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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,157 miles

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 8 of 16)

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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

problem #164

Aug 062013


  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle has the same throttle body condition as other failed units. Code P2111.

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #163

Jul 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 63,250 miles
On the 18th of July, 2013, while driving on a major interstate in my 2010 Ford Escape, my SUV suddenly lost all throttle control and seemed to die. My wrench light came on and I was getting no response from the throttle and my engine was running roughly. I shut off the car and restarted it and tried to drive again. At 20 mph the throttle stopped working again. I was only a few hundred yards from a truck weight station and was able to crawl to the station at about 15 mph to troubleshoot the problem. I have a code reader in my vehicle and got P2111 and P2112 which is the throttle actuator control system - stuck open and stuck closed respectively. After letting the car sit for a while I was able to start it and the wrench light had gone out. I was able to go 60 mph for the rest of my 12 hour trip with no problems. Today August 6, 2013 my car did the same thing. I was hoping it was a computer glitch and that I had gotten away one occurrence, but that was not the case.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #162

Jul 252013


  • 56,200 miles
While driving on New Jersey turnpike, car lurched and no longer had any gas acceleration capability, while in four lanes of heavy traffic. Carefully maneuvered into right breakdown lane and brought car to a stop. When stopped, vehicle lurched and sputtered until key was turned off. Once turned back on, car started normally. The issue occurred 4 more times during the trip. This was an extreme safety issue and highly stressful to our family.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #161

Aug 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 15,350 miles


When driving the vehicle, the accelerator became useless and I had to coast to the side of the road, turn the ignition off and back on and everything was fine at that point. This happened on 4 different occasions before I was able to get the vehicle to the local Ford dealer for an analysis of the situation. The dealer replaced the throttle body and charged me $159.13 for the part and labor.

- Shelby, NC, USA

problem #160

Aug 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
Car stalled while driving at 40 miles per hour.this situation happened after I took the car to the dealership for a fuel service. The car stalling was awful. It was the third time it happened during that week. The engine service soon sign went on after the incident. I was driving my car with my 2 years old daughter in the backseat. It was a dangerous situation. I was lucky not to be hit by other cars. I brought the car to the service again and they said it was a failure of the throttle body. They charged me 600 dollars for a replacement. I am not happy with this situation because it looked like a malfunction. The car is under 20000 miles and I keep it in tip top condition.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #159

Aug 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 54,367 miles
After the April 30, 2013 (54,367miles) incident, the vehicle was repaired by the Ford dealer and on Aug 4th (58,700+/- miles), the same symptoms appeared while driving on open freeway 65 mph with rolling hills. The vehicle experienced a power drop and surge with automatic transmission gear shifting. A warning light--mechanic wrench turned on and then there was a different engine/transmission sound and it would not shift out of gear by itself so we put it into neutral and rolled to a stop. The car was towed approx 70miles to the same Ford dealer near our home. We are waiting for the service dept to return our calls and provide the detail technical information of fault codes etc and how they plan to repair it again. Same condition, appears to be an engineering design or manufacturing defect of specific components, (throttle body, transmission).

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #158

Aug 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,541 miles
Driving down interstate 45 in houston, car was running, but no power from the gas pedal. Needed to coast to an exit where I stopped completely. I needed to power down the car completely then restart the car before the gas pedal worked again. This has happened twice. The other time was about a month earlier. Ford service department said it was a defective "throttle body". something like that shouldn't fail so early. I was just out of my warranty as well.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #157

Aug 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
While driving on 3 lane highway (in traffic) car bucked and lost gas pedal (did nothing when pushed) I was in center lane engine went to idol with no engine control looked in mirror seen truck lights ( very scary ) when U can't do nothing luckily able to get off road. Turned off engine an re started it when a short distance then same thing happened. Did this 7 times in less than 7 miles luck I made it to my drive way (had towed to dealer next day) waiting for it to be fixed. This is a death waiting to happen.

- Glendora, NJ, USA

problem #156

Jun 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 44,800 miles
While traveling on a state highway the vehicle suddenly lost power although it was still running. The powertrain light came on. We limped off the highway. After turning the vehicle off and turning it back on, the vehicle was able to run again. The light goes off and stays off until the next incident. The incidents happen very frequently now, and because of this, we are unable to use our vehicle at all. This has happened with me right in the middle of an intersection. We had a code run and have been told it is the throttle body, which is apparently a common problem. We have been unable to obtain the part to repair it so far.

- Jasper, AL, USA

problem #155

Jun 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
I had a problem with acceleration where the Escape would cough and buck when trying to accelerate. At that time ( a couple of weeks after purchase), I took it back to the dealer and they sent it for a "software update". it didn't buck continually after that, but was still gutless and slow. Yesterday 8/2/2013, I was at a stop light and tried to accelerate and the car just wouldn't go. Engine still running, but no power to propel forward. "wrench" light came on dash and I coasted to repair garage at corner. I restarted engine and light went away. Garage employees recommended I keep driving to see if light comes back on. I continued on my way and was turning right and as I made the turn, the Escape completely lost power. Thankfully I had a shoulder to coast on to or I would have been hit by oncoming traffic. This time, "wrench" light and "engine" light came on. I had to be towed to a Ford dealership and the repair was made there. The diagnosis and correction was for a throttle body. From my repair slip it says "10foz retrieved codes P2111/P2112 - faulty after researching the problem online, I see it has been an issue with others. Mine was fixed under the warranty. I am reporting the problem just in case you are keeping records of how many Ford Escapes have had this problem.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #154

Jul 302013


  • 42,500 miles
While on a two lane road driving 40 mph, the engine in my 2010 Ford Escape started to sputter as if it was going to die. It did not, but immediately after the incident I was no longer able to accelerate my vehicle. The engine did not rev, the car remained on but just coasted. I pulled over to the side of the road, turned off my car and turned it on again. I was then able to drive for approximately 7 minutes until the same problem occurred again. The next day I experienced the same problem on a 4 lane road going approximately 45 mph. This is a serious problem and could have had a fatal outcome. Ford needs to recall the throttle body for all affected vehicles immediately!!

- Huntley, IL, USA

problem #153

Jul 122013


  • 43,000 miles
Vehicle appears to be stalling out at random times. When this happens, there is no power from the gas pedal and no RPM movement. An orange wrench light comes on when the failure occurs. Must pull over and turn engine completely off and restart to correct. The engine sputters for several seconds upon restart before turning back on. This process often has to repeated multiple times throughout the course of a single trip. Vehicle was taken to a local auto care shop on 8/1/13 and it was determined the throttle body assembly is malfunctioning. Was told by the service representative that there is a national back order on the part from Ford and it could take up to a month to get the part in. The quote for the repair was $420 (including the cost of labor). Upon further research of the issue over the internet it was determined that over 725,000 complaints have been filed over the same issue on the Ford Escapes, yet no recall has taken effect.

- Roanoke , VA, USA

problem #152

Jul 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I was driving down a local street then I was approaching a train crossing, just before crossing the tracks, my car went limp and I could no longer accelerate. I was only traveling 5-10mph so when my car stopped, part of my car was over the train tracks. I could not move my car for about a minute while I parked my car and turned everything off, including opening the car door to shut the computer off. Then after resetting the car, it struggled to start up but started and drove as usual. Within the last two days, my car shut down during driving 5 times and when re-starting, it did not indicate that there was a problem. Finally the check engine icon turned on and I was able to take it to the dealership to check the code. It turned out that the throttle body needed replacing. My car is only 3 years old with average mileage. This could have been an terrible accident if there was a train and I was in a state of panic.

- Roselle, IL, USA

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