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2016 Ford Escape problems

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The most common reliability issues reported by owners

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For 2016, the Ford Escape continues to offer owners a compact SUV that is both fun to drive and extremely handy for day to day errands. A variety of powerful, 4 cylinder Ecoboost engines, advanced interior technology with Ford Sync, and a roomy passenger compartment round out the good stuff that allows Ford to sell hundreds of thousands of Escapes every year. 

Although this vehicle is well-loved by most consumers and reviewers alike, the Escape still has some common issues that should be considered prior to shopping for your next used vehicle. This article will cover the most common issues with the 2016 Ford Escape and help you learn how to avoid the issues in the future. 

Problems with 2016 Ford Escapes

Most common problems:

  • Transmission Failure. Cost To Fix: $3150
  • Engine Stalling and Failure. Cost To Fix:  $2100 to $6000+
  • Steering Failure: $2,200

Problem frequency


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Most common problem with 2016 Ford Escape: Transmission Failure

Cost to fix: $3150

Unfortunately, transmission issues continue to be a problem for the Ford Escape. Owners of the Ford Escape comment that the transmission will suddenly give up and often leaves the owners of these vehicles stranded on the side of the road.

Shuddering and lurching sometimes precede a transmission failure. Once the vehicles are towed into a dealer, Ford dealerships are quoting on average $3150 to replace the transmission. 

How to avoid:

To diagnose failing transmission, you’ll want to rapidly cycle up and down through the entire range of the gearbox. Press the accelerator to the floor, and feel for each upshift, then let off the gas and feel for the downshifts. Listen and feel for shuddering, hesitation, or jerking during gear changes.

It’s highly recommended that you contact a local mechanic and get a pre-purchase inspection of any vehicle before you buy used - it’ll spot problems that you can easily miss during a test drive.

Also common on the 2016 Ford Escape: Engine Stalling and Failure

Cost to fix: $2100 to $6000+

Owners of the 2016 Ford Escape indicate a wide variety of engine issues for the 2016 Ford Escape.  Among the most common is stalling suddenly in situations where acceleration is called for and putting owners into danger. This specific year of Escape has a frustrating issue with the vacuum pump and coupler.  Once the vacuum pump is seized, the bolt and casing breaks off and throws metal shards into the turbo of the Escape. Issues also exist with the throttle body and downstream at the catalytic converter too. Costs range due to the range of issues. 

How to avoid: 

In order to avoid these issues, you’re going to want to really put the vehicle through its paces while doing the test drive and also make sure you take it to a mechanic for the full workup prior to purchase. Many of these issues may not be apparent to the average car buyer and a mechanic can utilize their experience and diagnostic tools to check for signs of failures like loss of cylinder compression and emissions. They will also perform a thorough visual inspection. You’ll want to mention the issue with the vacuum pump so they can look up the issue independently. 


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Other 2016 Ford Escape Issues: Steering Failure: 

Cost to fix: $2200

Steering Issues are commonly reported on the 2016 Ford Escape and they originate from a faulty steering rack. Owners indicate that they suddenly lose steering ability and that the issue is accompanied by a warning from the vehicle that power steering has failed. These issues often happen out of nowhere and again, leave owners on the side of the road in an often inopportune situation. 

How to avoid: 

You’ll need to have the steering rack inspected by a mechanic to ensure that there are no issues since the issue comes on suddenly. Beyond that, pay special attention to the test drive and make sure you move your vehicle’s steering wheel to “opposite lock” by moving the wheel completely left and completely right. Make a U-Turn. Listen closely for any popping grinding or other issues. 


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How to avoid buying a used 2016 Ford Escape with these problems

If you’re in the market for a used 2016 Escape, you’ll need to take a multi-part approach to ensure you don’t have issues. The first thing you’ll want to do is take your potential new vehicle for a thorough test drive. Most people take a vehicle on a short drive around the block and avoid things like heavy acceleration, heavy braking, or U-turns. Doing these things ensure that the vehicle can accommodate the types of usage you’ll put it through in a normal commute. 

Once this is done, note your findings and set up an inspection at a local mechanic. For a few hundred dollars, a mechanic will run your vehicle through a complete inspection that includes both diagnostic and visual inspections. They’ll also road test the car to flush out all issues. This is a must when shopping for a used car and can provide ultimate peace of mind to shoppers. 

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