Le Mans: GT Class
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Denver, Colorado area
The symptoms you describe are certainly consistent with a blown head gasket. The reason the car was overheating was likely because coolant was repeatedly getting sucked in to the cylinders. One of my sons has a 2013 Ford, but his car is a Focus. I have not heard of any general head gasket problem on these newer model Ford vehicles. Sometimes the cause of blown head gasket are due to lack of maintenance. Insufficient oil changes and coolant changes are one culprit.
How many miles do you have on your car, and what size engine do you have (2.5L?). I'm sorry to hear that you have a head gasket problem. The used Ford Fusion engines are quite inexpensive (both plentiful and readily available) and are excellent options for fixing major problems like this.
For example, my daughter has a 2006 Mazda 3. Last year her car reached 155k miles and the head gasket blew. By far the cheapest option was to get a used, newer Ford Fusion engine and swap it into her car. We got a 2012 2.5L Ford Fusion engine with only 20k miles on it for $800 including delivery to my house. Just having her head gasket replaced in her old Mazda engine would have been $2000. Now, the $800 for the "new" engine does not include the labor required to swap out the engine of course. But I did the work myself as have several people on this forum.