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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,445 miles

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2010 Ford Escape engine problems

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 22 of 28)

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problem #121

Jun 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Accelerator stuck on off ramp and tried to push the vehicle through the intersection. This has happened on three different occasions. Ford dealer can not duplicate problem.

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #120

Jun 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,200 miles
I was driving on the interstate at about 70 mph. Suddenly, without notice the car began to slow down and depressing accelerated did nothing. I was able to coast to the shoulder where the car continued to idle roughly with the wrench indicator light on. I turned the ignition off and waited a few seconds. I started the car and engine ran somewhat normally. Same issue occurred on return trip a few hours later. Took to Ford dealer who diagnosed as needed the throttle body replaced. Said the part was on back order and would probably take 4 weeks to get it. This issue could result in very serious injury if it occurs in heavy traffic conditions.

- Manchester, MO, USA

problem #119

Jun 202013


  • 61,000 miles
Driving during favorable conditions, after stop for traffic signal car began to lunge during take off acceleration. The powetrain/throttle control light on dash illuminated. Had vehicle towed to dealership where they diagnosed bad throttle body and reported shortage of part, anticipating 30 day wait for availability.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #118

Jun 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,070 miles


The vehicle stalled while driving on the highway at 60 mph.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #117

Jun 082012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Driving down highway 65 mph, car decelerates and starts cutting out, we have to stop, put the car in park, kill the engine, restart, and go again. Driving on a 2 lane highway with no place to pull over, no shoulders, steep side ditches it died 6 times in 7 miles. This is just the last incident, there were many others. I had it diagnosed as the throttle body being bad, had it ordered. Found out there was a 3 month back order, because there was so many of these problems with no recall. This is our only vehicle!!

- Depew, OK, USA

problem #116

Jun 192013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 59,800 miles
Was driving on the highway when car lurched forward and then proceeded to coast. I pressed gas pedal but nothing happened. I had to steer through traffic to get to the shoulder where the car started to stumble like it was going to die. I shut off engine and restarted, it started normal so I proceeded home. I had less than a mile to home yet it died 2 more times. This is a huge safety problem seeing how you're dead in the water when the car malfunctions! it takes a lot to scare me but seeing how I was responsible for the safety of my wife and 4 yr old son, it scared me half to death!

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #115

Jun 192013


  • 59,800 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 60 mph, the vehicle lost power. The contact drove the vehicle onto the emergency lane and restarted it but the failure recurred. A certified mechanic looked at the vehicle and stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,800.

- Owensboro, KS, USA

problem #114

Jun 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,140 miles
The vehicle either stalled or went into safe or limp home mode while traveling around 70 mph on the interstate. This happened during a busy traffic time causing other vehicles to brake hard to avoid an accident. I with my 3 year old son were stranded on the side of the highway until someone was able to get the car back home for me. It was a scary and dangerous situation. P2112 was the code that was read when we had it looked at. Apparently an issue with the throttle body.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #113

Jun 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 51,700 miles
I was driving on the parkway and suddenly started losing speed, like there was no gas getting in, and the wrench light went on. I was lucky enough to be able to pull over and turn the car off. It started up again and I was able to get back home and apprehensively drove it to the dealer 2 days later. It took them 2 days to figure it out but they said it was the throttle body and it was back ordered. They gave me no time frame on when I might expect the part in so at the moment it's still at the dealer. I'm lucky enough to have another car to use but I doubt they'll give me a loaner car for weeks and weeks or however long it takes to get the part in. There needs to be a recall because I refuse to drive an unsafe vehicle!

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #112

Mar 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Driving on highway @ 65 mph - loss of gas pedal control - I could press the gas pedal and it was as if it was disconnected - there was no response at all - car starts losing speed in middle of hwy - I had to coast to the side of the road -- the engine kept running - engine was skipping as it coasted to a stop - the wrench light came on along with service engine light - after sitting still for 10 minutes vehicle will start up and run as usual - I took to dealership found out that this is a common problem with the Ford Escape 2010 - they had 10 on order within 2 weeks - the electronic throttle body is on national backorder and I can't get an answer on when the parts will be available - called Ford customer relations got no where - the throttle incident started weekly and now it happens 1 - 2 times a day - it is now unsafe to drive- car looses power without any notice - has happened at stop light / intersection / rr crossing / roads with no shoulder / interstate - I need a vehicle that I can depend on daily to get me home safety - if the dealership tells me this is a common problem with Ford Escape why can't the part be recalled and fix the throttle before it fails - paying for the part isn't an issue - getting the part to fix the problem is the issue - Ford knows about the throttle and doesn't have parts available and can't tell me when they will be available. What I've been told is there is nothing that can be done to get me a part or date when it will be available.

- Buena Vista, GA, USA

problem #111

Jun 062013


  • 59,837 miles


I was driving down the street when my car stopped and check engine light came on wrench icon also came on as I tried to accelerate car.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #110

Jun 162013


  • 68,500 miles
My vehicle loses all power while pressing the accelerator. I had it diagnosed with problem code P2111. A very dangerous situation to be put in while operating a vehicle. The only way to solve the problem is to stop the engine, then restart.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #109

Jun 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 mph the vehicle would not accelerate. The contact drove the vehicle onto the emergency lane and turned it off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and it functioned normally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing; however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Youngsville, NC, USA

problem #108

Jun 152013


  • 59,600 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate unexpectedly. The wrench warning symbol illuminated at the time of the malfunction. The engine was then turned off and restarted, as the vehicle resumed normally. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 59,600. The VIN was unavailable.

- Elkon, FL, USA

problem #107

Jun 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 55,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the vehicle decelerated without warning with the illumination of the maintenance light. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing where they stated the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,500.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #106

Jun 082011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
As I was driving the car did a RPM surge and while my foot was on the gas, the car would not accelerate until I pulled over and turned the car off and restarted it. The part had to be replaced. My car is currently doing the same thing again.

- Durham , NC, USA

problem #105

May 212013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
While getting on the freeway the car slowed down on its own and almost stalled out (this occurred twice). It also occurred while driving and speeding up on the freeway where it slowed down to where it felt like it was going to stall out. It also occurred while driving on a street in the city after stopping at a stop light tried to hit the gas and the car felt like it was going to stall out.

- Wickliffe, OH, USA

problem #104

Jun 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The auto "jumped" then decelerated immediately. I had to move from middle lane to right then off the road with only coasting-no fuel power at all.

- Bowling Green, OH, USA

problem #103

Jun 102013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated as the vehicle lost power and would not accelerate over 2 mph. The contact stated that the failure happened three times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the dealer determined the throttle body needed to be replaced. The dealer stated the repair would take 1.5 weeks because the part needed to complete the repair was on back order. The failure and current mileages were 39,000.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #102

Jun 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 39,345 miles
I was driving about 40mph and my Escape all of sudden lost power. The vehicle stayed running but it would not drive forward. The traffic was light, so I was able to pull over with my flashers on and stop. Had the traffic been in rush hour there could have been a major accident. I tried to put the vehicle in reverse and drive and it wouldn't do anything, but the engine stayed running and the "wrench warning light" appeared on the dash. I then turned the vehicle off and waited a few minutes and started in up again. Everything then ran fine. I took the Escape to the Ford dealer where they found out that the power failure did occur in the throttle body air intake and it needed to be replaced. They also informed me that they had another Escape that was needing to be worked on with the same problem and parts were on backorder and it would be a few weeks before mine would be fixed.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

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