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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,174 miles

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2009 Ford Escape engine problems

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2009 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 8 of 14)

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problem #123

Jul 202013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles


At full speed on the freeway the throttle body decided to go into limp mode and go to an idle only. I had to quickly pull to the side or I would have been hit. If I would have been in heavy traffic I would have caused an accident. The situation happened again today while waiting for a red light. It sounds like that is being investigated already.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #122

Jul 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 55,658 miles
While driving down the road, pressed the gas pedal and got no response (no acceleration) tried several more times and still had no response as the vehicle continued to slow down. Fortunately, there was very little traffic and I was able to pull over on a side street; however, this was potentially extremely dangerous had it happened while I was on a freeway or in heavy traffic. Once I turned the vehicle off and restarted it, everything was working again. Took my car to the dealership who then had to replace the throttle body, which was on back order due to this being a common problem with my vehicle.

- Fraser, MI, USA

problem #121

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
When driving the truck we lose acceleration and pressing the gas pedal does nothing. This has happened now 4 times. The idle sits between 800 & 1100 rpms when this happens. We took the truck to the service department at pine lake Ford in laporte, Indiana and they said that the throttle body needs to be replaced at a cost of $383. Our extended warranty just ran out and this seems to be a recall problem when I investigated it. We are afraid this is going to cause an accident given the fact most of our driving is highway driving. Why isn't Ford owning up to this problem and recall this part" does someone need to be hurt or be killed before Ford takes action"

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #120

Jul 252013


  • miles


Driving about 55-60 mph down the highway my gas pedal stopped responding and my truck rapidly slowed down. I was able to maneuver to the shoulder & restart. This happened 4 times in the 7 miles to pick up my daughter (toddler son was with me). I had to go to the nearest service shop and almost $500 later its being fixed.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #119

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Vehicle died and check engine light came on. We ran the diagnostic and it indicated the fuel actuator was getting stuck. According to the Ford dealer, the throttle body needs to be replaced. It appears that many other owners of this vehicle have also had to have the throttle body replaced.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #118

Jul 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 84,389 miles
Vehicle just stopped driving almost like it stalled and then started to coast.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #117

Jul 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,150 miles


I was driving 35 mph in town when vehicle seemed to be losing power. I pulled over to the side of the road. The engine was running at a very rough idle. I tried to accelerate but it would barely move. I turned the engine off and restarted it. It did the same thing, no acceleration. I did this several times before it would run properly. It seemed rather jerky while driving. I was about 10 miles from home when this happened. On the way home I was driving at 55 mph and it died completely. The check engine light came on this time. I got it restarted and made it home. I have a code reader at my house. I checked and codes P2111 and P2112 were stored in the computer. I checked with a mechanic and was told the codes relate to the throttle body assembly. I was going to have it repaired but the mechanic told me that the part is on national back order. This is my only vehicle and I' M afraid to drive. What can I do.

- Smithton , IL, USA

problem #116

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 69,600 miles
Vehicle suddenly started decelerating at a rapid pace. I was driving 60 mph, and the gas pedal suddenly seemed to stop sending gas to the engine. I had to pull over and coast to a stop. This was not covered by my lifetime warranty and is going to cost me over $600 in towing, parts and labor.

- Cedar Hill, MO, USA

problem #115

Jul 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,145 miles
Car goes into limp mode and you have to get off of highway and turn off car and restart to reset computer. This works for about 10 miles and then it starts all over again. My dealership has the car and is replacing the throttle body so we can drive the car and not be in danger.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #114

Jun 282012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
I was driving down highway in morning traffic with cruise control set at 55-60mph when all acceleration cut off and I had to immediately pull over and put my 2009 Ford Escape into park, at which point the engine was shuddering violently and my wrench light (powertrain) appeared in the dash. Shut off engine, waited 1-2 mins and restart engine. Ran normally, pulled onto highway again and set cruise when the same happened a 2nd time. Happened 3-5 more times (with & without cruise) over the next day until I could get my car to the Ford dealer for service. Ford dealer advised it was throttle body in addition to other sensors. (the throttle body was not covered under powertrain warranty and cost me $300 in parts & labor!!) the error codes were: P0012, P0341, P0346, P2111, & P2112.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #113

Jul 182013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 69,994 miles


I was driving home from work. The car was running just fine when it suddenly decelerated and died. The little wrench on the left side of the instrument panel lit up. I turned on the hazard lights, turned off the ignition, put it in park and restarted it. It was exactly like the experiences of the other Escape owners who had problems with the throttle. I had been noticing a "flutter" under the accelerator a few times, but don't know if it could be related. I have only had the car for a month. From what I have read from Escape owners on other sites, Ford company's reputation is suffering. I hope our concerns are being taken seriously.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #112

Jul 012013


  • 46,806 miles
I was driving on the freeway going 70 mph. The gas pedal suddenly went all the way to the floor but the car was getting no power. Luckily the freeway was not crowded and we were able to coast to the side of the freeway. I turned the car off and restarted it and the pedal seemed to be working. But 30 miles later it happened again. I brought the car to the Ford dealership where they said the problem was the throttle body. The part is on back order for 3 weeks.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #111

Jul 172013


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated while traveling approximately 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder of the road where it was restarted. The vehicle resumed normal function then the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who stated the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle will be repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 66,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lewiston, NY, USA

problem #110

Jul 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
This is the 3rd time this problem happened. I'm driving normally, at a constant speed, and all of a sudden, wrench light comes on, rpms do weird things, gas pedal doesn't do anything, putting it in neutral in a drift downspeed does nothing, park does nothing. Putting it in park and shutting the engine, and starting again makes the light go away and run fine again. This is a huge safety concern as I travel with young children and this will happen with no warning at all. Very disappointed Ford will not recall and fix this very common problem.

- Louisville, LA, USA

problem #109

Jul 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving at various speeds, conditions, the wrench warning light appears and the car becomes limp and non responsive. Engine was running hard. Had to turn off vehicle and restart (which was difficult). This occurred again within minutes, this time with the check engine light coming on. Went directly to repair shop and had it checked. Was told that error code P2111 was being shown. The throttle body was cleaned and the gas pedal assembly was replaced. The next day, the same problems continued. I am scared to drive this car, especially with my children in it as I am worried it will die while pulling out in traffic or that someone will rear end us.

- Granger, IN, USA

problem #108

Jul 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
While driving the car lost speed and rpms. Car would not accelerate. It ran at an idle. Dealership said throttle body needed to be replaced. The part has need on back order for some time.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #107

Feb 192013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Was driving about 25-30 mph on a side street, vehicle started to sputter and stall, felt like the engine was dying, so was able to pull off into a parking lot and turned the car off, sat for a few mins, then restarted and pulled out and everything was fine. Approximately 6 months later, similar issue, was driving about 25 on a side street, car sputtered, stalled, so pulled over, turned off, waited then restarted. A few days later, was driving about 35 on a side street, same issue, then the check engine light came on, so pulled over and called for a tow. Car is currently being serviced at the Ford dealership and have been notified that it was a throttle body issue, which I am having to pay $550 to fix.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #106

Jul 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
Accelerated to enter freeway, aprox 55 mph, and then the vehicle acted like it was not getting any gas. It pulled itself along at idle. I stopped, shut the vehicle off and restarted it with no problems afterwards. I had it scanned a few minutes later and the stored code was P2111. Etb (electronic throttle body) stuck open/closed.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #105

Jul 092013


  • 133,000 miles
While driving on the beltline, the vehicle stopped responding to the accelerator. I put on hazard lights, changed two lanes to get to the right-hand shoulder, and stopped. Fortunately the traffic was not heavy at the time (9:30pm). Restarting the vehicle fixed the problem, and I was able to drive home. However due to the safety hazard, I have not driven it since.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #104

Jul 102013


  • 100,000 miles
Car surged then stalled on interstate 65mph. 2nd time at 40mph on county hwy. Throttle body bad-part on national backorder 2 week delay.

- Ofallon, MO, USA

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