At 59,903 miles (about a week after purchase), took the Escape into the dealership for a grinding noise coming from the front of the vehicle. Had right front strut and strut assembly replaced, US$287.96. Also, check engine light came on, was determined to be due to faulty DPFE sensor, replaced for additional US$259.17.
While at an oil change at 65,238 miles, was told an ABS module connector was replaced, $30.90, covered by factory warranty.
For some time, I noticed when there was high humidity, such as after it had rained, or if the Escape was not moved for a day or two, when I started it and drove it, the engine would idle roughly and it would hesitate when I attempted to accelerate in the beginning. The check engine light would blink on and off during this period. After some time of driving, it would smooth out again and the light would turn off. I took it in for this issue at 65,978 miles. Was told the cylinders were misfiring. Dealer replaced cylinder head assembly, gaskets and bolts, parking brake cables (didn't realize my parking brake wasn't working), and spark plugs. Total cost - US$3,275.00; extended warranty I had purchased covered $3,135.00 (only reason I authorized the repair), and I paid $140.00 out of pocket for deductible and spark plugs.
When repairs were completed, was told to bring it back to have the catalytic converter replaced, and it would be covered by the factory warranty. Brought back at 66,100 miles. Replaced this and also the oil light sending unit (dealer stated light came on during repair). $867.62 total, all covered by Ford.
Was experiencing rattling/clunking noises when I went faster than 15mph. Took it to the dealer at 69,350 miles, replaced both front stabilizer links and front lower control arm. $609.00, paid $100.00, extended warranty covered the rest.
All in all, about $5,300.00 in repairs, approx. $790.00 out of my pocket. This did not include the costs of preventative maintenance (oil changes, brakes, etc.) and purchasing of tires.