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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,544 miles

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2010 Ford Escape miscellaneous problems

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #45

Jun 012016


  • 58,000 miles


All of a sudden the engine starts to rev up when I am waiting at a traffic light or driving. It scares me that I push on the brake more as I am waiting for traffic light to change or when I am driving I take my foot off the gas pedal because am afraid of going faster.

- Galena Park, TX, USA

problem #44

Aug 292016


  • 88,000 miles
Takata recall / Ford defective product low mileage Escape involved in a frontal crash and rear ended another vehicle (2005 accura) and the air bag system failed to deploy. $13,000 Escape was totaled. This is unacceptable.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #43

Jun 222016


  • 15 miles
My 2010 Ford Escape has a misfire between the steering or ignition column and the electrical system, the car rides very rough and has lost power steering during driving on a highway, brought into Ford dealership and they said no recall for the parts needed to repair, I read thenhtsa reports and read all the facts that happened to my car it said it is the control module and instrument cluster module.. but dealership said no recall.

- East Norriton, PA, USA

problem #42

Jul 152016


  • 89,000 miles


Corrosion of hatchback brackets.I have ownened my Escape for 2 yrs and noticed the corrosion of these brackets.I was returning home from shopping and went to open the glass portion of the hatchback when the hinges broke off due to the corrosion over the years.the only thing I can think about is what if this would have happened while I was on an interstate, not a good ending. I have checked other websites and this is a very common problem with these veichles.I have even noticed this problem in shopping parking lots and other Ford Escapes on the road.please advise what to do this is a very serious problem as well as dangerous.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #41

Jun 012016


  • miles
The rear hatch lock will not release to open, only the window will open. This happens even when all of the locks are open.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #40

Jun 302016


  • 55,000 miles
Vehicle stalled. Mechanic said throttle body had to be replaced. Cost me 350.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #39

Apr 022016


  • 128,890 miles


Rear windshield shattered upon normal closing of tailgate. I have additional pictures

- Nazareth, PA, USA

problem #38

Jul 022015


  • 32,882 miles
In July 2015 after leaving golf mill Ford in niles, il. For an oil change and tire rotation I drove through some construction mud and got home to clean the mud and noticed rust above the tire on my passenger rear wheel well, where I would have never looked otherwise. I called the dealer and went back and they put a claim to Ford. After one month Ford called me to tell me that because it was past 5yrs that they couldn't do anything. It could have been there before 5 years because it's a place where most car owners don't look. After researching on social media I see that there are thousands of Ford Escape owners with similar problem. There is no doubt in my mind that Ford failed to make these vehicles properly and they should do a recall on all these vehicles and stand behind their product. I take very good care of my vehicles, washing and doing regular maintenance and it is also garage kept always. I am utterly upset with Ford because they are just ignoring it and don't care. Something needs to be done about this. The cars made in recent years should never have rust in that short of time. My previous vehicle was a 1997 Ford Explorer and was 12 years old and there was not a speck of rust on it. Please help me and other owners with this issue !!!!!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #37

Dec 272015


  • 46,617 miles
I had turned off the highway and was traveling down a busy road when my car completely stopped without warning. Luckily, I was in the right lane and on a bit of a downward slope and was able to steer the "dead" car off the road. I turned off the engine and waited a minute. I turned on the car and it started again. I am concerned as I do a lot of highway driving and if my car suddenly stops like that again, there could be dire consequences. The earliest a dealer can look at my car is January 8th. My local dealer - January 14th. Today is December 28th. After reading some of these reports, I am afraid to drive it. Meanwhile, I need to rent a car, until someone at a Ford dealer is able to look at it this is not the first time this has happened. However, after previously having the car towed to a dealership - I thought the problem was resolved.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #36

May 012015


  • 60,000 miles
I pulled out of my street on to a main road and with no warning my Escape shut off completely while driving and multiple cars almost hit me because it was so unexpected. Now my car randomly shuts off and goes into limp mode, causing it to be quite dangerous to drive my vehicle because it gives you no warning.

- Abington, MA, USA

problem #35

Aug 292015


  • 114,494 miles


Tell us what happened: Was completely stopped and took off slightly pressing the gas pedal and it felt like it tried to stall out and then lunged forward. The service wrench came on and we stopped and turned the vehicle off then started it again and that time both service wrench and service engine light came on. Went in to get the engine light tested and the result was throttle actuator control and throttle body range, code P2119

- Kingfisher, OK, USA

problem #34

Aug 292015


  • 114,494 miles
Was completely stopped and took off slightly pressing the gas peddle and it felt like it tried to stall out and then lunged forward. The service wrench came on and we stopped and turned the vehicle off then started it again and that time both service wrench and service engine light came on. Went in to get the engine light tested and the result was throttle actuator control and throttle body range, code P2119

- Kingfisher, OK, USA

problem #33

Sep 012014


  • miles
The air conditioner on these cars are defective. There are numerous complaints online regarding the air not working. There seems to also be an issue with the front end wheel bearing/suspension.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #32

Aug 012014


  • miles
The ignition switch does not always work when you turn the car on.

- Parma , OH, USA

problem #31

May 112015


  • 48,295 miles
Purchased 2010 Ford Escape XLT in April 2015. (1) vehicle had sound coming from engine when accelerating. Issued fixed by dealer replacing belt tensioner but noise has since returned. (2) vehicle already had or developed constant vibration at idle when in drive and foot on break and gets worse with A/C on. Took to dealer 3 times who stated they replaced right engine mount and rear transmission mount but vibration continued after repairs. Service dept tech stating that there is a strong vibration but that they are unable to determine engine vibration but that vehicle is operational. Vibration is very strong and almost feels like engine wants to turn off at times. If transmission is put in neutral or park then vibration is gone and not noticeable while driving. (3) transmission shifting from 1st to 2nd is harsh and delayed at times causing a jerking motion on numerous occasions during city driving and transmission occasionally jerks when put in reverse but not always consistent. Safety concern is vehicle feels as if it may shut down while this vibration is being observed and causes safety concerns when driving vehicle and that transmission may fail soon. Purchased at Fiat of fresno, fresno ca.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #30

Jun 222015


  • 80,000 miles
The car suddenly accelerated, I had to slammed on the brakes and place the car in park to avoid hitting another car. These 2010 Ford car is very dangerous and very harmful to anyone who drives it.

- Spartanburg , SC, USA

problem #29

Jun 222015


  • 70,000 miles
My car cut off while I was driving & when I was at a stop light. The car came to a sudden stop in the middle of an intersection (completely losing all power) a large SUV swerved to prevent from hitting me. I immediately took the car to the vic bailey Ford, they kept my car on & off for 5 days. Charging me $98 for a diagnostic test (that they stated revealed nothing about the problem) & then they turned around & charged me $130 for a new battery, the car continued to cut off on me. They kept my car for another 3 days. Finally they called me & told me to come pick up the car. The service dept. Stated that they didn't know what was wrong w/ the car, but they knew something was wrong w/ it. They told me to wait til the problem got worst. They sent me home w/ a car that cuts off constantly, they don't care that I need to drive a dependable car.

- Spartanburg , SC, USA

problem #28

Mar 312015


  • miles
Driver side door fails to lock or unlock with key fob and the driver's side door also fails to lock with the automatic safety feature that locks doors when driving this is a constant problem.

- Ridley Park, PA, USA

problem #27

Jan 042014


  • 38,000 miles
Started car, turned on rear window defogger, opened hatch, closed hatch. Rear window shattered. Over the phone, Ford customer service admitted there is a flaw in design but subject to no recall. Had to file insurance claim and deductible was my responsibility.

- Burlington, WV, USA

problem #26

Jun 122014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Traveling on freeway 65mph sudden loss of speed, unable to accelerate when pushed on gas pedal, was able to steer and brake, maneuvered to side of the road, "wrench" warning light appeared on dashboard. Turned off ingniton then restarted car functioned normally. Felt car was to dangerous to drive and had car towed to Ford dealership, replaced electronic throttle body. Very dangerous to loose power at that speed on the freeway, was in middle lane in heavy traffic.

- Concord, OH, USA

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