2018-2019 Ford EcoSport Engine Problems

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Lemberg Law is investigating consumer complaints regarding the 2018 and 2019 Ford EcoSport. The 2018 and 2019 Ford EcoSport is equipped with a 1.0L EcoBoost engine that appears to cause oil leaks to the point that it needs to be replaced. While the issues seem less common in the 2019 models, the problems are rampant with 2018 EcoSport vehicles.

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Does the Ford EcoSport Have an Oil Leak Problem?

There have been many reports for the 2018 and 2019 EcoSport logged with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

EcoSport Oil Leak TSBs

According to Service Bulletin #SSM 48093, the issue occurs with 2018/2019 EcoSport models that are equipped with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and the 6F15 automatic transmission that was built prior to April 3, 2019.

The engine loses oil pressure and the warning light comes on. According to Ford, the oil leak is caused by a broken engine oil pump belt tensioner. However, the only solution is to replace the entire engine.

There have been other class action lawsuits regarding some of the other EcoBoost engines, for different reasons.

What are some Customer Complaints for the EcoSport Oil Leak?

There are multiple complaints on the Edmunds website regarding the 2018 models.

 “I bought my 2018 EcoSport three years ago and have had absolutely nothing but problems with it, starting just after its first oil change, when it started leaking oil. I took it to the dealership, and they said it was a manufacturing defect, but they could fix it right then and there. Okay. A few months later, at around 15,000 miles, the engine needed to be replaced because the oil pump (?? I think that’s what they said) wasn’t working properly, and it ruined the engine. It took OVER THREE MONTHS for me to get my car back.”

“I don’t have anything good to say, honestly. At first I fell in love with it. We had it just a little over a year and we’ve had two major malfunctions leaving us stranded off the side of the interstate and back roads! The first the oil pump failed, second time it completely cut off on me in the middle of the road. WITH MY CHILD IN THE BACK! Luckily no one was behind me or I would’ve gotten in a wreck. This car has become a headache and not reliable!!”

Additionally, you can find even more posted on the NHTSA website.

“Engine replaced once, not even 1,000 of driving it the oil is leaking.”

“The contact owns a 2018 Ford Ecosport. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the engine oil pressure light illuminated with a knocking sound coming from the engine. The vehicle was towed to the local dealer who diagnosed that the engine had failed due to a lack of oil pressure. The contact was informed that the engine needed to be replaced. The engine was replaced however, turbocharger malfunctioned. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.”

“Low Engine Oil Pressure came one, headed straight to the dealership but the car died three miles away from the dealership while turning left on 501. Monday 06/15/2020, Ford informed me that they didn’t know what happened but I will need a completely new engine.”

“Driving down I-85 going 70mph and all of a sudden lose power in front a line of cars. Low oil pressure light illuminated thankfully we got to the side of road safely. Vehicle is currently at Ford dealer for diagnosis.”

Professional Assessment

When the belt tensioner breaks on a belt-driven oil pump, there is no more lubrication being sent into the engine. At this point, the oil pressure would dramatically drop and there should be an alert to stop driving. Some cars use an “Oil Pressure Low – Stop Engine” warning light.

The reason that Ford has to replace the entire engine because of this fault is that customers aren’t getting notified about the drop in pressure before the engine is ruined. Otherwise, it would be possible to simply replace the oil pump belt tensioner. With better alert systems, there would be less engines requiring replacement, even if there was a defective part.

Additionally, an oil pump is generally driven by the crankshaft, which is gear-to-gear. Unlike the belt-driven oil pump, these aren’t prone to failure as easily.

If your 2018 or 2019 Ford EcoSport engine is having oil problem, fill out our case evaluation form or call us at 877-795-3666.

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About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Alanna

    My 2018 Ford EcoSport’s entire engine needed to be replaced at 65k miles, due to oil pressure issues.

  • Dena B

    I bought my 2019 Ecosport used. I had not heard of any issues with this vehicle and had good experiences with Ford in the past.
    Fast forward to May 2023, the low oil pressure warning came across the screen. Put my blinker on and lost power, managed to limp to the shoulder.
    If Ford is aware of this, why are they not telling the consumers? I cannot afford a new engine. I’m still waiting to hear from the dealership about the diagnostic results.
    Do we have any legal recourse against Ford?

  • Randall S

    I bought my 2018 Ecosport with the smaller 1.0L engine in Feb 2019 as a new vehicle. Had no major issue until a couple of days ago at 74K miles. The low pressure oil light came on and it went into limp mode. I just got the oil changed a couple of weeks ago at Firestone. I had it towed there thinking something might’ve went wrong with the oil change before finding out about all of the oil pump/engine complaints. Firestone hooked up their little code reader and immediately said it had too many codes to diagnose any further. I’ve paid $150 to get it there and then another $100 for the useless diagnosis, which I could’ve received for free if I could’ve driven to AutoZone. Anyway, I now have to pay to get it towed to the closest Ford dealer for the 6K engine repair. The service dept at the dealer where I bought it is much farther from the Firestone. However, service has yet to return my phone call anyway. The salesman only calls to tell much how much negative equity I’m looking at to roll over to a new vehicle. But, that’s another story. Then, I see Ford is refunding the full repair cost in the UK…but not here in the States. How does that happen? Does Ford value the UK market more than the US market?

  • Heather

    I bought a 2019 Ecosport brand new on Halloween 2019. It had 11 miles on it when I bought it. Just Thursday the low oil pressure light came on and I noticed a loss of power while driving 75mph on I-95. I pulled over and got to safety and called Ford roadside assistance for a tow to the nearest dealer. I am from PA, but was travelling to MD when this happened, so it went to a dealership unknown to me and in another state.

    I do have Ford premium care extended warranty, but my car only has 57,000 miles on it. After speaking to the tow truck driver he informed me “you will need a new engine”, which seemed crazy to me. He said this is a known issue with your car and Ford refuses to do a Recall, they have just issued a bulletin. I was shocked but hopeful this would not be the case.

    The next day the dealer called me to ask what happened and I asked point blank if this is a known issue…his response…”unfortunately yes”. OMG, how awful. Now I love my car and have had ZERO problems with it, but how s****y is that. The next day I got the call that it needed a new engine, but thankfully it is covered under my powertrain warranty. If it would have been over 60,000 miles my extended warranty would have paid but I would have had a $100 deductible, this way I owe nothing.

    I am picking up the rental today and heading back to PA tomorrow. I even found out my extended warranty will cover my extra hotel nights and food, so I am thankful. Sorry to have a happy ending after reading so many bad ones, but just the fact that it happened and continues to happen is very unsettling. I have 2 more years left on my car and now a brand new engine, so I am gonna ride it out and probably pay to extend the Ford warranty. I will be joining the class action even though they did fix it because who is to say it will not happen again. Good luck everyone.

  • Kristi D

    Same thing happened to us. Lost pressure and motor locked on a two lane narrow bridge I was 2000 miles out warranty still owed on car. Had towed to local mechanic out of pocket. Was told motor would have to be replaced. Contacted local dealership and said I’d have to pay another 200 tow bill for them to look at it so they could contact Ford for assistance but said doubt they would even though known issue. We declined and replaced motor at local mechanic all paid out of pocket. It took 4 months and was our only vehicle so had to purchase another vehicle so huge financial hardship. Sold car after repair assuming new motor would likely do the same thing which is very dangerous and has no warning. We are 5000 In the hole. Ford should be held accountable for safety and financial reasons. They know they have bad products and don’t stand behind them.

  • Keyan W

    I had Ford Ecosport and 1 year in I got the oil pressure light come on. Took it to several shops and they all suggested I needed a new engine which was 5k. I tried to work with my bank to keep the car and pay it off but they pressured me into giving the car back and taking a loss of 15k. They locked my bank accounts until I made a deal with them in order to be able to get my money out. At the time the only option I had was to give the car back because they were coming to take it anyway. My mom has the same car and tonight the oil pressure light came on and seized the engine up on her way back these cars are all made to do this and it is a total ripoff when these dealerships know about the issues and let people still buy it. That should be a crime!

  • Ruthie A

    2018- Ford EcoBoost- check engine light came on- then terrible noise and I was stranded in GA – had to stay overnight alone and have it towed back to Florida (240 miles) Local mechanic states that the oil pressure is lost due to oil pump belt failure, and it will now require a new engine. Over $6000 cost in addition to all the cost that I have already incurred with towing, mechanic, and loss of work as I do not have a vehicle.

  • Paige

    I have the same problem with my 2018 Ford Ecosport. My engine is busted and it’s going to cost me 7k to repair.

  • Zalman

    My wife has the same issue with her 2018 Ford Ecosport Titanium. We towed the car to the Ford dealer, and the service manager told us it would take 2 to 3 months to get the car fixed. We are unable to even find a rental car because we only have one car and have school-age children.

  • Daniel S

    Same thing. Luckily it was still under warranty and the engine was replaced. I am worried it will happen again but also want to be included in the lawsuit if it happens.Thanks.

  • Linda c

    Same problem as everyone else. Any solutions at all?


    Same, 2018 ecosport, had a oil change on Tuesday then Sunday it flashed “check engine oil pressure” then the oil light came on, then it died. It has 78,000 miles on it. Loan to be paid off 2/24. No car. Ford did not disclose these problems to me nor did I receive a recall. Now what can I do, it sits at a dealer with a possibly blown engine?

  • Trudy F

    Have a 2019 ford EcoSport bought used with 20000 miles on it. Loved it but when it hit 50000miles the low oil pressure light came on and back off. About a quarter mile from home the car died and had to be towed home. Now it won’t start. Has no compression. Could this be a lemon? Now I am stuck with a loan and no vehicle to get to and from work.

  • Kurt a

    The exact same thing happened to our 2018 EcoSport on December 9, 2022. The low engine oil pressure light came on, and the vehicle wouldn’t accelerate above 50 mph. After checking the oil level, my husband drove to the Ford dealer where we purchased this vehicle (and had previously purchased 2 Ford Focuses, both also lemons). The certified Ford mechanic changed the oil, acknowledged there seemed to be an engine problem, but said it was still running, and said they couldn’t look at it for at least 3 weeks. After sending my husband on his way, and while still in the Ford parking lot, the Ecosport completely stalled and wouldn’t start. When my husband went back into the service shop to ask for help, they refused to help and wouldn’t even let him borrow jumper cables or a wrench. He was stranded in their parking lot in the cold for hours waiting for a friend to come help and ultimately had to call a tow truck to have the vehicle towed 40 mile to our home. I am praying that there is some sort of legal recourse for this obviously known/identified engine problem. We were already upside down on our loan for this Ford Ecosport because of early trade-ins of two Ford Focuses due to transmission issues. I am appalled that Ford execs will not support the consumers who trusted the quality of their vehicles. Ford identified the problem with their service bulletin SSM 48093. A trustworthy company would have issued a recall to fix this problem when the faulty engineering problem was identified. As it is, I am stuck with a non-working Ecosport that looks absolutely brand new, inside and out, but is as worthless as a totaled hunk of junk. (The star rating is for Ford..If I could have rated 0 stars, I would have.)

  • Leigh A

    Exact same issue! A week ago low oil pressure light comes on and engine completely seized up. Read online about this issue after googling the light and symptoms before contacting Ford for the tow since it was a weekend. Contacted Ford on Monday for the tow, told them what happened and that there is history of these vehicles doing this. Told them I would most likely need a new motor. My vehicle only has 60,000 miles! Bought new off the lot! Waited 2 days on diagnostics for them to tell me what I already knew… Need new motor and turbo. Still waiting on warranty approval via a warranty inspector. In the mean time I’ve missed college classes and work! They better approve my warranty or they will see the biggest Karen they’ve ever seen!

  • Melvin C

    I have a 2019 Ecosport SE. Same here, the low oil came on and off, took it to a mechanic and once opened, saw the bad stuff, the rubber belt deteriorated and clogged the oil pump, tensioner was also faulty. Ford said my car was out of warranty and didn’t have any recall or TSB issues. I will never ever buy, rent or even ride in a Ford.

  • Miss S

    This morning, my low oil pressure light chimes on (after having recently been checked and topped off). It remained on and added a buddy. You guessed it: the check engine light. The smells of fuel graced our noses inside the vehicle’s cabin. Of course, we lowered the windows immediately for the world to enjoy as well. We proceeded to leave the busy HWY and park. As we did that, the wrench icon came out to play. Oh joy! It didn’t stay, though. After shutting off the power, we sat. Now, awaiting for the Calvary. What a great way to start the day. Forth try? Come on, Carmax & Ford! Hella unhappy. Do better.

    I just had repairs for this issue. But they said it was the EVAP system. But before that, they replaced the entire entertainment system for the auto stop/start feature. (yep). My 2019 EcoSport has been a cute, fully loaded hot mess! But it has spent more time at the service dept. than with me. Thankfully, I have warranty on their “work”. Let’s see if they will stand by their words… (carmax Austin north)

  • Angela C

    I think Ford should recall these cars that get the “oil pressure low” messages. My car was full of oil and still had 76% life on computer screen.

    I have a 2019 Ford Ecosport with a busted oil pump. It has just over 75,000 miles. The dealer from whom I bought my car is refusing to replace my motor because I never changed my AIR filter. That would not cause the oil pump to break into pieces. I bought the car new from a dealer that gave me a LIFETIME POWERTRAIN WARRANTY. (That’s a big selling point at Green Ford.)

    Then, when my car broke and I looked through my paperwork I see they actually gave me a used car warranty named POWERLIFE. (Yes, I signed the paper, but I asked if it was the lifetime powertrain warranty paperwork and I was told, yes.)

    The company is well-known and been in business over 50 years. A lady worked with me to get the car and I trusted her/them. I am a 60+ yr old lady, who now thinks I was tricked. I KNOW they are not treating people right now. They need to fix my car! AND reimburse me for car rentals.

  • Robyn J

    This recently happened to me where I pulled out of my driveway and my low oil pressure light came on. I immediately stopped the car. It has been at the Ford Dealer for over six weeks and finally ready to be picked up. It is costing me out of pocket $2,400 and my formal complaint with Ford Dealer is covering $3,000 to replace the motor. This is not an acceptable solution and Ford should be ashamed to not place a recall on this issue impacting thousands of consumers who own the 2018 Ford Ecosport. I still plan to follow up with separate complaints to try and recoup my money. My vehicle just had turned to 70,000 miles when it happened. Such a bad experience and consumer beware!!

  • Michelle

    The same has happened to my sons car, ford ecoboost titanium 2018, the oil pick up line has blocked, effected the turbo, blown turbo, engine management light on. Unable to drive the car, will cost around £6000 to fix, out of warranty.
    What can he do?

  • Megan

    I’m having the same issues with my 2018 as well and warranty isn’t covering the engine or anything what happend in everyone else’s situations??

  • Cydnee k

    Same boat as everyone else 2018 ecosport low oil pressure warning came on 9/25. I am waiting on the news I hope I do not need a new engine. How can we resolve this ! We deserve justice

  • Elizabeth F

    Can I sue ford although I brought my car from the Ford company in the bahamas?

  • Maria

    Have a 2019 eco sport with 70,000 miles and the engine just died. No longer covered under warranty. Was told $7000 for new engine. Where am I getting That from. So I’ll just have a trashed car that I still Make payments on.

  • Aidan b

    Low oil pressure light on 2015 ford eco sport

  • Doug P

    2018 Ecosport, 07/29/22, I was following my wife she was in the Ecosport and she called me and said the Oil LIght came on Flashing Low Oil Pressure. It just so happened that we were directly in front of a Ford dealership. I told her to whip in there and have them look at it. She called me about 10 minutes later and said the Service Manager told her he knew exactly what the problem was. Based on so many that had previously been worked on, he told her it was the Oil Belt Tensioner and it probably broke the belt and would need to be replaced. About $750 cost if that is all that is wrong. He also said that based on the finding once they were able to see inside that there was a possibility that the engine and Turbo may need to be replaced. I am currently waiting on them to do the diagnostics and call me with the news. Car only has 79k miles and should not require all this repairs (in my opinion). I am not sure what to do?

  • Erica Z

    Wow! I am in the same boat as you all. The oil light flashed really loud as I was driving down I4 at 70 miles. The car jerked, black smoke rose in the air and I quickly pulled over. I had the car towed to the nearest Ford. At first, they said I had a hole in the oil pan and now they entire engine has to be replaced. I’m waiting for them to get back on whether Ford will cover repairs. I have been without a car for over a week and missed work because I don’t live close to public transportation. I’m a bit nervous Reading these posts because I’m still waiting and frustrated. Ugh!

  • Ashley

    I was driving from Florida to Tennessee to visit family. As soon as I hit the Tennessee line, the oil pressure low sensor would flash for a second and then go off. I assumed since I had just gotten an oil change, that maybe the techs hit a sensor or something. I pulled over any way and check the oil level which was full. I continued on my journey and when I was about 20 miles from my sister’s house it started happening again. I took it to the dealership and they said I need a total engine and turboboost replacement which will be over $6000. I ended up having to buy plane tickets to get back home. I do not know what to do, as I had no warning that this was going to happen. My car is now in a different state just stranded.

  • Michelle D

    Appartently this doesn’t just go to the older Ecosports. We purchased a 2020 Ford Ecosport titanium package, and on the way home from vacation, the car said low oil pressure and lost power. We pulled over immediately and was towed to the first ford dealership. We are not being told two months before we can get a full diagnostic, and that the thought is a new engine. Also being told engine replacements are taking almost a year to get an engine into the shops. We were told all we can do is rent a car and get reimbursed when our vehicle is returned to us. I did the math – it would be over $2000k a month between rental costs and our actual car payment. I asked ford to tow it back to our local dealership because our car is 3.5 hours away, and was told they would not cover it, but that it would be $1100 out of our own pockets to tow, and still would not be guarenteed a loaner. This is completely unacceptable of ford and they should be doing more to protect their consumers. I believe at this point we will be looking at an attorney.

  • Tracy S

    I had the same thing happen to me yesterday. I bought a 2018 Ecosport, this past October, and was not told that this was even a concern. Yesterday, while driving, the light suddenly came on saying that I had low oil pressure. It was less than 1/2 of a mile until I was completely stopped (I was on the highway with my boss and a client in the car) and there was a loud noise and the engine cut out. I called the dealership, as I have the extended warranty, and was told to have it towed back to them. Because I was 75 miles away from home, it cost me $355 to tow it in. Today I was told that they do not know why there are several error codes and that I have to take it to the Ford Dealership (I bought it used from other dealership) and that I would have to pay to have it towed there! I was told that the warranty will cover the cost but that they only cover 5 days of a rental car! What do they expect me to do if it takes longer than that to fix a known problem that they told me nothing about? I am SO angry that I was not warned ahead of time and that the dealership would not have changed out the bad part before selling it to me!

  • Katie

    I am in the same boat now as each of you. 2018 Ford Ecosport- on 2/23 I was driving and low engine oil pressure light came on. I panicked and pulled over as this car has been NOTHING but problems since I purchased it brand new. I just had a service completed last week. In fact, I called Valvoline and they came to where I was parked and checked to make sure there was oil and the filter had been changed. While Valvoline manager was there, the engine seized and had to be towed back to Ford. A sales associate had the audacity to tell me that my engine is blown and that it happened due to a malfunction because of the size of the engine and the electrical system. It all makes perfect sense now… the car alarm has randomly triggered after I would get inside without touching the key on continuous basis. The car would literally turn off completely at a stop light and have to be put into park and restarted to continue driving. I can go on and on- the sad thing being that many of these problems occurred during the warranty but the dealership kept saying either nothing was wrong or it had been fixed. Ford is extremely WRONG for continuing to manufacture and sell these vehicles with the known issues that occur. I could have been in an accident or hurt someone else in an accident.

  • Elizabeth H

    I am having the same issue as you! As of 3 days ago.. that’s kind of funny. I need help I can’t even take out any loans and now carless. I NEED HELP 😭

  • Shelley W

    Bought a preowned 2018 Ford Ecosport 2 years ago. Had approximately 46,000 miles. I had regular maintenance performed and loved driving it. Until January 9, 2022. Driving down the road oil pressure pump light flashed on, car slowed down to 45 mph and started a ticking noise. Had car towed to Bob Moore Ford Service department in Oklahoma City. Diagnosis: oil pump belt tensioner failed causing no oil pressure subsequently completely destroying the engine, turbo charger and vacuum pump. The Service adviser stated that the Ford company knows the problem with the oil pump tensioner exists, but will not acknowledge the problem. My Ecosport is sitting in the Service department waiting for parts to replace the tensioner, oil pump and engine. My cost for replacement, repairs and labor is $6,776.37 not including loan interest for the repairs and not having a vehicle to drive.

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