Our '10 Escape (AWD V6) has had four issues of people pulling up along side our motorhome and telling us "your tow car is on fire!" We have had the trans rebuilt once, waiting for the "other shoe to drop" and have it trash itself completely. I have had several Ford dealers "verify" the correct lower level of the trans fluid, all to no avail. I follow ALL the recommended procedures for four down towing religiously, and have never had any problem with other brands of previous toads. Obiviously, this trans (6F35?) is marginally engineered and designed to be able to be towed four down. There is a Ford accessory kit (built by Remco for Ford) which will allow the Escape to be towed as it was advertised and sold to do so, but Ford says I will have to cough up $800 to have it installed. Ford knows it has a problem here, as they now say that the '12's are NOT towable, and this is the exact same drive train as the '10's and '11's. I am very dissapointed in the way Ford has sidestepped this problem, and not been forthright in making it right. I sure am kicking myself for passing on the Suzuki as a toad.
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2015 Itasca Meridian 40R