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mlh

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Posted: 04/05/12 04:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I see a lot of negative reports on here and hardly anyone posts the positives, so I thought I would post a positive one in case it helps anyone out.

I have a 2012 Ford Escape 4 cylinder with automatic transmission. I had the dealer perform the transmission level check according to the TSB. I keep a copy of the TSB and the completed service work order in the glove compartment should I ever need it.

I took a trip to Stone Mountain, GA this past weekend from Louisiana. The trip one way was about 575 miles. I shifted from drive to neutral to reverse, etc. several times for the duration of the five minutes (not just once). I kept the speed under the 65 mph towing limit. I stopped about every 200 miles to run through the gears again. I also did this when stopped for prolonged periods (1 hour or so). The trip went off without a hitch. I have been driving it for several days since returning and no issues. Hopefully everything continues to go well on future trips. Time will tell. I feel a little better now that the first 1000 miles are under my belt. If anything changes, I will be sure to report.


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Posted: 04/06/12 08:29am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the input. I would like to buy an Escape to use as a toad, but have been a bit gun shy based on the supposed problems that others have experienced.


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Posted: 04/06/12 11:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the positive note, I also purchased a 2012 Escape (V6 Auto) and have just completed setup for towing 4 down and have had the dealer complete the TSB on the tranny fluid. I plan on a test tow this weekend for about 20-30 miles, then ready for the first trip in a few weeks. Fingers are crossed!


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Posted: 04/06/12 07:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would put a tag on the fill stick for the transmission fluid to tell anyone servicing the unit, not to add any oil without the owners permission. I think a friend of mine did that just to be sure.


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Posted: 04/06/12 07:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Greetings,

I ran a zip tie through the dipstick and secured it so dipstick cannot be removed without cutting the zip tie. I also have a "sign" posted under the hood -

"NOTICE: DO NOT ADD TRANSMISSION FLUID

The transmission fluid level has been lowered per
Ford Motor Company’s TSB 09-20-13
for recreational flat towing behind an RV"

We now run a Remco pump (see signature block). Good luck to you!!


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Posted: 04/10/12 10:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Towed mine last night for short test drive of 20 miles. All is good!!

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We had two transmissions replaced while towing last year one in AZ Jan 2011 one in TX March 2011. We have kept a log of all stops & preformed all the necessary procedures as outlined. Ford assured us we would have no further problems yet here we are again April 17th. 2012 setting in a parking lot in Wilkes Barrie PA waiting Ford to decide what to do with another burnt out transmission I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS VEHICLE AS A DINGHY. and for those who might question whether or not we have experience in towing we are on our way back to Nova Scotia from AZ after towing this car for over 8000 miles and keeping a log but to no avail.

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Posted: 04/17/12 08:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

20 miles of towing will tell you nothing at all. My 2011 suffered the meltdown at 165 miles of towing. TSB had all been done by Ford dealer. It now has the "modified/updated" 2012 transmission in it. Haven't towed it again yet but going to when I pick a route that has either a Ford dealer or a U-Haul car hauler about the 150 mile mark.

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Posted: 04/17/12 08:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mlh - Glad to hear some positive comments on towing an Escape. Have towed mine for a couple years with no problems. Was sure your post would bring out the naysayers and it has but I'm sure there are many of us with positive experiences....like you said, you only hear the bad.


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How can you call us naysayers when all we did was post the facts?

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