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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,771 miles

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2010 Ford Escape engine problems

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 23)

problem #451

Mar 012016


  • miles


Electronic throttle body is causing major issues while driving

- Tabor, IA, USA

problem #450

Jun 032016


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate when depressing the accelerator pedal. The driver coasted to the side of the road, restarted the vehicle, and resumed driving. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that a code P2112 failed, and the throttle body stock closed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact referenced action number: PD12006. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Bordentown, NJ, USA

problem #449

May 282016


  • 80,200 miles
Car stalls and runs erratic and check engine light displayed. Auto repair place diagnosed the problem related to the throttle body which has already been identified and is covered under a Ford customer satisfaction agreement from what I was told.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #448

May 142016


  • 114,992 miles


Car started stalling on a busy interstate and was brought to the next exit by driving on the shoulder and repeatedly restarting the engine. The local Firestone garage seems to have fixed the problem by replacing the throttle body.

- Uncasville, CT, USA

problem #447

Feb 252016


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, after fueling the vehicle, the engine warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the purge valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

- Fort Loundon, PA, USA

problem #446

Feb 032014


  • 97,411 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vent controls failed without warning. The contact was unable to use the air conditioning and heating function. Years before, the dealer replaced the power steering control module and the ic module, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body sensor and blower motor failed. The contact later experienced an extremely strong vibration in the steering wheel and the power steering warning light flashed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for further inspection to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The dealer replaced the parts. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,411.

- Ira, MI, USA

problem #445

Dec 272015


  • 46,617 miles


I had turned off the highway and was traveling down a busy road when my car completely stopped without warning. Luckily, I was in the right lane and on a bit of a downward slope and was able to steer the "dead" car off the road. I turned off the engine and waited a minute. I turned on the car and it started again. I am concerned as I do a lot of highway driving and if my car suddenly stops like that again, there could be dire consequences. The earliest a dealer can look at my car is January 8th. My local dealer - January 14th. Today is December 28th. After reading some of these reports, I am afraid to drive it. Meanwhile, I need to rent a car, until someone at a Ford dealer is able to look at it this is not the first time this has happened. However, after previously having the car towed to a dealership - I thought the problem was resolved.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #444

Dec 142015


  • miles
There is a possable throttle body problem on my vehicle ( I was sent a extended warranty) the dealer says the engine may just quit at any time with loss of all power thats dangerous! the dealer says I must drive it until it fails (Ford wants to save money)you can get killed driving the turnpike with this problem.

- Walworth, NY, USA

problem #443

Nov 012015


  • 62,000 miles
The vehilcle went into a mode where it was able to keep throttling and was about to stall. It would throttle up and down on its own while moving. Powering off the vehicle corrected the issue for the time being.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #442

Oct 162014


  • 145,000 miles
When I put gas in car it is difficult to start, after starting it shut off while driving.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #441

Oct 092015


  • 95,000 miles


Vehicle acts as if it is going to stall but them jumps forward. Both the check engine light and the service wrench went on. Took it to dealer and they told me it was code P2119, throttle actuator control and throttle body range/performance. Dealership stated that I didn't need to get it fixed right away. Seems a little dangerous to me.

- Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #440

Oct 042015


  • 32,000 miles
My car sometimes suddenly just losing power. I could get killed on the freeway. From researching a bit I see it has something to do with the throttle body control. This has happened two time in the last two weeks. Once as we get getting ready to get on the freeway and the second time as we were crossing a busy intersection, luckily we were able to get across the road without getting hit. I am afraid I have bought an unsafe car.

- Post Falls, ID, USA

problem #439

Nov 142014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer more than twice where it was diagnosed several times that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The technician mentioned that the fuel was not properly circulating within the system which was causing the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #438

Aug 272015


  • 63,000 miles
I was sitting at a red light and my car completely turned off. When I realized the traffic light turned green I removed my foot from the break and on the gas before I realized that the car was not moving. I put my foot back on the break, put the car in park, turned on my hazards and turned the engine off. After 3-4 tries I was able to get the car started again. This was very scary because I was in la county rush hour traffic at the time and there was no way for me to pull over since the car stalled while I was at a complete stop. I was in the middle of the street with no engine power.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #437

Aug 312015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The problem demonstrated as I left the shopping center and made the first turn onto the street. The engine was very rough and not consistent, the speed varied from 20 - 40 miles per hr without any pressure to the accelerator. As I came to a red traffic light I had almost no brake pressure and prepared to turn into a school parking lot. This occurred in the first half mile of country road; as I realized I had no braking power I turned into a park lot and called for a tow truck. Fortunately there was little traffic that evening. This produced unnecessary anxiety for me even though I was close to home. Our mechanic checked many things, finally deciding it was diagnostic codes PO306, PO316, PO109, po 300, and PO304. Ford tells me this is not under warranty. Once again I felt this problem placed me in a potentially life-threatening situation for me as the throttle body had done previously (before the recall). I have nearly 3 computer pages of problems with this vehicle, ranging from seat belt latches, rear seat latches, hatch latch and defroster, quarter panel paint defect and rust, fan speed and effectiveness. This latest incident and the throttle body issues are the most serious. Tonight Ford informed me there is no Ford complaint form online. I was adamant that a Ford engineer needs to call me so I can discuss all the issues with this vehicle. Trade in value on this vehicle has probably plummeted due to all the issues. This vehicle was paid off in 3 years and I am not in a position to buy a new vehicle but I hope it will not be the death of me. In the interest of public safety I hope these problems can be resolved. After all the issues with this Escape I wonder how many car "accidents" are really "accidents". thank you for reviewing this data.

- Bellefontaine, OH, USA

problem #436

Aug 312015


  • 77,000 miles
On August 31, 2015 I was leaving an airport and accelerating to merge onto a highway. I believe I was close to 60mph when I felt something in my car change. All of the electronics were still working, so I knew it was not an issue with my battery. The wrench light appeared and I realized I was no longer able to accelerate. I immediately got over to the right lane and by this time my speed had dropped to 40mph. I was able to safely pull over and put my car into park. The rpms spiked and I turned my car off. After waiting a minute or so I was able to restart my car with no problem. I got back onto the highway and took my exit. Maybe 5-7 miles from the location of the first incident, I was driving approximately 40mph down a 2-lane street when the same thing happened. This time both the wrench light and the engine light were on. Once again I pulled over, put my car into park, the RPM's spiked higher this time. I shut my car off. I was again able to restart my car right away with no problem. In the 9 days since this happened I haven't experienced this problem again. I am extremely nervous my engine will shut off on a highway again, in a location where I will not be able to pull over safely. When I called Ford they said my warranty covers the throttle body, so they have scheduled the throttle body repair for September 11, 2015. This is a very common problem, and I think Ford needs to address this for the safety of all drivers.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #435

Sep 022015


  • 68,000 miles
While driving my tool light came on and car lost power. Pulled over to side of the road and turned off car. Restarted car and light was off then car drove fine. Took my car into bickford fford and was told they can't do anything because the light wasn't on so they can't get a code. How am I suppose to get get the extended warranty on throttle body issues if the light goes away when the car is turned off" I can't drive the car when this happens so how am I suppose to get this covered by Ford? I'm suppose to drive my car with unsafe conditions until it permanently breaks down" seems like a scam.

- Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #434

Aug 192015


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. Immediately after starting the vehicle, the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The technician diagnosed that the top of the fuel tank rotted out and the evap valve was defective. As a result, both needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Middletown, RI, USA

problem #433

Jul 282015


  • 150,000 miles
We lost power from our gas pedal. Then it got hot. Then it would not move.

- Fairview, PA, USA

problem #432

May 112015


  • 48,295 miles
Purchased 2010 Ford Escape XLT in April 2015. (1) vehicle had sound coming from engine when accelerating. Issued fixed by dealer replacing belt tensioner but noise has since returned. (2) vehicle already had or developed constant vibration at idle when in drive and foot on break and gets worse with A/C on. Took to dealer 3 times who stated they replaced right engine mount and rear transmission mount but vibration continued after repairs. Service dept tech stating that there is a strong vibration but that they are unable to determine engine vibration but that vehicle is operational. Vibration is very strong and almost feels like engine wants to turn off at times. If transmission is put in neutral or park then vibration is gone and not noticeable while driving. (3) transmission shifting from 1st to 2nd is harsh and delayed at times causing a jerking motion on numerous occasions during city driving and transmission occasionally jerks when put in reverse but not always consistent. Safety concern is vehicle feels as if it may shut down while this vibration is being observed and causes safety concerns when driving vehicle and that transmission may fail soon. Purchased at Fiat of fresno, fresno ca.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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