-7 weeks to get back ordered part. Noisy period til gasket replaced."

G L., OH (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is too much road noise so the audio systems are more difficult to hear."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof broke, dealer replaced but still makes wind noise"

Anonymous, NV (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Backup camera doesn't work on occasion. Camera was replaced but still malfunctions occasionally. Appears to be temperature related, it fails more frequently during cold weather"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CD player

"CD would not eject - Ford did not have replacement part is stock for about 2 months"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"It became glitchy on a long car ride when we'd been using it a lot. I can't remember all of the specifics, but it froze up and then completely shut down. I took it into the dealer the next day and they fixed it, but I had a loaner car for a couple of days."

Michelle R., IA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"screen went black 2 times sense August when I bought the auto"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Just went dark- software was reset"

Anonymous, MT (2017 Ford Escape SE)

"The back-up camera screen would not work on occasion - it was repaired at dealership, works fine now."

Anonymous, BC (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Ford refuses to fix the traffic reporting in the navigation. It will not load. After repeated requests, it has been 12 months with no relief or explanation"

Greg H., TX (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Traffic not working. Just repaired after 12 months of not working"

R F., VA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Periodically, the Nav system doesn't work. The screen may be blank or trying to turn on. Usually works again after several stops and restarts of the car. Dealer has applied updates and replaced the screen on one occasion. Worked better after screen replacement but still occasionally freezes up or doesn't turn on the display."

David H., WA (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Map was outdated when escape was received andwas over $250 to have it updated. Have switched to Android Auto but still prefer the Sync 3 system."

Dawson P., ON (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Never takes same directions twice. never takes shortest route when asked. does not give good alternate routes when requested."

Gregg C., NC (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Nav system map out of date. Roads that are 3 years complete do not show up. Driving down road and pip goes off of road and drives along side of road the returns to road. Nav takes weird longer routes and never gives alternate routes. Does not take in normal traffic flows. Fast route from NC to PA is not through Washington DC. due to traffic"

Gregg C., NC (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Someone without experience with navigating must have designed the nav function that enables driver to zoom in or out driving. In other cars you only need to press a button or icon ONCE to zoom in or out and remain there. In the Escape you need to press several times, a very dangerous situation while driving. Also, you need to lean forward and to the side to do this, and while doing so you must take your eyes off the road for a lengthy period so as to locate the proper location to press. AND, if you are not quick enough, the toggle icon disappears. oh my gosh!!"

Tom C., CA (2017 Ford Escape)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"My wife's phone is selected as prime selection and will not connect at anytime for her, Ford said they fixed it but the problem still exist. My phone will connect all of the time when in her car and I have tried several times to correct the problem and have been unable. all of the settings look correct but the problem continues."

Richard L., MA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Computer chip failed and needed to replace the system."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"multiple issues with the phone pairing and other sync functions. loses paired phone, loses texting by voice and display on the screen. These issues are small but aggravating."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"My Sirius radio reception was poor due to a faulty part"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio won't turn on in cold weather. Dealer can't duplicate."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Often, no matter which pre-set number I push, I get the same station as the one that I am switching from. I have to turn the radio off and back on to remedy the problem, which repeats itself fairly often."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"The heat/ac defrost and fan would not function. Dealer said the had to reload software. Has worked fine since repair"

Anonymous, AR (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Escape has spent in excess of 45 days in the shop due to random electrical issues with the computer, steering control, airbags and brakes"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Clock

"The screen went dark a few times, and the dealer put in a new module. No more problem."

Louis V., MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"We received a warning regarding about a an exterior light. Couldn't find anything wrong... A week or so later, the car wouldn't start., the car went into deep sleep mode in our home's garage. The battery voltage was 4.5 volts. It needed a jump start. There wasn't been any problems since (7 months ago)"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"The headlights wouldn't turn off. A module of some kind had to be replaced. The repair was fully covered by warrantee."

Anonymous, ID (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"Driver's Side Power Seat Adjuster does not Move when adjusting position."

Paul T., MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Smart/keyless unlock system on door handle worked intermittently throughout winter. Locking function always worked, but unlock didn't. Dealer was unable to replicate or diagnose."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Remote engine starter

"- When using remote starter, the heat (winter) or AC (summer) would not work to warm or cool the car. - 2 major visits to correct software in vehicle."

Anonymous, RI (2017 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When using remote start you can enable settings that will automatically turn on the heated seats and heated steering wheel. This function was not working properly so they had to replace the steering wheel."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tires lost pressure during cold weather. May have been sensor failure"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"The washer gives good coverage on the center and passenger side, but not on the driver's side which is more critical. I was told it was a crack in the pump. Early in a vehicles life, 40000 km for this to occur. What more will break down?"

Ross L., ON (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear wiper makes an annoying electrical noise when operating. My previous escape did not make this noise, leading me to believe there is something wrong with it."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"another vehicle backed into my vehicle (no major damage to exterior. Knocked alignment off. Kept steering to left and noisy."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Ford Escape)

"Car pulled slightly to the right. Alignment had to be performed. But was not covered by warranty"

Robert S., OH (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

"A problem with the bushings in the rear suspension seems early to happen at 40000 km and makes me wonder if this will become a problem again a number of times before the vehicle has 180000 km on it. The 'dog bones' in the rear suspension were also replaced which seems early in the life of such a vehicle."

Ross L., ON (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Squeaking noise coming from rear struts."

David B., NY (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ford told me shock was not tightened properly during assembly causing bushing to wear out prematurely they kept the car for two days"

James M., NJ (2017 Ford Escape 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear shock broke and was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Failed"

Blake M., PE (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both rear shocks needed to be replace within 15 months of purchasing."

Michael B., ON (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bad shock. Started to make clunk noise. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tie rods

"rattle in the front end"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Rear wheel bearing replaced at 20,000 miles. Another one is getting noisy as we speak at 38,000 miles"

Anonymous, WY (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Check engine light comes on intermittently. Told it was a bad crankcase sensor"

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"They replaced 3 computer boxes and a wiring harness in the vehicle."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Crankshaft sensor failed"

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine mounts

"Dealer found crack in engine mount when I complained about vibration in brake pedal while at stop light. Original complaint was that the stop/start fuel economy feature did not work."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Bolt installed was to long vibrated & punctured oil pan"

James S., WY (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A loose hose was corrected by te dealer."

Sharon A., NY (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Serviced under warranty for engine oil leak"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Main Bearing - Crankshaft leak. replaced at no cost including free loaner car as this took several days to repair."

Michael M., NJ (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

4WD/AWD components

"thumping coming from the rear end when backing up"

Don B., OH (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I got a warning light that stated 4WD failure, service immediatley. It was fixed but difficult for the dealer to diagnose. I was without the car for three days- they provided an rental car, but not what I expected for a new car."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CV joint

"Leaking lubricant from the boot cover."

John I., CO (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Differential

"Noice"

Anonymous, AB (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear differential clutch pack wood stick and pop when you begin to drive and made a turn. They replaced the clutch pack and the problem was gone for about a year. He is now so I’m gonna do it again"

Anonymous, WY (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"RIGHT FRONT AXLE SEAL WAS LEAKING"

Anonymous, MB (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaking seal"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"ECU died with about 26000 miles on the car. Had to wait 3 weeks for a new computer to he installed by the dealer."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Had a plastic protective panel under the car come loose causing it to drag on the ground"

Scott B., IL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had rarely under passenger side front floorboard caused by looser plastic cover over under body."

Anonymous, MS (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The splash guard on the passenger side of the vehicle was coming loose and causing a scraping noise."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Lower plastic cladding on front passenger door is loose and pulling away from door. Dealer has ordered a clip under warranty to fix."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Retaining clips missing on front fender well."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Glue on some of the molding along exterior doors melted in Florida heat dealer had to reglue"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint has chipped in multiple areas and paint is missing in several areas from the factory"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"coolant leaked into the cylinder head, a known issue with the Ecoboost engines"

Walter H., TX (2017 Ford Escape)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Found out last week I need a new engine - something about the coolant leaking into to engine - it is missing terribly and I have no idea when it will get fixed - nor will the dealer offer a loaner vehicle."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine needed to be replaced at approx 75,000 miles. According to many forums, the engine block had a manufacturing defect. This caused the block to become porous and antifreeze would leak past the head gasket. The head gasket would fail, filling the cylinders with antifreeze. Ford would not admit to this known problem and I was charged for a new engine. I was told by the dealer that they have replaced many of these ecoboost engines. Car companies keep putting new engine designs in their cars without the proper testing."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Service engine light came on about a month ago. Ford shop replaced spark plug. 2 weeks later, engine chugged for a few seconds when started. Shortly, engine light came back on. Ford shop did tests for 2 days, then determined I needed a new engine. Escape is currently in shop waiting for available replacement."

Rebecca C., AR (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When the car was about 2 years old it started running rough. I took it to the ford dealer and they replaced the spark plugs and the coils. About a week later it ran rough again. I took it back in for service and they told me they could not find anything wrong with the car. About 2 months later it ran rough again and this time they replaced the short block on the engine. Two weeks after that there was on oil leak and the dip stick showed very little oil on it. It had about a quart of oil in it. They replaced gaskets this time. Also, the eco system never operated correctly. It was suppose to turn the motor off when you applied the brake and come back on when you took your foot off the brake. I would go off and come back on within 30 seconds. I was told this was supposed to do this if I ran air condition. Sometimes it did not go off at all and they replaced a battery that supports this system."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Escape)

"Engine stopped working. Car towed to Ford. Ford kept car for 4 months to repari. Ford provided excellent communicatiuon as they tried to repari the car. I always had a new loaner. Plus they helped ofset a lease payment"

R F., VA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Two times in 2 months I have had to leave the vehicle at Ford for an engine overhaul. Loss vehicle for up to 2 weeks."

Anonymous, WV (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"At times downshifting from 3rd to 2nd and 2nd to 1st would result in a noticeable clunk. Twice into Ford service found no problem."

Syd M., ON (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Hesitation after taking off"

Gabe D., TX (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission leaks

"-Notice transmission difficulty going from 2nd to 3rd gear. - At oil change service person showed transmission leaking - Dealer corrected 2 times. 2 different access plates leaked about a quart of transmission fluid."

Anonymous, RI (2017 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaks, were fixed. Then leaked again so fixed again..."

Michael F., CA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car, as delivered to the dealer, had a crack in the transmission housing which open to form a leak after 35 miles usage."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"During my first oil change the auto mechanic noticed the transmission leak. It was covered by the warranty."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 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

Glass defects

"At 70 miles noted what I called a 6 x ^' area of the windshield delaminating, or seperation of the glass layers. I called Ford customer service. They said I sprayed something on the windshield to cause this. I had used only a brand named glass cleaner. They wouldn't repair. The service manager at the Ford dealer was unconcerned with the problem also. The General Manager finally had it repaired. Twice due to it leaking after the first replacement. I since had a crack in the same location. Had Safelite replace it and they had told me Ford did a bad job the last time. So be it. It's fixed. Last Ford"

Bruce D., NJ (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"Left rear door handle needed ajusted"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

"The Vista roof is overly complex and not satisfactory. I am not able to even vent the roof without the electric sunshade retracting behind the front seat. I prefer to not be in direct sunlight but have no choice. Partially opening a side window causes the sunshade to flap in the breeze. The only way to stop the flapping is to fully retract the shade to the rear of the vehicle, which then exposes the full length of the glass roof and increases the heat gain in the car. The car has residual power for the radio and power accessories, but not the sunroof. Why? I have had a sunroof in every car I have had for decades, most of which have been Ford products. But I will not have another Vista roof. My next car will go back to a conventional sunroof and manual sliding shade."

James M., MI (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Liftgate would not always latch properly. The dealer tried many things to fix the situation and nothing worked until they finally replaced the latch itself."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Ford Escape)

"replaced hatch hydraulic lifter"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Escape)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Soot streak on muffler coming from a leak at forward pipe joint"

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"Part of the time, when coming up behind a Stopped car at a Stop light, the Car does NOT even Slow Down! It Would just Slam into the Stopped Car!!! When this Happens, the Collision Warning does Not work either! Most of the time they both work."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Not Reliable!!"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"WARNING IS NOT CLEAR ENOUGH. SMALL DOT CAN BE OVERLOOKED. (SUNSHINE) SYSTEM WARNS WITHOUT REASON. (CAR APPROACHING)"

Wilfried B., MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"SYSTEM FAILS INTERMITTENTLY. DEALER TRIED TO FIX IT 3 TIMES. LAST TIME IT STOPPED WORKING AFTER 65 MILES. DEALER SENT ME A LIST FROM FORD LISTING CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THE SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK. NONE APPLIES."

Wilfried B., MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Service Engine light at 700 miles. PO4DB code on again, off again."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Check engine light came on related to emissions system. Did not cause any performance issue. Repaired without issue."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"starting from a stop or with light light gas pedal the engine will stumble or die mementarly then catch hold as if you floored the gas pedal after a couple of seconds or stumble for 4 or 5 seconds. Dealer says they can't repeat the problem but Google says other wise."

Donald-Nancy W., IL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Was told cylinder number 3 not firing properly. Dealer needed to contact Ford technical for diagnostic assistance and after 3 weeks decided to replace all 4 fuel injectors."

Anonymous, AB (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Vehicle was defective when it left the factory. Gas leak, vapor canister leak. Hesitation, stalking, burning smell in engine. All these issues occurred as soon as I signed the paperwork and drove the vehicle out of the dealership"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Repeated problems with automatic on/off system causing vehicle not to restart when automatically turned off when vehicle stops. Wrote Ford to complain and tried several dealers before problem was corrected. All work was covered by warranty. Auto stop/start system is a major shortcoming for this and other vehicles."

Robert L., GA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car has the auto start stop feature which quit working after about 6 to 8 months. They indicated the battery was the problem. They replaced the battery. I still have the problem periodically. Evidently according to Ford if you only drive short distances the battery doesn't charge to a full charge which is needed for the auto start-stop to function properly. If it quits working and I drive about 45 miles, the battery charges fully and the auto start-stop starts working again. Definitely seems to be a design flaw for a feature they use as a selling point."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"fouled spark plug after using passing gear on highway. ford replaced coil as well - unsure why."

Anonymous, KS (2017 Ford Escape 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Starter

"Informed that there was a loose connection that prevented the car from starting, sporadically, when new (approx. 4800 miles). Once problem was identified, the starter was immediately replaced by the dealer, under warranty"

Anonymous, SC (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"The master cylinder failed after the vehicle was sitting outside all night in near zero weather. When I began driving it the next day the brake pedal went completely to the floor before the car started stopping. It was Christmas day, so I had to drive the car home 110 miles with hardly any brakes. The dealer claimed they did not find any other Escapes that had a master cylinder fail after only 18000 miles and could determine why it failed. They said Ford would evaluate the failed unit to try and determine why it failed. We were lucky it failed on a quiet residential street rather than on a highway in traffic. I am not very happy this happened, especially because there is no explanation why."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Calipers locked up which cause premature wear. Pads and rotors needed to be replaced on 2 wheels"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rear brake rotors were corroded. Required replacement."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"Loud squeal when applying brakes when moving at first"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Escape SE 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

"Replacing the compressor was covered by warranty, however the dealer took two weeks to repair. It would have been longer had I not contacted the owner of the dealership directly."

James P., ON (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"After making selections it will work 2 or 3 times when I start it and then the heated seats and heated steering wheel stop working. It is very irritating to go out expecting them to be warm and they are ice cold"

Liz M., IA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"A radiator hose had a leak and was causing the fluid to leak. I took it to the dealer who identified the problem and they replaced the hose."

James W., NY (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Had to have transmission rebuilt twice."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"leaked fixed. leaked again and fixed again earlier this year"

Michael F., CA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"leaked fixed, leaked fixed"

Michael F., CA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"radiator had to be replaced---two days work"

Roger C., NY (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Aug 24 2016
If a window closes on a body part, it can increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2017 Ford Escape Titanium and SE vehicles manufactured October 5, 2015, to May 12, 2016. The settings for the closing-force of the power-operated windows may allow the windows to close on an object such as a body part and injure it before the windows auto-reverse. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 118, "Power-Operated Window Systems."
What should you do:
Ford has notified owners, and dealers will update the power window operating system software, free of charge. The recall began on September 6, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16C12.
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: 16V617000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17985
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