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 6 of 24)

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problem #362

Oct 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,950 miles


As I was driving down the interstate with the cruise control set at 70mph, the vehicle turned the cruise control off and decelerated almost immediately to 60mph which caused an uncomfortable thrashing forward of myself and my 2 children. We had our seat belts on, so we were not injured. The vehicle continued to lose power, so I pulled off the highway and placed the vehicle in park and turned off the engine. I noticed a little wrench had appeared in the left corner of my dash display. I looked up this symbol in my owners manual. I then decided to go ahead and try to continue driving as I was a good 75+ miles from home and I was in a very remote area. When I started the engine, I noticed the service engine light came on and did not go back out. I proceeded down the interstate approximately 2 miles before the vehicle did the same thing. This time I attempted to accelerate and with the gas pedal to the floor, had no success. The car just continued to lose speed, so again, I pulled off the highway and this time I let the vehicle proceed as far as it could without applying the brake. As the car was nearly stopped, it started to shake as if it were about to shut off. I turned off the engine and again, restarted after a short break and was able to make it the rest of the way home.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #361

Oct 012013


  • miles
2010 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle decelerates without warning. The consumer stated the deceleration, happened at different speeds. There was no jerking of the vehicle, no warning light illuminated. It just lost speed quickly. The only option the consumer had was to drive the vehicle from the passing lane to the shoulder, crossing several lanes of traffic, turn it off and re-start it. The first time it happened it ran fine afterwards for weeks. The second time it happened, the same thing, but the third time it happened the vehicle decelerated four times within 15 minutes.

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

problem #360

Oct 032013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 82,113 miles
I was traveling @ about 40 mph when it sounded & felt like the engine quit. There was a wide shoulder so, I pulled to the side of the road. The engine was still running but running poorly and wouldn't rev up over about 1000 RPM. The check engine light came on along with an orange "wrench" light. I switched the engine off, restarted it, and it ran fine for about 1/2 mile. Then, the same thing happened again, and again, and again. In the next 2 miles the same thing had happened 3 more times. After almost getting rear-ended by a Ram truck the last time it quit, I pulled into a parking lot and called my mechanic who came and towed it to his garage. Almost $400 later, my mechanic had replaced the electronic throttle assembly. He told me the Ford dealer parts person said he knew the part number by heart because they had replaced so many of these parts.

- Selma, NC, USA

problem #359

Oct 212013


  • 38,000 miles


I was accelerating into traffic when, all of a sudden, my vehicle lurched forward, began to rapidly lose speed, and would not accelerate--even with the gas pedal pushed to the floor. Simultaneously, the yellow wrench light illuminated on the lower left-hand side of the dashboard. I had to immediately cross over two lanes of traffic and pull to a side street, at which time, my car came to a complete stop. I then put the car in park and turned off the ignition. A search of my owner's manual revealed that the wrench light indicated a powertrain or throttle failure. I immediately contacted the Ford dealership and had the car towed in for inspection. I was told it was a burned out throttle body assembly as a result of a faulty vapor lock cap. A day later, the throttle body was replaced along with the faulty vapor lock component at a cost of over $700. Neither part was covered under my warranty. Interestingly, I went back through my service records and noted that in December of 2012, I stated to a local Ford service manager that my car was sluggish and would not immediately accelerate through turns. The service tech could not replicate the problem and so nothing was done aside from cleaning the throttle body and fuel system. If you are experiencing occasional "hitches" or lag times in acceleration when the gas pedal is depressed, be aware that these are hallmarks of a failing throttle body and it may be time to take your vehicle in and have the throttle body and vapor recovery system examined. It's time to issue a recall, Ford.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #358

Oct 122013


  • 86,000 miles
Had a car full of family while I was driving up a hill at about 35mph when the car thrusted forward then felt like it shifted into neutral. I had to coast into someone's driveway and had it towed to the dealership. The dealership called and said the problem was with the throttle body.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #357

Sep 192013


  • 44,431 miles
Traveling on a major highway in the middle lane at 8:30 pm the truck started to hesitate and act like it wasn't running right. Then I lost total control of the accelerator but the car was still running. I had all I could do to try to coast over to the shoulder of the road to try and figure out what was wrong. Noticing that the accelerator did not engage at all, I turned off the truck and was going to call for a tow truck. That's when I decided to try and start it to see if I could get home on my own. Once I started the truck, it was like nothing happened and I continued home making it without a problem. Since then this has happened 3 other times, always on the highway, and the last 2 times it happened it, once the truck started back up and I drove off, I only got @ 3 miles down the same highway and it happened again, so I just repeated the procedure and hasn't happened since. I have gone ahead and purchased the new throttle body and am having my mechanic install it this week. I will be driving @ 60 miles one way, 120 miles total, a day for work starting this week and I can't afford to get stranded that far from home and loose time from work or not be able to get home. I've been told that at one point and time that the truck won't just start back up every time, so I'll be getting it fixed. Very disappointed that the truck that I purchased in April and only has @ 44000 miles on it would have such a major problem with such an important component. I've been told that they can't keep them on the shelves because there is such a huge problem overall. This can be very dangerous to someone who wouldn't know what to do in a crisis situation. On the box for the part it says Ford genuine parts, made in Mexico. Nice!! maybe you want to rethink where you locate your parts factories. You know the old saying " nothing good is cheap and nothing cheap is good".

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #356

Oct 182013


  • 46,000 miles


Backed out of parking space, wrench lit on dash, no throttle control, erratic idle. Placed in park, shut engine off and restarted, light went off. Drive 5 minutes, wrench light came on again, no throttle control. Almost got rear-ended. Again put in park and restarted, made it home. Very dangerous loosing power like that with no warning, some say its the throttle body, others the electronic gas pedal. Vehicle is out of warranty and I don't want to throw money at parts. Ford should recall this.

- Langhorne , PA, USA

problem #355

Oct 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 77,500 miles
On Sunday October 13, 2013 I was driving my 2010 Ford Escape on a 2 lane highway going approximately 45 mph when the wrench icon illuminated and my car started bucking and came to a stop. The engine didn't shut down, but idled erratically with no accelerator response. I coasted onto a shoulder where I restarted the engine and was able to continue driving until the wrench icon illuminated and it happened again. It has happened multiple times since and I am currently sitting in a carson city, nv Ford dealership (October 17, 2013) where they are telling me that the throttle body is bad. I showed them the NHTSA investigation and they said they wouldn't cover it because there is no recall.

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

problem #354

Oct 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,700 miles
While making a left at an intersection the engine cut to idle and would not accelerate. After pulling to the side of the road the car was shut off and started again and ran ok. The car was take to the dealer the next day. We were told the throttle body was bad. I was also told they go bad a lot and they not covered by the engine warranty. Traffic was light at the time if it was heavy this could have caused an accident. There have been times in the past were the car hesitated badly from a stop.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #353

Oct 092013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 72,232 miles
While traveling at approximately 45 mph, vehicle dies, no power and the throttle position sensor comes on.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #352

Oct 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,900 miles


While driving at 55 mph, car went into limp home mode, greatly reducing speed on rural highway. Code was for throttle actuator stuck closed. Dealer cleaned throttle plates only, and returned car. Next day, the same thing occurred. This time dealer replaced throttle body. This is a dangerouls situation for which I have noticed there have been complaints and an investigation. A safety recall should be ordered. A side effect in limp mode was the engine ran rough with decreased gas mileage while car was driven a few miles to dealer in limp mode.

- Ottawa, IL, USA

problem #351

Oct 122013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,908 miles
While driving out of my subdivision, my Ford Escape lost all power. The engine was surging but the vehicle would not respond when pressing the gas pedal. I turned the vehicle off and restarted it, but the same problem occurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealership where a diagnostic test revealed a failed throttle body. Even though my vehicle is slightly under the 5 yr/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, the dealership is insisting on using my extended warranty to cover the part which will cost me $100 deductible and I will be responsible for the most of the cost of my rental vehicle (extended warranty company only pays rental car for labor hours on vehicle repairs, the vehicle will not be pulled in for repair for several days).

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #350

Oct 122013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 72,217 miles
I was driving from Virginia towards the Delaware beaches. After crossing the bay bridge in Maryland on route 50... driving in the left lane traveling 55mph, and all of a sudden I lost the ability to accelerate and began losing speed. I had to pull all the way over to the right lane losing power as each second passed. I was able to coast along the side of the road to pull off the highway. After getting to the Ford dealership.. I was told that I need a throttle body.. I'm here at the dealership now.. and the part is well over $400.. have not received the bill yet.. but my guess, with labor between $500-$600! this is ridiculous as the car is only 3 years old! please make Ford recall this part - throttle body - as it seems unfair to have such a high cost repair after 3years of owning the vehicle -- thank you for all your help! this is a safety risk -- someone could have died in this process..as this occurred on the highway -- please do the right thing, and save future lives.. thank you!

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #349

Oct 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,150 miles
Stopped at a light. When it turned green, turned right, as I was going around the corner the car did not respond correctly. Immediately pulled into a parking spot. With it in park, tried pushing on the accelerator, it did not respond at all. When I tried backing up it lunged backwards. Shut the car off and walked home. Luckily I didn't live far from where this happened. Called the dealership and they came up and immediately said it was a problem with the throttle body and turning the car off would reset it so it's drivable for a week or so. Had them replace the part so this wouldn't happen on an interstate or out of town! sounds like a very dangerous problem! also found out that our car was just past the warranty for this problem and even though there have been many documented cases of this happening there has not been a recall for the defective part. Ford, in fact, couldn't keep up with demand for replacing this part earlier this year. Sound like a problem that needs to be addressed, big red flag!! very disappointed in Ford for overlooking this dangerous situation.

- Geneseo, IL, USA

problem #348

Sep 052013


  • 45,000 miles
2010 Ford Escape had been having an uneven idle while in drive with foot on brake. In this case, while accelerating at a stop light, the car would not accelerate and stalled with the engine and wrench light illuminating. Pulled over turned key to off position put car in park and restarted. Took to dealership that weekend. Technician witnessed the uneven idle. No codes would show up on computer. Technician re-calibrated idle. Car ran smooth for 3 days and uneven idle reappeared. Three weeks later when trying to accelerate from a stop sign, car went into "limp" mode; wrench light illuminated and would not accelerate. Next day while driving about 55 mph with cruise set I could feel "surges" in the engine. Took car off cruise, could still feel something just wasn't right. Uneven idle still persists although not consistently. Taking back to dealership today. Have done lots of research online and believe this may be connected to all the complaints with the throttle body.

- Castorland, NY, USA

problem #347

Oct 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,946 miles
On approximately October 1, 2013, I began to experience stalling in my 2010 Ford Escape. As this happened, a wrench light came on, and the engine died. I turned it off, and it restarted and was fine for a period of time. This was repeated on several occasions. I tried to have the car repaired at the local dealership, but they were booked full for the past week, so I made an appointment for today (October 8, 2013). When I explained the problem to the dealership representative, he told me that it would probably happen again. It happened on my way home that day (last week) and also on the way in to the dealership for repairs this morning. After several hours, they called and said that my car was repaired. The billing says that their "diagnosis verified my concern, and they checked "oasis. Ssm32332. They performed etb and check failed. They found fault and replaced electronic throttle body. Retest passed." I was told that my extended warranty covered the repairs, but I was charged the $100 deductible. When I tried to check what a throttle body was, I came upon this site, which indicates this has been an ongoing problem with these vehicles, so I wonder if I should have been charged or if this should have been a recall issue. I did not drive my car for a week because I was afraid of having an accident due to the stalling situations.

- Rockport, TX, USA

problem #346

Oct 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,200 miles
I was driving in the left lane of the highway at approximately 60 mph, when suddenly and unexpectedly my vehicle lost power. Fortunately I was able to pull over to the shoulder of the road without being involved in an accident. When I shut off and restarted the vehicle I was able to drive it to the dealer to be repaired. It was the throttle body assembly, a $400 repair that is no longer under warranty. Their should be a recall for such a dangerous problem so that no one gets hurt or killed....

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #345

Sep 242013


  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000.

- Gotha, FL, USA

problem #344

Oct 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 62,400 miles
Vehicle stalled twice in a matter of 5 miles, it was towed to the Ford dealership and they replaced the throttle body. Since my Escape is still under an extended warranty, I was charged $100 for this repair.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #343

Sep 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
I was on the right hand lane on highway when vehicle all of sudden lost power and would not accelerate. Almost rear ended due to sudden loss of power. Once I pulled over and waited a few seconds it started back up. After exiting and waiting at a red light and then proceeding through the intersection on green to make a left hand turn the vehicle again lost power. This has happened on at least three other occasions. When I first took vehicle to mechanic they tell me that they could not find anything wrong and after the third occurrence the wrench light finally came on and now I'm told its the throttle that shows to be stuck in open. I have been given the price from $750-$1000 for parts and labor. No recall as of todays date. The auto mechanic at the Ford dealership tells me that there has been complaints but no recall so I would have to pay to have this fix. I own another Ford vehicle a 2004. Never had a problem and very reliable, this is extremely frustrating and bad business for customer relations when there are so many complaints about the same issue that it is obvious for this particular part the is a defect. There should be recall. This may be my last Ford vehicle.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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