really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,748 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2010 Ford Escape engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2010 Ford Escape:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 11 of 23)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #254

Aug 142013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 7,700 miles


I was driving down the freeway when suddenly, my engine lost power. A wrench light came on, and my throttle was completely unresponsive. Fortunately, I was in the right lane, so I was able to coast safely off the freeway and onto the side of the road. I shut my car off, waited a minute or two, and then restarted my car. Everything seemed fine after that. This happened again, now totaling 6 times, all while I was driving. Went to the mechanic, he called the dealership. He was told that this was a very common problem and that he could put a rush order on it for an additional 15% of the price, and it would still take 2 weeks. Through normal channels, it would wake several months. I need my car to work, and two things bother me the most: A rush order would still take 2 weeks to be delivered, and if it's a common problem, it feels as though Ford is doing nothing to alleviate it, especially since it impairs my ability to drive safely on the road. I am constantly paranoid while driving on the road, and I have no other choice but to continue to drive my car, since it's my only means of transportation.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #253

Jul 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 49,900 miles
As I was entering my neighborhood, I noticed that the vehicle's gas pedal was no longer working. I looked at the dash and noticed that a wrench icon on the lower left of the instrument panel was lit. The Escape was still going, but was not responding to the gas pedal. I turned on the hazard lights and pulled up to the curb and put the vehicle in park. I turned the vehicle off, counted to 10 and then started it again. I was able to continue driving and the vehicle again responded to the gas pedal. After some research, I found that my experience is termed "limp mode" and is itself a safety feature. I took the vehicle to an auto parts store who hooked it up to their diagnostic equipment and could not pull an error code off of it. The technician recommended I look into the throttle body and throttle position sensor. During that research, I found that other Ford Escape drivers have had the same experience.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #252

Feb 012011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
While driving the car at approximately 40 miles per hour, the car suddenly just stalled. I put on my hazard lights, put the car in park, restarted the engine. The car restarted fine. This has happened twice--once when the car had approximately 10,000 miles and more recently at 51,000. Fortunately, there were no other cars behind me at the time this happened, otherwise there could have been a serious accident. The car has been taken to a Ford dealership both times that this problem occurred. Because it is a very random problem (it has happened twice in 3 years), Ford cannot replicate the problem. They also say that there are no diagnostic codes indicating a problem. From what I can tell, this is an active problem with these cars. The only Ford response regarding this stalling problem that I have been unable to uncover is a technical service bulletin which indicates a faulty circuit board on Ford Escapes built between June 22 and Oct 15, 2009, which is the period during which this car was built.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #251

Aug 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


On 2 occasions my 2010 Ford Escape lost throttle power while driving. This has happened once while starting to accelerate and once while driving 45 mph. The yellow toolbar lights up on the instrument panel and the car essentially loses power and I'm unable to drive forward. After further investigation we need to replace the throttle body which cost $345 (not covered by warranty and no recall). In my opinion this should be a recalled part considering how common this problem appears to be and more importantly the extremely dangerous position it leaves you on the road when the throttle body fails.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #250

Jun 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 54,900 miles
Traveling on vacation on an Ohio highway when engine stalled and went into limp home mode and yellow wrench light came on. I was able to pull over and had to shut the vehicle completely off. After about 5 minutes I was able to get the car started again. This problem did not reoccur until August 20.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #249

Aug 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 58,430 miles
I was coming to a stop light near work when engine suddenly shifted into limp home mode. Was in a construction zone with only one lane. The yellow wrench light came on. I was able to pull slightly over and after completely shutting off the vehicle, was able to get it restarted.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #248

Aug 052013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


Vehicle begins to loose power/ stall. The "wrench" light illuminates on the dash. After pulling over and restarting, it will go another 5 - 10 miles and it does it again. After 2 - 3 times it will throw the "check engine" light (code P2112). We checked/ cleaned the throttle body and cleared the code. Car ran ok for about 3 days (50 miles), and it happened again. We are looking into hiring an attorney as Ford does not want to help cover the cost to repair this defect. I have two young children that ride in this car, and uncontrolled stalling and sputtering is dangerous on busy streets. Twice, this happened in the middle of an intersection, and at one time, it completely died going 40 mph, and the power steering quit, causing me to almost head into oncoming traffic. Please help us and others with this issue, before someone is seriously injured or loses their life.

- Sachse, TX, USA

problem #247

Aug 012013


  • 75,600 miles
Vehicle suddenly shut off while driving. Now vehicle shuts off every time when driven around 40-45 and 55-60.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #246

Aug 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Vehicle stalled upon acceleration from stop, and lost all throttle function. Surges at idle, and intermittently stalls. Throttle failed the next day at highway speed. Same symptoms as the failed throttle body sensor issue that was fixed by October 2009, but my Escape was built in December '09 after the problem was supposedly fixed.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #245

Aug 152013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
In August rush-hour morning traffic at approximately 60mph the vehicle suddenly without warning went into 'limp mode', the engine RPM decreased to under 1000rpm and I was able to fight thru several lanes of traffic while coasting the vehicle to the side of the road. No throttle inputs affected the engine, it remained under 1000rpm and ran very rough as if it was going to stall. I shut the car completely off, waited a minute, then restarted the engine and was able to continue to the workplace. Two days later on a short trip to a restaurant, the engine again went into 'limp mode'. I shutoff the vehicle and restarted and continued on my way. About 1/4 mile later the engine went into 'limp mode' again. The vehicle would go into 'limp mode' after every 1/4 - 1/2 mile for a total of 4 times on the short trip. I then took the vehicle to the dealership, where it is now. This 2010 Ford Escape has 86K miles. The dealership says it is a bad throttle body. I called Ford customer relations and they will not do anything to help because of the mileage and no recall has been issued due to NHTSA action number: PE13003 as of yet (still in investigation since February). I cannot safely drive this vehicle.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #244

Aug 122013


  • 62,189 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact pulled to the side of the road and restarted the vehicle. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer or mechanic. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 62,189.

- China Grove, NC, USA

problem #243

Aug 182013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Car stalled while I was driving over the railroad track. After barely got it to go over the railroad (luckly train didn't come while I was barely moving) pulled over to side and shut the car off and started back up. Wrench looking light and engine check light came on while it was trying to stall, it happened 2more times while trying to make it back home. After few checking around it is caused by the faulty throttle body.

- Centralia, IL, USA

problem #242

Aug 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving to work, the engine suddenly lost power. Stepping on the gas produced no effect. Driving slowly to the side of the road I restarted the engine, and proceeded to work. This was a daily occurrence both going to work in the morning, and returning in the evening. Took the car to a mechanic and was told that it was the throttle body.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #241

Jul 242013


  • 94,013 miles
Just driving along one day and upon crossing an intersection of a busy street the call stalled. I pushed the gas pedal and couldnt accelerate. Luckily I was able to pull of on a side street without holding up traffic. When I got to the side street I shut the car off and started it again and after taking awhile it finally started back up only to do the same thing a block later. The problem seemed to have gone away for a couple weeks but has came back recently and is ever more frequent. When it sets over night or for long periods of time it is driveable but after a few miles it starts to stall again. Driving under 30 mph or accelerating super slow seems to help some times but not always. Still probably not very safe to drive it like that especially pulling onto a busy street or out into a busy intersection.

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #240

Feb 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I purchased a 2010 Ford Escape XLT, used on Feb 28, 2012 from a Ford dealer, northeast phila. It had 52,000 miles. I purchased an extended 3year 36,000mile bumper to bumper extended warranty from date of purchase. Upon driving off the lot, I noticed high idle at rest, low acceleration and shifting by itself when accelerating and trying to slow to stop. I immediately took the vehicle back to the dealer, a couple of days later. Service mgr. Said that he took my vehicle home, drove it, found nothing wrong. I showed him service bulletins from Ford documenting vehicle accidents, similar complaints, as a result of the main computer program of the vehicle, wrong coding, codes not being read correctly, etc. Service manager denied seeing this information, despite me giving him copies. It is now August 16, 2013, vehicle is worse, idling at rest 3000 RPM, 10-20 mph idles at 4,000-5,000 RPM, louder than the radio. Vehicle shifting itself, hesitating, when trying to accelerate onto a highway ramp, or going up a hill. Vehicle shifting, and jerking while trying to slow to a stop. Took vehicle to Ford dealer route 1 langhorne, pa, closer to my home. Was told by service rep that computer codes from vehicle not being picked up by service diagnostic computer. "we had to clear your vehicle computer and reprogram it. Not covered under manufacturer or extended warranty. Therefore you pay the $90 diagnostic fee". it is routine maintenance". I said how is a computer malfunction in the vehicle, requiring a complete wipe and reprogram routine maintenance? they refused to return my $90. Vehicle still same problem, slightly less, a little more quieter, still running 4000 RPM on mild acceleration. I am afraid, because it was shifting up when I was trying to slow to a stop.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #239

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 #238

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 #237

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 #236

Aug 072013


  • 70,000 miles
Car stalled in traffic!

- Jessup, PA, USA

problem #235

Aug 102013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 64,500 miles
Vehicle would stutter and then stall on multiple occasions. Happened once on the first day, twice on the second, and 5 times (including 3 on the way to the dealership) on the third day. This is extremely unsafe, as you are never sure when it is going to happen. I was told that I have a "bad throttle body."

- Lake Jackson, TX, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?