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 17 of 24)

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problem #142

Jun 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 51,500 miles


On 6/20/13, I was driving on the interstate when suddenly, truck started to decrease speed and yellow wrench symbol appeared on dashboard. I pulled over and cut off vehicle. When I started the vehicle up again, it made a sound as if it was going to kill, however, it cranked up and I proceeded to drive home, and wrench symbol didn't come on again. The next day, I went to work and vehicle operated fine that morning, until I left for lunch. The vehicle shut down while making a turn and battery light came on. Luckily the dealership wasn't far, each time I stopped at a red light it killed. Finally made it to the dealership, and was told the throttle body wire needed to be replaced. Ended up paying $533..

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #141

Jun 222013


  • 56,000 miles
Driving normal hwy speeds, throttle shuts down. Wrench indicator lights. Have to try to get off of hwy on to shoulder. When stopped, engine still runs but very rough and the throttle does nothing. After turning the engine off the problem resets and runs fine for approx 20 miles or more. Then the same thing happens again. The problem then progressively gets worse. Have read that this is a huge issue and needs T be addressed before someone gets injured or killed.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #140

Mar 012011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
My Ford Escape vehicle has suddenly lost all power multiple times in heavy traffic on 6 and 8 lane highways at various speeds. It loses all RPM's which has caused me to nearly get rear-ended on multiple occasions. No matter how many times I push on the gas pedal, it does nothing but coast & sputter & jerk. I have taken it to my mechanic several times, he has plugged it into the computer, and nothing shows up as being wrong. It is very dangerous, I have almost been rear-ended because of the sudden slowdown, people trying to speed around me, and trying to pull off the road to stop the car. Aaa has towed me multiple times. I read up on the issue on the internet, and there is a massive number of Ford Escape owners who have had the exact problem and Ford refuses to recall the vehicle. Someone will die if they don't notify all 2010 Ford Escape owners of this huge safety malfunction and fix it. Some said it is a faulty throttle bottle assembly, but that Ford simply replaces it with the same faulty assembly and tells them there's no guarantee as to how long the newer faulty one will last. Owners have spent a lot of money getting multiple things fixed before someone finally diagnosed and replaced the throttle body assembly. I don't know whether to get it replaced and risk losing power at night on a dangerous road again, or to simply sell it and take my losses. I am disappointed that Ford refuses to recall this vehicle. My grandchildren ride in the rear seat in baby seats, and if I get hit from the rear because this car loses power, I will sue Ford. That won't bring back my babies, so I hope you can get Ford to notify owners and recall this huge safety issue. Thank you so much for your help.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #139

Jun 212013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


Car showed no previous sign of damage. The vehicle has had regular oil changes and a replaced battery in November 2012. At the time of the incident, I had 3/4 tank of quality exxonmobil gasoline. Drove 10 minutes to ramp without issue/light. Accelerating on ramp, the wrench and battery lights came on. This was rush hour traffic in downtown houston. It was extremely dangerous. Tried to restart car and managed to drive to shoulder. Vehicle was towed. Shop said that the throttle had to be replaced. The vehicle was still under warranty.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #138

Jun 182013


  • 42,500 miles
Driving approx 40mph when vehicle started stalling. RPM drops to approx 1000, gas pedal does not respond. Happened multiple times in the past, taken to dealership but "no codes were found to suggest a defect." Have to turn the car off and restart with it being in park before starts to run and wrench light turns off. Drove to the dealer after that last incident on 6/21, code 2111 was found to be pending which would have been lost if I turned the car off, found it to be the electronic throttle body. For a car that is 3 years old and 40K miles, it is dangerous to have this defect as if it happens on the highway you are stuck with a chance for a semi-truck to rear end you. Please allow this recall for the safety of others.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #137

Jun 192013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 59,800 miles
Was driving on the highway when car lurched forward and then proceeded to coast. I pressed gas pedal but nothing happened. I had to steer through traffic to get to the shoulder where the car started to stumble like it was going to die. I shut off engine and restarted, it started normal so I proceeded home. I had less than a mile to home yet it died 2 more times. This is a huge safety problem seeing how you're dead in the water when the car malfunctions! it takes a lot to scare me but seeing how I was responsible for the safety of my wife and 4 yr old son, it scared me half to death!

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #136

Mar 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


I came to a stop at the top of my street and accelerated out to make a turn onto the main road when the car just lost power and would not accelerate. I had to pull off the road and was lucky the car behind did not hit me. This has happened 2 more times including on an expressway where I had to pull off and get it towed.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #135

Jun 182013


  • 47,500 miles
The car started to slow down, I pushed the gas and the car started to stall out. I was able to pull the car off the road and when I put the car in park it completely stopped. The wrench alert signal was on and the car was towed to the Ford dealership. The throttle body was stuck closed.

- Birdsboro, PA, USA

problem #134

Jun 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 66,424 miles
Experienced repeated stalling of engine while going 40+ miles per hour. Engine would run for approx. One block then stall. Vehicle went to limp mode.

- Del Rey Oaks, CA, USA

problem #133

Jun 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Traveling along interstate highway at 60 mph in the center lane in rush hour traffic. Notice sudden drop in power and vehicle starts coasting! pressing accelerator accomplishes nothing. "monkey icon" icon appears on dashboard. Fortunately, no one was riding my bumper and I was able to move over into the right lane and coast to the next exit. Engine continued to run as normal, the transmission just stopped working.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #132

Jun 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 51,430 miles


Driving on interstate at 55-60mph when the car stopped accelerating. Hit the gas pedal but nothing happened, was able to safely coast to the side of the road and turn car off. Power, lights, & A/C were still working, but car would not accelerate. Wrench/check engine light came on. When starting the car back up it stalled for a minute and then came on. The issue recurred a minute later and this time the car started jerking before I was able to put it in park and turn it off. The check engine light went off after I started it the second time and I was able to get it to an auto shop without another incident. The auto shop still has my car and cannot figure out the issue.

- Youngsville, NC, USA

problem #131

Jun 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 52,500 miles
Vehicle (2010 Ford Escape) traveling at appx. 20mph on freeway when it started bucking, lost some but not all power. Pulled vehicle to side of freeway, shut off engine. Restarted 30 seconds later. Restart was difficult but successful. Successfully drove vehicle to dealer for repair. Dealer claims this is electronic throttle body issue. Cannot repair until part arrives in approximately one week. Very similar behavior from car in two separate incidents last week - both happened immediately upon start up in my driveway. I shut engine off each time and restarted. Restart was difficult but not successful. Similar incident 9 months ago (Sept. 2012). Vehicle traveling at appx. 65mph on freeway when it noticeably jumped, immediately lost most but not all power. Towed to dealership. Dealer could not repeat nor verify concern in 4 days / 150 miles of testing. Research has shown that NHTSA is investigating similar issues on this and other model year Ford Escapes. My experience sounds very similar to complaints from other drivers.

- Ballston Spa, NY, USA

problem #130

May 172013


  • 50,000 miles
As I was driving on a highway, the car began sputtering and then there was no acceleration. While the power remained on, the car drifted to a stop. After getting the car towed to the local dealership, I was told there was nothing wrong. A week later, the exact same thing happened again and I was then told the throttle body was defective. I was also told that this part was on a nationwide back order and my car was not be fixed until at least a week later. Today, my check engine light came on. Also, my sister owns a 2010 Ford Escape and had exactly the same problem about a week ago. Both cars had about 50,000 miles on them.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #129

Jun 142013


  • 52,000 miles
Driving on the highway 55-60 mph, the engine seemed to shake/jump and the the care lost all acceleration power. The "wrench" light came on, I coasted off the highway onto the shoulder, turned the car off and restarted. It ran fine for a few minutes and then did it again. It happened a total of 5 times getting it to the dealer about 12-15 miles away. Dealership has reported it is the throttle box and needs to be replaced. The part is on national backorder of 1 to 3 weeks!

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #128

Jun 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,955 miles
While driving on the interstate in morning rush hour traffic, the vehicle suddenly lost power and throttle control (went into limp mode). I had to move over to the emergency without power and stop the vehicle. After turning the vehicle off for a few minutes, it started and ran ok. Then on 10 June, the same issues occurred again at highway speeds but in little traffic. Again on 14 June it happened 3 times within driving 10 miles again on the interstate at highway speed and in afternoon rush hour traffic. The third time an obd II dtc was issued. Upon arrival home I scanned the code and it was P2112 throttle body stuck closed.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #127

Jun 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 39,345 miles
I was driving about 40mph and my Escape all of sudden lost power. The vehicle stayed running but it would not drive forward. The traffic was light, so I was able to pull over with my flashers on and stop. Had the traffic been in rush hour there could have been a major accident. I tried to put the vehicle in reverse and drive and it wouldn't do anything, but the engine stayed running and the "wrench warning light" appeared on the dash. I then turned the vehicle off and waited a few minutes and started in up again. Everything then ran fine. I took the Escape to the Ford dealer where they found out that the power failure did occur in the throttle body air intake and it needed to be replaced. They also informed me that they had another Escape that was needing to be worked on with the same problem and parts were on backorder and it would be a few weeks before mine would be fixed.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #126

Jun 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
While driving 70 mph down interstate my 2010 Escape suddenly lost all power without warning. The wrench light on the dash came on, the gas pedal was non-responsive and the engine idled extremely rough at a low RPM. Luckily I was able to get to the side of the road - nearly caused an accident. Unsure what to do I looked in the manual and saw that the wrench light meant powertrain failure and it advised to contact dealer. I had shut the car off, but decided to try and move it farther off the road so I started it again. The light was no longer on and the engine was running smoothly. I decided to attempt to get closer to home and drove about 5 miles before it happened again. I was in the right hand lane, so I was able to pull right off the road. This incident happened two more time during a 20 mile trip. This is an extremely dangerous issue. I could have caused a horrible accident tonight and there is no warning that this is going to happen. By the sound of it the throttle body is on national backorder. I hope Ford steps up and takes care of this huge safety hazard.

- Holden, MO, USA

problem #125

Jun 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 36,960 miles
I was traveling at highway speed, 60 mph, when the engine suddenly lost power and I had to coast to the side of the road. The warning indicating a problem with the throttle control/powertrain came on. I turned the motor off and restarted the engine, the light went off, and I proceeded to work without further incident. After researching on the internet and talking to my dealer, I was told it was a defective throttle body part and is on "national back order" and will be at least 2 weeks before they can get the part in. On the same day, on the drive from home from work, the exact same problem happened, but this time at about 35 mph in traffic. Fortunately no one was right on my bumper at the time. There is absolutely no warning when this happens, it just suddenly loses power.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #124

Jun 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 36,100 miles
During highway driving at approximately 40 mph the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration, stalling, and the throttle/power train indicator light came on. I was forced to pull over on the side on the road, turn off the vehicle and restart. The care drove for approximately 3 more miles and then the issue recurred. I immediately proceeded to my local dealership (dealership where vehicle was purchased). During that trip, the "check engine" light came on. I was advised by the service technician that this was due to a faulty/failed throttle body but that the parts were on back order indefinitely with no word from Ford as to when they would be available. I was advised to continue to drive the vehicle in its current state until such time as the part was available.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #123

Jun 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 32,300 miles
Driving on the interstate at 60 mph, vehicle without warning is unable to accelerate while attempting to change lanes. Again on 6/12, accelerated from a stop light, without warning the car is unable to continue to accelerate and stops in the middle of an intersection during rush hour traffic. Turned car off, turned it back on again, was able to get out of the intersection and pull over to the right hand lane before it stopped accelerating again. Vehicle was towed to Ford dealership they found that the throttle body needed to be replaced.

- Omaha, NE, USA

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