really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,312 miles

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 202016


  • 120,000 miles


Anti lock brake module failing especially in cold weather. Brake pedal becomes mushy and brake pedal travel much longer. Anti lock brakes working intermittently. Manufacturer saying not covered by warranty because of high mileage. Very expensive repair. Repair shop saying they have see other Ford SUV with this same problem.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #12

Dec 052016


  • miles
1. difficulty applying the brakes and when their applied the whole back of auto shakes terribly 2. the back door on driver side does not lock and the back hatch door does not open and stays locked.

- Stateline, NV, USA

problem #11

Jul 242015


  • 101,883 miles
I was stopped at a traffic light, with the brake engaged, and my car lunged forward into the car ahead of me, damaging it's liftgate (minivan) and bumper. I initially thought someone must have rear-ended my car, pushing me into the other car, but I was not hit from behind. My foot was on the brake the entire time. I am concerned this might happen again, injuring someone possibly in a crosswalk, or lunging me into cross traffic.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 312015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


The problem demonstrated as I left the shopping center and made the first turn onto the street. The engine was very rough and not consistent, the speed varied from 20 - 40 miles per hr without any pressure to the accelerator. As I came to a red traffic light I had almost no brake pressure and prepared to turn into a school parking lot. This occurred in the first half mile of country road; as I realized I had no braking power I turned into a park lot and called for a tow truck. Fortunately there was little traffic that evening. This produced unnecessary anxiety for me even though I was close to home. Our mechanic checked many things, finally deciding it was diagnostic codes PO306, PO316, PO109, po 300, and PO304. Ford tells me this is not under warranty. Once again I felt this problem placed me in a potentially life-threatening situation for me as the throttle body had done previously (before the recall). I have nearly 3 computer pages of problems with this vehicle, ranging from seat belt latches, rear seat latches, hatch latch and defroster, quarter panel paint defect and rust, fan speed and effectiveness. This latest incident and the throttle body issues are the most serious. Tonight Ford informed me there is no Ford complaint form online. I was adamant that a Ford engineer needs to call me so I can discuss all the issues with this vehicle. Trade in value on this vehicle has probably plummeted due to all the issues. This vehicle was paid off in 3 years and I am not in a position to buy a new vehicle but I hope it will not be the death of me. In the interest of public safety I hope these problems can be resolved. After all the issues with this Escape I wonder how many car "accidents" are really "accidents". thank you for reviewing this data.

- Bellefontaine, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 192015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Took my car to harrold Ford on howe avenue dealership and was told that the car has been worked on and picked up the car and didn't get far and the car stalled. Re-started the car and barely made it back home and called harrold Ford and told them what had happened and they told me to bring the car back and we had it towed to their facility again and received a call in the afternoon and was told that the car is ready to be picked up and we drive over there and the car stalled after a couple of blocks and had it towed to their facility again and the next day we received a call from harrold Ford and told us that there is nothing they can do for us and to pick up my car. " your car is a salvaged title" we took the car home via tow truck and we had a mechanic take a look at the throttle body and he said that it was never replaced! I feel that the couple of times that we drove that car put me and my grandchildren in a great danger and I thank god that we didn't get into an accident and the car only drove 2 blocks and I told harrold Ford that we brought my car for recall parts and now my car is not even drivable. Totally dead!

- California, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 132015


  • 73,165 miles
Turn into a parking space and hit the brake to stop, car surged forward and jumped the curb. Hit a bus shelter, side swiped a tree, then jump curb back to parking lot before Escape came to a full stop. First time sled on a small patch of ice car surged brakes never took hold slid and avoided and street light and a tree before coming to a full stop. Took car to shop for oil change had brakes checked said no problem. But sometimes this SUV has a power surge when appling brakes.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 092014


  • 95,000 miles


I was driving on a service road and was entering the freeway when the transmission started slipping. This caused my vehicle to start jerking. The vehicle behind me almost ran over me as I was loosing speed due to the transmission slipping. I managed to pull over and after a couple of minutes the transmission started working again and I was able to pick up speed and continue driving. This incident also caused my braking and steering to be erratic. This happened 3 times on Dec 9, 2014. This is unsafe as it nearly caused a major accident in heavy traffic going South on interstate 35 out of austin. By my estimation there would have been no fewer than 5 to 6 vehicles involved in an accident had I not managed to pull over.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 162010


  • 6,000 miles
My wife is the main driver of this vehicle and has told me that there have been several occurrences over the past several years including the most recent on December 18. 2013. There is a sudden unexpected engine acceleration similar to what the Toyota vehicles have had. At this point it only occurs when slowing down. She applies the brakes but finds it difficult to slow with the engine attempting to accelerate. This last time I was riding with her and she slammed the gear shift into park just before coming to a complete stop. I didn't think that was too good for the transmission but it did correct the difficulty at the time. Have any other people experienced this problem ?

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jul 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,490 miles
After sitting with my car running in a parked position for approximately one minute, I put the car in drive. I drove for an estimated 30 seconds. Then I stopped to check for oncoming traffic before pulling out into an intersection. When I pressed the gas to make a right turn onto that major road, the yellow/orange "wrench" sign immediately popped up. Simultaneously, my car began to rumble and shake. In addition, despite pressing the gas pedal, my car was not accelerating. I immediately pulled onto the shoulder of the road, which was difficult to do since my car was struggling to move. I turned the car off and restarted it. It was difficult to get the car to restart. It struggled and sounded like it was going to stall out, but after approximately ten seconds, it started up. Now, in addition to the "wrench" light, my Escape also had the check engine symbol lit up. Even though I was sitting on the side of the road with my car running in the parked position, my car was still rumbling and shaking. Interesting to note, I was actually on the way home from the Ford service department where I had just had my car serviced for a seemingly unrelated problem. The day before the throttle went, my back passenger tire became stuck in a locked position, and I was unable to drive. I had to pump my brakes, and put my emergency brake (which had not been engaged) on and off several times to unlock the back passenger tire. Ford determined this incident was due to water getting on the brake shoe which made it stick to the brake drum. They cleaned, readjusted and lubricated my rear brakes (drums, shoes, etc) and sent me on my way. My throttle went while I was on my way home from the service department at Ford where they had just fixed my brake issue. I had to be towed back to Ford since my car was not able to run.

- Cranford, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 272013


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that when the brake pedal was engaged, it seized to the floorboard. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the failure was located at the master cylinder. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 24,000 and the current mileage was 26,676.

- Peoria , IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Upon entering the flow of traffic on highway my 2010 Ford Escape began to accelerate on its own and increasing speed, realizing what was happening I engaged the brake to no avail, I was unable to stop my vehicle. I navigated to the shoulder and was gaining speed on the traffic ahead so I looked for an exit into a parking lot with no one walking in my way and turned into the lot literally on two wheels due to my increasing speed. I saw a wooded area with a snow bank and thought I would head that way rather than the alternative of other vehicles, building or people. As I got closer I then turned the engine off and stopped but not after standing on my brakes and smelling burning from them.

- Bergenfield, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 26,519 miles
I was leaving the dealership for an unrelated service and noticed that my car was having trouble going- it felt labored. Initially I thought it was cold or something but soon realized there was a serious problem. I turned around and drove back to the dealer (1-2 miles round trip). When I stopped the car it smoked. My service person says its a potential problem with the brake system and with the hcu. Basically my front brakes locked up while I was driving. No warning lights were on. My car is still in the shop because the parts needed to ultimately fix and diagnose are on backorder until mid Feb. Also, there are apparently a couple other Ford Escapes in the shop right now with the same problem. I believe the parts on are backorder because this is a systemic issue with the Escapes. This is a safety issue and I believe these cars should be recalled. You have my permission to contact my service person [xxx] at holmes tuttle Ford at 520-292-3785. My repair order # is[xxx]. feel free to contact me as well if you find it necessary. Thank you in advance for looking into this safety issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Sep 262012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Vehicle began throttling while driving on the freeway. Engine light came on. As I pulled over, vehicle slowed down jumping forward. Applied brakes and still kept jumping forward. Switched gear to park and car stalled. Turned on after a few tries. Continues to jump forward and shake. After a few minutes problem went away and vehicle drove normal. Three weeks later same occurrence. This week another occurrence of the problem. Contacted sunrise Ford dealer in North hollywood, ca and was told I need to pay $150 diagnostic fee.

- Van Nuys , CA, USA

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