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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,287 miles

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2009 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

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2009 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 10 of 13)

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problem #70

Jun 092013


  • 86,000 miles


Multiple times my car is stalling while driving. The first incident I was driving 55mph. I took vehicle to Ford and was told it was the electronic throttle body and that the part is on back order for at least 4 weeks. A 4 week part back order seems to me a strong indicator that several people are experiencing this very dangerous driving scenario.

- Jefferson, GA, USA

problem #69

Jun 092013


  • 94,000 miles
At or about 2:30pm on Sunday, June 9, 2013, the identified vehicle was being operated on a limited-access state highway at or around the posted speed limit of 70 mph. The vehicle took an exit ramp onto the frontage road and decelerated to posted speed limit of 50 mph. Without warning or any prior indication, the vehicle entered the Ford-defined "limp home mode, " which included a loss of engine power (governed to approximated 900 RPM in second gear), and the vehicle experienced rapid deceleration to approximately 10 mph on the high-speed three-lane roadway with medium to medium-heavy traffic. Upon pulling the vehicle to safety in a parking lot, the vehicle experienced rough idling and the dashboard illuminated a "throttle control/power train fault" warning light. Upon cycling the engine off and on, engine ignition took longer than typical to start by several seconds, but appeared to otherwise function properly. Upon re-entering the roadway, an experience similar to that described above occurred after shifting to third gear. After-market diagnostic computer indicates the vehicle has a P2112, "throttle actuator control stuck closed, " code. Engine was cycled and entry to roadway was attempted again; similar episode occurred when shifting to third gear. Vehicle was towed to a Ford dealership for service, which is pending at the time of this report.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #68

Jun 082013


  • 59,095 miles
Car was fine, then all of a sudden I had nothing. I was only going about 25 and was able to coast to the side of the road. Engine was running fine but car would not accelerate at all. Wrench on the instrument panel was lit, indicating a powertrain problem. I turned the car off, waited a few minutes and restarted. I was able to get it home. This is a serious problem. I'm sure it will happen again after reading the posted complaints, left turns could be extremely dangerous. Ford needs to step up.

- Smithfield, VA, USA

problem #67

Jun 042013


  • 43,000 miles


Update on complaint #10515406 - took car to dealer - the diagnosis is a throttle body failure. It is not covered under the power train warranty. And the part is on back order. They want $474 to fix it. Why hasn't there been a recall yet...upon doing some research, there are approximately 1.6 million Ford Escapes with this issue model years 2005-2012. This is absolutely crazy that I have to pay to fix a widely known failure.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #66

May 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
When I slow down to almost a stop or when I am stopped and starting to accelerate again the car engine shuts off. I then have to turn off the car and restart it. This happens sporadically with no warning. I have been told by Ford that it is the throttle body causing this issue.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #65

Jun 042013


  • 43,000 miles
The throttle control/powertrain warning light came. The Escape wouldn't accelerate on 6/4. I was able to get to a spot out of the driving lane and turn it off. I restarted and didn't have any problems until this morning 6/6. it happened while my son was driving to school. He also was able to stop safely. Turn off the Escape and restart it with no problems. Called the dealer. They want it in for service right away.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #64

Jun 042013


  • 65,000 miles


0630hr reversed car from garage reached road 30ft, then placed in D accelerated to about 15mph then sudden lost of power and deceleration similar to applying brake drive went into 'limp' mode without warning.a wrench showed up as a fault warning on the dash. This is the first time this has happened.

- Darien, WI, USA

problem #63

Jun 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
As I was driving, the accelerator pedal suddenly stopped responding and the wrench and check engine lights came on. I was able to pull over and put on the hazard lights. After turning the engine off and restarting, the accelerator pedal responded again and I was able to drive for a short while before it failed again. This was very dangerous. I repeated this cycle until I was able to get the car to the dealership, where I was notified that the codes indicated a faulty throttle body. The dealership has advised the part is on backorder and won't be available for at least two weeks, which means I won't be able to drive the car (the extended warranty does not provide a rental due to backordered parts). This is now very inconvenient. Please note that the transmission was already completely replaced on this vehicle at around 30K miles, along with a failed power window motor, rear glass hatch seals, etc.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #62

May 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving at a different speeds, the starts to jerk, hesitate, slow down. At times I feel it's about to suddenly stall or turn off.

- Aurora, CA, USA

problem #61

Jun 012013


  • 59,000 miles
I was traveling on highway at approximately 65 mph and accelerator stopped. The engine was still running but wouldn't accelerate. Pulled off to the side of the highway turned off the vehicle restarted and it ran fine for a few miles then repeated twice more. I took the vehicle to the local dealership they told me it was the throttle body that was bad.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #60

May 312013

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles


While driving to a meeting 05/31/13 in wetumpka al. My 09 Escape stall when exiting off the freeway. I place it in park and restarted it and it cut off again. So I restarted for the 3rd time and held my foot on the gas and brake at the same time, trying to put it in drive and pressing the gas fast. This is very unsafe after the meeting was over I made it to the Ford dealership. The said I had to leave because it was busy they will check on it Monday but they did call me sat. 06 01 13 and said it is the throttle body and don't know when the new part will be released. Iam very up set this part must be on recall list. Tell me something asap. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #59

May 302013


  • 74,000 miles
We had seen some issues with power when accelerating, but was minor until May 30th, 2013. We were driving in stop and go traffic and when I accelerated the engine "bogged down" and didn't accelerate. The car wouldn't move forward. We had just filled up and originally believed it was bad gas. It happened about 4 more times as we got home (engine light was on and little wrench icon shows up on bottom left of dash when the problem occurs). It did this about 5 more times on our drive home. I took it to the local Ford dealer which informed me that the throttle body was bad and needed replaced. I then googled: Throttle 2009. The first thing that appeared was the Ford Escape and the articles described what I was dealing with too. From what I can tell today, Ford is releasing a (new engineered designed) throttle body that should be available June 6th and I have to wait for so that I don't get another bad part. I find it ridiculous that they are basically admitting to producing a defective part, but I have to pay $400 to fix my car...while waiting a week for the new part to come in.

- Gladstone, MO, USA

problem #58

May 242013


  • 107,000 miles
While driving the vehicle, cruise control set at approximately 53 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power. I coasted to the side of the road, waited about 5 minutes and restarted. At the time it lost power, a warning light appeared, which indicated a problem with the throttle control/power train. I had to drive the vehicle approximately 70 miles between the time of the first incident and when I could get it to a mechanic. The vehicle did the same action 4 additional times in that span. After the third incident, the service engine soon light appeared and remains continuously lit while the engine is on. The mechanic identified the problem as a defective throttle body, which is only available through Ford. There is currently a national back order for the part with no anticipated release date. The power loss occurs at random times, and on one occasion happened while I was crossing a busy intersection. The vehicle is completely unsafe to drive, and with no anticipated release date for the part, completely unusable. Ford clearly knows that this is a problem and their inability to deal with it is going to lead to someone being seriously injured or worse.

- Snow Hill, MD, USA

problem #57

Apr 282013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
I was driving along when my vehicle began to sputter and stop. I was able to crank the vehicle up and drive a few feet before it started back up again, this time with the check engine light on. I was able to make it to an advanced auto parts store where they pulled the check engine error code and it indicated that it was an issue with the throttle body. I am able to drive it currently, but I am concerned that the throttle will stick just as I'm attempting to cross a busy intersection.

- Fairhope, AL, USA

problem #56

May 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I drive a 2009 Ford Escape automatic with a V6 engine. On Sunday, May 26, 2013 at approximately 1:00 am, I was driving at 70 mph on interstate 10 West. Suddenly, I heard a single click sound. The wrench was illuminated on my dash board and the accelerator pedal stopped working. No matter what I did, nothing happened. I was terrified that I would be rear ended by the cars behind me for slowing down suddenly, so I put on my hazard lights and moved to the interstate median. I turned my truck off for a few minutes and then restarted it. I was able to proceed home with no further issue. This whole incident came with absolutely no warning. If a light indicating that service was needed, I could have avoided this nightmare. I am now learning that there is a defect with this vehicle.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #55

May 222013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I feel like I should document the same issue that happened to many other of these vehicles. I pulled out of the driveway, put it in drive. The engine reved up and down from about 1300 to 2000. There was no power at all. This is so dangerous, everything feels fine, you go to give your car power, and it stutters and doesn't respond. There are no warning signs until it happens. I'm glad it happened to me on my residential street. If this happened when I was trying to make a left turn across lanes, god help me. I'd rather the vehicle not start or stall when I put it in drive than what it did. I plan on taking the car in tomorrow and for them to tell me it needs a new throttle body.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #54

May 122013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 55,063 miles
Truck failed to accelerate from a red light, with pedal completely engaged. Had continued loss power/thrust when I push the gas. This happens so often now, I am not comfortable driving in heavy traffic as I never know if I'll be able to accelerate. Sunday after finally getting home, I was unable to get it to stay cranked when I depress the gas pedal to reverse. This loss of power was exuberated by having the A/C running. First the timing cover leaks at 22, 761, then a pulley falls off the engine at 40,149 spraying oil all over my interior via the A/C. after the pulley was replaced the car would idle high and then started jerking as if it wanted to stall, took to Ford dealership and was told there were no codes, finally had the tech drive with me and he felt the jerking. After three visits for this, in November 2012 at 50,000 I was am told the coil pack needs to be replaced, now at 55, 063 miles I am told it is the throttle body that needs to be replaced" I think I was sold a lemon and in the state of Florida that's illegal. What if I am rear ended due to the horrible craftsmanship of your product"

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #53

May 152013


  • 40,484 miles
I was driving down the road when the car suddenly stopped accelerating despite the fact my foot was on the accelerator. The wrench light lit up indicating a problem with the throttle/powertrain. I coasted to a stoplight, shut the engine off and restarted the car. The car restarted and resumed normal acceleration.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #52

May 042013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 45,307 miles
While driving the car started to sputter and would not accelerate and then would suddenly accelerate without touching the accelerator. Eventually the engine just shut off all together. Has happened several times since then. Found out it was because of the throttle body, which seems to be a recurrence on Ford Escapes.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #51

Apr 252013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Driving on freeway at approximately 65 mph. Car suddenly seemed to lose power, but retained power steering function. Would not accelerate but might have had minimal power. Coasted across three lanes of traffic and used brakes to stop. Wrench shaped light on dash lighted. Turned off engine and restarted after about 15 seconds. Vehicle ran fine for next 90 miles and the next day. Dealer evaluated the problem and says the throttle body needs replacement. There are other reports of similar problems on your website. Also reports of possible recall for this problem by nhtsb and automotive press. It is a serious failure at speed on a busy highway and needs your attention. Will the dealer cover the cost of the repair if there is a subsequent recall for this defect?

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

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