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

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2011 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 7 of 12)

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problem #115

Aug 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,202 miles


I was driving back from lunch and as I accelerated up a slight interstate hill, I experienced no acceleration. I immediately went to neutral and tried to rev the engine, nothing. I coasted to the emergency lane where I safely stopped and placed the car in park. Once in park, it was vibrating, sputtering and slightly lunging so I turned the car off. I sat for a few minutes, then restarted my vehicle. I was concerned about merging into traffic, so I turned on my emergency flashers and rode with them on for the remainder of my 15 minute drive. I immediately called my dealer and scheduled an appointment for the next morning. On my way home, the same scenario occurred 2 more times. Thank heavens for emergency lanes!

- Vestavia, AL, USA

problem #114

Aug 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50 miles
I was driving along at about 50mph and I completely lost power to my 2011 Escape. The accelerator did not function and would not rev the engine. I tried putting it in neutral and restarting with no success. The engine was still running but I had no power. I pulled off the road and turned off the engine. A couple of minutes later I tried to restart it so I could wait in a better location and the car started. I was able to drive to my destination but in going home the car stalled again. Again I had to turn off the engine in order to restart. I took it into the dealership the next morning and they had to replace the throttle at a cost of $505.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #113

Aug 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
While attempting to merge onto the highway I lost engine power in my car. I was unable to accelerate or move and when I put the car into park it began to shake. I had to turn it off and try to get it to start several times before it would start again...

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #112

Jul 152011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 34,375 miles


I was driving on a mayor highway a 65/70 mph when the vehicle lost power, was not able to accelerate, coasted to the side, an orange wrench sign and check engine sign appear on the dash, after turning vehicle on and off several times it went back to normal, this happened several times over the last year and a half, the first time dealer claimed there was nothing wrong with the vehicle and charged me $ $74.95 for a" throttle body service" ( thank you hemborg Ford - norco, California ) took vehicle back to dealer a year later 7-23 2013 and was informed that the etb (electronic throttle body ) needed to be replaced ( same part that I paid $74.95 to have it "cleaned" before) now this vehicle misfire and jerks on take off from a dead stop. I call Ford, but was told that there is not an service call or recall for this particular vehicle.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #111

Aug 072013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 23,610 miles
Driving home on 4 lane highway at posted speed limit of 45 mph. Suddenly engine seemed to loose power and began to slow down. Pushing down on accelerator had no effect. Finally engine died. Restarted engine but car only jerked and jolted as it tried to go forward. Engine died and restarted a couple more times, then didn't want to restart at all. Warning light on instrument panel showed an orange wrench. A city patrolman came soon and called for a tow truck as it was dark and we were on a narrow shoulder of the road. He said we were in a dangerous place. After repairs at Ford dealer, we were told it was a failed throttle body. This is the second Ford Escape in our immediate family to incur this throttle body problem/failure in just a few short months. The other one stopped in the middle of a busy intersection.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #110

Aug 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I was traveling down the road at a constant speed of 55mph. When my Ford Escape suddenly went dead. Luckily I was able to coast to the side if the road in heavy traffic, and call for help. I had my vehicle towed to a Ford dealership where they told us it was the throttle body that had went out and wasn't covered under the warranty. I think that after review the throttle body should be recalled in this make and model due to faulty parts.

- Killen, AL, USA

problem #109

Jul 012013


  • 41,800 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving at various low speeds, the accelerator pedal was depressed and there was no response. The vehicle was turned off and restarted. The vehicle resumed normally; however, the failure recurred eight times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the throttle body and motor assembly were replaced. The part was on national back order. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 41,800.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #108

Aug 072013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,900 miles
Driving to work on the freeway in the express lane and trying to accelerate and got no response from the engine. Had to coast over to the side during morning rush hour. Shut car off. Tried to restart and it worked. Took off again and it happened again about three miles down the road. It just cuts off with no warning. Happened about 4 more times before I could get it in the shop. It was the throttle body.$291.91 for the parts and $296.0 for labor.

- Aurora, OH, USA

problem #107

Aug 112013


  • 43,744 miles
Car died while crossing four lane highway- no throttle response, almost got hit B Y semi suppose to have 60000 mile warranty on drive train Ford garage said no to warranty claim. Throttle body had to be replaced at my expense.

- Tipton, IN, USA

problem #106

Aug 122013


  • 36,800 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power as the wrench warning icon illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 36,800.

- Wild Wood , IL, USA

problem #105

Jul 072013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 64,250 miles


Was driving the car, and it lost power, and there was no throttle response. After shutting ignition off, drove the car a little farther, and the same thing occurred, and check engine light came on. Garage diagnosed it as the throttle body control.

- Bretz, WV, USA

problem #104

Aug 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and went into limp mode. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the throttle body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 41,000. Updated 10/17/13 updated 10/25/2013

- Chapin, SC, USA

problem #103

Jul 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
At a stop light. Step on gas pedal when light turns green, nothing happens. Able to get car to side of rode. Wrench light on. Turn car off and on. Wrench light gone and car drives fine. Took car to my mechanic that same day and nothing "registered" on the car's computer so no problem identified, although I was told it "might" be the "throttle body, " as he'd just replaced one on another Ford. As a "safety precaution" I was told that I could put the car in neutral and turn it on/off to get it going if it should happen on the highway. Called the Ford service people and told them exactly what happened - they also told me that they can not fix anything if nothing registered on the car's computer., I would have to wait until it happened again. Two-three weeks go by - car driving ok (when going to work I make sure to drive in right lane "just in case" and I no longer can drive on highway with my child in car). Then, it happens: While driving at approximately 40 mph the car loses power again. I get off the road. Engine light and wrench light are on. Car towed to dealer. There is an issue with the throttle body. I am driving a rental.

- Long Beach, NY, USA

problem #102

Aug 042013


  • 57,500 miles
I was driving on a residential street when my car shuddered, and I no longer had any gas when I pushed the pedal down. The car was still on, so I was able to guide the car to the side of the street, turn the car off and then restart the car. The next day, the same thing happened several times--always a shudder and then no gas--before I was finally able to drive the car to my Ford dealership to see what was wrong. They told me the throttle body was bad. They looked for a replacement, but they said the part was on a nationwide backorder. They said I could get the part cleaned (at my expense), but they wouldn't guarantee it. Since I frequently have my grandchildren in my car, and since I am frequently on the interstate at much, much higher speeds, I think I'll wait for the new part--which I have been told has been redesigned. Of course insurance and extended warranties won't pay for a rental car while waiting for a part, so I'm at home--writing you! the real reason that I'm writing, of course, is that this is such a safety issue. For my car to stop in the middle of the road was a little scary. Since there is a backorder on the part nationwide, I assume I'm not the first, or even the second, person to have this problem with their Ford car. Btw, I called NHTSA, and my reference number is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #101

Aug 022013


  • 45,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate when all of a sudden lost power and accelerator became inoperative and small wrench light came on indicating a problem.. pull over to side of highway and turned off motor. Waited several minutes and started vehicle back up and was fine again. Drove vehicle several days later in city traffic and same thing occurred. Took vehicle to Ford dealer and they said it needed an electronic throttle body. This is definitely a safety issue and needs an immediate recall.

- Conover, NC, USA

problem #100

Aug 052013


  • 40,000 miles
When trying to accelerate into traffic, the engine dropped to idle and the gas pedal had no affect. Temporary solution was to pull over, turn engine off, restart (which required excessive cranking) which seemed to resolve the issue. Throttle works again. This issue has now happened 3 additional times and we have parked the car as it is unsafe and unreliable. Ford dealer has no clue about the issue and can't schedule getting it into the shop for at least 2 weeks.

- Buena Vista, CO, USA

problem #99

Aug 012013


  • 44,800 miles
I was driving my 2011 Ford Escape late at night, when I completely lost power on my vehicle. I was able to safely pull off to the side of the road. As I brought the car to a stop (braking), the car jerked forward before stopping. I shut off the car, and sat for a few moments, wondering what to do. The dash showed a wrench symbol, so I checked the manual to see what it meant. It said something about a fault and the powertrain. I checked to see if the car would restart and it did. I continued to drive, and approximately 10-15 minutes later it did it again. This time at a speed of over 60mph. I made it to my destination and called my husband. He checked the internet to see if anyone else had this problem and was shocked to see all the complaints about this. Thankfully, he read that if I stayed under 60 mph and didn't drive too long it shouldn't happen again. I took the back way home and although it was much longer I made it without a further problem. Why is this problem part(throttle valve) not recalled. And most importantly, and for safety reasons why aren't the owners of these 2011 Escape's made immediately aware of this hazard. This was the closest I came to a fatal accident and not necessarily my own.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #98

Aug 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
I was making a right hand turn. Then as I came out of the turn the car stalled I could not go. I pressed on the gas but nothing happened. I turned the car off and restarted it. It worked fine until I went around another right turn, and it did the same thing that's when I took it to the Ford dealership.

- Excelsior Springs, MO, USA

problem #97

Jul 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,329 miles
I was driving in the far left hand lane on a highway at about 65 mph when all of a sudden my vehicle lost power and would not accelerate when I pushed the accelerator pedal. I immediately put on my flashers and began moving over one lane at a time until finally reaching the shoulder of the road. While doing so, when the vehicle speed was down to about 20 mph, it started shaking (like a jerking back and forth motion). After letting the car rest for about 10 minutes I tried to start it up. The vehicle started, but the check engine indicator light was illuminated. I followed the directions in the vehicles manual and drove slowly to my mechanic, not accelerating or decelerating abruptly. The initial diagnostic test indicated that the mass air flow sensor needed to be cleaned and this was performed. The vehicle seemed to be running normally for about one week, both on highway and local city roads. One week later, driving about 20 mph on a local street, the same thing happened. I brought the vehicle back to my mechanic who after doing the diagnostics told me that the throttle body needed to be replaced. Apparently the mechanic followed the bulletins which were issued by the vehicle manufacturer, which by virtue of issuing these bulletins knew of the potential problem. I believe that this issue is a major safety concern. I was lucky, I was able to move my vehicle to the shoulder of the highway because at the time there was not much traffic. Definitely, if I was driving at 65mph, and there was a car behind me traveling at the same speed, there would be know way for them to stop, when my car decelerated so rapidly.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #96

Jul 282013


  • 33,275 miles
The car is running then the accelerator stops working.

- Clermont, FL, USA

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