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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,216 miles

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2011 Ford Escape engine problems

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2011 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 4 of 12)

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problem #175

Aug 302012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,648 miles


While I was driving the engine stalled down so pulled off the road engine was still running but running rough and no throttle response I shut the engine off then started it back up and everything was fine so drove off. Later that same day it did it again. Next day brought to Ford dealership and they had it for a week trying to get it to do the same thing for them but never did so I picked it back up and was a couple miles away and it stalled on me again brought it back to the dealership they kept it over night again and next day told me it stalled on them and said I need a new throttle body but was on back order. So here I am almost three months later and still no part and today Nov. 11 2013 I had the engine stall on me 8 times.

- Somerset, WI, USA

problem #174

Nov 092013


  • 53,000 miles
While driving along highway, my gas pedal suddenly became completely unresponsive. Was luckily able to coast off to shoulder of the highway and SUV began to idle extremely roughly. Restarted vehicle and was able to drive home without additional problems. Researched issue today and found numerous examples of this problem. Issue should be recalled!!

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #173

Sep 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
I could've [xxx] died. I was on a busy highway when my car died like the battery was died but the battery was fine and I had gas. I took my Ford Escape into the dealership to see what the problem was. My SUV needed something to do with the throttle. Im not very happy that I will need to pay 600 dollar to fix something that others with a Ford Escape are having the same problem. Ford needs to recall the Ford Escapes asap or give people a refund or discount or your company will lose alot of customers because Ford wont take responsibility for this. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #172

Oct 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,354 miles


The vehicle experienced a fuel surge causing a reaction that was not intended by the driver. The car joltedas if one mashed the accelerator then released repeatedly. Once the vehicle came to a stop the car spit and sputtered like bad engine timing. We turned the vehicle off where it sat overnight. It was hard to start this morning and experienced the same problem twice this morning while taking the kids to school. I stopped by an advanced auto parts store where the attendant pulled the service code P2112 throttle actuator stuck closed.

- Robertsdale, AL, USA

problem #171

Oct 012013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, there was a sudden loss of engine power as the wrench warning icon illuminated. The contact merged to the shoulder where the vehicle was restarted and resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 60,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #170

Oct 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 27,550 miles
Complete loss of power, no throttle response, loss of speed on highway. Dash shows wrench, check engine light. Was able to pull off road, turned off engine. Restarted car. Same situation within another 3 miles of restart. Auto zone verified code P2111. This failure put the family into a very dangerous situation at highway speeds.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #169

Oct 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,100 miles


Wrench light came on, all throttle response stopped. I was left at a traffic light with a car that would barely move. Took the car to the dealer - they tried to charge me to replace the electronic throttle body. The car was only out of warranty by 1000 miles. Ended up compromising on paying $100. Ford needs to fix this. They know it's an issue.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #168

Feb 262013


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate from a stop, the vehicle would not respond to acceleration attempts. The wrench warning symbol was illuminated and the engine was turned off by the contact. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normally until the failure recurred four additional times. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #167

Oct 172013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 24,855 miles
While driving on the highway, the car suddenly shuttered and stalled. Check engine light went on and the driver had to guide car to shoulder while avoiding oncoming traffic. No one was injured but the driver was scared and this was a very dangerous situation. The car was towed to our service station and they found that the electronic throttle control was potentially defective or impaired.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #166

Oct 042013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, there was a complete loss of acceleration power. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The engine was turned and after restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure recurred ten times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician informed the contact that the failure was contributed to the throttle body. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- New Providence, PA, USA

problem #165

Oct 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 44,623 miles


On 10/16/13, while driving on the freeway at 60mph and attempting to accelerate vehicle lost power in the center lane forcing me to have to make a dangerous move without power to try and bring the vehicle to rest in the emergency breakdown lane on the right. The vehicle "check engine light" came on along with some other type of wrench light. Was able to start the vehicle up right away but this time the check engine light stayed on. Code P2112 - electronic throttle body was replaced by Ford on 10/17/13 for $320.76 vehicle also lost power on 10/10/13 while at a low speed and trying to accelerate to enter the freeway. The wrench light came on but not the check engine light. Was able to restart the vehicle and the wrench light went away.

- Avon Lake , OH, USA

problem #164

Sep 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle just lost power and appeared to stall right in the middle of traffic. I pressed on the accelerator and nothing happened.... no power. I was able to coast over to the curb out of traffic. I turned the engine off and waited a few minutes and then turned it back on. I was able to make it home. The next morning I started the vehicle up again and started to drive it again and while it traffic it did the same thing again, I again lost power and coast over to the curb this time, I called aaa and was towed to a mechanic. I was told it was the throttle body.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #163

Oct 132013


  • 83,000 miles
Had just stopped at an exit and was pulling back out on the interstate when suddenly my car quit accelerating. Thankfully, I wasn't going full speed yet and could pull over on the side of the interstate out of traffic. Had I been going full speed, this could have been really bad, even fatal. My wrench and engine lights came on. After some time of sitting, the car drove fine and I was able to get to a repair shop that performed a diagnostic test and the error came up "throttle body stuck closed". after researching, I've found this seems to be a common problem and is very dangerous. I've also had times where after stopping and then pressing the gas to go, the car would accelerate forward suddenly. Because of this defective part, my son and I were stranded for several hours and were traveling home so we were about 4 hours from home. We had to depend on strangers to help us. Ford needs to take responsibility for this and fix this. We do not have several hundred dollars to fix this.

- Alcoa, TN, USA

problem #162

May 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,263 miles
My Ford Escape was stopping multiple times. It would stay running in very slow movement until I could pull over out of traffic and then it would shut down. Then wrench light would be lit. I had this happen while driving side roads and the interstate. This was very unsafe. I first took it to a dealer near my home and they could not find anything wrong. When this happened one morning on the interstate, I called the dealer I bought the vehicle from and took it in. They called me later that day and stated that the issue was the throttle body control, they stated that since my vehicle was no longer under warranty that I would have to pay for the replacement and that they had to order the part. It seems that these were an issue and the could not receive from manufacture right away due to a release issue. They finally were able to obtain one and I had to pay $371.79 for this to be fixed. Even though I was no longer under warranty I feel that I should not have had to pay this, from doing research it seems to be a manufactures issue.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #161

Aug 302013


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle decelerated independently and the accelerator pedal failed to engage. The contact mentioned that the wrench warning icon was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 43,000 and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Ofallon, IL, USA

problem #160

Jun 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,456 miles
Driving the car would result in the car to stall. This is an automatic vehicle. I would have to put into neutral to restart car. Then the RPM would jump then stall again. I took in the vehicle to be repaired and found code that the throttle body was stuck closed so the car would be able to drive without the throttle body being replaced. After fixed the problem went away. The problem is $500 later after the repair and the car had not even broke the 50K yet. Very bad problem and seems a if I am no the only one. After looking it up to see if I could get the parts myself I saw that this is happening to a lot of different Ford vehicles at the same time in the same range of years. This is a huge problem and just glad the kids weren't in the cars as I was driving on the interstate.

- Harahan, LA, USA

problem #159

Oct 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,993 miles
I was on the freeway on my 2011 Ford Escape the 4th lane when the car made a sudden noise of loss of power and my dashboard lights when dimmer...the power of my car was diminishing and it felt as if the car engine was going to die on me...scary...I felt my heart drop to my stomach...looked left and had cars coming on the contiguous lane so I could not move to the emergency lane/shoulder, looked right and fortunately no cars were coming immediately (my steering was still ok ) other cars were far away so I moved to my right 3 lanes and even though the car felt that it was going to stop I continued with the momentum it had. I was able to get off the freeway since there was an exit as I moved the 3 lanes. Very scary experience. The car sort of stalled at the corner but I was in a safe spot. I called the dealership immediately to ask for the roadside assistance number and the service department person asked me if I turned the car off would it start again? the car did start again as if nothing had happened. Really crazy! when the dealership checked it they diagnosed faulty throttle body, they fixed it apparently but now I am driving on the slow lane all the time unless I am passing because I have fears it might happen again. I lived a very scary situation.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #158

Oct 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
I was driving down the hwy and my truck just abruptly slowed to 10 or less mile per hour. I had to cost over two lanes of traffic to the shoulder. This was very dangerous as the cars around me had no idea that I was having car troubles and just whizzed by at hwy speeds. Once I made it to the shoulder I was able to turn the truck off and restart it and get it to the dealership without a tow. Once at the dealership, they said there was no codes on the computer so there was nothing they could do until they had a code. This has happened four times and I still have not been able to get it fixed.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #157

Sep 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
Was driving for about an hour, then came to a stop light. When the light turned green and I pressed the accelerator, the engine died (but the car's electronics stayed on) and the check engine light came on, no movement from the car. I turned it off and back on. The engine struggled to start. I then proceeded to drive another half mile at about 55mph, and the engine stalled again while at driving speed. I managed to pull over, turned it off, waited 5 minutes, then was able to drive 3 miles home. A month and half later, my wife was driving at roughly 30mph and the engine did the same thing(stalled). Turned it off, struggled to start, but managed to drive 5 miles home. I took it to Ford in between the first and second incident, they said there was nothing wrong, but cleaned the throttle body. I have since learned of investigation # PE13-003 which appears to be the exact problem I am having. Ford has not helped me in the matter, but I believe this issue needs to be addressed.

- Drumfries, VA, USA

problem #156

Jul 262013


  • 49,703 miles
The fuel throttle body failed & the engine died. Pulled off the road & restarted the engine, was able to limp home, (10 miles).

- Gorham, IL, USA

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