really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,917 miles

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2010 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 11 of 24)

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problem #262

Jul 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,570 miles


This is the second incident on vehicle, which occurred on Aug.13,2013 while driving approx.35/40 M.P.H. everything was almost exactly like the first incident, except this time the check engine light stayed on until the next day when I returned it to my Ford dealer for repair. The Ford dealer replaced ( not for free ) the throttle body & motor asy. They said it was a loss of communication from the tps sensor inside throttle body. Anyhow the car is back on the road tonight, Aug 15, 2013 & seems fine. Hope it stays like this. Ps -- as an after thought the Ford dealer couldn't have been nicer.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #261

Aug 132013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
My vehicle started shaking and the wrench light came on I pulled over and turned it off, restarted it and was able to drive home the next day it happened again and I drove it into the dealer that I had just purchased the vehicle from 6 weeks earlier and they determined it was the throttle motor. The vehicle is still under warranty but they want me to pay for half of repair and I have discovered this is a common problem in this vehicle and I am afraid if they put in the same part I will continue to have this problem down the road.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #260

Nov 222012


  • 70,000 miles
While traveling at hwy speed accelerated to pass slow vehicle, vehicle was delayed going into passing gear and clunked into passing gear. Had to let off accelerator to upshift into 6th gear. We would like to know if there has been an opened campaign for this issue.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #259

Jul 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


While driving at highway speed, vehicle stalled, no power, we had to pull over onto the shoulder. The wrench icon was displayed. After turning off the vehicle, we were able to restart engine and travel home. The same thing happened two more times. Luckily, we were able to pull over with no collision, although on two occasions, traffic was heavy. After the third incident, we made an appointment at our Ford dealer service department. They diagnosed throttle body failure and replaced the throttle body at the cost of $500, not covered by warranty. Mileage on the odometer is 55,000. Why has there been no recall on this part" are you waiting for serious injury or death" this is an extremely hazardous incident waiting to happen. Ford Motor Company and the NHTSA are obligated to protect the public and issue a recall as soon as possible.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #258

Aug 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
I was driving from san diego to orange county on interstate 5, which is always a very busy highway around 50 mph when the car did a slight hesitation and then a quick surge and then lost power. It did not die but was only moving at 4 mph and the gas pedal did not have any power, no response at all. I was in lane 4 of a 5 lane highway and finally was able to get to the left and pull off in the center of the interstate. I turned off the ignition and set there for a few minutes trying to gain my composure. The car started right up and seemed to be okay. I took the car to the Ford dealer the next morning and they said it was a throttle body problem but would take 8 days to get the part and it is not covered by the warranty. The throttle body unit usually does not have to be replaced until 100,000 miles. I have 34,000 miles and maintain my car as recommended by the Ford Motor Company at my Ford dealership. I believe the unit must be defective and should be recalled before someone is seriously injured or killed. It was extremely scary not knowing if at any minute another vehicle would run into the back of my car going 4 mph on a busy interstate!

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #257

Jul 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 55,900 miles
On July 4, 2013 I was driving my 2010 Ford Escape on I-235 South in Oklahoma city at approximately 70 mph when the forward momentum of the vehicle dropped out and it began to decelerate. I attempted to continue forward momentum by applying pressure to the accelerator but with no response from the vehicle. I coasted the vehicle across lanes of traffic to the shoulder of the highway. Once stopped I placed the vehicle in park and the engine was sputtering and losing rpms. I identified the power train (wrench light) on control console was lite at which I observed the vehicle. I applied pressure to the accelerator to increase rpms at which no success was noted at that point I cut the power to the vehicle. I allowed the vehicle to sit for 5 minutes and then restarted the engine with some sputtering. At that point I applied pressure to the accelerator and immediately the rpms increased and the vehicle returned to operating normally. Similar action repeated on Aug. 13, 2013 X 4 times on the same highway: Once during morning traffic traveling at approximately 60 mph and then three times during evening rush hour traffic traveling 20-40 mph. Problem was identified as malfunctioning throttle body by Ford dealership mechanic. Failure acted during high traffic situations which could lead to a potential accident or injury to operator and surrounding motorists. Upon further research it has come to my attention that there are multiple failures of throttle bodies in 2010 Ford Escapes which had to be replaced at the owner's cost and Ford has not issued a recall for this defective component.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #256

Aug 102013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 34,700 miles


Vehicle lost power in thruway traffic. Engine continued to run, but not able to maintain speed. Yellow service engine light and red wrench light appeared on dashboard. Had to turn off vehicle and wait to start. Then power was fine for another 10 or so minutes, then the same thing happened again.very dangerous in heavy traffic.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #255

Aug 122013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 44,005 miles
Car stalled with a wrench on dashboard. Had to turn the car off and on again. Took longer to start.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #254

Aug 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 55,500 miles
While sitting at a stop light my vehicle seemed to lose power and the wrench light came on. I limped my car to a parking lot and once shut down and restarted it seemed fine. It worked fine for 3-4 days and it occurred twice on my way to work while traveling approximately 35 mph. Once again the wrench light came on and once shut down and started fine. The second time the check engine light also came on. I brought my vehicle to a mechanic I know and trust and said the code that came up was P2111 and I would need to bring it to the dealer for repair.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #253

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,571 miles
I was driving along I30 and gas pedal stopped working. I had to cross over 2 lanes of traffic to get out of the way. My car was idling roughly and gas pedal still did not make my car go. I turned car off. My car would start but when it got past 30 mph, the gas pedal stopped working again. I called my husband and he brought our truck and trailer, and we hauled it home.

- Canton, TX, USA

problem #252

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


Wrench light lit up on the dash, car decelerated and stopped in the roadway and traffic. Engine was still running, but no response from the gas pedal. Turned the car off for 10 minutes. Started again and drove it home. Could have been a dangerous situation on a more crowded roadway. Based on internet research, a recall on the throttle body should be issued.

- Huntsville, AS, USA

problem #251

May 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The engine and wrench warning icon illuminated as the vehicle proceeded to engage into limp mode. The failure recurred intermittently. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Highland, MI, USA

problem #250

Jul 022013


  • 47,565 miles
July 2, 2013, I just pulled out of my garage, came to a stop sign, made a complete stop, proceeded to go forward, had my foot on the accelerator, RPM gauge started going up and down, the wrench light came on, the vehicle started to slow down even though I had my foot on the accelerator, I pulled to the side of the road, the vehicle just stopped and then started to shake, I turned off the vehicle. I waited a few minutes then I started the vehicle again and everything was fine. I went to the Ford dealership because the vehicle is still under warranty, they first told me that the computer chip needed to be updated. August 2, 2013, I was driving for about 30 minutes going at 55 mph, the RPM gauge started going up and down, the wrench light came on and I could feel the vehicle lose power even though my foot was on the accelerator, the vehicle went from 55 mph to 20mph within a minute, I pulled over to the side of the road as the vehicle started to shake, turned off the vehicle and waited a few minutes, restarted the vehicle and everything was fine. Call the Ford dealership and dropped my vehicle off for inspection again, they called me and told me that it was the throttle body valve that sticks and that Ford is aware of the problem. The Ford dealership is unable to get the part because its on back order, I have to wait 2 to 3 months for this part. August 9, 2013, I was at a stop sign, I proceeded to go forward while pressing on the accelerator, the vehicle lost power, the wrench light came on and I again was unable to accelerate, I pulled to the side of the road, turned off the vehicle, waited a few minutes and it started again.

- Owatonna, MN, USA

problem #249

Aug 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
We were riding on interstate 40 traveling at about 75mph. My 18 year old son was driving. The vehicle suddenly lost power. We had to pull to the side of the interstate. Luckily there was not any traffic or transfer trucks directly behind us. Without warning, the vehicle lost power and the 'wrench light' came on. We immediately dropped down to about 40 mph. We sat beside of the interstate and called my husband to come to where we were. We did not attempt to crank the vehicle while waiting for him because we did not know what was wrong and feared causing further damage (I was not familiar with the throttle/powertrain light warning). When my husband got there, we cranked the vehicle and I drove us home without incident. I was afraid to allow my son to drive it because I feared the same thing would happen again. I hate to think what could have happened had there been another car or a transfer truck behind us. Due to the fact that we lost power without warning and so suddenly, I feel that if there had been a transfer truck directly behind us it would not have had time to stop or slow down and it would have hit us. Thankfully, we are scared, but fine this time. We are now afraid to drive my 2010 Ford Escape on any interstate or in any fast moving traffic.

- Dunn, NC, USA

problem #248

Aug 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 100,808 miles
While traveling at highway speed car lost all power. I was able to slow to a safe stop. Dealer tells me its the electronic body. I find out that another area dealer has replaced 96 of these this year alone. This sounds like a problem Ford needs to take care of. The kicker is that its not covered by my warranty.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #247

Aug 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,155 miles
Left work, and as started up a road, the car stalled and wrench light came on. Luckily no one was behind me as I would have been rear-ended I pulled over, restarted car, looked up light, proceeded. It stalled two more times before I got home (driving in the right hand lane so could get out of moving traffic quickly, the third time the engine light came on. Getting it to the dealer the car stalled again. I reported the problem to the dealer, who confirmed it was the throttle that needed replacing.

- Ansonia, CT, USA

problem #246

Aug 032013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 51,125 miles
Vehicle was traveling on highway when the vehicle shook and started to stall and shut off at 55 mph. The vehicle slowed down and the engine light and wrench light illuminated. Vehicle was shuttering and slowing down with the engine cutting out. I immediately attempted to get off the road in order to not have a rear end accident with any speeding vehicles traveling behind the car. Once car was shut off, vehicle had a clicking noise when turning the car over to start, then restarted to a normal condition. At 45 mph on a city street, 3 days later the same stall and engine cut out occurred.

- Fort Rucker, AL, USA

problem #245

Jul 252013


  • 56,200 miles
While driving on New Jersey turnpike, car lurched and no longer had any gas acceleration capability, while in four lanes of heavy traffic. Carefully maneuvered into right breakdown lane and brought car to a stop. When stopped, vehicle lurched and sputtered until key was turned off. Once turned back on, car started normally. The issue occurred 4 more times during the trip. This was an extreme safety issue and highly stressful to our family.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #244

Aug 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 54,367 miles
After the April 30, 2013 (54,367miles) incident, the vehicle was repaired by the Ford dealer and on Aug 4th (58,700+/- miles), the same symptoms appeared while driving on open freeway 65 mph with rolling hills. The vehicle experienced a power drop and surge with automatic transmission gear shifting. A warning light--mechanic wrench turned on and then there was a different engine/transmission sound and it would not shift out of gear by itself so we put it into neutral and rolled to a stop. The car was towed approx 70miles to the same Ford dealer near our home. We are waiting for the service dept to return our calls and provide the detail technical information of fault codes etc and how they plan to repair it again. Same condition, appears to be an engineering design or manufacturing defect of specific components, (throttle body, transmission).

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #243

Aug 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Driving down the highway, my car suddenly lost the ability to accelerate and I could no longer continue down the road. I pulled over and my car was running extremely rough. It almost felt like the car was bucking due to a novice driving a manual transmission - note that this was when I was parked as well as when I was decelerating. I noticed the orange wrench lit up on my dash and got a tow to the nearest dealership. The dealership called me and let me know it was a throttle body issue and it has been replaced. My car only had 48K on it and there is no way in my opinion that this should happen. I feel like I'm having money stolen from my wallet due to the fact Ford is fully aware of the problem but is not taking proactive steps to fix it.

- New Market, MD, USA

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