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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,355 miles

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 10 of 16)

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problem #121

Jul 102013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 93,140 miles


My 17 year old daughter has had two occurrences of the vehicle losing all power within the last two days (7/10/2013 and 7/11/2013). Once she was starting from a red light and the other she was driving down the road. Both times she was able to pull off to the side of the road and start the car and continue travel.

- Meridianville, AL, USA

problem #120

Nov 132012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Throttle body failure. From Nov 2012 until July 2013 my Ford Escape has been bucking and surging at low speeds with no throttle response. Occasionally, the vehicle would die completely unresponsive in the middle of an intersection. On July 11, 2013, my wife took our 2010 Ford Escape to ernest mccarty Ford in alabaster, al. They told us that the throttle body assembly would need to be replaced. This issue is very dangerous and should Ford should issue a recall.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #119

May 202013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 48,760 miles
First it started with the engine light coming on. I had the codes read at a local auto parts store and they saw it was an "evap censor" and stated this is usually associated with a gas cap leaking. Well, the Escape we have doesn't have a gas cap!!! it's one of those "quick fuel, nascar type systems", where there is just a plug that retracts when you insert the gas nozzle and retracts when you're finished? secondly, the surging started happening while stopped at red lights. I would slide the gear into neutral, which would keep the vehicle from lunging, but you could still see the RPM's revving up and down. This issue went on for about two months. Thirdly, it is now stalling while driving 50 - 60 mph down the highway. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to when it happens, it just totally shuts down the engine!!! very dangerous.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #118

Apr 192013


  • 57,300 miles


As I accelerate from a stop position such as a stop sign, traffic light or accelerate trying to go up an incline or bridge the car loses all power. The engine still runs and the power steering still works but as you try and press down on the pedal to accelerate nothing happens. Eventually the car stops and begins to sputter. I turn off the car and then start it up. The car works fine for a few miles but the situation happens again.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #117

Mar 232013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Please be advised while driving on roswell road in atlanta, ga in traffic my Ford Escape stalled. I had to pull to the side of the road. The vehicle was unresponsive. Upon taking the vehicle to Ford they replaced a faulty fuel vapor control valve.

- Sandy Springs, GA, USA

problem #116

Jul 082013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
Please be advised while driving on I-285 in rush hour traffic my 2010 Ford Escape stalled. The vehicle was unresponsive and slowed down on its own. I had to pull off to the side of the road in rush hour traffic. Upon taking the vehicle to Ford, they replaced a faulty throttle body.

- Sandy Springs, GA, USA

problem #115

Jul 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 69,863 miles


I was driving with my 7 week old son and 3 year old daughter. I pulled up to a red light and stopped. When the light turned green I pressed the gas to go. My vehicle surged forward into the intersection and then only slowly moved. There was power to the car, lights, music, and air were working but my car was only slowly moving and shaking. It was as if no gas was getting to the engine. I had to pull over onto the right lane, because the road had no shoulder. The sound and feeling the car was making made me feel like I needed to drive with my foot on the brake and the gas at the same time. There was no warning signs that there was anything wrong with my car, it just all of a sudden stopped. It was the worst feeling ever being stuck on a busy road with no shoulder to pull over onto and having my 2 babies in the car with me, as cars come driving up and having to switch lanes or slam on their brakes to avoid me.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #114

Jul 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 25,100 miles
Vehicle stalls while driving, stalls while idle, RPM's spike while driving !!! scary !! codes read P2112. (throttle stuck open ) thinking bad throttle body ?

- Glenside, PA, USA

problem #113

Jul 042013


  • 67,000 miles
While driving on a two lane road doing approximately 40 mph my vehicle lost power. The car was still running but lost acceleration power. We had to coast until we found a place on the side of the road to move to.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #112

Jun 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 55,131 miles
As I was traveling down the road and was slowing down the vehicle suddenly acted like transmission kicked into neutral but when I looked down I saw open wrench symbol in cluster lit up and RPM was at idle and would not respond to throttle being applied and engine was running awful. I had to pull off onto shoulder and cut ignition off and restart vehicle but was only able to make it a bout a 100 yds. When it happened again. We caught a ride home and I came back with my scanner and drove it down the highway and it did it again at 55 mph. So I pulled off the road and scanned for codes and it had pending code P2111- throttle actuator control system stuck open. I purchased new throttle body and installed myself at a cost of $171.68 less tax. Not covered by powertrain warranty. Car operates fine so far. 2010 Ford Escape 3.0liter V-6 with 55 thousand miles.

- Pink Hill , NC, USA

problem #111

Jul 012013


  • 23,000 miles


I made a left turn from a stop light and the car seemed to be accelerating and shifting but suddenly just started "chugging" and become very difficult to steer, almost as if the brake were on. I got as close to the edge of the road as I could and turned the car off. I looked up the symbol (wrench) in the manual and it said "powertrain fault" call your authorized dealer. It was terrifying being stuck in the middle of the street in the dark! I had my hazard flashers on and when I called my son he asked if I could start the car and get off the street. It did start up and I was able to move it about a 100 feet before it started "choking up" again. I waited a few minutes and did that again and was able to get it into a parking lot and off the street. My car was towed to the Ford dealership and when I called them the next day they informed me that it was the throttle body and that part is on back order and it may be a couple of weeks. My warranty expired in may at the three year point. Ford said it is not under warranty and will be about $400 to repair; they will not provide transportation and my insurance won't cover a rental unless I am in a collision. Ironically, had I turned left when I left the drugstore I would have been on the main street in town and between a strip shopping center and the mall and probably would have been in a wreck! from what the service man told me this is a problem they are aware of, but through no fault of my own, I have to fix the problem and cover the cost of a rental for possibly several weeks because they cannot keep the part in stock. Insult and injury! I am single and do not have anyone to chauffeur me. My son picks me up at work, I drop him off and keep his truck so I can shop or go to eat and I pick him up in the morning. Please investigate this before someone is seriously injured, as I could have been!!

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #110

Jun 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
While driving our Escape, you try to accelerate and there is nothing there. You can push the gas pedal to the floor and the engine does not respond. This has happened 4 times in about 6 day period. We have had to pull our vehicle to side of the road/highway and shut it off and then restart it. It does starts working again but we don't know when it will happen again. We took it to harrold zeiglers in kalamazoo Michigan, and they told us it was a electronic throttle body and there was 8013 of them on back order and no eta on when they will be in. I called Ford customer service and they told me the same story.[xxx], and [xxx] were the first to agents I spoke with. I told them that their answers were not good enough and I wanted to speak to their manager. He called me back 2 hours later(terry badge#62889) and he told me they were already aware of this issue and they could not help me because I had too many miles on my Escape(75000) which I told him I wanted to speak to his supervisor. He told me his boss would give me the same answer. I asked him if the national highway safety commission was aware of this issue and he said they were and that my issue and conversation would also be reported. I am not sure why there is not a recall for this issue as there are currently 8013 on back order. I wonder how many have already been replaced. This issue could cause a serious accident for someone else or my wife as she is the driver of our Escape. We are currently without a vehicle to drive because of this. Thank you for your time. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hickory Corners, MI, USA

problem #109

Jul 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,500 miles
While driving the vehicle began sputtering and then would not accelerate and would barely move when pushing the gas pedal. It was diagnosed initially as the throttle actuator stuck open. It was cleaned. I drove it and less than 24 hours later it lost acceleration on a major highway at a traveling speed of 65 mph. I had to pull over 3 times and restart it to get it to a car repair place. I ended up having to have it towed to a Ford dealership where they replaced the throttle actuator motor. The diagnostic code was P2111. I asked for the old part and it did not look worn or damaged. The repeated loss of acceleration on a major highway during morning rush hour created a great risk to my safety and those of the other motorists around me. The service man at the Ford dealership advised me they were seeing a number of similar situations involving this part with Ford Escapes. The total cost for both service visit was $465.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #108

Jun 252013


  • 31,590 miles
Drove about an hour away from home, mostly highway. When I got into the city towards the end of the trip, the wrench light came on and the car stopped accelerating. I pulled over and restarted the car and was able to go a few hundred feet before I lost acceleration again. This time the check engine light came on. I pulled over, waited about 10 minutes, restarted the car, and was able to drive the rest of the way (less than a mile). The car was towed to the nearest dealer where it was determined the throttle body needed to be replaced. I am currently on a long waiting list for parts.

- Pitman, NJ, USA

problem #107

Jul 022013


  • 64,000 miles
Traveling approx 25mph vehicle became unresponsive to gas pedal. Car coasted to side of road (no shoulder on blind curve). Car began to buck and jerk. Wrench light came on.turned off ignition, waited approx 30 seconds and restarted car. No further issue. Extremely dangerous situation. Scared to drive.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #106

Jul 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
While pressing the accelerator the car shuts off and comes to a slow stop. Your are not able to accelerate. The wrench light comes on first. I stop the car, turn it off, wait about 10sec and turn the car back on. It starts fine. I travel about 6 miles and the car stops again, this time jerking back and forth a little and then the check engine light comes on. I stop the car and follow the same steps on turning it back on. I am still able to break and steer off of roads. However, not with much time before it completely stops. I took it to advanced auto parts and got the vehicle diagnosed. The code was P2112/throttle actuator per the representative. This is highly dangerous when traveling on the highway or any busy roadway during rush hour traffic everyday to and from work.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #105

Jun 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,194 miles
Cranked the Escape, selected drive but the engine would cut off. Crank it back up and cutoff. Happened several times. Finally got the car moving by keeping the rpms up. Drove about 40 minutes of speeds up to 55 mph. When we got near our destination everytime we slowed down the car would knock off. Car would crank but would knock off again. Able to keep car going by keeping rpms up. Car was towed to Ford dealership and repaired.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #104

Jul 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
Accelerated to merge into traffic and my 2010 Ford Escape started to act like it was going to stall when I pressed on the gas pedal. Ever time I tried to accelerate it felt like it was "choking" and wanted to stall. I had to put the vehicle in neutral and press on the gas to keep it from stalling. I had my vehicle towed to the dealership and was told that the throttle body needed to be replaced. In addition to the fact the throttle body needs to be replaced I am now being told there is a nationwide back order on the part and I will not get the repair completed for 2-3 weeks. I am 1-1/2 months passed warranty with only 26,000 miles and neither Ford nor the dealership will loan me a vehicle while my car sits at the dealership nor will this even be considered warranty work.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #103

Jun 282013


  • 57,000 miles
On going problem with truck losing power on the highway at speeds up to 60mph then no power. Finally truck totally stalled out unable to keep running. Now I found out the part is not under warranty even though it is obviously defected----------cost----out of pocket $569 plus car rental------perfect!!!!!!! I will never own another Ford---fix or repair daily!!!!

- Millsboro, DE, USA

problem #102

Jun 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,500 miles
Driving in town and vehicle would not accelerate. Turned off engine and restarted. Vehicle ran fine for only a few blocks and had to restart again. Next day the vehicle would only go about 1 block before we had to restart it. It needs a new electronic throttle body and no parts are available. There is a national backorder per Ford parts department.

- Pampa, TX, USA

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