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New Lawsuit Targets Ford EcoBoost Four-Cylinder Coolant Leaks

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A new proposed class-action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware is targeting Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder engines produced since 2010. The suit alleges that these Ford EcoBoost engines have an inherent defect that causes coolant to leak into the cylinders, which in turn leads to corrosion, misfires, engine failure, and fires.

The lawsuit alleges that Ford has known about this defect since 2010, based on pre-production testing, as well as numerous complaints filed by customers to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the automaker has supposedly not yet addressed the problem or provided any solutions for owners of affected vehicles, outside of offering to install coolant level sensors, which don’t actually keep the coolant from leaking.

This problem reportedly stems from a defect in the design of the engine block and cylinder head, as well as an inadequate seal on the head, which then allows coolant to seep into the combustion chambers. The problem reportedly affects Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost, 1.6L EcoBoost, and 2.0L EcoBoost engines used in a variety of vehicles including the Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Ford Edge, Lincoln MKC, and Lincoln MKZ.

Aside from the aforementioned problems this causes, low coolant levels can also lead to engines overheating and causing damage to pistons and other internal components, as well as cracked cylinder heads. Ford issued a number of technical service bulletins between 2018-2020 related to this problem, as well as a recall in 2017 to install the aforementioned coolant level sensors

Plaintiffs in the case also allege that damage caused by this issue is not covered under warranty, and many have been forced to pay for repairs out of pocket.

We’ll have more on this pending lawsuit as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford lawsuit news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. FORD has so much riding on their turbo charged engines. While there’s no excuse for it, early versions of engines often have problems that are corrected over time. But that’s not much consolation for someone who’s car is sitting along the interstate because the engine turned into oatmeal. Takes a long time to win back people to a builder after that.

  2. I am a loyal Ford customer. I have a 2015 Ford Transit 350 XLT that developed a bad vibration AFTER they fixed the recall on the driveshaft. Since the recall was addressed this vibration starts around 40 mph and last till you hit around 60 mph. So in other words the whole time you are driving around town. This van sucks now. They ruined my beautiful van. I have had it back so many times for the same issue. I tried escalating the complaint to Ford, but can’t get any further. They have dismissed my complaint by calling what I am experiencing as a “Common Characteristic trait ” of the vehicle. There’s nothing wrong with it and there’s nothing they can do about it. They refuse to entertain my complaint any longer. Meanwhile for the first three years of ownership there was NEVER a problem. Ford sucks! They are screwing this company up. I am a stock holder who has bought Ford exclusively since 1994 and this is the way they treat their customers.

    • Have you considered going to a drivetrain shop and having them put a driveshaft in it ? I know thats money out of your pocket, but why be miserable ? Save the bills and if there is a lawsuit down the road, request for pay

  3. I was under the impression this was largely associated with the 1.5/1.6 engines, not the 2.0. Our Escape with the 2.0 has been great, 60k and hasn’t been back to the dealer other than tires/oil

    • My 1.5L engine has 65k on it and the check engine light came on AFTER the PCM recall (and the guys at the dealership joking that it would run worse AFTER the recall was done). New light (RED letters, high engine temp) and i had it towed. Had the call today that internal engine failure and new engine needed. Said they called Ford and they won’t assist in the repair because it’s over the PT warranty. I’ve got a call and case started with Ford. Will NEVER own another Ford. My last Ford was and Explorer and it blew the engine at 99k and the dealership said it was a fluke.

      • The Ecoboost engines are a disaster and Ford is going to lose hundreds of thousands of customers over them. My 1.6L Ecoboost in a 2015 Ford Escape blew within the powertrain warranty–otherwise I would have been looking at $12,000 for a new engine. This is Ford’s worst engineering disaster after the Ford Pinto! These engines were designed with the sole purpose of boosting Ford’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) figures–Ford didn’t care if they blew up just outside of warranty. Ford should be required to offer all Ecoboost engine owners an extended powertrain warranty to at least 100,000 miles. I’m praying my new engine won’t blow for another few years–but if it does, I’m junking the car. And I will buy a Toyota next time!

  4. I got a recall notice on this problem and was informed it was a software issue that had to be performed at the dealership. Which it was. I have an 18 Escape SEL Ecoboost. This was about a year ago. Was this the same problem being described here? I have had No problems with my Escape since purchased.

  5. As far as I know the promblem mostly related to the 1.6 eco boost and that engine has been replaced by the 1.5 ecoboost which was moddifed as a result of the 1.6 egine problems.

    • The 1.5s are affected as well, though it seems to be fewer than the preceding 1.6s. Ford has been replacing most all of the affected engines that are under warranty with either short or long blocks, out-of-warranty costs seem to run $7-$9600. Lotta info on Escape.org and Blue Oval Forums.com.
      The 2020-2021 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 engine is a totally different three cylinder engine and is not affected…so far.

  6. Can someone please tell me how these mistakes in auto manufacturing happen at all? Don’t they have strict protocols? Is it just sloppiness? Bad management? People that don’t care? Sheer stupidity? You would think with the amount of money recalls cost the auto industry it would be a rare thing.

    • They like all car makers try to make as many cars as possible and sometimes quality control isn’t as great. American car manufacturers tend to think short term while others try t think long term.

  7. Thought I was lucky in a way, when my Focus was totalled from behind. I wanted an Escape but saved money on the Focus. Of course, I had trans problems with the Focus. So now I have an Escape that could have a faulty engine? I think I’m done with Ford.

  8. I had the same problem with my 2019 Fusion. I got a recall notice. They said they fixed. Then engine light came on. I am told engine is dead the day after the recall has been fixed. They replaced the engine in 50 days. The car was in service 5 times in 2 years due to engine light.

  9. I have a 2013 Fusion with the 2 L Ecoboost. No problems regarding the engine. Only recalls for door latch springs and other small stuff

  10. Ford knew about it from an engineering standpoint, they just choose to manufacturer an engine block that was faulty and use cheap gaskets hoping there wouldn’t be a problem. Other manufacturers have done the same thing. If the proper engineering is done from the drawing board these auto manufactures wouldn’t be faced with lawsuits. However, the profits from sales far exceed any payout from lawsuits they lose. It should be a federal crime to put the consumer through the troubles and sometimes danger, so the CEOs and engineers should be held accountable by having to pay monetary restitution as well as serve prison time, and just maybe, it would have the next generation straighten up and fly right.

  11. Yes, folks, the 2.0L EcoBoost has this problem as well. I have the 1.5L EB on a ’17 Fusion. I had the recall done, but have not put many miles on due to the pandemic, since the recall work was done. The recalls were in ’19, not ’17, as the article states incorrectly. The 1.5Ls had some redesign done for the ’17 model year, so ’17s+ are even more susceptible to this issue than the earlier ones. The 2 prior Class Action lawsuits got aboslutley nowhere; hopefully this one will. Ford should just look over at Hyundai/Kia to see what happens when you stall. Fines in the $millions. And, no, in this age of relatively trouble-free new vehicles, Ford will NOT be on my shopping list ever again. I had nothing but problems with Ford in the ’70s and ’80s and took a chance…which was another bust.

  12. I have 1.6 eco boost 2013 fusion and I just replaced my head gasket for the 2nd time. Last year I had a bad oil leak so I took it to the dealership, they said it was head gasket and CHARGED ME $2500. When I got it back there was a leak at the valve cover gasket which made me question their service, they refused to acknowledge my complaints even after taking the car back several times and showing them the leak. Eventually I gave up wasting my time. 15 months later, coolant level is low and car misfires at startup. Took off the spark plugs and found coolant in the combustion chamber. Dealership claimed the gasket they replaced was out of warranty, so I took it to another mechanic. The mechanic asked me “where is Fords integrity”? And showed me the built up oil leak on the head block, sludge on the pistons, broken pieces that should have been replaced. Sign me up for that lawsuit, I paid for 2 head gasket services and documented everything with photos, videos, and receipts.

  13. I have some knowledge on how this can happen in a big company.

    To my knowledge this is mainly an issue with the 1.6L motor. The group that designed the motor probably ignored design guidelines to achieve some othe objectives they were given.

    When the motor first came out they probably all got promoted due to. The great job they did and then the warranty started coming in.

    From my experience this is all due to how a company sets up it’s Executive bonus structure. If you are rewarded for short term cost savings then you will sacrifice other things to reach that goal. It happens in a lot of major companies.

    The problem here is that if you short change the design of a part then those types of things are much harder to correct once in production.

    That being said I am disappointed in how they are handling this issue. To not be proactive and address the issue rather than to wait for the courts to handle it is a great way to loose customers.

  14. Looks like Ford is going back to it’s bad habits from the 1970s and 80’s and early 90’s pre-Taurus. It’s a shame. I saw an in depth review of the Bronco Sport. The interior quality looks cheap and plasticky. I bet the 3 cylinder ecoboost must be “fun”. They’re oozing coolant into the engine even before they’re driving them off the train.

  15. The 1.5L&1.6L & 2.0 L I4s, are all an “Open Deck” design. This means there is a free standing bore in the cylinder rather than just a bore or bore sleeve attached directly to the block. This allows for more cooling in a given space and less material which makes for a lighter block. This design was probably chosen 1) for extra cooling capacity needed for a turbocharged engine 2) cost savings.
    There appears to have been a design change to the 1.5L I-4 block at some point in 2017-0r 2018 model year. I can’t post photos here but the newer engines have a different shaped cooling passage between cyl’s 2 & 3.

  16. The bronco sport interior is perfectly fine just becuase it has a hard wearing plastics in places where other manufacturers use soft touch materials in places that are prone to everday abuse useing hard wearing plastics does not mean it is cheap!. I like have hard plastics in places that are prone to getting abuse from everday use.

  17. The 2.3 ecoboom is a “stroked” 2.0, yes it puts out a lot of HP, but as always, you push a lot of HP out of a block, you life expectancy drops, the more you push it, the faster it drops. I know ford has shifted production from Spain to the U.S., this doesn’t change the design, nor how hard they are pushing these turbos. History tells us, naturally aspirated engines, those that were both, designed correctly and were mfg with high quality controls, last a long, long time-hundreds and hundreds of thousands of miles are not uncommon. Toyota (among others) keeps producing NA mills, that just keep running, building a vehicle that is built to last- adds value, the Bic lighter (disposable) attitude does not. I’ve been watching the bronco and the bronco sport (BS). The bronco is supposedly going to be produced with a 2.3 coupled with a chinese made seven speed manual. Zero have been produced, but, I am predicting (few will see off road-they are being purchased for the “look”) those that actually go off road, drop down to the super low granny gear, pushing big meats, in soft mud, winding up the turbo on the 2.3 ecoboom mill, will result in another wave of class action lawsuits. The unibody (made in Mexico) bronco sport (BS), is/has been touted by Ford to be off-road worthy. We shall see, once this soccer mom hauler, meets mud, pushing the tiny three cylinder…… I’d have loved to have seen the bronco being offered with a big, strong, American made manual, NA big V6, optional V8 and a Diesel. Ford offers a Diesel on their Troller (not sold in the US) along with a six speed stick or auto. The bronco is suppose to be a Jeep “killer”, we shall see, if any are ever actually made. There is a large number of FanBoys already! Zero have ever been produced, we need to keep this in mind when listening to the little FanBoys-they know nothing at all in regards to a production bronco!

  18. Look it’s cheaper for Ford to put the hard plastics in rather than soft touch materials. Soft touch can be durable and easy to clean as well. I guess they have an excuse now to use the cheap stuff: ” it’s a Bronco it’s gonna get beat-up so we made it easy to clean” Yeah right.
    The seats look cheap also.

    • Chis, great post, truer words have not been written; however, don’t worry to much about the new broncos getting beat-up or dirty. 99%+ will never see dirt (for many years), the new bronco is being sold to FanBoys. These guys fret over the off road lighting, tire size, winch, color, which trim offers a heated steering wheel, etc. In short, Mall Crawlers, these broncos will spend more time getting washed and waxed than they will off road, God forbid they might get dirty or mud on the carpet! But to ford’s credit, they are a business, Job One at ford is to make as much profit as possible. If they can get the FanBoys to buy cheap, hard plastic, because “it’s easier to clean”, then their hype machine is working well…..

  19. My 2018 ford fusion 1.5 se had to have a short block caused by the coolant leak, didn’t notice till my coolant reservoir was empty and making a gurgling noise. My mom’s 2018 ford escape 1.5 sel had the exact same issue after mine got out the shop. Both had short block swaps. Both had less then 20,000 miles. Luckily the warranty replaced them. We won’t even talk about the transmission issues they won’t fix saying “the shifting issue isn’t damaging the car, it’s normal operation for these vehicles”.

  20. I had this issue with my 2015 Fusion 1.5 Ecoboost.
    It had been to shop several times because of the intermittent smoking out exhaust. When Ford finally diagnosed it as this the car had 63,000 miles. But the put a new short block in and fixed the issue. ALL UNDER WARRANTY. I paid nothing. I even had a loaner car while mine was getting fixed. While I hate issues. Ford took care of this quickly and thoroughly. Unlike some of the posts on here.

  21. I was a Ford tech for 13 years and planned obsolescence is happening in Ford’s engineering department. They make a great engine, but with one glaring defect that is engineered to break after the warranty coverage. Customer doesn’t want to invest the money and buys a new vehicle. The cycle repeats. I refuse to buy garbage and will pay more for something that holds together. Buy Once, Cry Once.

  22. Now I understand why they dropped the 1.6 in the TRANSIT CONNECT. My work van is a ‘16 and had that as an option and since I pretty much speced it, I’m glad I didn’t. The standard 2.5 is just fine and has great power for what I use it for anyway. Never any problems with this engine.

  23. I just had this issue happened to my Ford Escape! The car was at the dealer for 3 full weeks to get fixed and I had to pay out of my pocket for replacing the engineer entirely!

    • “”””I had to pay out of my pocket for replacing the engineer entirely!”””” I would have refused-under no circumstance that I can think of should you be involved in HR of Ford. Did you have to buy the engineer out, or just pay for the new ones moving expenses etc.?

  24. Our 2015 2.0 Turbo motor ‘went’ a few months ago just past warranty. Only 5 years old. We bought new so this would not happen! Seriously? Then the dealership offered us a used motor with 80,000 km for replacement or $7,000. Trade in on a 5 year old car!! We paid for a new motor from a reputable private garage, $6,000.00 (taxes and labor included). Bye bye Ford! We did test drive the 2020 Ford Escape ( we were in shock mode and we were in the mood for a laugh) and it had a vibration in the back end. We are done. It’s gone. Anything is better than this crap.

  25. It sounds as if your dealership is run by a bunch of thieves! If you look at “Crate Engines” you’ll find many really good shops, offer 2.0 rebuilds (done right), for less than $2500-top shelf builders. $3500 to pull and replace etc., may be a touch high, but maybe not. I glad you didn’t let the scum rip you off. Dealerships sell cars OVER MSRP, every day. One way, they give you $7000.00 trade on a car worth a lot more, let’s say $10,000 is the real value. They trade with you against sticker price, at $7000, they just sold it for $3000 over sticker! I wish more people would educate themselves. Car sales people, move from dealership to dealership, brand to brand. Last time you saw “Joe” was when he was selling GMCs, but now he is selling Fords, regardless of what he is selling, the brand that he is selling now, “Is the best, and I can get you a great deal…blah, blah, blah”, not the most honest group of folks you’ll ever meet. It seems most dealerships are always hiring new salespeople, always, few have a small group of actual experts on the brand the represent, and t have been with the same dealership for many years..sad. Most “Service departments” actually make more money for the dealership’s owners than the new/used car sales departments. If more people were like you, maybe the dealerships would pull their heads out of it.

  26. Yes , I’m on my 3rd engine in my ecoboost mustang and I’m so sick of the reliability I refuse to drive it now due to another cly 2 coolant leak I’ve been a ford mustang owner sense I was 16 I’m now 40 and after this experience I will never buy a ford again

  27. My 2013 escape has “eaten” coolant since the day I bought it brand new. Never even told the dealership about because I knew they wouldn’t do anything out it anyway. My next vehicle purchase will NOT be a Ford product. It’s a shame a company won’t stand behind their products anymore!

  28. Never had any problems with my 2015 Ford Escape until two weeks ago. I noticed that the heat was not working while idling. Discovered my coolant level was low. Replaced the coolant. Thought all was well until I checked my levels again and realized all of the coolant was nearly gone again. Brought it to a mechanic to check for leaks. No external leaks found. My engine is burning coolant. Finally finished paying it off and now I have to find a new car during a pandemic where I am struggling financially. Such a disaster. Never buying a Ford again.

  29. I have a 2015 Ford Escape bought in Canada. Around 60,000km (36,000 miles) the engine experienced misfires in cylinder No. 2. A mechanic replaced the spark plug, and the misfire issue went away–for a short while. Then it returned. So I replaced the ignition coil for that cylinder. Problem went away–for a while. Misfire came back, as diagnosed by my Blue Driver OBDII port scanner and some rough startups. Finally the coolant all spewed out the exhaust. It turns out that the 1.6L cylinder block was cracked. Ford replaced the engine with a long block under the powertrain warranty. That was about 10,000km ago, and when I had my transmission fluid and filter changed today, the mechanic said he detected an oil leak near the cylinder head. That does not bode well. Ford has serious design and engineering issues with these Ecoboost engines. Many people have had to pay out of their own pocket for new engines after their warranties ran out. Afterwards, my car started vibrating like hell at idle–turns out it was a defective transmission flywheel–perhaps damaged when the new engine was installed. Ford should buy back all of these vehicles and sell them to the Chinese. I will never, ever buy another American car. Every time I think the American car makers have learned their lesson about quality control issues, they prove that they haven’t. Next car will be a Toyota. Look around in the parking lots–you hardly see any Fords these days. I wish I had never given them another chance after that crappy Mustang II.

  30. I currently own a 2017 Ford Edge with close to 65,000 now at Ford garage had coolant issue wa told it needs a new 2.0 liter long block. Called Ford Corp was told they will not cover it it’s out of warranty even though no fault of my own. Pretty bad when engine don’t outlast the tires! Still owe over 12,000 and left with the decision to “fix or junk”. From what I’ve read becoming a common issue and cost an average of 9,000 to fix. Ford offered no discount on anything never own another Ford 😔

  31. What about the powertrain warranty? It’s supposed to be good for 100,000 miles or 5 years, whatever comes first. If Ford won’t cover a cracked block under the powertrain warranty–and that’s what is causing your issues–then you should contact an attorney

    Don’t accept no for an answer!

    P.S. Tell Scotty Kilmer on Youtube, too!

    • I was under the impression ford’s powertrain warranty (new car) was 5 year/60,000 (which ever comes first). Where are you getting the 100,000 for NEW CAR WARRANTY??? I would not tell someone to spend money on an attorney unless I actually knew what I was talking about. Can you post the actually web page, ford page, ford homepage that states the 100,000 mile thing on a NEW CAR?

      • I thought I would spend 10 seconds and post the actual, ford warranty for the 2017 Fusion in question:::::::

        2017 Ford Fusion Warranty
        8 Trims Available Change Make / Model

        Warranty
        Basic warranty:36 months/36,000miles
        Corrosion perforation warranty:60 months/ unlimited distance
        Powertrain warranty:60 months/60,000miles
        Roadside assistance coverage:60 months/60,000miles

  32. Yes, I am in Canada where the powertrain warranty extends to 100,000km, or 60,000 miles, or five years–whichever comes first.

    So, yes, it would technically be out of the powertrain warranty. HOWEVER, Ford has had a BUNCH of engine block failures in the Ecoboost line. A factory in the UK was turning out faulty engine blocks by the boatload–heads rolled when Ford found out about it.

    SO this was a MAJOR defect, and Ford SHOULD have extended the powertrain warranty. In fact, there should have been a recall.

    So, yes, consulting an attorney would still be a viable option. An even better option would be consulting an attorney who specializes in class action lawsuits. Mark my word, there WILL be a class action lawsuit about these faulty engines. it’s not the customers’ fault that so many engines were made with faulty castings. The engine blocks have cracks which widen over time, causing coolant to leak into the cylinders–and ultimately blowing ALL the coolant out the tailpipe.

    Ford should have corrected this problem a long time ago. Instead, it shifted the burden to its customers–none of whom are going to buy a Ford again after this experience.

  33. I purchased 2017 Escape 2.0L Ecoboost from private party. Took it to AV FORD DEALERSHIP in CALIFORNIA had service department check it out for me because i was feeling a little tug. They tell me i need a NEW ENGINE because coolant got in cylinder. I end up agreeing to it $6000
    2 weeks later they call me back tell me when they took it on a test run it started to vibrate and shutter, whatever the heck that means, and said I need a NEW TRANSMISSION! I said heck no! Your Technician messed up when he installed the engine because my Escape was running very strong and smooth except for that little tug i was feeling. My car has been sitting at dealership since September 24, 2020. The Dealership Owner wants to make some sort of deal with me by offering me a DISCOUNT PRICE on the TRANSMISSION.
    SURE PAL!!!!! I THINK I NEED A LAWYER🤔

    • God Bless you, you’ve run into to two bandits, ford for selling the known piece of crap to start with, and the dealership, they’re trying to get a little deeper into your pocket. I’d be surprised if they don’t suddenly offer you a one time “deal” on a demo, or some other piece of crap, “to try to make things right, and keep your as a customer- blah, blah, blah”. Don’t fall for it! Remember, most car sales people go from one dealership to another (few appear to hold down a job for more than few years), what ever brand they are selling now, is the” best” brand, and they can get you a “great” deal…. Service depts are the same way, they need to log some hours, and sell some transmissions. Most service depts make more money for the dealership than new car sales. These guys a slick, I’d be surprised if a number of these “slick operators” aren’t reading and commenting on this board.

  34. Wow. Nancy what a horror story. What’s the deal Ford? You have morons designing your engines? It’s too bad. Ford cleaned up there act in the late 00’s into the mid 2010’s. It’s starting to sound like they’re going back to their bad habits.

  35. Very shortly after the Ford dealer in Canada replaced my engine with a new long block engine fresh from the factory, my car started making a heck of a noise under the hood. It sounded like someone was shaking a bunch of nuts and bolts around in a baking pan. I took it back and the dealer said it was a bad flywheel. They replaced it under the powertrain warranty. I have a mechanic friend who told me it was quite likely that they damaged the flywheel when disassembling the transmission from the engine. My guess is that’s what happened to your car–or even worse. Ford should have recalled ALL of the Ecoboost engines and replaced them. The problem with these engines is that they are CAST aluminum, and they CAST the blocks with iron sleeves in place for the pistons to move up and down in (steel pistons would wear out an aluminum cylinder in short order). If everything doesn’t go exactly right, you get problems with the sleeves or the engine block itself. In the case of the Ecoboost engines, thousands failed because of cracks in the blocks. The cracks admitted coolant into the cylinders, which registered as misfires in the car’s computer (get a Blue Driver for your OBD2 port and you can download these codes). Eventually, the cracks widen to the point that your antifreeze will blow out the exhaust–leaving you without any coolant in the engine whatsoever. These engines operate at much higher pressures than their predecessors, and the pressures put more strain on the engine. These engines were made to achieve a good fuel economy score for the Ecoboost engine line–NOT to last a long time. As long as they last past the warranty period, Ford doesn’t care. We know that Honda had some bad transmissions, and they fixed those under a “secret” recall problem (you’d take your car in, and if you mentioned transmission problems, you had spoken the right “code words” and your car got fixed for free). Ford has screwed over thousands of customers because of these engine problems. The cars should have been recalled; if not that, then the powertrain warranties should have been extended to 150,000 miles. Ford also installs two-piece lug nuts on the wheels which are GUARANTEED to “swell” and be unremovable when you need to change a tire on the side of the road (hint: buy 20 McGard triple-chrome-plated lug nuts and replace the two-piece lug nuts). Anyway, I am super disappointed in Ford. This is all begging for a class action lawsuit. An engine should last beyond 36,000 – 70,000 miles. Who would knowingly buy a car if they knew the engine or transmission would fail before 70,000 miles? Nobody, that’s who! Ford is digging its own grave with these engine problems. And sooner or later a class action lawsuit will hit–and Ford sales will drop even further.

  36. I just paid 48000.00 to repair my 2014 Fusion 1.5L eccoboost. BTW I had 58,000 miles Please include me in the class action . I had what they called a coolant intrusion. It leaked into the engine and I ended up having to replace small block. The crazy thing about about all of this is that its recorded as most of the coolant problems are for the Escape. Well the same engine is in the Fusion!
    I am not going to buy another ford.

    • $48,000.00?????? Why???? You could have purchased a really good, New Car, for much less! Stay away for snow mobile engines-3cylinder mills belong on motorcycles and snow mobiles, ecobooms are mfg by ford for thier [ford’s] version of bic lighters-disposable.

  37. I don’t blame you. The Ecoboost engines have been a disaster Mine had a cracked block, with coolant intruding into cylinder #2 before all of it blew out my exhaust. My engine was replaced under the powertrain warranty. But I’m done with Fords, too.

  38. For those interested in the class action law suit, here is a thumbnail, along with the law firm’s name:
    According to the Ford EcoBoost class action lawsuit, the engines have inadequate seals on the cylinder heads and grooves where the cylinder heads attach to the engine blocks. Coolant allegedly enters through the grooves where it pools and degrades the gasket seals and causes coolant to leak into the cylinders.

    The Ford EcoBoost class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware: Reed, et al., v. Ford Motor Company.

    The plaintiffs are represented by Berger Montague PC, and Capstone Law APC.

  39. I am considering buying a 2020 Ford Fusion with 1.5L ecoboost engine. Do you know of any problems with this type of engine. I don’t want to purchase something that would put my family in danger or be a money pit later.

    • Yes. The engine is a disaster. It runs at much higher pressures than previous engines, it has direct gas injection so that the intake valves do not get “washed” by the gasoline (and build up tons of carbon as a result), and the Ecoboost engines have a VERY troubled history. Ford has required many of its customers to shell out money from their own pockets for engines that failed just out of warranty. A car’s engine should last at least 100,000 miles–many of these Ecoboost engines failed between 36,000 and 70,000 miles. There have been many cracked blocks, which has resulted in coolant entering the cylinders and causing misfires–until the coolant gets completely blown out the exhaust pipes. I suggest you buy a Toyota instead.

  40. The Ecoboost engines are a disaster and Ford is going to lose hundreds of thousands of customers over them. My 1.6L Ecoboost in a 2015 Ford Escape blew within the powertrain warranty–otherwise I would have been looking at $12,000 for a new engine. This is Ford’s worst engineering disaster after the Ford Pinto! These engines were designed with the sole purpose of boosting Ford’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) figures–Ford didn’t care if they blew up just outside of warranty. Ford should be required to offer all Ecoboost engine owners an extended powertrain warranty to at least 100,000 miles. I’m praying my new engine won’t blow for another few years–but if it does, I’m junking the car. And I will buy a Toyota next time!

  41. It is a well known Fact, forced induction mills do not last as long as NA. In other words, put a “power adder” on any given NA mill, turbocharger/super charger/ NO2 etc. the live expectancy drops. The drop is NOT linear. The old ford engines, lasted “forever”, and were “easy” to fix when they needed it, the new ecobooms have not been created with the idea of building them “ford tough”. As ford has moved from an American auto maker, to a multinational builder, their reputation for quality- in the American market, isn’t as important to them as it once was. SAD

  42. I’ve owned 9 Fords. My 2016 Ford Edge needs a “longblock” to the tune of 7-9k depending on the dealer. The dealer we bought it from has zero empathy for us here since we are out of warranty and even had the balls to say that this is why so many people are buying extended warranties! Any car built these days should at least make it to 100k. I got rid of my money pit 2009 F350 Powerstroke two years ago and now this. Sadly, I really am done with Ford. Where do we sign up for this lawsuit. My trade in value is 11k and I cannot even see spending 9k on a car that is only worth 11k running.

  43. I feel yoyur pain. Luckily, the engine on our car went out before the powertrain warranty expired. That was around 36,000 miles. Ford built these very light, high-pressure engines to meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards set by the government. These engines were made to achieve that purpose–not to last. What’s worse is that a big batch of engines from the Ford UK plant had cracks in the engine block castings. These cracks start to widen and deepen some 30,000 – 70,000 miles later. The cracks allow coolant to seep into the cylinders. If you use a scan tool, you will note codes for things like “Misfire in Cylinder No. 2”. Your initial thoughts are likely a bad spark plug or a bad coil wire. Nope–much worse than that. You’ll notice your engine running rough on startup–due to the coolant leaking into a cylinder–and you’ll smell antifreeze being blown out the tailpipe. Eventually the crack will widen to the point that–poof!–ALL of your radiator coolant just got blown out the tailpipe! If you have a 2015 or later car, there will be dash lights and warnings going off. If you’re lucky, you can refill the radiator with water and pray that you make it to the Ford dealer–as I did. It took Ford about four weeks to get a new engine for me and to install it–my dealer apparently damaged the transmission flywheel when they put in the new engine–so they had to replace that under warranty, too. I’m up in Canada and cannot join any US-based class-action lawsuit, and I’m not too upset right now, as there’s a new engine in our Ford Escape. However, if this engine blows, we’ll just junk the car. I try to reassure myself that not ALL the Ecoboost engines had cracks in the engines–and I HOPE that this engine lasts another four or five years. But I, too, am done with Fords. Toyotas don’t have this problem. Foreign cars are made to last–American cars are made to sell. That’s why you see fewer and fewer America cars in parking lots–American consumers are largely wising up to Detroit’s lack of commitment to quality.

  44. I have a 2016 fusion with the 2.0 Ecoboost. I bought an extended warranty to 75k. My engine crack at 76k miles and they told me that I was out of warranty and now out over 10k dollars to get it fixed. The engine and now the turbo went bad. Kudos to the dealership they are going to eat the cost of fixing my trans lines because the coolant leaked into there also. The only reason for that is they are going to loose a customer. For a guy that was a loyal Ford buyer for not only personal but for my business too. I have a fleet of F350’s with plows on them. The only thing I have to say is bye bye Ford Hello Silverado.

  45. You just have to ask yourself why Ford would foist such engines upon the public. They have to know that engines that won’t go 80,000 miles are going to turn once-loyal customers against them. Now here is someone who makes fleet buying decisions–so Ford’s going to lose a big chunk of business right there. Ford knows how to build good, durable, economical and long-lasting engines. They need to compensate their customers for this faulty design/bad engineering if they don’t want to go the way of Studebaker and Packard. If they don’t, they will.

  46. Where do I begin with the nightmare of our 2013 escape we had. We had saved up to finally be able to get my wife something new to drive. It started losing power so Ford told us we needed a new turbo and just out of its warranty. I paid around $3000 to have it replaced. Take it home and problem still exists. Take it back and it’s a coolant problem. Ford said the motor had to be replaced and luckily they replaced it. This was days after they was wrong about the turbo and refused a refund. So basically they got a brand new turbo back for nothing. Shortly after the transmission went out so I had that fixed at my cost. Long story short the motor and trans starts messing up again about 30k miles later and Ford wants paid again for fixing it. At this point I’m already over 10k in repairs so I call the bank and explain to them why I refuse to pay another penny on the car. Ford didn’t care for a second I’d have nearly 20k in repairs on a vehicle they were very aware was a lemon. Total nightmare

  47. I own a 2018 Ford Escape with 11700 miles. This is our new car and we depend on it for our transportation needs.
    Now I worry about my investment because of the coolant leak and engine failure problem.
    Ford Motor Company should be held responsible for this product defect and either buy back these vehicles or extend the power train warranty out to 100000 miles.

  48. It’s the luck of the draw as to whether or not your Escape has one of the faulty engines. Here’s what I would do in the meantime:

    1. Get a scanner tool for your OBDII port. I recommend the Blue Driver. It has an app that works with your smartphone. Run scans regularly. At the FIRST sign of a misfire in any cylinder, take it to the dealer. It’s most likely NOT a bad coil or a bad sparkplug, but coolant leaking into a cylinder. If your engine is going to fail, you don’t want to be outside the power train warranty when that happens.

    2. DRIVE your car to put at least 12,000 miles a year or more on it. If there’s going to be a failure, you want to “accelerate” that failure to occur within the powertrain warranty: 60,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first. Do some long trips in it.

    3. Unrelated to engine block cracks–run PURE synthetic oil in your car, and change it every 4,000 to 5,000 miles. Mobil 1 is the best. It will help your engine last longer–as long as it didn’t come from the factory with a cracked block or other major engine defect.

    4. If you still can, purchase an extended warranty–but check the reviews, as some of the companies offering these don’t pay out.

    Good luck!
    PS Replace those two-piece lug nuts with McGard triple-chrome-plated steel lug nuts–otherwise they will “swell” and you won’t be able to get them off to change a flat tire!

  49. For me, a vehicle that is not Very Dependable, is a piece of (*&*!!!! No matter how good it looks, or how many coats of wax it wears, if it is not dependable, I do not want it. Ford should be ashamed of this type of problem, and should do what it takes to fix it, period. This becomes part of their track record, if one were to buy a different Ford-what would make you think it will be different? The problem may be different, but how they fix/solve/cure problems won’t change. Until ford fixes this problem, and fixes like a stand-up company, no right thinking person is going to believe their future “hype”. What a shame an old American company is/has turned into a multi-national scam machine.

  50. I have a 2014 Escape with the 2.0 EcoBoost engine. I too have a coolant leak in the #2 and #3 cylinders. The Ford Service center recommended a new engine at the cost of around $8,000. I do not have the funds to paid for this major type of repair bill. Why hasn’t Ford recalled this engine?

    • Ford hasn’t recalled the engine because they want the drivers to pay for the new engine out of warranty. They will not recall the engines unless they are forced to by NHTSA but this isn’t a clear safety issue, just a total engine failure headache for consumers. Ford doesn’t care at all if they have repeat customers and they are basically a Truck manufacturer at this point. Plus, they have fleet buyers (rental car companies) buying their crappy vehicles and then the repairs are mostly borne by the person who buys the rental car when they sell it after 2 years.

  51. My 2017 Escape has already had the short block replace and the torque converter replaced 2 weeks later. Luckily I purchased extended warranty, so teh repairs have been made with only a $100 deductible each time. 72,000 miles.

  52. Ford should extend the warranties on ALL Ecoboost engines to at least 100,000 miles. I know that I will never buy another Ford.

  53. I agree 100%, my family and I should not have to worry about the reliability of our new ford with 12000 miles.

  54. I spoke with someone at Ford March 20, 2021 about this Ford vehicle I financed less than three months ago and for some reason my car wouldn’t start. I ran a diagnostic and had numerous codes P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304, P0030, C0014, P0047, P0141, and a few others. I looked for loose wires, checked fuses, plugs etc. I noticed two cracked spark plugs, so I replaced all of them. After that the car started so I thought it was fixed. Closed the hood turned the car to the off position, then tried to start it again. It did not start. So I checked all the fluids and saw the antifreeze disappeared, that I had just previously filled. I looked for any visible leaks, puddles, and checked for wet carpet and found nothing. I went and bought another two large jugs of antifreeze, put one of them into the radiator it was so fast that I watched it all disappear before my eyes. I could not figure it out, but I got the car started and still continued to get massive amount of these error codes, white smoke, rough sound, etc. Then I searched more and found it sounded like blown head gasket, I checked and the oil had a milky tint. This I then found a TSB for my vehicle, Ford said they needed to check if my local Ford dealership had the parts to get my car in or if they needed to order the parts. I was supposed to get a call back but have not heard anything. I used leak fix to attempt to fix it, seemed to have stopped the leak for now and cleared the codes but my dash check engine light keeps flashing so I didn’t want to cause further damage. The TBS number I found was NHTSA ID Number: 10174400, my car is a 2015 Ford Fusion EcoBoost 1.5L, VIN Number# 3FA6P0HD2FR309495, and my local Ford is in Heath, Ohio 43056 at Mathews Ford. Mathews told me I more than likely will be responsible for the cost, because my car model and year isn’t among any mentioned. Also stated that Ford wouldn’t cover charges due to the miles as this is a natural issue that can happen. I just financed this car with over 96,000 on date of purchase, my warranty had four days left at time I found the problem, but would have been ended do to miles I believe. My local dealer said it will be over a week before they could run diagnostic on it. I asked about any option for rental/loaner while it there for repairs and was instantly told no we don’t have any loaner cars or anything you can rent. So I have no transportation, a $350 car payment while this sits in their shop, insurance of $160, cost for gas 200 miles a week to get a ride to and from work from a friend or stranger $60 at least. Not to forget a diagnostic expecting $100 bill on an issue they are well aware of whats wrong with my car, as this is exact as the other complaints, I have screenshots of my diagnostic codes and my car has white smoke coming from the tailpipe. I am guessing another bill of over $1000 for repairs to correct the defect that Ford assumes in some cars, but hasn’t took responsibility for all. I am only 20 years old, I don’t know how I can afford any of this and provide to support myself. I don’t know what to do, I am about to lose everything I have been working to build for my future.

    • Justin sorry to hear about your troubles. We have the exact same model with just under 71k on it. First warning was a coolant overtemp warning while driving that lasted just a few seconds about 2 months ago. It was a little low on coolant and didn’t get the same warning for a couple weeks after topping off. We did not notice white smoke, abnormal running, or fluids under the car at this point. After topping off a second time did some searching and found that the block crack is a common problem just after the warranty runs out of course at 60K+ miles. Was going to try some stop leak but then the car would not start the next morning. Replaced the spark plugs and got it started and driven to a local mechanic. By that time the coolant was disappearing faster and some white smoke was seen in the exhaust. They confirmed antifreeze was getting in cylinder #4, so engine would have to be removed and taken apart before determining if it was a head gasket or block crack, so cost would be $2 to 8k based on what I have seen reported. Then I found this lawsuit. So we have bought another car (Nissan) now wondering what to do with this car sitting in our garage. Wait for resolution? Go ahead and get it to a dealer and see what they can offer? Frustrating to have a car that is essentially worthless as we make the last few payments on it.

  55. The Ford dealership would actually hold it against you that one of THEIR products failed, and they wouldn’t offer you squat for it. And they’d try to sell you another vehicle with one of those problem-prone Ecoboost engines.

    Don’t get rid of it, though, or you’ll be out in the cold when Ford loses the class-action lawsuit.

    Some radiator Stop Leak might make it drivable for a few hundred miles–I don’t know.

    I do know that Ford should be held accountable for this engineering disaster.

    • Ford will most likely say the warranty is voided if you use any Stop Leak even if they are forced to extend the warranties from the class action. I think it is doubtful they will recall all of these engines so the lawsuit resolution will probably be a warranty extension.

  56. I’m sorry you are going through this.
    What a shame that Ford is fully aware of the problem but refuses to make good. I paid 5,000.00 to get my 2014 fusion eccoboost 1.5 L with only 58,000 miles back on the road. Replaced small block. Make a complaint to the

  57. Why is the 2.0 eco boost engines in the Lincoln’s not part of this class action law suit?
    See here:

    The complaint alleges that certain vehicles equipped with 1.5L, 1.6L, or 2.0L Ford EcoBoost engines are affected by the defect, including:

    • 2013-2019 Ford Escapes
    • 2013-2019 Ford Fusions
    • 2015-2018 Ford Edges
    • 2017-2019 Lincoln MKC
    • 2017-2019 Lincoln MKZ

    It seems ridiculous that the same engine in the Ford Escape, Edge, and Fusion that are also in the 2013-2016 Lincoln MKZ and MKC are not covered? What happens to all those Lincoln owners with this engine in their cars? Why are they not covered?
    Thanks for the help and clarification.

  58. I made a complaint to NHTSA. The service manager told me to it. I am hoping everyone makes a report. Maybe a recall will happen.

  59. I have a 2018 Ford Escape with a 1.5 Ecoboost Engine which I purchased last year in September and I was told Tuesday by a Ford dealership that I need a Engine it has been serviced as usual with frequent oil changes and it still went bad and it runs hot every so often. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.

  60. Hopefully you are still within the 60,000-mile/5-year powertrain warranty. If so, your engine should be replaced without ANY cost to you!

  61. Whelp, I just became a victim to this. 2016 Fusion and took it in 3rd time in 6 months for check engine light. Came out this side with $9000 short block replacement quote. Just hit 100,000mi.

    I’ll be following this.

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  62. Just found out Friday that I need a new engine in my 1.6l Escape. $7700 with parts and labor!
    I only had 79000 on this engine! Had a 4.6l Mustang that had 165,000 when I traded it in for this TURD. Should have kept the Mustang!
    Does anyone know how to join one of the class action suits?

    • Ford’s recall-prone 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is once again causing problems for Dearborn, with almost 90,000 Escape and Fusion models equipped with the engine subject to the latest voluntary recall. Escapes equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost have already been subject to three recalls since its introduction, including for fuel leaks and engine fires.
      Replacing the known turd with a new turd would be throwing $7,700 down the toilet! Parts and labor, does that include Tax? If you pay attention to crate engines, most good remanufacturers offer a warranty (often better than factory), but you’ll notice they aren’t building the 1.6, why? They don’t want to destroy their good reputation! I hope you are able to join a class action and get some satisfaction ($$$$), don’t hold your breath, at best it’ll take years.

  63. Just got a new Turbo engine in my 2014 Ford Escape a week and a half ago. Had about 125,000 miles on it. Replaced Transmission a year ago as well. I had the Ecoboost 1.6L
    On Saturday April 17th my car started smoking real bad from the exhaust on the highway took the next exit with my flashers on to pull over and noticed my breaks went out put the car in park turned it off but the emergency break on and it wouldn’t stop. I got to do the turn around and pull into a spot at a gas station on a curb to make the car stop. Got my 8 year old child in tears at this point and myself out of the car and the car burst into flames,

    • The single most important thing is, you and that child are okay, God Bless You. I hope others read your post/hear what happened to you, and STOP buying ford 4 bangers-not only are they Bic lighters, but-look at what almost happened to Chelsea Allen!!!!

  64. I was a ford man and was from my very first car a 1959 ford at the age of 16. I purchased a 1969 torino in 1972, a new mustang in 1973, new mercury in 1976 a number of used fords throughout the years. In 1989 a new mustang ,another new mustang in 1990 and encouraged family members to buy fords. I own 4 fords right now. I purchased the problem in 2015, a 2016 fusion which I payed off early only to start having problems to the tune of $8000 dollars. The 2.0 engine has to be replaced. It don’t make any sense to replace a problem with a problem. I got over over 300 thousand on the 90 mustang but the end has come with ford for me.

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