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 1 of 13)

problem #253

Dec 072016


  • 91,000 miles


2009 Ford Escape leaking oil in garage and got worse. Leaking front drivers side. Axel seal leaking and was changed. But leak continued. Returned to garage and found out numerous complaints with manufacturing problem from 2008 till 2014. Had to order and replace another new seal, bushings, half shaft axel. Was told there was a possible fire if not fixed in time. This leaked while sitting in garage and got worse as driven.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #252

Nov 162016


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 70 mph on a highway, the vehicle drastically decelerated to below 40 mph. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle continued to lose power. The contact coasted off the road and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Claremont, CA, USA

problem #251

Nov 122016


  • miles
While driving our vechile the wrench lights comes on, then we fill a jerk turn the car off an on. Then it is okay for a little while then the same thing happens again, but the engine lights comes on as well. Not safe to drive. Unfair that it is only covered after so many miles. When you know you have a big problem in the beginning. We brought our car used with 51,000 milses. We tried to get it in the dearlship everytime the light came on. But nothing. What are we supposed to do now. The lights comes on while the car is moving.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #250

Jul 242016

Escape 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Please see this clip on youtube that explains our issue. Https://www.youtube.com/watch"V=ucusqj3-evk my vehicle, without warning will lose power and the wrench light appears. Same thing, mechanic has no clue. Why can't Ford figure this out. It's dangerous. My wife has stalled several times in traffic. What can be done" thank you!

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #249

Jul 022016


  • 2 miles
Wrench light keep coming on in motion

- Orange, TX, USA

problem #248

Jun 112016


  • 122,000 miles
Wrench light illuminated on instrument cluster and vehicle went into "limp mode", and could not maintain speed above 20 mph. This occurred while driving at freeway speeds and was very concerning. I drove home in the right hand lane, with hazards on, along back roads to avoid interstate speeds. Car actually dropped to less than 10 mph while driving up hill. Took it to my dealer who confirmed that the throttle body was bad. They said that Ford would not cover the costs, estimated at $400.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #247

Apr 142016


  • 108,000 miles


While driving vehicle normally, all of the sudden without warning the wrench indicator warning light turns on, and there's immediate loss of power. Motor begins to struggle, and there is no response when hitting the gas pedal. Struggles to even make it to getting to the side of the road to avoid traffic accident. After turning off vehicle, waiting a couple of minutes, then restarting vehicle, it will drive normally again, & the wrench light is no longer there. However, this scenario keeps occurring. It started happening about once a week, then a couple of times a week, & then to several times in a single day.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #246

Nov 212015

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact attempted to start the vehicle however, the vehicle failed to operate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power train control module would need to be replaced. The vehicle would be serviced within a week when the part became available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 02/19/16

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #245

Nov 232015


  • 70,000 miles
My 2009 Ford Escape has difficulty getting enough momentum to accelerate on the highway, this is a daily struggle. Yesterday I was trying to pass an 18-wheeler as it was drifting into my lane; as I eagerly pressed on the gas my car jumped and continued to coast at the same speed. Earlier this month, I had to decelerate from 40 mph to a fairly abrupt stop and my car was unable to. I just had my brake pads replaced so I knew that wasn't the problem, my car jolted a total of 7 times before coming to a complete stop. I almost crashed into the car in front of me. Every time I drive my car it sounds like its going to fall apart, the rattling coming from the suspension is constant. I get my Ford Escape checked up every month, because of all the problems I have. This car is a hazard to my safety, and I do not feel comfortable driving in this rolling plastic death trap. It's infuriating that the government claims a defective electronic throttle body to be not harmful enough to have a recall. I could have died from in both instances which I specified in this complaint, something needs to be done about this.

- Oxford, MS, USA

problem #244

Nov 182015


  • miles
My Ford Escape electronic power steering has been acting erratically. It seems to work fine sometimes, but then turns off at other times. This makes it extremely hard to turn the vehicle.

- The Dalles, OR, USA

problem #243

Oct 172015


  • 114,000 miles


Power steering has gone out have replace front inner bearing, transmission lines, keep up on all my maintained records since I bought the vehicle in Sept 2014' and have all other maintain economic records.

- Welch, WV, USA

problem #242

Jul 142014


  • miles
I have had my 2009 Ford Escape in the Ford dealer 5 times for NHTSA # 10055321. This week will be 3 times in the last 3 weeks. I don't know how this is not a recall. Ford themselves said it happens on like every Escape.

- Carleton, MI, USA

problem #241

Jul 012015


  • 131,000 miles
Vehicle stalled and went into "limp-home" mode after accelerating from a stopped condition.("limp-home" mode is a mode programmed by Ford engineers to only allow the vehicle to move forward under limited power, generally only 1-2 mph.) I later found out that this was due to a faulty electronic throttle body. The vehicle then stalled an additional two times about two weeks apart from the first incident. I was able to use my own obd II code scanner to detect the error code P2111. I found out that this component was determined to be faulty and Ford Motor Corporation issued an extended warranty coverage for this component. However, Ford will only replace this part if they are able to document the error code themselves on their code scanner. The problem lies in the design of this vehicle in that it won't store this particular code. When the vehicle stalls, the only course of action is to turn off the ignition and turn it back on in hopes of resetting the trhottle body. This works but it cancels the error code. The driver is forced to employ this technique to continue their travel or faced with the option of waiting for Ford to come and scan for the code themselves. If this happens after normal work hours, this of course is not an option. The fact that this error code erases itself in an attempt to get the vehicle moving again is a catch 22 situation and one that Ford should correct. I was forced to purchase my own replacement throttle body since Ford would not replace it.

- Centertown, MO, USA

problem #240

Jun 172015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,180 miles
Lost power while driving in the middle lane on rt. 17 South near ramsey NJ. Engine was still on but RPM`S was very erratic. Wrench warning light came on the check engine light came on. Issues with electronic throttle noted on web sites for Ford Escape models. Updated 10/01/15

- Nutley, NJ, USA

problem #239

Dec 102014


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the fuel cap warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the fuel cap malfunctioned and the transmission developed a leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Eastern, MD, USA

problem #238

Apr 302015


  • 106,200 miles
Driving to work this morning at 70 mph in the far left lane, car again suddenly loses power, slows way down, no response when pushing on gas pedal and the wrench light was on again. Turned on hazards and had to cross 4 lanes of heavy morning commuting traffic to get off the freeway. As I stopped the car, again it acted like it was going to stall out. Put the car in park and turned off the motor. Turned the car back on, which didn't fire up as usual, but it did restart. Put the car in drive and drove to work without incident. I am scared to drive this car anymore! people on the freeway were not willing to slow down to let me over, the kept flying around me. I called two dealerships and explained what was happening and both said they would have to charge me to diagnose the problem regardless of the reported throttle body issues. They told me if the problem didn't happen when they test drove my car or if the code didn't come up that there was nothing they could do for me. I would just have to hope it wouldn't happen again!?

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #237

Jan 112015

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
Driving about 50mph when the car just stop accelerating. Engine still running but no ability to move. A red wrench starts flashing when this happens.

- Williston, FL, USA

problem #236

Sep 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
My vehicle stalled and came to a complete stop from normal driving speeds. It continued to drive at about 5mph and then the little green wrench light came on the instrument panel. When turned off and re-started, the car ran fine for the trip home. This problem continues to occur; sometimes it won't happen for a week or so, sometimes it happens multiple times a day. I believe it to be an issue with the throttle body but the Ford dealership will not replace it under consumer satisfaction program 13N03 because the computer reads no error code. They, instead, suggest it might be an issue with the transmission... but these are not typical 'symptoms' for a transmission issue and several other owners have reported this exact problem when a faulty throttle body is present. I have contacted Ford customer service and hope to have this issue resolved asap as it will happen regardless of whether I am going 10, 40, or 70mph and is incredibly dangerous!

- Moore, SC, USA

problem #235

Aug 142014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Escape went into limp mode 4 times within the past few months- currently has a field service action number for this problem 13N03, but Ford has set such limits.... dealer must be able to duplicate the incident, but with this power loss - it happens when it happens. Ford does not want to cover repair until that time. So, I have an Escape the stalls... when and were it wants, currently car at the dealer.... never received letter from Ford....

- Kent, OH, USA

problem #234

Jan 092015


  • 56,000 miles
On the freeway pressed gas-car did not respond, stalling. Put it in neutral, slowed, back to drive, rough shaking, hard to control. Very scary! got off at the closest exit -car was not responding. 3 passengers. I bought this car 6 days prior-so very scary.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

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