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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,280 miles

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2009 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #44

Jun 052011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 52,800 miles


Traveling on highway 58 doing approximately 65 mph. There was a lunge - accelerator didn't function - drifted to side of road - vehicle was idling very rough. Noticed the little wrench was lighted on the instrument panel. I turned the vehicle off for a couple minutes - then it started right up. Thought it was a glitch - approximately 5 miles further it did it again. Wasn't sure what it was so I had it towed 50 miles to my residence. The next morning I contacted the Ford dealership from where I had purchased it. Took it in for a diagnostic - $134.40 only to be told they could find nothing wrong. On June 22, 2011 during evening traffic it occurred 5 times within approximately 8 miles. The 5th time I called the dealership again - they had me bring in right in. Next day told me the throttle body and motor assembly had to be replaced. Well $406.35 and two years later it's happening again. Three (3) times in the past two weeks -first time on the interstate - traveling approximately 65 mph - in the rain - made my way to the side of the road - turned it off for a couple minutes and started right back up. Last week on a residential road and today September 10, 2013 as I was pulling out of a store parking lot. Ford needs to be held responsible for this and have the vehicles recalled to fix the on-board computer problem they have admitted to. I am not lucky enough to have that kind of money to have the parts replaced again only to possibly have to do it again!!

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #43

Jul 012011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
I bought my car new in 2009. Summer of 2011, it started dying when stopped at red lights or any stops. It did this mostly when it was.25 tank of gas or less and the warmer the weather. I took it to three different mechanics and no one could figure out what was truly wrong. When they plugged it in all it says is emission problem. It happened so inconsistently it was hard to explain or diagnose. I had Ford replace a vapor sensor of some sort in summer of 2012 when it was doing it again. It has never ran the same since 2011 when I first had problems. Now it is losing power as I drive down the road. It loses power completely, you push the gas and there is nothing and I have to pull over or let it roll to a stop and it jerks or dies. I am taking it to Ford service tomorrow and once it is fixed I am trading it in and not buying another Ford again.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #42

Sep 022013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
2009 Ford Escape 40K miles. Driving down the road in normal driving conditions the vehicle started shaking slightly the idle started fluctuating and the tachometer started rapidly spiking up and down as well as a loss of acceleration. The vehicle also is stalling. Shutting the engine off and restarting vehicle temporarily fixes the problem. It would appear it is the same throttle body issue everyone else is having. Brought the vehicle in for service the dealer said it was not covered under warranty or my extended warranty that I purchased.

- Crest Hill, IL, USA

problem #41

Aug 222013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 67,153 miles


[xxx] I was driving 25-30 mph when motor went to idle, gas pedal didn't work and no power to transmission. This caused me to almost wreck. My fast thinking saved my life. I was able to steer the vehicle to a safe place in a major intersection. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ebensburg, PA, USA

problem #40

Aug 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 96,733 miles
Running down hwy at and car stalled. Made it to side of road. Sat there 10 min started again and made it home.

- Crandall, TX, USA

problem #39

Aug 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
While driving on the expressway at 70 mph the RPM dropped to approx. 900rpm. Pushing on the accelerator pedal didn't do anything. A indicator light on the dash came on it is the shape of a wrench. I had to pull the vehicle off the road. After I parked on the side of the road I shut off the engine and waited about 30 seconds then restarted the engine and everything was working fine. I went back onto the road and drove approx. 12 miles and it happened again. I repeated what I had done earlier and the vehicle was ok again. I got back on the road and I made it around 8 miles and I had another occurrence, again I repeated the shut off the engine on the side of the road and it again started and ran ok. Then I made it home!

- Mount Morris, MI, USA

problem #38

Aug 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


While driving on the freeway the engine dropped to idle and throttle became no responsive. Had to perform evasive maneuvers without power to safely pull over. I was lucky that I was not hit. After calling the dealer service department they informed me that it would likely need to have the throttle body replaced at over $600. This issue has become worse in only a few days and occurs at a variety of speeds. Research on the web leads me to believe that this is a common issue and I am concerned for safety of drivers with all this type of vehicle.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #37

Aug 132013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 58,207 miles
I was on my way to work and was luckily on a frontage road when suddenly my 2009 Escape wouldn't accelerate. I pushed on the gas pedal, but nothing happened. Luckily I was able to coast down the hill and turn off onto a side road. The wrench symbol lit up and my car sputtered and shook. I said a prayer, waited a few minutes, started the car again, and was able to drive. I drove it about a mile down side streets to try and get it to my mechanic, but it did the same thing again and the check engine light came on. I said another prayer, started the car, turned off the A/C and was able to make it to my mechanic w/out further incident. They said that it could possibly be a few different things and since the parts are expensive, they didn't want to replace the part and not have that fix the issue, so I had to call a tow truck ($75) and have it towed to the closest Ford dealership. I didn't dare try to drive it to the dealership for fear that it would die on the way there and since the dealership is located off of highway 75 in mckinney, I couldn't risk it dying on such a busy highway w/ my daughter in the car with me. The dealership called and said it's an issue w/ the electronic throttle body. My car only has a little over 58,000 miles on it. As a single divorced mom who is struggling to make ends meet, it makes me very upset that I have to spend my hard earned money ($674) on fixing something that is obviously an ongoing issue w/ this make and model. This is completely unacceptable to not have a reliable vehicle when this is a known problem. I am not a happy customer. I shouldn't have to rely on luck and have to worry and stress every time I drive my car that it will die on me. Ford needs to step up and do the right thing and get this issue fixed as part of a recall B/C it is obviously unsafe and lots of Ford Escape owners are experiencing the same thing.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #36

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
My 2009 Ford Escape XLT (this is my third Escape, and the only one that has ever caused me any problem) has never accelerated as it should, from the day I drove it new off of the lot. It has always hesitated, lurched, lunged, jerked; most frequently when accelerating from a full stop or a rolling stop. It had never "limped" until at approximately 50K miles, when the throttle body failed twice while traveling at approx. 50mph (wrench symbol lit up). After having the throttle body replaced by my dealer in late June-early July 2013, the lunging, jerking, hesitating continued. On 8/8/13, when accelerating from a rolling stop, the vehicle died while attempting a "Michigan left" onto a 4-lane highway (this time the battery light and service engine lights came on). If the traffic signal for oncoming traffic had not been green, I was at risk of being struck by several vehicles traveling at rates of speed up to 70mph. I was able to let the vehicle roll back into the turn lane; turned it off and then back on; but acceleration is still not operating as it should. The rpms are all over the place. I feel as though I am driving a "death trap". this is a very urgent issue and must be addressed and repaired by Ford swiftly and at no cost to the consumer. I had to pay almost $600 to have the throttle body replaced (including a rental vehicle). This is unacceptable and extremely dangerous. If this problem is not satisfactorily repaired at no cost to me when I attempt to take it to my dealer again (I'm considering having it towed because I'm so afraid to drive it), I will never purchase another Ford vehicle.

- Commerce Township, MI, USA

problem #35

Aug 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 121,534 miles
While driving on he interstate at 73 mph, the vehicle lost all power, warning lights came on, and although the engine appeared to be running, there was no action I could take other than to pull off the roadway, turn off the car and wait. Approximately 2 minutes, I attempted to restart, which it did, but ran rough at idle. I waited a few minutes longer, restarted and it performed normally for about ten miles. Then it did the exact same thing over again. Last year, in my wife's 2010 Ford Escape, the exact same problem occurred, we took it to the local Ford dealership and paid $541 (the requested factory assistance was refused). Both problems are dangerous because they problem occurs unexpectedly, at highway speed, at idle waiting for a light to change, or when pulling into traffic. No power, pull off the road, and wait to restart.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #34

Jul 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,500 miles


Car did not die, basically jumped a bit and would not go over 2 or 3 mph as I pressed gas pedal- wrench check light came on- had to turn off and restart - this happened again 2 times yesterday 8/9/2013-- no accident as of yet but extremely dangerous.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #33

Jul 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I am so stressed ! I was driving Saturday morning July 27, 2013, on rt 287 South in morris county. NJ. my husband and I were in the middle lane of this very busy highway when he stepped on the gas pedal to accelerate- our 2009 Ford Escape did not accelerate- it stalled out at 70 miles per hour. The wrench light lit up on the dashboard and we had to pray that we could coast over to the right lane and then to the shoulder while trucks were zooming by. We called aaa for a tow to the local garage. At local garage, vehicle was kept for 9 days, test driving it, but had no incidents because wrench light never went back on. Was advised to contact Ford where I purchased vehicle.I called Ford.they could not see me for another week. I drove vehicle doing errands- 2 days later at a traffic light, I was making a left turn- truck sputters and dies upon acceleration. Wrench light goes on again. I now have to coast to the side of a busy main road and coast into an exit only shopping center, praying I do not have a head on collision. I spoke to friend who advised me to come to this web site. Lo and behold- over 350 complaints describing the same experience I had! this was clearly a defect in the model. I called Ford again, begging for an earlier appointment and was told that if I wanted to rent a car at my expense I could come in. They were out of loners! ( a car dealer-really? ) I waited for appointment, meanwhile check engine light goes on permanently 2 days later. Now I am petrified to drive my vehicle with the fear it is going to drop dead ! showed all info from this site to Ford and was told that this was not included in warranty or a recall. It was the throttle body - it cost me $567.10 for part and labor plus tax = $606.80. I should not have to pay for this- very dangerous situation with this part faulting out! and was told there is no recall at this time. I am angry!

- Boonton, NJ, USA

problem #32

Jul 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The vehicle jerked and then I started slowing down. I tried to accelerate but my vehicle continued slowing down. I pulled to the side of road & put vehicle in park, turned off the engine and restarted and was able to continue to my destination. It happened again on Aug. 2nd, 3rd and 5th, 2013. When it happened on Aug. 5th I was a block from home and the engine light came on that time. I turned the vehicle off and started it again & the engine light stayed on so I turned around and went home & parked it. I called my local Ford dealership & they picked it up and replaced the throttle body.

- Bainbridge, GA, USA

problem #31

Jul 292013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Came off freeway on multiple occasions after doing 70 mph. Stopped. Traffic was clear. Went to accelerate and severe hesitation. Have also had many times where accelerating with vehicle and it will hesitate and then surge.

- Hartland, WI, USA

problem #30

Jun 132013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 903,101 miles
After use and park, the Escape 2009 4 cyl. Do not start. Several times in between weeks with this trouble. Several hours later, start as nothing occur. In an electronic diagnostic, sent a code: 1260 and 1681. Starter is good and electronic ignition was recently changed thinking will stop the incidents but without resolving the issue. When the vehicle do the trouble, the antitheft icon keep blinking in the key on position. I changed the main key for the copy and keep doing the trouble.

- Toa Baja, PR, USA

problem #29

Jul 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
I was driving on a two lane rt, speed limit 55mph at 9pm, no lighting along rt, accelerating to keep up speed going up a hill, the car started to slow down. Pulling over to my right (off the road ) putting on my flashers, was now at a complete stop was hit in rear left doing damage to my car and the car that hit me.the car that hit me left the seen of the accident. No warning this was going to happen.towed car to a Ford dealer and had fixed, internal throttle body failure, lucky to be alive.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #28

Jul 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 77,545 miles
I was driving along when the car feels as though it's about to stall. I immediately slow down to pull over, turn the car off, let it sit for a moment then start it back up. The problem has continued to happen until I took it into a garage to find out I need a new throttle body.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #27

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 #26

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 #25

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

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