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 9 of 24)

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problem #302

Sep 022012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles


The incident first happened on Sep. 2 2013, when I was accelerating on highway ramp. The car suddenly lost pushing power and the wrench light was on while engine was still running. I pulled over and turned off the engine then restarted it and everything back to normal. The same issue happened again when I was on my way to work on Sep 6, while I was on the left lane of highway 401 and accelerating to about 60 miles. I called the dealership and booked appointment. Today (Sep 9) it was almost accident on my way to the dealership. I was making a left turn in an local intersection, the vehicle lost the power during accelerating. Thank god I I was able to finish the left turn with inertia. After investigation the dealer told me I have to pay from my pocket to replace the throttle body. I also compliant to Ford Canada. I think Ford should recall this issue for safety reason.

- Toronto, NY, USA

problem #301

Aug 152013


  • 77,000 miles
I was driving at approximately 60 mph when my gas pedal suddenly would not work. When I pulled over to a complete stop my steering was vibrating pretty bad. The wrench showing that something was wrong with my powertrain was lit up. I turned off the ignition and restarted my car and was able to drive it home. About a week later it happened again. My vehicle is now sitting at the dealership where it has been waiting for over 2 weeks for the throttle body to be replaced and I am told the part is on back order.

- Mayodan, NC, USA

problem #300

Aug 302013


  • miles
Crossing traffic to turn left, the car sputtered and practically stopped in the middle of the road with oncoming traffic. Fortunately, there was enough distance that I was able to pull into the median and stop. This was about the 8th time the car had stalled in motion or suddenly surged forward but was the scariest as an accident could have easily happened if the oncoming cars were travelling faster or if I had been hurrying and trying to make the turn between vehicles. The garage says that it was the throttle body. This should be a recall issue!

- Chamapign, IL, USA

problem #299

Sep 062013


  • 50,000 miles


Complete loss of acceleration, but never stalled. The vehicle began shaking. We turned it off and restarted and it drove fine.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #298

Sep 032013


  • 45,895 miles
My daughter was driving to school on the hwy to school and car shut down completely which lost all power pulled over and tried to restart and had to wait places to me (father) and then it restarted then she drove on to school then she took car on to dealership and dealership performed search and found that it was a throttle body that was going out.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #297

Sep 032013


  • 49,645 miles
Driving approximately 65 miles per hour, without warning the car just stop going the wrench light showed up on the dash, thank goodness I was able to avoid a collision by coasting off the road. The next day in heavy traffic going 35 miles per hour same thing happened, had to be pushed out of rush hour traffic, narrowly escaping being in an accident. There is no warning what so ever. On way home the car did it again as I was coasting around the corner. That's when I took I to the dealership. Only to be told the part. The throttle body is on national back order. Seems a recall is in order. Over $700 to be fixed, plus possibly 3 weeks waiting for the part.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #296

Aug 292013


  • 599,611 miles


Driving on major highway during morning rush hour when traffic slowing, traffic was clearing and everyone accelerating back to speed and I tried to accelerate to speed and my Escape just died. Tried to restart several times, but it kept dying when attempting to accelerate. I could get it started again, but could only accelerate to 5-10 mph. I had to cross several lanes of traffic to get out of harms way, very hazardous. Had to have vehicle towed and was told the electronic throttle body went out.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #295

Aug 302013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 58 mph, the vehicle decelerated without manual force with the illumination of the check engine warning light. The failure was recurring. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000....updated 11-12-13 the consumer stated the vehicle would not slow down and it would not go forward and the wrench light illuminated. Updated 11/19/13

- Cresco, IA, USA

problem #294

Sep 012013


  • 65,235 miles
The vehicle needs a new electronic throttle body error code P2111. The car will lose power, the wrench light will come on, then the engine light will follow. Once the car is powered off, then back on it runs again. A few minutes later the same issue occurs.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #293

Aug 292013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Driving on highway at about 50 mph, sounded like engine shut down and the gas wouldn't work at all. Thankfully, the brakes worked and I pulled over and turned the car off for a few minutes before turning it back on and driving to my mechanic who recommended going to my Ford dealer. They charged me over $500 to replace the throttle body and reprogram the PCM... any recalls from Ford for this?

- Toronto, OH, USA

problem #292

Aug 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,550 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated the vehicle became hesitant to acceleration attempts while driving 70 mph. The contact shut off the engine and when restarted, the vehicle regained normal function. The wrench warning icon illuminated after the failure occurred. The vehicle was not taken to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 57,550..... updated 10-17-13 the throttle body was replaced.

- Detroit , MI, USA

problem #291

Aug 232013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 54,730 miles
I was driving down the street and the foot pedal did not work. The engine was running but could not get the car to go. I had to pull over and turn off the engine, waited for a few minutes started up again, within a few blocks it did it again, I was able to coast down the street to a parking lot. I did the same thing I did earlier all I can do is coast no power in the gas pedal just coast with engine going.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #290

Aug 302013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Ford Escape 2010, driving on the highway, the wrench light comes on and the car begins to sputter and loses power. It revs up then down. I turn off the car, wait a minute, and when I start it back it runs fine, then repeats after 20 minutes of driving.

- Bedford, NY, USA

problem #289

Aug 272013


  • 55,800 miles
Last Friday, August 23, my car started to shake and jerk and the engine light came on. It slowed to limp mode. I turned it off, restarted it and it did again. I had the car towed to my mechanic because it's not under warranty anymore. They said the that I had a blown water pump and thermostat, and replaced both. I got the car back from my mechanic and after only driving a few miles, the car started to jerk and the wrench light came on. It's been back to my mechanic 3 times now but the problem is not coming up on the computer because the wrench light doesn't stay on. This latest incident, the wrench and the engine light came on, but the wrench light went out while the engine light has stayed on. I am now taking it to a mechanic to have repaired because I cannot afford the prices at the Ford dealership. When the car was 2 years old, I had experienced the same problem. I had to have the throttle body replaced. It was under warranty but still this is dangerous! not to mention frustrating. The car only had 24,000 miles on it. At that time, I stalled in rush hour traffic when it happened. I'm confident that this is the throttle body again, as the local dealership has seen a lot of these this summer in my year of Escape. I understand that Ford is aware of this and has an updated throttle body in production that will not be available until October 27 this year. I want Ford to recall these vehicles. This is very dangerous and expensive!!

- University City, MO, USA

problem #288

Aug 262013


  • 57,600 miles
While accelerating onto the highway, the vehicle lost all power and forward motion. It went into "limp" mode and I had to pull over. Once I shut the vehicle off and restarted it, the vehicle was fine. After the Ford dealer's inspection, it was deemed that the throttle body is the culprit, and needs replaced.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #287

Nov 152012


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the transmission hesitated while shifting. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the transmission had a leak and the cb joint and bushings both needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Antelope , CA, USA

problem #286

Aug 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
While driving at approx 65mph on freeway, the vehicle's throttle dropped to idle speed. The accelerator would not allow the car's RPM's to increase despite pushing it to the floor. The car did not stall, but rather was in a sudden state of idle.the "wrench" icon flashed on, then "check engine light" and my car went from 65 to 5mph in a matter of seconds. After car's ignition was shut off, the car restarted without problem. However, the incident happened again after reentering freeway nearly causing a serious accident. Dealership was able to confirm that the throttle needed to be replaced, but not under powertrain warranty. Research shows that this is a common problem. This is very dangerous and needs to be recalled asap.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #285

Aug 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving 78mph on a major interstate surrounded by traffic at the same speed. Suddenly the "wrench" icon flashed on and my car went from 78 to 5mph in a matter of seconds. It was an extremely dangerous situation for myself as well as other drivers. I flipped my flashers on and was able to pull to the shoulder. I killed the engine and restarted, made it to my exit where it happened a second time. The next day the battery was dead so we replaced and took to a garage to have everything checked. A diagnostic was run and they couldn't find anything. I drove it back and forth to work for 4 days when it started happening again. This time in a major intersection during rush hour causing traffic issues and congestion. We once again took it in today, 8/26/2013, they changed the air filter and again said nothing was wrong. I took it for a test drive. Drove it about 20 miles when it started in again! this time the check engine light is staying on and the "wrench" light which we found out is powertrain again came on. The engine never dies, in fact it seems to rev at times but the gas peddle has no control of the vehicle. I am scared to drive my vehicle not only for my own safety but for all those around me. Ford is not currently showing a recall for our VIN # but from my research this seems to be a common problem. It seems this is a major problem that Ford needs to recognize and take responsibility for.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #284

Aug 122013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle decelerated without manual force. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Homer , GA, USA

problem #283

Aug 262013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle decelerated independently. The contact shut the engine off and was able to drive without failure after restarting the engine. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

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