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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 9 of 16)

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problem #151

Jul 222013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,955 miles


Wife was driving vehicle 6 miles from home, vehicle began stumbling and would hardly run. Made it out of 4 lane road to safety. Wrench symbol showed till engine was turned off. Shut off vehicle and restarted after approx. 5 minutes, continued 1 mile to destination. After vehicle set for 2 hours drove it 7 miles home and vehicle limped up driveway. Wife was afraid to drive vehicle until 7/28/2013 when we tried it again. I can not drive vehicle since having a stroke but was with her. We drove vehicle to ymca and it went to limping after 9 miles, shut off and let set for 5-6 minutes. Vehicle ran ok for an additional 5 miles to Y. started home after 1 hour at Y. vehicle ran approx 5 miles in 45 and 30 mph speed limit area. It started limping approx. 500 feet from stop light. It went in limp mode 4 more times in the last 9 miles to get home. Luckily the traffic was not real heavy late in afternoon and we made it home without any accidents; only a very stressful ride home. Vehicle now showed engine symbol. We read the fault code and it was P2111 or faulty throttle body. This is a very expensive repair which dealer said was out of warranty at 36K. Miles.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #150

Jul 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,002 miles
My vehicle stalled out twice so I took it to the dealer and have been told I have to replace the throttle body.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #149

Jul 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 165,220 miles
While driving at interstate speed vehicle lost all power and I was forced to pull over and stop. Engine did not quit running, just nothing happens when gas peddle is pushed. Shut off engine, then restarted it then ran find for a while, then does it again. Very dangerous situation. On the 30 mile drive home this occurred about a dozen times. My mechanic is replacing the throttle body as I'm writing this. As I need my vehicle to get around I can't wait for a mechanic told me in my case the throttle body stuck closed. If it would have been stuck open it would accelerate instead of loosing all power. I don't want to thing what might have happened if that were the case.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #148

Jul 302013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 59,500 miles


The car has twice this past week stalled while in motion. Once at 55 mph once at 65 mph. I had to stop, pull over on road side. Place in park. Then restart.

- Hillsborough, NC, USA

problem #147

May 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 54,367 miles
While driving in light traffic on the interstate freeway, just coming over a hill, the engine lost power. Multiple power loss surges and the engine light came on so the Ford Escape was allow to coast down hill to the next exit ramp. Once at the bottom of the off ramp, the ignition was turned off and a tow truck was called. To move the car out of the way, the engine was restarted and it was noticed that another light was also turned on indicating something mechanical (transmission) had also failed. The car was barely able to move in 1st gear to clear the side of the road till the tow truck arrived. Later the mechanic read the trouble codes and said the throttle body failed and the transmission torque converter was seriously damaged. Fortunately the traffic was not heavy and there was opportunity to exit the freeway without crashing.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #146

Jul 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
While making a right turn in my 2010 Ford Escape the car loss all acceleration. The next morning it happened twice more. My mechanic took the car & attached to the computer and the code P2112 appeared. He cleaned the throttle body and took a test drive. It lost acceleration 10 more times. This is a disgrace and the part must be recalled by the Ford Motor Company!

- Lynbrook, NY, USA

problem #145

Jul 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


I was driving on the highway and suddenly the wrench lit up and my car began to slow down, even though I continued to hold down the gas pedal. I was able to get the side of the highway since it was late at night, but during rush hour, I would have created a pile up. The car started fine about 10 minutes later, but I took it to the dealership and was told that it was a throttle body problem and they are on back order and I would have to pay for a rental car or drive a car around that could randomly stall for the next week. I am currently waiting for the parts to come in.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #144

Jul 182013


  • 63,128 miles
While driving down the interstate, the car started to de-accelerate. The accelerator did not respond and I went into limp mode. Car was towed to repair shop. It started right up and no problem was found - didn't register on the computer and wrench warning light went off. Ten days later, the car did the same thing, this time in the city. Different repair shop diagnosed the problem as the throttle body. Ford dealers in the area told me there were 3700 of these parts on back order! gee, maybe there is a problem with massive numbers needing to be replaced! a recall needs to be initiated. My incident on the interstate almost resulted in an accident.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #143

Jul 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving from Michigan to Missouri with daughter and granddaughter on expressway at 70 mph my vehicle had a wrench light come on dash board along with engine light. I was unable to accelerate. Pulled over to side of road and turned vehicle off and then restarted and proceeded to drive. It did this repeatedly. I pulled off freeway and went to autoparts store that told me that it had to do with throttle body sensor and needed to take to dealer, which I did today. I am on vacation and car is at Ford dealership in camdenton, mo. I don't know outcome yet as dealer not able to look at vehicle until tomorrow.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #142

Jul 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds 65 mph, my cars engine suddenly stopped running. This has happened more than once at different speeds. Nearly caused a pile up.

- Jackson , NJ, USA

problem #141

Jul 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


I was driving down the interstate heading to work when I lost all power. The vehicle did not die or stall, it lost power and the gas pedal would not work. As my speed started declining, I had to immediately turn on my emergency lights and move off the side of the road. Which was hard at the time with other traffic in that lane. And the decreasing speed while I was in my lane had me nervous as other vehicles came up flying behind me. As soon as I pulled over on the side of the road, my car immediately died. I tried to turn it on after about ten minutes and the engine just rolled but would not come on. After about 25 minutes, my car started up again. I was able to get it to a dealership and they said right away that it was probably the throttle body, but that the part was on back order and would take up to a week to get in. After they checked it out, it was in fact the throttle body. I ended up lucking out because they did have a part for me. Upon paying for my repair, I was told by the Ford service department, that they had seen a major spike in this repair. They even said they once had 15 cars in one day that all needed the throttle body repaired. And that is why the part had originally been on back order. They also stated that they were not the only dealership noticing this spike. I was informed to keep all my paperwork because with this kind of spike, it could lead to a recall.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #140

Jul 252013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 33,726 miles
I was traveling at apx 45 mph when the yellow wrench error message appeared on the dash. At the same time the vehicle ceased to respond to the gas pedal. The engine and electrical system remained on however there was no power coming from the engine. The vehicle coasted as it lost momentum. I was able to pull off the major road that I was on. The vehicle shuddered as I came to a stop and turned it off. When I restarted the vehicle, the yellow wrench error light went out and the vehicle started with no problems. The Ford dealership later diagnosed the problem as the throttle body component. There had been no previous indicators of any problems. Vehicle had been serviced following the manufacturers service requirements.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #139

Jul 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,314 miles
Vehicle suddenly and unexpectedly lost all power while driving on a major thoroughfare, almost resulting in a rear end collision. Vehicle has now done that three times and is not being driven as it is unsafe to operate until repaired. Ford states that it is a known issue with the throttle body but cannot obtain the replacement part for one to two months, rendering vehicle unusable and unsafe.

- Toccoa, GA, USA

problem #138

Jul 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway at 65 in the slow lane when suddenly the vehicle seemed to loose power. The engine was still running but the accelerator would not work. No gas seemed to be going to the engine but it was still running. The good thing was I was in the slow lane otherwise I would have been in serious trouble. I shut the engine off and waited a few moments before restarting. It started up and I was able to drive home. Researching the problem on the internet led me to this site but it would appear that this is a common problem which Ford needs to take of before someone is killed.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #137

Apr 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Vehicle went into limp mode. Initially it was infrequent, but it started to happen more often at various speeds, causing unsafe driving conditions. The throttle body was the reported error, was replaced and now the new throttle body is acting up again with the same errors. The car is currently at the Ford dealership because the part is on back order and no one else has it available.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #136

Jul 012013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
While driving at a constant speed of approximately 35 mph, vehicle suddenly stalled without warning or hesitation. I coasted to a stop in a nearby parking lot (luckily!), turned ignition off and vehicle restarted and ran with no problems for almost two weeks. On Saturday, July 13th while driving in a similar situation, the vehicle again stalled and would not restart until I coasted to a stop on the side of the road and turned the ignition off. Since then the vehicle has done this about a half dozen times but not always by just stalling. The vehicle has also went into 'limp home' mode on at least one occasion when my son was driving and he was lucky enough to be close to a friend's house where it sat overnight. When we started it the next time it ran like it was misfiring very badly, so we turned the ignition off and tapped on the throttle body with the handle of a screwdriver. It then started and idled normally and we were able to drive it about three miles home. It also has sputtered erratically similar to a very bad repeated misfiring until stopping and turning the ignition off. It did this twice within a quarter mile and then ran fine for over 15 miles that I drove it to the Ford dealership who wanted $107 dollars to diagnose a problem that I am fairly certain I already had figured out. The dealership said their 'specially trained' technicians may find a different cause than the P2111 code I had read with a scanner from a local auto parts store suggested. I have found out that this problem was supposed addressed by Ford thinking that there was a printed circuit board problem in the electronic throttle body. However, this vehicle was manufactured in March of 2010, after the October 15th, 2009 date they had started using the new part.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #135

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
While driving on highway around 70mph when car went into a "limp" mode and would not accelerate. Wrench light came on. After restarting the car, it performed as normal and no wrench light was lit. This has happened several times in one week at varying speeds. My Ford store did not find a problem. I've also felt a surge when the accelerating the vehicle.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #134

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
I was driving at 60mph on the highway, the car suddenly lost power, I pulled over quickly and it was barely running, the engine was sputtering. I shut it off waited a few minutes and then started, it worked after. That problem then happened 3 more times in the next 20min. I immediately took it to a garage and the error code showed electronic throttle body.

- Newburyport, MA, USA

problem #133

Jul 192013


  • 50,000 miles
7/16/13, wife drove her car to work, dropped my son of at my mother's. got to the corner, tried to accelerate and it stalled, with no power, had to coast to the side of the road. 7/19/13, I was driving home, car stalled at the light, no accelerator power, wrench light came on. Turned it off, re-started, ran fine for about 1/4 mile, then started shaking and no accelerator power. This continued every quarter mile for 4 miles. Finally on the last shut down, check engine light came on, and engine started to shake with no response. Pulled over, and then let it set for 5 mins, restarted and finally made it around the corner to my home.. next available appointment at Ford dealer is 29 July...

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #132

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 44,100 miles
Driving at 55 mph, car jerked and the gas pedal failed to respond. Coasted over to the side of the road. Turned vehicle off. Restarted and started driving again with out problem. Same thing happened again except with a large cement truck behind me. The Ford died and there was no shoulder on the side of the road. The cement truck was able to go into the oncoming traffic lane to miss me. The Escape did the same scenario twice on the way to the garage. ( with out the cement truck) the problem was diagnosed as the throttle body malfunction.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

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