Just my luck. I moved up to the Escape to avoid dealing with the DCT issues I had in my 2013 Focus, just to run into issues with the Escape.
I've had my Titanium for three weeks now (the local dealer had exactly what I was looking for on the lot), and about a week ago, I ran into an issue with the auto-start-stop.
I was at a stoplight, and the engine was off (took a while to get used to the silence). When the light turned green and I took my foot off the brake, instead of the engine starting, I got a "Engine Fault" message. I put it in park, and manually restarted. The "Engine Fault" message showed up again, but the engine did start. However the acceleration was very sluggish -- like it was in the wrong gear, or the turbo was malfunctioning.
The next day it started and drove fine as I took it to the dealer (although I disabled the auto-start-stop to be safe). They checked it out and said it passed every checklist item for the error code they found.
I drove it normally for a few more days, and everything seemed okay. Then this weekend, it happened again. I took it back in to the dealer, and this time it got escalated to Ford. This morning I got a call from the dealer who said that Ford is aware of the issue and their engineers are working on a fix. I was told that there's nothing they can do right now, and that the recommended action is to manually disable auto-start-stop until Ford releases a fix.