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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,746 miles

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 7 of 16)

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problem #184

Jul 092013


  • 63,000 miles


Driving down the road and everything seemed fine. Suddenly, the engine shuddered, hesitated, and lost power. Luckily, traffic was light and I was able to get off the road. All fluids ok, battery ok, fuel ok, etc. After checking options, I tried restarting the car. It started fine -like there was no problem. Since then it has been happening more often, but not on at any predictable time or event. Engine cool or hot, slow or high speed, smooth or bumpy road -just whenever it seems to feel like it. I've been reading online that this seems to be a common problem with the throttle body on these vehicles. I'm now looking for a replacement and am wondering how much this is going to cost. Since it is a widespread issue, will Ford reimburse for the expense?

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #183

Jul 112012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
The first incident, the engine stalled as I slowed down to make a turn. The second incident, while driving the engine nearly killed and was in a low speed like it was in neutral, just stayed in one spot like it was stalled. Had vehicle towed to dealership where they replaced the throttle body.

- Chalmette, LA, USA

problem #182

Aug 182013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Vehicle stalls at any speed. After shutdown, vehicle restarts and runs fine for a minute or two and then stalls again.

- Friendship, WI, USA

problem #181

Aug 102013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


I was driving approx. 50-55 mph and going uphill when the engine lost power and would not accelerate despite trying to pump the petal. The car did not shut off completely but idled roughly with the yellow wrench light on. I had to flip on the hazards and get over three lanes of scary traffic on a busy vancouver, bc highway and turn the car off and back on again. This was the 5th time this happened in 30 days, with the first being on the ship canal bridge in seattle, the 2nd exactly 7 days later in the same spot, followed by twice in one morning 2 weeks later on the way to vancouver. Each time it has been over 50mph and going uphill, or having to quickly accelerate to get past a slower moving car. The Ford dealerships don't care and just want to charge a fortune to fix it. I haven't read from anyone if the new part even fixes the problem" I'm at the point where I'm stressed all the time driving never knowing where it will crap out and avoiding highways and roads where there is no shoulder to stop on. I loved the car but am too scared to drive it so I've started to take the bus. Ford should be ashamed of themselves for not taking immediate action on this known problem! when is Ford going to take responsibility for this and issue a recall? are they waiting for someone to die because of it" this is so dangerous, thank god it happened during daylight hours - I'm terrified of what will happen if it is night time.

- Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA

problem #180

Aug 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
P2111 code (throttle body stuck open); accelerator pedal stops working; vehicle goes into a limp home mode. Cycle the ignition key and everything starts working again. Problem keeps repeating itself. Suspect the throttle body is malfunctioning.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #179

Jul 242013


  • 94,013 miles
Just driving along one day and upon crossing an intersection of a busy street the call stalled. I pushed the gas pedal and couldnt accelerate. Luckily I was able to pull of on a side street without holding up traffic. When I got to the side street I shut the car off and started it again and after taking awhile it finally started back up only to do the same thing a block later. The problem seemed to have gone away for a couple weeks but has came back recently and is ever more frequent. When it sets over night or for long periods of time it is driveable but after a few miles it starts to stall again. Driving under 30 mph or accelerating super slow seems to help some times but not always. Still probably not very safe to drive it like that especially pulling onto a busy street or out into a busy intersection.

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #178

Aug 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,741 miles


While driving with cruise control set, 60mph on I-64 @ I-170 the vehicle stopped forward motion. It coasted to a stop but the engine did not stop. The accelerator did not work and the RPM stayed between 750 and 1000. The ignition was tuned off then back on in about 2 minutes and the accelerator worked. Ford dealer replaced the throttle body unit.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #177

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
When coming to a stop and then trying to accelerate from and idle position the vehicle will loose power. By this I mean the vehicle stays on, lights on dash remain on, motor is still running, but the accelerator pedal has no effect on the vehicle. The vehicle has shutter to it. Pressing the gas pedal has no effect no matter how much you try or how much time passes. You have to coast to the side of the road, turn off the vehicle, and restart the vehicle to get the gas pedal working again. This is a very very dangerous flaw in the vehicle as this has happened to me three times in busy los angeles intersections. I fear it will cause an accident. The Ford dealer wants to charge me $800 to replace the throttle body which has hundreds of thousands of complaints online about this exact issue. They refused to acknowledge this recurring and very prominent flaw in their vehicle and say even the extended warranty I purchased for $2,200 will not cover this particular part. This is very frustrating. Hopefully you guys can bring some justice to the hundreds of thousands of people dealing with this exact issue. Thank you for your time.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #176

Aug 072013


  • 70,000 miles
Car stalled in traffic!

- Jessup, PA, USA

problem #175

Aug 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,245 miles
After being at a stoplight, I was accelerating around a corner about 25 mph and the car suddenly lost power and would no longer accelerate. The engine light came on. I had to coast to the side of the road and put my hazards on. I was quickly able to restart the car and drive home, although the same thing happened twice the very next day while accelerating after being at a stoplight.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #174

Aug 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


During highway driving the throttle stopped working with out warning. I had no propulsion and had to pull over to the side of the road. I then turned off my car and back on and then was able to drive as normal. This has happened 4 times, it is intermittent and happens with out warning.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #173

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,571 miles
I was driving along I30 and gas pedal stopped working. I had to cross over 2 lanes of traffic to get out of the way. My car was idling roughly and gas pedal still did not make my car go. I turned car off. My car would start but when it got past 30 mph, the gas pedal stopped working again. I called my husband and he brought our truck and trailer, and we hauled it home.

- Canton, TX, USA

problem #172

Aug 112013


  • 75,000 miles
As I am driving the vehicle I loose all power and acceleration without warning of any kind. Diagnostic code reads a P 2111 (throttle control system stuck open) this has happened several times and I have been in heavy traffic what it has. Luck I wasn't killed by a semi. As I said it looses power and acceleration and stalls out I have looked around online and there are several complaints out there but no recall for it. Why is this? if there are so many of these vehicles having identical problems that the part to that needs to be replaced is on back order nation wide then there is a manufacturing defect not a part failure do to use. What is up with this.

- Claryville, NY, USA

problem #171

Jun 192013


  • 64,300 miles
While driving on the interstate at highway speed the vehicle suddenly lost all power. The engine warning lights came on and it had no accelerator response. Managed to pull over onto shoulder, turned off the engine waited a moment and it restarted and ran normally. While I was fortunate enough to pull over safely, this could be a very dangerous situation when you have no control of the vehicle. At first it happened just once or twice making me think. It was just bad gasoline or a fuel filter. Over the months since it has gotten worse and I learned of the throttle body defect.

- Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #170

Aug 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 35,798 miles
The throttle body went bad on my 2010 Ford Escape limited V6 3.0L engine. My car is 41 days out of warranty and the for dealer charge me close to 500. Dollars to replace the throttle body. I kept the old throttle body for evidence. There should be some type of regulation on this item. Because I almost got killed by this defect. Ford manager contacted me, her name is [xxx]. she told me to keep my receipt because they were having problems with the throttle body's vendor. That this may come to a recall.. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6),

- Pinegrove , PA, USA

problem #169

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 64,811 miles
Driving on interstate at 55 mph when vehicle lost all acceleration. Gas pedal was ineffective. Had to coast off road, shut vehicle down, restart it and was able to accelerate. At garage was told cost of part (expensive) but part was on back order and that the vehicle was not safe to drive until it was repaired since stalling or failure to accelerate could happen again at any time, and the vehicle might not "recover".

- Burgettstown, PA, USA

problem #168

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Wrench light lit up on the dash, car decelerated and stopped in the roadway and traffic. Engine was still running, but no response from the gas pedal. Turned the car off for 10 minutes. Started again and drove it home. Could have been a dangerous situation on a more crowded roadway. Based on internet research, a recall on the throttle body should be issued.

- Huntsville, AS, USA

problem #167

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 62,700 miles
After sitting a stop light, when gas pedal was pushed to go there was no power. Engine was running but car would not move. Check engine light also went on. Mechanic diagnosed a throttle body malfunction and has replaced the part. The car is a one-owner, 3-year old Ford Escape.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #166

Aug 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
We were riding on interstate 40 traveling at about 75mph. My 18 year old son was driving. The vehicle suddenly lost power. We had to pull to the side of the interstate. Luckily there was not any traffic or transfer trucks directly behind us. Without warning, the vehicle lost power and the 'wrench light' came on. We immediately dropped down to about 40 mph. We sat beside of the interstate and called my husband to come to where we were. We did not attempt to crank the vehicle while waiting for him because we did not know what was wrong and feared causing further damage (I was not familiar with the throttle/powertrain light warning). When my husband got there, we cranked the vehicle and I drove us home without incident. I was afraid to allow my son to drive it because I feared the same thing would happen again. I hate to think what could have happened had there been another car or a transfer truck behind us. Due to the fact that we lost power without warning and so suddenly, I feel that if there had been a transfer truck directly behind us it would not have had time to stop or slow down and it would have hit us. Thankfully, we are scared, but fine this time. We are now afraid to drive my 2010 Ford Escape on any interstate or in any fast moving traffic.

- Dunn, NC, USA

problem #165

Aug 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,710 miles
Vehicle lost all power while the electrical system remained on. Unable to supply fuel to the engine. Vehicle coasted to a stop. Was in passing lane at the time, with traffic behind me. Able to pull off highway. The vehicle restarted without icon lights. Drove approximately 2 miles, same situation. Vehicle restarted with check engine light remaining on. Vehicle was taken to a local Ford dealer for repair. Diagnostic codes indicated a failed throttle body assembly. This was a non-warranty repair costing $608.80 plus rental car.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

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