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Old 12-01-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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2011 Escape

If you haven't done it yet, don't. We had a 2011 and went thru 2 transmissions and were without our Escape for 5 months.Finally a lemon law threat got ford off their butts and they bought the car back.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:37 PM   #2
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Filling in the gaps of the OPs post...guessing that this story involves trying to flat tow the Escape in question.

We concur that the Ford Escape (pre2013 - no knowledge about the new one) cannot be successfully flat towed. Our owners manual was vague about this, so we researched it ourselves.

Four wheel drive version should be on a car carrier. Front wheel drive can be towed on a dolly or car carrier.

We have over 15,000 towed miles on our Escape with no problems...using a dolly since day #1.

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If you haven't done it yet, don't. We had a 2011 and went thru 2 transmissions and were without our Escape for 5 months.Finally a lemon law threat got ford off their butts and they bought the car back.
Wondering . . . did you have a transmission lube pump installed on your Escape?

Like this :
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There was reportedly a modified fluid baffle that Ford could install too...but I don't have any specific info on it.

Plus Remco wants the transmission fluid to be filled below the max line.

We love our Escape and all this was too "if'y" for me...Acme EZE-Tow to the rescue.

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Re: 2011 Escape, Automatic. This applies to 2012 and older. 2013 and newer ARE NOT TOWABLE. They have a different transmission.

Let Me fill in the gaps. We bought the Escape new in 2011. First trip out we lost the first transmission in NC at 1100 miles on the vehicle. All 4 down protocols were followed. Ford replaced the transmission within one week and provided a rental car. The repair dealership also provided also provided a Service Bulletin that the Selling dealership didn't,' even though they new ahead of time we were towing the car 4 down. That's when we found out about the transmission level. All other shifting rules and speeds were followed.

This year, also in NC, in July, the same thing happened. This time it took Ford 5 days to tell us they wouldn't have a transmission until Sept. We made a decision to Trailer the car back to PA and have it fixed here. So we waited until Sept, only to be told by FORD that it would be late in DEC. we MIGHT have a transmission. In late Oct, We told them that was unacceptable and we would be filing a Lemon Law Suit. Ford told us to wait the weekend and they would get back to us. Finally in Nov, Ford bought back the car and we are done with it.
Five months of hell. If your Escape works for you, GREAT, but you have been warned, due to supplier problems, there are NO Transmission's available. Escapes are a great vehicle to drive. Just not for RV Towing!!! YMMV
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Re: 2011 Escape, Automatic. This applies to 2012 and older. 2013 and newer ARE NOT TOWABLE. They have a different transmission.

Let Me fill in the gaps. We bought the Escape new in 2011. First trip out we lost the first transmission in NC at 1100 miles on the vehicle. All 4 down protocols were followed. Ford replaced the transmission within one week and provided a rental car. The repair dealership also provided also provided a Service Bulletin that the Selling dealership didn't,' even though they new ahead of time we were towing the car 4 down. That's when we found out about the transmission level. All other shifting rules and speeds were followed.

This year, also in NC, in July, the same thing happened. This time it took Ford 5 days to tell us they wouldn't have a transmission until Sept. We made a decision to Trailer the car back to PA and have it fixed here. So we waited until Sept, only to be told by FORD that it would be late in DEC. we MIGHT have a transmission. In late Oct, We told them that was unacceptable and we would be filing a Lemon Law Suit. Ford told us to wait the weekend and they would get back to us. Finally in Nov, Ford bought back the car and we are done with it.
Five months of hell. If your Escape works for you, GREAT, but you have been warned, due to supplier problems, there are NO Transmission's available. Escapes are a great vehicle to drive. Just not for RV Towing!!! YMMV
I have been a Ford guy most of my life but when I wanted to tow 4 down with a small 4 door I went with the Honda CR-V for the reasons mentioned in this post.
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