2009 Ford Escape:
the 2009 Escape specifically because Ford said it was OK to flat
tow behind my motorhome. I really loved the car and was quite happy
with my Escape - until I actually began towing it...
learned a lot of things since I first towed it in February 2011
and I want to share that here in hopes it will save others the time
and trouble I've had dealing with these issues.
I was in the midst of dealing with Ford over the continuing transmission
problems in May, 2011, I detailed everything on my blog with a timeline
and outline of communications with the various representatives.
to blog with all details, links, documents, etc., including
comments and stories from other RVers.
seen a lot of misinformation out there, so I'm going to include
what info I got officially from Ford and what I've learned in the
process in the pages linked to the left..
that concerned me the most and clued me in that not even all Ford
service people have full knowledge about flat towing was being told
by a Ford service technician (after he put my car up on the rack
for inspection and found "early signs of transmission failure"
that my car was not recommended by Ford to be flat towed - that
I needed to use a dolly. He showed me two pages of a copied document
about towing with a dolly. When I told him that may be true about
earlier year models and showed him the official owner's guide and
the May 2010 supplemental bulletin with Ford's instructions about
flat towing, he changed his mind, but still...that did nothing to
boost my confidence in Ford when I was told by their Customer Relationship
Center that "inquiries of a technical nature are best referred
to our dealerships because they have factory trained technicians
and comprehensive service information that can address your concern."
I and others had been told so many different things from different
dealers and service techs, at that point, I knew I was in real trouble!
April, 2013: My
Escape From the Ford Escape. For my birthday, I treated
myself to a new toad! I absolutely love my Honda Fit and it does
fit the bill perfectly for me. See Facebook
page for pictures and more details (it's public so you don't
need FB account to view). Since then, I've towed it to Tennessee
with no problems at all - very quick and simple process. Plus I
love how I can zip around much better while exploring and never
a problem fitting into a parking space! I'm thankful my Ford dealer
(Leif Johnson in Austin) worked it out so I could trade it in. As
I've said, I have no problem with them, but I will never, ever buy
another Ford car due to the unscrupulous way Ford as a company has
handled this matter. I'm so glad to have escaped the Escape!
Have you heard about
the Focus Titanium being flat-towable? I wouldn't believe Ford
about any of their cars they say are flat towable. Another RVer
friend (Peggy) told me that after deciding not to buy an Escape
because their "son-in-law went a little crazy and sent us blog
after blog about ruined transmissions towing four on the ground,"
their Ford dealer convinced them the Focus Titanium was "great
to tow," so they leased one first to try it out. Their experience?
"Great to tow? Well, except for the low front fender apron
and parking sensors in fender. It won't even load on the tow dolly."
So now she drives the car behind the motorhome her husband drives
- what a waste and extra expense in gas! She added, "There's
no place to put a Blue Ox under the fender apron and each time we'd
drive we'd have to turn the computer completely off and reboot and
reset everything (including the car, which I'm not about to do on
a lease!) We have one year down on the lease and kick ourselves
for not getting the Jeep many times over."
You just cannot convince
me at this point Ford does not know better and are just still suckering
RVers into buying their products!
Not only towing problems with the Escape...
I had a bad leak from the sunroof after a hard rain. It not only
soaked the driver seat and floorboard, but the header that covered
the roof was sopped and stained. At first I was told that since
the drains had become plugged up, the extended warranty did not
cover this type of problem. I was asked if I parked under trees.
I said of course I do at times and asked if that's not allowed by
Ford. If so, they should cover that in their owner's manuals.
Ridiculous! A quick Google search for that issue revealed many others
with the same problems and cleaning the drains around the sunroof
is not something a typical consumer could do. Once again, Kevin
came to the rescue and took care of it at no expense and little
inconvenience to me, but it's another example of a really poor design
by Ford and the consumer left to deal with it.
August 1, 2011: The
front axle fell off! See
blog post for details.
hope that anyone experiencing these issues with towing the Ford
Escape will share
info on my blog with any comments, suggestions, etc.
let's stick together!