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

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 12 of 23)

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problem #234

Aug 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,245 miles


After being at a stoplight, I was accelerating around a corner about 25 mph and the car suddenly lost power and would no longer accelerate. The engine light came on. I had to coast to the side of the road and put my hazards on. I was quickly able to restart the car and drive home, although the same thing happened twice the very next day while accelerating after being at a stoplight.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #233

Aug 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Driving on major highway at 60 mph the engine shut off and we coasted to the grassy part of the shoulder. Shut car off, waited 5 mins. Restarted the car. Than it happened several times after that. Took it to dealer and had the throttle body replaced. Thank god were able to pull of on the shoulder each time. Looking on the internet, this has happened many times to several other owners.

- Point Pleasant, NJ, USA

problem #232

Aug 022013


  • 43,370 miles
On 6/18/2013 I was driving around 45 mph and my Escape's engine/power train completely turned off and I coasted onto the shoulder. I waited a few minutes and it started again. I took it to a garage we use and they could not find the problem. A few days later the engine shut down again when I was driving around 60 mph. I coasted to the shoulder of the highway, waited a few minutes and started it again. On 8/2/2013 the engine shut down once again. This time the engine light came on. I paid over $600 to have the throttle body replaced at this time.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #231

Aug 112013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 73,600 miles


While on my way home one night my car just cut off and left me stranded on the side of the road.

- Plymouth, NC, USA

problem #230

Aug 122013


  • 55,492 miles
Driving around 60mph and car started to shake as I tried to accelerated to pull over I could not get the car to accelerate. I coasted to the side of the rode and put on my hazzard lights. I turned the car off for a few minutes and placed a call to my son to come get me. I started it again and tried to go and it started to accelerate again and then called hub city Ford where I purchased the car. They said they had several people call with the problem but there was no recall as of yet and it runs around $765 to repair. I asked about warranty and they said this particular part was 3 year or 30,000 miles. I exceeded the mileage.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #229

Nov 142012

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. The check engine and wrench warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 36,500. Updated 11/19/13

- Bay Side , NY, USA

problem #228

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 #227

May 292013


  • 56,000 miles
Driving off exit ramp and Escape went into "limp mode". this "limp mode" has happened on the highway and side roads 6 to 8 times. This throttle box replacement is at my expense. Ford dealer will no cover, as I was told "the Escapes do not have a throttle body issue."

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #226

Aug 102013


  • 64,000 miles
At 35 mph engine RPM decreased to idle and I had to stop and turn off engine and restart. This then again happened at a higher speed the engine RPM decreasing to idle. I was able to pull to the side of road to restart engine. On a busy road this could cause an accident.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #225

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 #224

Aug 082013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


Taking a turn off the main road when the car started shaking, lunging and had no throttle control, limited to about 10 mph. A dangerous situation on a curvy road, with no break down lane. The error code returned was P2112, the throttle body needed to be replaced. Nothing visually appeared wrong with the old part.

- Bolton, MA, USA

problem #223

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 #222

Aug 072013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 44,730 miles
Driving my 2010 Ford Escape on highway at 55 mph in heavy traffic when the engine stopped running. Was lucky to get off highway. Tried to start car for 10 minutes, finally started. Went a few miles and motor cut off again in heavy traffic and cost into shopping center. After another 10 minutes it started and was able to get it home. I was lucky that I was near home and not on a trip. Was able to get it to Ford dealer where I was told it was the throttle body assembly and not covered under factory warranty even though in the owner's guide the light for the "wrench" (which came on with the check engine light) indicates "throttle control/powertrain". my powertrain warranty is still in effect. I was told that "they" had seen this before and just got a shipment in with many "throttle bodies". the cost to me was $761.62 (parts $432.02). I talked to my mechanic and he said that he has seen this a number of times on 2010-2012 Escapes and sent everyone to Ford because he can't fix it. Not only is this an apparent recurring problem it is also a safety issue.

- Potomac Falls, VA, USA

problem #221

May 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
On the highway in the left lane - very busy area with traffic merging from right when engine stopped - no power at all. Terrifying! luckily, I was somehow able to get across three lanes of high speed traffic to the breakdown lane. Needed a tow to my Ford dealer (55 miles). They diagnosed a defective electronic throttle control and due to the fact this part was backordered, I did not have a car for over a week. Expensive fix.

- Windsor Locks, CT, USA

problem #220

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 #219

May 012013


  • 46,350 miles
Car stalls while driving at approx.40 miles per hour. The car doesn't sputter or anything it just quits. This has happened on multiple occasions, last time being today 8/7/2013. I have to get to the side of the road without getting rear ended, and then I can start it back up and will run fine for a while. This is extremely dangerous and scary.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #218

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 #217

Aug 062013


  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle has the same throttle body condition as other failed units. Code P2111.

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #216

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 #215

Aug 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,541 miles
Driving down interstate 45 in houston, car was running, but no power from the gas pedal. Needed to coast to an exit where I stopped completely. I needed to power down the car completely then restart the car before the gas pedal worked again. This has happened twice. The other time was about a month earlier. Ford service department said it was a defective "throttle body". something like that shouldn't fail so early. I was just out of my warranty as well.

- Spring, TX, USA

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