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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,871 miles

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2011 Ford Escape engine problems

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2011 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 11)

problem #216

Sep 022016


  • 85,000 miles


While driving my car I slowed down to make a turn and the engine suddenly warning, shaking or decrease in speed. It just stopped I tried restarting but it wouldnt start until 10mins later. I was able to drive it to the dealership with no problems or lights on the dash but after I left (they couldn't see the car until 4 days later) leaving the lot the engine seemed to stall off and on for the 5 mile trip so I would put it in neutral when I would come to a light and coast to a stop, then restart. The wrench light came on and later the engine light. Also the RPM 's on the dash would go up to 4-5 but my engine speed would be 40 mph this scared me so bad, I parked the car until the appointment at the dearlership when I took it to the dealership they did a diagnostic but know codes came up. They did fix the throttle

- Det, MI, USA

problem #215

Aug 212016


  • 81,425 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. While driving 70 mph, the service engine soon warning light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to respond. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 81,425.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #214

Aug 012016


  • 53,700 miles
In 2014, Ford recalled the vehicle to 'recalibrate' the powertrain control module to to prevent electronic throttle body (etb) failure, but in August 2016, the vehicle suffered etb failures resulting in an extremely limited ability to accelerate, rough idle and noticeable power loss. The first failure occurred in the middle of rush hour traffic on one of the busiest highways (95) in America where traffic was congested but moving at a high rate of speed, and a loss of power was incredibly dangerous as I was unable to keep up with the speed of traffic and/or merge onto another highway (66) at a high enough rate of speed. The failures continued to happen anytime the vehicle was on a highway going between 60-70 mph. Took the vehicle to Ford as early as their schedule would permit, but Ford was unable to fix the issue at the time because the part was on "national back order" and simply advised to pull the vehicle over and restart the engine to "reset" the throttle body. Such advice was unacceptable and dangerous. Living in a highly congested area where some highways and toll bridges do not have shoulders to pull over on nullified Ford's interim remedy. They were clearly not concerned about any driver's safety while waiting for parts to come in as they did not even offer another vehicle to drive in the meantime.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #213

Aug 052016


  • 56,000 miles


Car keeps stalling. While accelerating as well as at freeway speed (on streets and on the freeway). The obd-II reader says its code P2111 which is for the throttle body. Got it leaned immediately after stall. Immediately after picking it up from the shop, it stalled again, showing the same code on the reader. Upon further research these seem to be defective on many Ford Escapes of this year.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #212

Aug 032016


  • 65,000 miles
6 times suddenly lost acceleration without warning while driving. 4th, 5th and 6th time on 8/3/2016 on U.S. 25 at about 55 to 60 mph all in one day. No response from gas pedal, tachometer dropped to 0, wrench light came on. Was able to coast to side of road. Maintained pwr steering/brakes. Shut off engine, restarted/worked fine, wrench light off. Mileage about 65,000. 1st, 2nd it happened on side roads in town and the 3rd I was on a busy road in lexington ky on versailles road where semis were everywhere and I thought I was gonna get hit then. Wrench light came on while decelerating, light and throttle reset upon shutting of and restarting car. Ford says they will not repair unless code is present, code erases when car is shut off and will not drive until car is shut off and restarted. These incidents fit description of Ford "field service action" for electronic throttle body extended coverage. V dangerous!! I do not want to be driving this vehicle with it doing all of this especialyyy if I have my grandkids in the vehicle with me.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #211

Jul 282016


  • 51,000 miles
My wife's car lost all power and she was able to coast it to a safe in downtown pittsburgh, got it towed to our mechanic and there's an active code for the electric throttle body motor stuck closed

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #210

Jun 272016


  • miles


Issues with bogging down and stalling. Throttle body was replaced, due to diagnosis and "electronic throttle body extended coverage" - I would like to ask why there isn't a 100,000 warranty on the new throttle body, not just 3yr/36,000. Please contact me.

- Lafayette Hill, PA, USA

problem #209

Jun 012016


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power, failed to accelerate, and shut off. After restarting the vehicle, the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Paway, CA, USA

problem #208

Jun 102016

Escape 4-cyl

  • 63,990 miles
I just filed a complaint about my 2011 Ford Escape with the complaint number being 10873640. I entered the wrong VIN number so I am putting it in this message. The right VIN number is as follows: [xxx] the other VIN number was for my daughters Dodge Grand Caravan. Sorry for the mix-up. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #207

Jun 102016

Escape 4-cyl

  • 63,990 miles
I was driving down the street and my vehicle started to idle funny, like it was going to stop running and it would not accelerate at all, I had to coast to the side of the street. When I pressed the gas pedal it would not accelerate or do anything almost like it was disconnected. The engine light also came on at this time. My fiancee' came to where I was at and he shut the vehicle off and then started it back up and the engine light was off and the vehicle was back to running again like nothing ever happened. I have read several complaints about the throttle body being bad and that Ford and Ford garages where refusing to fix the problem with all the vehicles doing this and I think that is so wrong on many levels due to Ford being a top manufacturer of vehicles they should stand by the vehicles and fix any problems that occur with the vehicles. I don't have any warranty and I am on limited income and cannot afford to pay a big tow bill or play for a major repair.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #206

May 102016


  • 61,000 miles


Vehicle engine suddenly and randomly cuts out in the middle of driving, in motion on the highway, or soon after starting to drive, in motion leaving a parking lot. The accelerator becomes unresponsive and the car sputters to a stop. When you try to restart the car it turns on as if nothing happened.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #205

Feb 012016


  • 109,000 miles
Stalling out in traffic speeding up for no reason.all symptoms point to throttle body exactly what they described to me at my local dealer! but told me they will not fix it until it sets a code !!!!!!!!!!! in the mean time I am afraid I will get hurt because it has stalled in traffic. I am really concerened for my safety.

- Waleska, GA, USA

problem #204

Dec 012014


  • 45,000 miles
Vehicle stalls, lunges, and surges with loss of power while driving. This issue is well documented on 2011 Ford Escapes with countless similar experiences posted online. Problem happens unpredictability so when taken to the dealership they were aware of the issue but would not replace the culprit part, the throttle body, without a check engine light lit or the vehicle reproducing the problem in the limited time they had the vehicle.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #203

Dec 092015


  • 55,000 miles
Vehicle was parked for 4 days in driveway. Vehicle engine compartment became engulfed in flames unexpectedly. Cause unknown. A 2014 recall related to throttle body is suspicious. Recall was addressed under customer satisfaction program 13N03.

- York, PA, USA

problem #202

Nov 192015


  • miles
Beginning of October the vehicle jerked violently but it stopped immediately & then drove fine. Approximately 1.5 months later, I was driving down a busy road & the car started jerking hard and wouldn't move. I had it towed to a Ford dealership. I was told that it was the transmission & would cost over $4,200 to replace. A vehicle with 120,000 miles doesn't typically have transmission failure. My mechanic suggested I research Ford escspes, as he noted their engine & transmission failures are well known. After days of researching the topic, I see it is a far too common complaint on Ford SUVS around 90,000-130,000 miles. This is a grave danger & something Ford must be aware

- Kawkawlin, MI, USA

problem #201

Nov 092015


  • 63,000 miles
When driving car going about shut off and wrench will appear on dashboard. I have been able to coast off the road, shut off car wait for a few minutes and restart car. I am in fear that car will shut off in area where there is no shoulder and I will be hit from behind. There seems to be a pattern building with this same problem, same model, same year.

- Kihei, HI, USA

problem #200

Oct 172015


  • 60,130 miles
I had my oil changed on 10-03-15. On 10-17-15, my engine light came on and my car stalled and jerked when I was stopped at a light and when it was in park with the engine running. I called Ford and was told it would cost $110 just to see what was wrong and that would not go toward repairs. I took it to a mechanic who did a system check and said it was the camshaft timer. It was replaced but that did not resolve the issue. I took it to another repair shop where I was told I had to have the vvt solenoid timer and the ignition coil replaced. He said the engine oil burned these items. I only have my oil changed by Ford. I had just reached 60,130 miles on my vehicle, so there was no warranty. I think this was an expense that could have been avoided, especially if it was an oil issue.

- Hammond, IN, USA

problem #199

Oct 192015


  • 47,563 miles
My 2011 Ford Escape while driving at 65 mph on the freeway in merging traffic the engine stalls leaving me with no power to control my speed. As my car quickly reduces speed on a major freeway I attempt to get over to the shoulder out of harm's way, his has happened to me twice. So I call the service and they tell me it's a problem with electronic throttle body but when I take the car to my dealer for service. They told me sorry after two key cycles the code disappears so there is nothing they can do. So I have to drive this unsafe car and wait for it to happen again before I can bring it in.

- Brodheadsville, PA, USA

problem #198

Oct 202015


  • 62,523 miles
I was driving along the highway and my ride shuddered some and lost acceleration, my engine light came on then the wrench symbol came on and it has stayed on. It's giving a throttle/ powertrain error. I've done some research and I've seen a lot of complaints concerning this issue and was told to file a complaint. Ford needs to issue a recall on this problem before someone gets seriously hurt or killed.

- Kimper, KY, USA

problem #197

Jul 192015


  • 81,000 miles
When accelerating from a stopped position, the vehicle felt as if it were about to stall. I pressed the clutch and the vehicle did not stall, but would not move forward. I turned the vehicle off. I restarted the vehicle (which hesitated to catch for several seconds). Upon the vehicle starting, I again attempted to accelerate through the intersection. At first the vehicle seemed ok, but shortly through the intersection the vehicle lost all acceleration. I pulled off to the side of the road and turned the vehicle off. After several minutes I restarted the vehicle and was able to continue without incident, however the "check engine" light was illuminated. I had the vehicle checked and it read error code P2111. The check engine light went out and the vehicle did not give me problems again until August 20, 2015. As I accelerated from a stopped position, the vehicle again lost all power to the engine (though it did not stall). I was able to move to the side of the road and disengage the engine. After several minutes, and with a hesitated "catch" the engine restarted. I believe this is an existing and known problem with Ford (NHTSA PE13003), however, I was told by my local dealer and Ford customer service that the warranty extension offered under that investigation does not apply to my vehicle (which falls within all of the guidelines for year, make, model, and mileage).

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

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