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Postby Denise2018 - March 29th, 2021, 1:23 pm

Happy to have found this forum!
Picked up a 2018 4cyl EcoBoost was really really happy!

I'm planning to travel across the country oh whoa to my wondering eyes does appear? 1.5 head gasket repairs around 20,000 mile mine has 22 on the OD!

Really love the vehicle! I'm just hoping and praying there is some positive input here that won't break my heart because I have had nothing but trouble with bad head gaskets on just about every old car or truck ever owned, most recently it was a Honda.
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Re: a "great escape"!

Postby bangster - March 29th, 2021, 1:49 pm

I am at 66,000 with my 2017 with the 1.5, and other than some slight coolant usage, so far so good.
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Re: a "great escape"!

Postby bangster - March 29th, 2021, 5:24 pm

I do feel your pain though. If I would have dumped the stupid dealer add ons, gone with the 2.0, I would be ahead of the game. Which engine needs a timing belt at 150k? The 1.5. Which one is sorta underpowered? The 1.5. Which one has the most recalls, service bulletins, etc? The 1.5.

My wife (the vehicles primary driver) really pushed us through the experience and no way, given a week, I would have ended up with what I did.
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Re: a "great escape"!

Postby Denise2018 - March 29th, 2021, 6:57 pm

Yes it's kind of painful finding out after the fact! I actually ventured forth and opened the hood today. checked the oil and coolant level, all seems right, the oil is perfectly clear, they just changed it of course.

Trying to upload photos having troubles they're all too big which surprises me cuz I use them on other sites I'll figure it out
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Re: a "great escape"!

Postby Charles - March 30th, 2021, 1:12 pm

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Re: a "great escape"!

Postby Denise2018 - April 27th, 2021, 9:04 pm

After researching the 1.5 engine design flaw I actually returned the 2018 EcoBoost SE
And picked up the 2019 2.5 S model I'm happy with it except the engine died in middle a 4 lane! Only happened one time in 1800 miles,
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Re: a "great escape"!

Postby bangster - April 27th, 2021, 9:37 pm

First time I really pushed mine (110 degrees out, went WOT on the interstate for 1/2 mile) I got a notification on my phone that my CEL was on (I didn't notice it on the dash, hahah), and it was misfiring like crazy (once I stopped mashing the gas pedal). I pulled off the road, and could smell a seriously hot and sulfury smell. I shut it off, restarted, and continued like nothing happened.

A few theories on what happened, and my guess is an iced up intercooler, which you no longer have to worry about.

I read your other thread and really don't have any good advise, other than it is crazy that with as new a vehicle that you don't feel comfortable going on a long drive. That is something that after 20 years and 250,000 miles you should maybe hesitate about, not a new vehicle.

You should feel perfectly good with taking it on a normal trip and not be anxious, I had a couple hiccups early on (that severe misfire already listed above, and the OLM (Oil Life Monitor) immediately at less than 5,000 miles say I was a 0% life and to get it changed. I actually left it parked and took my 18 year old car with 310,000 miles instead on a 1200 mile trip, that was crazy in my mind as the Escape was to be our new travel rig.

Longer term I think the 2.5 is a decent engine now, but having driven vehicles with it, I don't like its power band or how it sounds. Even though the 1.5 is less than 8% more powerful, it seems to be a better engine for my driving style.
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Re: a "great escape"!

Postby Denise2018 - April 28th, 2021, 7:52 am

The 1.5 turbo was definitely a hot little item as far as performance but there are just too many people with failures and they're all over the internet. Four doesn't have a recall on it but they do replace the l
block TSB 20-2100

I researched the 2.5 before I went back and returned the 2018.
It was a very difficult decision because the 2018 was loaded with options and had so much power no complaints there but, I just couldn't sleep at night thinking I'd be in the middle of nowhere where to broken down Ford Escape waiting for God knows how long for a dealer to fix it.

I did check out a 2.0 EcoBoost But sensible senior moment decision went for the 2.5! It doesn't have the sound but it certainly has enough power for average driving which, is what I do!

And I still can't post pictures I don't know why I'm usually pretty good at this
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