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  1. Alex D.

    Burning/Hot Oil Smell

    Thanks for the suggestions!
  2. Alex D.

    Burning/Hot Oil Smell

    I have a 2014 2.0L AWD with 71,000 miles. The vehicle has recently developed an unmistakable hot/burning oil smell after the drivetrain comes up to normal operating temperature. When idiling or starting the car after a few minutes, the smell fills the cabin through the vents, but goes away once I start driving. The smell also fills the garage upon returning home, but is gone the next day -- so it only develops when hot. There are no oil spotches on the garage floor and I check the level often and it doesn't seem to be dropping. 3 shops have said they can't find a leak. The last shop cleaned the engine bay with degreaser thinking a previous oil change resulted in a spill, but the smell returned after a few weeks. The smell is strongest from the left side of the engine bay (from the perspective of looking into the engine bay) back near the cowl. I've read a few forum topics on this issue on other forums dedicated to the Escape without a clear cause found. I wanted to consult the collective knowledge on this forum (I'm a 13 year member and read daily but post infrequently) and see if anyone else has experienced this issue and successfully resolved it. Thanks!
  3. Highlights: -302 hp 0-60 in 5.8 -39 miles in electric-only mode -AWD I've only purchased Ford's in the past, but they don't currently have a comparable product, especially with the Escape plug-in AWD only. Corsair GT comes close, but falls short on HP and range. It pains me to say it, but the RAV-4 prime will be on my list to replace my Escape. https://www.autoblog.com/2019/11/20/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-revealed/
  4. I have a '14 with this same condition, mainly when cold as well. Occasionally, it exhibits a rough 3-2 downshift as well. These characteristics have been experienced since it was new. It now has 64,000 miles on it. What's the "party pack?" Thanks.
  5. Please remove this duplicate thread. Apologies! I was beaten to the punch.
  6. The best look we've seen this far (as far as I'm aware) before its debut. https://www.motor1.com/news/299818/ford-escape-spy-shots/amp/#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From %1%24s
  7. Kyle was several car-lengths behind these two as they crossed the start-finish line with one to go. Hamlin and Logano were racing side-by-side from the end of the frontstretch, through turns 1 and 2, down the backstretch and through turn 3. Two cars running side-by-side will have a slower lap time than a driver who is running their preferred line all by themselves. This effect is even more magnified this year with the larger rear spoilers these cars are running. 18 and 22 were bumping and rubbing down the backstretch and side-drafting off of one another, which further slowed down their speeds. When Kyle got close enough to them, he was able to gain some draft off of the 11 which allowed him to increase his closing rate even more. Had the 18 and 22 never gotten side by side on that final lap, the finish would have been 22, 11 and 18 1-2-3.
  8. I believe the origins of this "headlight notch" can be traced back even farther to the 2008 Focus, IIRC.
  9. Alex D.

    2012 Sill Plates

    Hey, thanks for the info! I think I'll pick up a set at some point.
  10. Alex D.

    2012 Sill Plates

    For some reason I was thinking these plates illuminated when you opened the door. Is this true or do you simply stick them on and that's it?
  11. Alex D.

    Dual clutch transmission

    I had this TSB applied at the local dealer yesterday. Although I have not experienced issues to the degree of severity described on this forum and elsewhere, the trans did occasionally suffer from some degree of lunging under 10 mph as well as a flare upon shifting into 2nd. After the TSB was applied, the shifting is indeed smoother and I hear less noise from the clutches. The shifts also seem to be more firm. This was while driving in D. In S, not much improvement was noticed, although I keep it in D most of the time anyways. If anyone has experienced issues with their shift quality, they should consider getting this TSB applied.
  12. Alex D.

    My Focus Ti - Three Months In

    I feel somewhat better after reading your assessment of the transmission's confusion when on an incline. We have a ramp at work we must drive up to get up to the road. If I'm waiting in a line of cars or have to change throttle position on the ramp, the trans shutters quite a bit, sometimes even violently. Otherwise, on flat surfaces the trans operates fairly smoothly.
  13. Alex D.

    2012 Focus Idle speed shudder Customer service responce

    This is an interesting observation. Mine has much more in the way of shuttering/hunting when cold. After a mile or two, it smooths out considerably.
  14. 2012 Focus SE hatch w/ sport and winter packages plus tinted the windows. Diggin' it!