2019 Ford EcoSport Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Structural and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Compact SUVs continue to grow in popularity because of the car-like ride and sporty style. The 2019 Ford EcoSport leads the pack and claims “every day’s an adventure.” However, owners don’t appreciate the type of adventure this model brings to the table. It suffers from a defective engine, poorly-built structure and dangerous seats.

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Problems with the Engine

As a cheaper model SUV, the EcoSport doesn’t claim to have a powerful engine, but it does promise fuel savings. With that, typically comes an underpowered engine, but the problems seem to go beyond those concerns.

Here is one Edmunds review discussing the trouble. “What isn’t wrong with this thing?!?! It has no power but only a week after purchase when attempting to accelerate to get out of being sandwiched between 2 semi-trucks the gas pedal kept going to the floor… then stuck there like a rock full throttle. I pulled on it stepped on it checked my floor mat nothing.”

Turns out that the engine is in worse shape than anyone could have imagined. Service Bulletin #SSM 48093 states that some of the 1.0L EcoBoost engines might struggle with a loss of engine oil pressure due to a broken engine oil pump belt tensioner. The problem is, to repair this defect, the EcoBoost requires an entirely new engine. The day that this SUV dies is surely considered “an adventure” by many owners, just not the pleasant kind.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Ford EcoSport Engine Problems:

WHILE ON A LONG TRIP I STOPPED ON A SERVICE AREA. WHEN I GOT OFF THE VEHICLE I NOTICED A STRONG HEAT SMELL.WHEN OPEN HOOD I NOTICED TURBO WAS GLOWING RED HOT ALL THE WAY BELOW OXYGEN SENSOR.

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

When the engineers set out to design the EcoBoost, it’s unlikely they planned to make as big of a lemon as they did.

Just read this Edmunds review. “Don’t get me started on the rear entry. I had to consult YouTube to figure out how to open it and sadly once I learned how, all I could think is ‘how stupid.’ It’s not a hatch opening, it opens like a door to the left. That’ll work well when there’s a car parked behind you and you need to load the groceries (sarcasm). The YouTube’ r said he had reviewed vehicles for years and he couldn’t figure it out either. A salesperson has to show him. Hmm, how clever Ford … vehicles should be intuitive not a puzzle.”

Another structure-related concern has to do with the auto glass. Service Bulletin #SSM 48130 talks about how the glass could turn an orange pattern or start streaking. The cause is from car wash solutions used on the glass by owners, but Ford will not cover the defect under the warranty, claiming it’s not their concern. Yet, millions of other car models can drive through the car wash and never experience these problems. Apparently, owners aren’t supposed to wash their cars after an adventure.

Problems with the Seats

The same types of issues are found with the seating construction.

Here is one Cars.com review worth reading. “The interior is extremely cramped. If you have small children, getting them in and out of the cramped back seat will always be a frustrating chore. I need to emphasize that, the backseat is so cramped, its uncomfortable for toddlers.”

Aside from the size of the seats, it’s important to look at the safety ramifications. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V023000 states that some vehicles are equipped with front seat frames that weren’t welded correctly. This results in the back becoming improperly secured, which can increase the risk of an injury during an accident. Nothing says adventure more than a night in the hospital due to a faulty vehicle.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Ford EcoSport Seats Problems:

THE FRONT SEAT FRAMES MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY WELDED WHICH CAN HEIGHTENED THE POTENTIALITY OF HARM CAUSED TO A PERSON INVOLVED IN A CRASH. CARS.COM IS STATING THAT A RECALL IS IN EFFECT. NHTSA IS STATING THAT 1 RECALL DOES EXIST. KELLY BLUE BLUE BOOK IS STATING THAT A RECALL HAS BEEN MADE BUT THAT IT DOESN’T PERTAIN TO MY SPECIFIC VEHICLE. NOTHING HAS HAPPENED YET, BUT ROD FROM LARRY H. MILLER FORD IN MESA, AZ STATES THAT THERE COULD BE A PROBLEM WITHIN THE FUTURE. CARS.COM STATES THAT THE NHTSA RECALL NUMBER IS 19V023000 WITH A RECALL DATE OF 01/02/2019 AND THAT THE COMPONENT AFFECTED IS SEATS

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 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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3 COMMENTS
  • Mark

    Hi
    I have a Ford eco sport on a 69 plate bought about a tear ago . It’s already had the steering rack replaced and electrical steering pump . It’s drives like a tank the steering is still very heavy the front end sways to left and right and it won’t drive in a straight line I’m correcting the steering wheel all time . So next week it’s going back into Ford for 3rd time . I’m so fed up of it the car could be unsafe I’m just not sure

  • JohnIL

    I only have around 3000 miles on my 2020 Ecosport. I opted for the 2.0 engine because I don’t trust small turbo engines to be reliable. Had a 2011 Chevy Cruze with 1.4 turbo. Went through 3 water pumps and two turbos in less then 50k and then overheated and needed a engine overhaul. I guess manufactures had no choice but to create these turbo engines to meet emissions. But owners will not be happy when they see how unreliable they are after some miles. I suspect these direct injected engines will also create problems down the road as well.

  • Mark

    Hi I have a ecosport 2019 one year old this month few months ago in lockdown the app showed up loads problems I rang the Ford garage they said it’s just the app. Anyway two weeks ago it went into the main dealer as the steering seemed hard to turn a corner. Today I had a phone call to say they are replacing the complete steering rack and it’s on order. They said they will try that see it if work if not then they will look into it further.

    I’m very disappointed in the car tbh seems heavy to drive. And now this and it’s not even a year old yet really.

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