Purdchasing a 2018 Ford Escape SEL and want to know the problems with this model.
Well if you are purchasing this vehicle then your question will be answered when something breaks . Until then just drive on.
The vehicle comes w/3 engine options. 2 are turbos, if reliability & cost of repairs is critical, suggest to avoid those two engines. For the third engine, not a turbo, 4 banger 2.5 L version, mechanicals look pretty good. Airbag issues of course, nothing new there, but only other problem seems to be with transmission-shifter cable bushing.
Vehicle seems to comes w/a lot of gadget-options apparently, and like most newer vehicle’s, some trouble noted with those. Infotainment, user interface, power-liftgate, blind-spot, cross-traffic alert systems, make sure your pre-purchase inspection includes those areas. You are getting a pre-purchase inspection by your own mechanic, right?
Some posts here about problematic Escapes as I recall, suggest to use the forum search feature to see what they say, link upper right this page.
Overall, I’d say that’s a pretty good choice, esp with the non-turbo engine.
Well, the first issue is that they are ugly…
The link suggests the four cyl has coolant leakage problems that can cause engine damage. So that rules out all three engines. Maybe a cautious case for a ford extended warranty, gulp.
The biggest issue is paying for a prepurchase inspection by a mechanic you trust. If you are buying the Escape from a dealer, don’t use them. It’s a little old to be a CPO car but if it is, get the independent inspection anyway. Even Consumer Reports recommends prepurchase inspection on CPO vehicles.