really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,264 miles

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2009 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

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2009 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 8 of 13)

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problem #113

Jun 132013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 903,101 miles


After use and park, the Escape 2009 4 cyl. Do not start. Several times in between weeks with this trouble. Several hours later, start as nothing occur. In an electronic diagnostic, sent a code: 1260 and 1681. Starter is good and electronic ignition was recently changed thinking will stop the incidents but without resolving the issue. When the vehicle do the trouble, the antitheft icon keep blinking in the key on position. I changed the main key for the copy and keep doing the trouble.

- Toa Baja, PR, USA

problem #112

Jul 252013


  • 70,167 miles
Driving vehicle approx. 50 mph on a clear day, approx 105 degrees in las vegas nv, the RPM's suddenly went "limp" around 900 even though the gas peddle was fully depressed. Appearance of a wrench light and check engine light noted. Hazard lights were engaged and the vehicle was successfully pulled to the side of the road, turned off, and restarted. Ran fine like nothing happened for about a mile and a half. Same issue. Repeat troubleshooting. Incident continued to happen for 4 more days consistently. Taken into Ford dealership for diagnostic and repair. Mechanic contacted me after diagnostic and informed that the code for the throttle body was in error. Replaced the faulty part( I kept it at my request due to the possible investigation into the matter) and the vehicle now runs fine. Thank goodness the issue did not occur in a busy intersection where an accident could have potentially endangered anyone.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #111

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Vehicle moving at constant 45 mph when engine stumble felt, electronic throttle control/powertrain light illuminated and lost all ability to control vehicle speed with accelerator pedal. Engine was still running and vehicle was able to be safely pulled off the main road. After turning vehicle off and then back on, the light went out and all systems were again ok. Problem was traced to the electronic throttle control (throttle body) and fix requires replacement of the part.

- N. Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #110

Jul 132013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 46,300 miles


The engine sputters and stalls while driving. It has done this 10 or more times in the last two weeks. The yellow wrench symbol is displayed on the instrument panel. After getting to the side of the road and switching the car off and back on, the car will run fine for a few miles - sometimes for a day or two. After talking with a couple Ford dealers, I was told that this is a common problem with the throttle body and there was no throttle body's available to fix the problem. There was a two to three month backorder for the part. If I keep driving the car it will be a matter of time before the car will cause an accident. If this is a known problem Ford should be responsible for the repair.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #109

Jul 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 77,545 miles
I was driving along when the car feels as though it's about to stall. I immediately slow down to pull over, turn the car off, let it sit for a moment then start it back up. The problem has continued to happen until I took it into a garage to find out I need a new throttle body.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #108

Mar 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Driving at around 70mph and I noticed a light that looks like a wrench. The car began to lose acceleration. I had to pull over, stop the car and turn it back on and it began working again. The problem reappears after about 4-5 min of driving. This problem comes and goes. It will work fine for a few weeks and then it will start up again and disappear after a few weeks.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #107

Jul 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 93,747 miles


Driving into round abouts in sheboygan Wisconsin. Vehicle lost power wrench light came on along with check engine light. Almost was side swiped by another car. Was able to restart car only to have it happen again 5 miles down the road. Was able to restart car again where it is parked in my garage.

- Kiel, WI, USA

problem #106

Jul 252013


  • miles
Driving about 55-60 mph down the highway my gas pedal stopped responding and my truck rapidly slowed down. I was able to maneuver to the shoulder & restart. This happened 4 times in the 7 miles to pick up my daughter (toddler son was with me). I had to go to the nearest service shop and almost $500 later its being fixed.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #105

Jul 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 88,984 miles
My wife was driving with the cruise control on. Then the cruise shut off, and the accelerator pedal was unresponsive. She pulled to the side of a busy highway, and waited for a tow. The repair shop diagnosed the problem to the throttle body, which was replaced for $183.95 plus labor.

- Geneseo, IL, USA

problem #104

May 152013


  • 77,132 miles
While driving at approximately 60 mph, the engine suddenly shut off and the wrench sign lit up. I had to coast through 3 lanes of traffic in order to pull over to the side of the road. I turned off the engine and it started up again, however the engine kept shutting off every few miles. Thankfully, I was able to get it home. I took it to an auto parts store to diagnose the problem, and found out I'm having a problem with the throttle body sensor. While looking up the part on the internet, I noticed that a lot of people are complaining about Ford (especially Escapes) having this issue. Why isn't there a recall? of course my warranty has run out and I will have to come out of pocket with the repairs. This is a very dangerous situation. I now have to take the bus back and forth from work because I cannot afford to repair it at this time. My daughter is in college and I refuse to let here use the car while it is this condition. She has to find a ride every day to summer school and her job. Please please please have a recall! it is not fair to hardworking people, especially since Ford knows this is a problem. I will never buy a Ford again.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #103

Jun 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 92,653 miles


I was just pulling away from a drive thru window when the "wrench" light came on, and the truck stopped moving forward as if it had been shifted into neutral, which it hadn't been. I turned off the vehicle and waited a few moments and restarted it and it was running fine, with no further lights being illuminated on the dash. This same problem happened again approx 3 weeks later, although this time I was going approx. 20 mph, having just accelerated from a stop sign. The wrench light came on, but this time the engine light also came on, and then the truck lost power. I turned the engine off, waited a few moments and restarted it. This time, however, the engine light did not go off, so I took it to an auto parts store to read the computer. They found diagnostic code P2111, throttle body stuck open. After a few hours of sitting in my parking lot at work, when I started the vehicle there were no lights illuminated on the dash, and per the dealer's service department, the computer had reset itself.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #102

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Driving on highway at about 65 mph. Driving for about 30 min. When vehicle started to stutter and slow down. Pushing the accelerator and no response -RPM and speed dropping quickly. Almost run over by other vehicles on highway. Wrench light came on the dash panel. Car was pulled over to side of road and barely going at 900 RPM and ~ 2 mph. Needed to ha E car towed. This is a very dangerous issue that needs to be fixed immediately!

- Hockessin, DE, USA

problem #101

Jun 282012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
I was driving down highway in morning traffic with cruise control set at 55-60mph when all acceleration cut off and I had to immediately pull over and put my 2009 Ford Escape into park, at which point the engine was shuddering violently and my wrench light (powertrain) appeared in the dash. Shut off engine, waited 1-2 mins and restart engine. Ran normally, pulled onto highway again and set cruise when the same happened a 2nd time. Happened 3-5 more times (with & without cruise) over the next day until I could get my car to the Ford dealer for service. Ford dealer advised it was throttle body in addition to other sensors. (the throttle body was not covered under powertrain warranty and cost me $300 in parts & labor!!) the error codes were: P0012, P0341, P0346, P2111, & P2112.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #100

Jul 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
This is the 3rd time this problem happened. I'm driving normally, at a constant speed, and all of a sudden, wrench light comes on, rpms do weird things, gas pedal doesn't do anything, putting it in neutral in a drift downspeed does nothing, park does nothing. Putting it in park and shutting the engine, and starting again makes the light go away and run fine again. This is a huge safety concern as I travel with young children and this will happen with no warning at all. Very disappointed Ford will not recall and fix this very common problem.

- Louisville, LA, USA

problem #99

Jun 292013


  • 104,000 miles
We were driving around a corner and all of a sudden the wrench light came on and the gas pedal would no longer work. No other lights came on, just the wrench light. I was able to pull off the road, fortunately, as the steering still worked. I turned the car off, restarted, and it ran fine the rest of the way home. Since that occurrence, I have had the engine die multiple times. This generally happens when I have pulled up to a red light signal. The car dies, and it is always right before the light turns green! you have to quickly put it in park, restart the engine, and then it runs fine. When it dies, the throttle will not function at all as it goes right to the floor. Since the first occurrence, it died while my wife was driving the vehicle also. Same scenario as mentioned above and also when stopped, the car throttle kind of surges, almost as if the car is going to die. When you apply gas, it jumps forward. I took it into the Ford dealer and after multiple visits they have determined that the throttle body needs to be replaced. I have a code reader and the code was P2111 and P2112 (error throttle actuator stuck). They first charged me for "cleaning" the throttle body assembly. Said I must have blown dust in it! also told me my 6-speed transmission has shift issues on hard acceleration....probably caused by them. Talked to parts dept and throttle body quote $200.83, when service advisor asked if I wanted them to replace it he quoted $240.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #98

Jun 262013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
I was driving the 2009 Ford Escape at approximately 35 mph, when the vehicle started to flutter. I watched the rpms go up and down. I press the gas pedal to keep it from dying or turning off, but nothing happened. It kept fluttering and slowing down then it turned off. While this was happening the orange wrench shaped warning light came on. The car turned back on but continues to do this. I cant drive it 2 miles with out it happening. I took it to the dealer. They said it was a part called the throttle body. They said its on national back order. And I wont have my vehicle for about a month. Wow. Not.good. Research done shows thousands of the vehicles had the same problem from 2009 to 2012 models.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #97

Jul 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,500 miles
Approximately 7:45 am on Monday, July 8th, 2013, I was driving my 2009 Ford Escape to work. I stopped at a traffic light at the corner of East 30th street and North shadeland avenue. Once the light turned green I attempted to make a left turn from East 30th street to turn left (southbound) on North shadeland avenue when the vehicle (2009 Ford Escape) stalled and the car turned off. I tried to start the car back up...the vehicle started but when I hit the gas pedal to accelerate to get out of the middle of the intersection, the gas pedal did not engage and the car would not accelerate so I had to coast to the nearest shoulder for safety. I called a Ford's roadside assistance. I had the vehicle towed to the nearest Ford dealer. The Ford dealer told me the repairs required to fix the problem was: 1) throttle body, 2) reprogramming the vehicle's computer system after the throttle body is repaired, 3) fuel injectors as well as 4) air filter...the dealer's total cost for the repairs was quoted to me as $620!!! with all the complaints of the Ford Escape having with the throttle body, which is a major safety issue. Please help me recoup the major cost of the throttle body repairs as I feel Ford Motor Company should repair at no cost because there should be a safety recall issued by Ford.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #96

Jul 052013


  • 39,000 miles
Started to drive car and engine quit, wrench light came on dashboard. Had to be towed to dealership. Throttle body needs to be replaced when it was replaced almost exactly one year ago.

- West Newton, MA, USA

problem #95

Jul 022012


  • 29,000 miles
Driving at 65 mph on highway when car suddenly lost power steering and power brakes. Car then rapidly decelerated and I was able to exit the highway where the car completely died. Throttle body needed to be replaced.

- West Newton, MA, USA

problem #94

Jun 252013


  • 88,300 miles
A week after I bought a 2009 Ford Escape from a used dealership, I began having problems with the SUV. First the battery died, leaving me, my boyfriend and his 3 year old nephew stranded in Malibu until 10pm. The next day, we replaced the battery at an auto zone. As we started to drive home, my car surges and stalls. I turn the car off and on again and continue to drive but in about 20 feet, the car surges to a stop again and the "wrench light" turned on indicating a throttle control/powertrain problem. I have my car towed to the nearest body shop and the next day they tell me they cant fix my car and that I needed to get it towed to a Ford dealer. I contact the privately owned dealership where I bought my car (which is 40 mins away from my home) and they tell me they will get someone to tow my vehicle to them. A couple days later they tell me its a throttle body issue and that I needed to get it replaced. After they gave me a quote on how much repairs would cost, I told them I couldn't afford it so they tried cleaning the throttle body. After they cleaned it, they said my car was operable again but I would need to replace the throttle body as soon as I could. Since then I have driven my car almost 300 miles with no problems but I am still weary that my car will stall on me again so I will definitely have the part replaced once I have the money to do so. For a week while my car was in the shop(s) I did a lot of researching on my make and model SUV and I have read many complaints of people with a similar issue. What I don't understand is why the government hasn't issued a recall yet. Anyway, I'm just thankful I wasn't on the freeway or a busy street when my Escape decided to crap out on me. I could have been in a way worse of a situation.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

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