If you get a hand held tuning device you can dial back the base timing a bit to reduce/eliminate the pinging as well with lower octanes. You will lose some power though.https://www.motor.com/magazine-summary/resolving-low-speed-pre-ignition/
This is a very interesting article that I 'stole' from another Ford forum and among other things it relates to pre-ignition damage in modern turbo vehicles.
It relates to our Ford Escapes as like many other turbo vehicles they are designed with lots of torque and a high 6th gear.
Many here have complained about the 'labouring' of our cars from low speeds in 6th gear. Of course this is a recipe for disaster in the long term and can cause engine damage due to possible pre-ignition or 'pinging' according to this article.
One possible solution is to use a higher fuel octane such as 98 instead of 95 (Australia) or always use Sport mode where at the lower speeds the car will drop down to 5th gear and the engine will not be under stress upon acceleration.
I have a 2016 with no roof rails. Just looked at the 2019, they're BAAAACK. I hate them. I don't need them. Cleaning off snow will be very difficult.
Can they be removed by the dealer before I buy it?
Pleease say 'yes'.
Just FYI:If you are meaning the front-to-back rails and not the left-to-right crossbars (optional) I don't know if it would be worth your while to have them removed. Sounds expen$ive, as they bolt through the roof sheetmetal which would have to be repaired. ......
Definitely the a/c vents are a little weird,,, weird as in they never seem to really direct the cold air onto where you want it ,, at least in my 2014. Oh, and no dome light either,, def didn’t realize that till after we bought it... not a game changer, just odd.I made another thread asking what you liked about the Ford Escape. So it's only fair to ask, what do you not like? I actually think this is better question for shoppers.
Who better to know the faults of the vehicle than an owner. Is there anything you don't like about the Escape? Something you want changed or improved? Anything the competition does better?
We an operable rear glass pane on a couple older vehicles. Other than to see how it worked, I can count the number of times we used it on one hand. The rear window has become so small and the bottom so high off the ground on newer vehicles, operable rear glass isn't practical for most. Even with my longer arms I would find it very awkward with the current generation of Escape. There also were durability issues...windows shattering from temperature extremes, people closing them too hard, rear wiper malfunctions, and hinges that would rust away. My coworker just had the rear glass shatter out of her 2012 a couple weeks ago. From my observations, it's a rarely used item with a lot of parts and failure points = easy cost-cutting decision for Ford and other manufacturers.I had a 2005, 2008, and a 2010 Escape. I did get a 2013 and now have a 2018 Escape. Why in the world did Ford not put a opening rear window in after 2012? Go grocery shopping. Starts to rain or snow real hard and you pull into the garage. The tailgate will not open because it will destroy itself on the garage door. Back in you say? Well ok, I do. But I do not use the backup camera because it is covered in water and it has the worse case of a cataract. Ford, put the rear opening window back would ya?