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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,472 miles

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 11 of 27)

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problem #339

Aug 272013


  • 145,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle decelerated as the wrench warning icon illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the throttle body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 145,000.

- Holton , IN, USA

problem #338

Aug 262013


  • 30,000 miles
Whe leaving our home in haines city, fl. The vehicle roughly changed gears. Then we entered a very busy highway and went to accelerate and lost power, and acted like it wanted to stall the drive triain light then lit up.the vehicles behind blew their horns because the vehicle slowed substantialy without showing brake lights.we took the vehicle to the Ford garage, and charged us for analizing the problem and the cost and installation of the throttlebody. The service representative told us he fthought it would be the throttle body, prior to analizing it.after researching Ford vehicle problems on the computer, I found that this is a common problem with the Ford vehicles.this is a problem that could cause very serious rea end collisions, and should be the responsibility of the Ford motor to repair and to resolve the problem.thisshould not be a failur of this part on a vehicle with low mileage especially.

- Haines City, FL, USA

problem #337

Aug 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The car started feeling vibrations in the pedals, lost speed, eventually stalled on a highway. I had it towed to a repair shop and they said the fly-by throttle body unit had failed.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #336

Aug 232013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 50,211 miles


Driving 70 mph on hwy truck just starts to stall no control of gas pedal cars almost crashed in to me I was lucky I was able to coast out of the way. Trouble code is P2111 needs a new throttle body that is on back order for a Ford national recall and I have to wait days to get, price for part is $380. After a call to Ford customer service they said my car is not recalled but funny how the part number changed and it is the same one they have a recall on and they will not replace the part since my car is out of the 3 years 36,000 mile warranty my truck has 50,000 mile. Ford has lost a long time customer !!! buy american made !!!! thanks Ford ex owner of Expedition, Explorer, thunderbird, Cougar, town car, 2 continentals no more Ford at my house.....!!!!!!!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #335

Aug 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving 78mph on a major interstate surrounded by traffic at the same speed. Suddenly the "wrench" icon flashed on and my car went from 78 to 5mph in a matter of seconds. It was an extremely dangerous situation for myself as well as other drivers. I flipped my flashers on and was able to pull to the shoulder. I killed the engine and restarted, made it to my exit where it happened a second time. The next day the battery was dead so we replaced and took to a garage to have everything checked. A diagnostic was run and they couldn't find anything. I drove it back and forth to work for 4 days when it started happening again. This time in a major intersection during rush hour causing traffic issues and congestion. We once again took it in today, 8/26/2013, they changed the air filter and again said nothing was wrong. I took it for a test drive. Drove it about 20 miles when it started in again! this time the check engine light is staying on and the "wrench" light which we found out is powertrain again came on. The engine never dies, in fact it seems to rev at times but the gas peddle has no control of the vehicle. I am scared to drive my vehicle not only for my own safety but for all those around me. Ford is not currently showing a recall for our VIN # but from my research this seems to be a common problem. It seems this is a major problem that Ford needs to recognize and take responsibility for.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #334

Jul 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
July 5, 2013 I was driving hfrom St simons island, ga to florence, SC. I was on a connector bridge when the vehicle lost power but the engine kept running. I steered the vehicle to the side of the road, parked it, and turned off the engine since I could not get the vehicle to move. When I started the engine again, it started up, and I had power so I drove for about a mile, and a repeat occurrence happened. Again, I turned off the engine, and on restart was able to get the vehicle moving. I found a meineke repair shop in brunswick, ga and pulled in there. They checked the vehicle out but could find nothing wrong (no dash lights appeared). So I drove the vehicle to florence without further incident. A short time later, on July 27, 2013, I was once again in St simons island and the vehicle lost power with the engine running. I had to steer the car to the side of the road, turned off the engine, then started it up again. I was able to get the vehicle to the island auto repair shop (this time the "check engine" light was on. They cleaned the part, said it should work fine, use fuel injector cleaner, and sent me on my way. On August 19, in florence, SC, the same thing occurred again, only this time the vehicle was unable to move at all, even though the engine kept running. I had to call aaa, who had it towed to millers foreign auto repair shop, where it still sits waiting on a new part. They have told me it's the electronic throttle body assembly w/ wiring harness and sensor that failed, and I am waiting on the part for so long because so many of these have failed. I am one of thousands whose vehicle is affected by this flawed technology. This is a dangerous condition for consumers to have to put up with, as Ford is not going to voluntarily correct this issue. Please issue a recall before this flawed technology kills someone. Thank you.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #333

Aug 152013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 73,568 miles


I was driving on highway 680 in stop N go traffic. I put my foot on gas to go, but my car just wouldn't go. I tried to accelerate, but nothing happened. I quickly pulled over in the shoulder on the right side. The car started shaking. I put my car in parking mode and turned off the engine. I restarted it again, and it worked. So, I went into the oncoming traffic to get back on the highway. After about a mile further in stop N go traffic, my car did the same exact thing. It stopped working, and started shaking when I pulled over to the shoulder. I turned off the engine again. I wasn't feeling comfortable with driving my car since same thing happened twice. So, I had to call the tow company and had it towed to my home.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #332

Aug 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
While driving at approximately 70 mph the engine suddenly cut out, there was no response to the gas pedal. A blinking yellow wrench symbol came on the dash board. We coasted to a stop on the side of the road, where I switched the car off and after a couple of minutes started it again seemingly to be fine. The next day it happened again, 70 mph on a toll road, again it restarted after a shutdown. This time we went about 3 more miles down the road and it cut out again. 2 more times after that, before getting it back home. It was the throttle body unit according to the failure codes, I have replaced it at a cost of $295.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #331

May 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Throttle, car stalls in the middle of traffic on highway and streets, no warning.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #330

Aug 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Was driving and SUV suddenly would not continue at current speed, had gas mashed but SUV would only go 3 miles an hour. Was turning across 2 lanes of traffic when it happened. Had to call and get help to get myself to work.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #329

Jun 152011

Escape 4-cyl

  • 64,556 miles


Driving in town let off throttle engine went to limp mode, pulled over shut off motor then restarted ran great but had P2111 code, did same thing again on way home again pull over restart runs great. I checked code, led me to throttle body inspected and cleaned found no problem, reinstalled throttle body ran good for about 30 days and did it again, has done it 2 more times since but gives me no codes. The last time was starting out in a busy intersection car jumps and goes to limp mode in middle of intersection had to limp out of traffic to turn off and restart.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #328

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
We were traveling at 55 mph on the highway when my Ford Escape suddenly stalled and would no longer respond when I pressed the accelerator. My SUV slowed to a stop where I cut it off. Unfortunately, I did not have enough speed to pull off to a safe location and was stuck in the middle of the very busy highway where I was almost sideswiped by a tractor trailer truck. It was a very scary situation to say the least. This has since happened 3 more times, the most recent being yesterday August 23 on an interstate overpass in rush hour traffic. Again I did not have enough speed to pull off to a safe location and was stuck in the center lane of the overpass. I was able to restart my car soon after stalling out and was able to an auto store that pulled the code of P2112, which is the throttle body code. Of course my warranty ran out in June 2013 and Ford estimates the repair to cost $500 minimum. And sadly, I am now afraid to drive my Escape as I fear it will get me into an accident. I ask that Ford take responsibility for the obvious flaw in throttle body and make the recall!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #327

Aug 182013


  • 47,785 miles
While being driven on a local 45 mph street, our Escape appeared to stall as if it were not getting gas. The driver was able to "baby" the car to a less busy street where the car could not increase speed more than about 15 mph. The driver then turned off the engine for a few minutes. The engine was restarted and car speed was able to increase to 45 mph. We then drove the car to a local Ford dealership where it was repaired by replacement of the throttle body a couple of days later. We asked if it could be anything other than the throttle body but were informed by the dealership that it was typical of a Ford 2010 Escape to have the throttle body replaced with mileage close to that of our car.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #326

Aug 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Car would occasionally lurch forward while driving, then on August 21st 2013, car lurched forward then felt like it stalled out. Took it to Ford dealership they stated that the throttle body went out and needed to be replaced.

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

problem #325

Aug 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle on the highway at around 65mph when the vehicle suddenly lost all power and the gas pedal became useless. I was forced to pull over and turn off the car. After restarting the car appeared to go back to normal, but the same thing happened several times over the next few days. When I finally got an appointment with Ford to have it fixed they charged me $623 to replace the throttle body because my vehicle is no longer under warranty. I told them I had never heard of a throttle body needing to be replaced on a vehicle with less than 50,000 miles without having some type of manufactures defect. The Ford service tech didn't seem to care.

- Farmingdale, NY, USA

problem #324

Apr 042012


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate after repeated attempts. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. Upon restarting, the vehicle accelerated normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and a chip was replaced in the transmission, which did not correct the problem. The failure recurred and the vehicle had not been repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 34,000.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #323

Aug 142013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 7,700 miles
I was driving down the freeway when suddenly, my engine lost power. A wrench light came on, and my throttle was completely unresponsive. Fortunately, I was in the right lane, so I was able to coast safely off the freeway and onto the side of the road. I shut my car off, waited a minute or two, and then restarted my car. Everything seemed fine after that. This happened again, now totaling 6 times, all while I was driving. Went to the mechanic, he called the dealership. He was told that this was a very common problem and that he could put a rush order on it for an additional 15% of the price, and it would still take 2 weeks. Through normal channels, it would wake several months. I need my car to work, and two things bother me the most: A rush order would still take 2 weeks to be delivered, and if it's a common problem, it feels as though Ford is doing nothing to alleviate it, especially since it impairs my ability to drive safely on the road. I am constantly paranoid while driving on the road, and I have no other choice but to continue to drive my car, since it's my only means of transportation.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #322

Jul 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 49,900 miles
As I was entering my neighborhood, I noticed that the vehicle's gas pedal was no longer working. I looked at the dash and noticed that a wrench icon on the lower left of the instrument panel was lit. The Escape was still going, but was not responding to the gas pedal. I turned on the hazard lights and pulled up to the curb and put the vehicle in park. I turned the vehicle off, counted to 10 and then started it again. I was able to continue driving and the vehicle again responded to the gas pedal. After some research, I found that my experience is termed "limp mode" and is itself a safety feature. I took the vehicle to an auto parts store who hooked it up to their diagnostic equipment and could not pull an error code off of it. The technician recommended I look into the throttle body and throttle position sensor. During that research, I found that other Ford Escape drivers have had the same experience.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #321

Feb 012011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
While driving the car at approximately 40 miles per hour, the car suddenly just stalled. I put on my hazard lights, put the car in park, restarted the engine. The car restarted fine. This has happened twice--once when the car had approximately 10,000 miles and more recently at 51,000. Fortunately, there were no other cars behind me at the time this happened, otherwise there could have been a serious accident. The car has been taken to a Ford dealership both times that this problem occurred. Because it is a very random problem (it has happened twice in 3 years), Ford cannot replicate the problem. They also say that there are no diagnostic codes indicating a problem. From what I can tell, this is an active problem with these cars. The only Ford response regarding this stalling problem that I have been unable to uncover is a technical service bulletin which indicates a faulty circuit board on Ford Escapes built between June 22 and Oct 15, 2009, which is the period during which this car was built.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #320

Aug 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
On 2 occasions my 2010 Ford Escape lost throttle power while driving. This has happened once while starting to accelerate and once while driving 45 mph. The yellow toolbar lights up on the instrument panel and the car essentially loses power and I'm unable to drive forward. After further investigation we need to replace the throttle body which cost $345 (not covered by warranty and no recall). In my opinion this should be a recalled part considering how common this problem appears to be and more importantly the extremely dangerous position it leaves you on the road when the throttle body fails.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

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