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 13 of 23)

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problem #214

Aug 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


Driving down the highway, my car suddenly lost the ability to accelerate and I could no longer continue down the road. I pulled over and my car was running extremely rough. It almost felt like the car was bucking due to a novice driving a manual transmission - note that this was when I was parked as well as when I was decelerating. I noticed the orange wrench lit up on my dash and got a tow to the nearest dealership. The dealership called me and let me know it was a throttle body issue and it has been replaced. My car only had 48K on it and there is no way in my opinion that this should happen. I feel like I'm having money stolen from my wallet due to the fact Ford is fully aware of the problem but is not taking proactive steps to fix it.

- New Market, MD, USA

problem #213

Aug 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
While driving on 3 lane highway (in traffic) car bucked and lost gas pedal (did nothing when pushed) I was in center lane engine went to idol with no engine control looked in mirror seen truck lights ( very scary ) when U can't do nothing luckily able to get off road. Turned off engine an re started it when a short distance then same thing happened. Did this 7 times in less than 7 miles luck I made it to my drive way (had towed to dealer next day) waiting for it to be fixed. This is a death waiting to happen.

- Glendora, NJ, USA

problem #212

May 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving my car has been stalling. It will also like surge forward. Today is repeatedly did this to the point where I couldnt get anywhere.

- Parma Hts, OH, USA

problem #211

Jun 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 73,282 miles


Was driving down a busy highway. SUV decelerated in speed and wrench light came on. We had a self test diagnostic got code P2111 took it to shop they got same code and replaced throttle body at my expense. Used a Ford authorized dealer.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #210

Jun 012012


  • 32,000 miles
Engine & powertrain bad hesitation at low speed all the time. Seems like electronic throttle body malfunction that generates engine & powertrain to surge and seems like engine will stall. This also creates hard impact in transmission & driveline system as all of the sudden acceleration happens and sudden torque in transmission & drive line generates high stress (impact) on these systems that affects & degrades durability & reliability of vehicle. Bad engine & powertrain hesitation is a safety concern due to degraded engine performance at intersections where engine power is required to take off from 0mph to 45mph and poor acceleration & hesitation is present.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #209

Jul 302012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Car shuddered then died in middle of very dangerous, narrow, curvy road. Started up immediately but died when put in drive. Eventually got the car home after numerous stalls (a distance of approx. 3 miles) had to have car towed in. Told it was the throttle body and the $514 repair bill was not covered under any of the warranties. We had owned the car 30 days, and the extended warranty expired the day of the event. Apparently Ford is aware of the problem but refuses to recall or pay for repairs. My 17 year old son could very easily have been killed.

- Swansboro, NC, USA

problem #208

Aug 012013


  • 49,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated while traveling 40 mph the vehicle stalled. The contact stated the check engine light and wrench light illuminated on the instrument panel when the failure occurred. The contact had to pull to the side of the road and they were able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where the code indicated the starter actuator was stuck in the open position. The mechanic cleaned out the throttle body which helped the contact drive home before the failure occurred again. The failure and current mileage was 49,000.

- Bland, VA, USA

problem #207

Jul 312013


  • 55,000 miles
Driving down the highway and the engine went "limp". the vehicle did not stall but did not have any power. Pulled off to the side of the road, observed the wrench light on the dashboard. After a minute I turned off and then restarted the vehicle without problem. Approximately 8-10 miles down the road the exact same issue arose. Pulled off to the side of the road and restarted once again. Additionally, the engine light came on an stayed on. Previously, over the past year I have experienced more subtle issues when trying to accelerate in which the vehicle sort of hiccups and then eventually begins to accelerate. Had the engine code read and determined the 2112 code identified a stuck throttle.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #206

Jul 122013


  • 43,000 miles
Vehicle appears to be stalling out at random times. When this happens, there is no power from the gas pedal and no RPM movement. An orange wrench light comes on when the failure occurs. Must pull over and turn engine completely off and restart to correct. The engine sputters for several seconds upon restart before turning back on. This process often has to repeated multiple times throughout the course of a single trip. Vehicle was taken to a local auto care shop on 8/1/13 and it was determined the throttle body assembly is malfunctioning. Was told by the service representative that there is a national back order on the part from Ford and it could take up to a month to get the part in. The quote for the repair was $420 (including the cost of labor). Upon further research of the issue over the internet it was determined that over 725,000 complaints have been filed over the same issue on the Ford Escapes, yet no recall has taken effect.

- Roanoke , VA, USA

problem #205

Jul 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I was driving down a local street then I was approaching a train crossing, just before crossing the tracks, my car went limp and I could no longer accelerate. I was only traveling 5-10mph so when my car stopped, part of my car was over the train tracks. I could not move my car for about a minute while I parked my car and turned everything off, including opening the car door to shut the computer off. Then after resetting the car, it struggled to start up but started and drove as usual. Within the last two days, my car shut down during driving 5 times and when re-starting, it did not indicate that there was a problem. Finally the check engine icon turned on and I was able to take it to the dealership to check the code. It turned out that the throttle body needed replacing. My car is only 3 years old with average mileage. This could have been an terrible accident if there was a train and I was in a state of panic.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #204

Jul 222013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,955 miles


Wife was driving vehicle 6 miles from home, vehicle began stumbling and would hardly run. Made it out of 4 lane road to safety. Wrench symbol showed till engine was turned off. Shut off vehicle and restarted after approx. 5 minutes, continued 1 mile to destination. After vehicle set for 2 hours drove it 7 miles home and vehicle limped up driveway. Wife was afraid to drive vehicle until 7/28/2013 when we tried it again. I can not drive vehicle since having a stroke but was with her. We drove vehicle to ymca and it went to limping after 9 miles, shut off and let set for 5-6 minutes. Vehicle ran ok for an additional 5 miles to Y. started home after 1 hour at Y. vehicle ran approx 5 miles in 45 and 30 mph speed limit area. It started limping approx. 500 feet from stop light. It went in limp mode 4 more times in the last 9 miles to get home. Luckily the traffic was not real heavy late in afternoon and we made it home without any accidents; only a very stressful ride home. Vehicle now showed engine symbol. We read the fault code and it was P2111 or faulty throttle body. This is a very expensive repair which dealer said was out of warranty at 36K. Miles.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #203

Jul 222013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 76,360 miles
Around 5pm driving home on a main street during rush hour, I was driving about 35-40mph and suddenly my vehicle, an automatic transmission 2010 Ford Escape XLT, stopped accelerating and began to tug. Also, the throttle control/power train light turned on. I turned on the emergency hazard lights and attempted to deviated to a parking lot where I turned off my vehicle. I waited a few minutes to turn it back on, and the vehicle turned on as usual. The throttle control light was no longer on. I proceeded to drive home, but it wasn't 5 miles into the trip when the vehicle malfunctioned again. A few days passed and my vehicle was working okay, however I started to notice a sluggish feel to it, as well as that it was having trouble shifting gears. Today, driving home again, I was driving on the interstate about 50mph, and the vehicle unexpectedly malfunctioned. I nearly got rear ended. Now both the throttle control and engine check lights turned on. I turned off my vehicle, and this time the engine check remains on. I called the Ford dealership where I purchased my vehicle and was told to make an appointment.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #202

May 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 54,367 miles
While driving in light traffic on the interstate freeway, just coming over a hill, the engine lost power. Multiple power loss surges and the engine light came on so the Ford Escape was allow to coast down hill to the next exit ramp. Once at the bottom of the off ramp, the ignition was turned off and a tow truck was called. To move the car out of the way, the engine was restarted and it was noticed that another light was also turned on indicating something mechanical (transmission) had also failed. The car was barely able to move in 1st gear to clear the side of the road till the tow truck arrived. Later the mechanic read the trouble codes and said the throttle body failed and the transmission torque converter was seriously damaged. Fortunately the traffic was not heavy and there was opportunity to exit the freeway without crashing.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #201

Jul 182013


  • 63,128 miles
While driving down the interstate, the car started to de-accelerate. The accelerator did not respond and I went into limp mode. Car was towed to repair shop. It started right up and no problem was found - didn't register on the computer and wrench warning light went off. Ten days later, the car did the same thing, this time in the city. Different repair shop diagnosed the problem as the throttle body. Ford dealers in the area told me there were 3700 of these parts on back order! gee, maybe there is a problem with massive numbers needing to be replaced! a recall needs to be initiated. My incident on the interstate almost resulted in an accident.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #200

Jul 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
My husband was driving out of a parking lot when all of a sudden the orange wrench light came on. The car started to decrease in acceleration even though his foot was on the gas pedal. He then applied pressure to the brakes to pull over to the side and the car pulsed to a stop. He put the car in park and shut it off. When trying to restart the car would not turn over right away, and took at least 5 seconds or more for it to start. Since this issue has occurred, it has happened 7 more times in a matter of 5 days. Luckily this happened while my husband was driving my car and he continues to drive it until we get it fixed. I primarily drive this car 99% of the time and I am 7 months pregnant. I can't even imagine what I would do if this happened to me on the highway or in the middle of a busy intersection. We are very lucky that no one got hurt during these instances. I can't believe Ford has not done a major recall on this issue. My sister in-law had the same issues with her 2009 Escape and just recently had her throttle body replaced as well. The lack of caring about its customers will definitely make me rethink about ever buying a Ford again.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #199

Jul 182013


  • 41,478 miles
Driving along 5-lane interstate at approximately 70-75 mph when my 2010 Ford Escape's engine essentially cut out on me. A yellow wrench light came on as well. I avoided several passing cars and semis on this very busy thoroughfare outside our nation's capital and luckily found safety on the right shoulder. After powering down the vehicle, thinking that it may be a computer error, I restarted and everything seemed find. Again, no more than a couple miles down the road the same issue happened. Found a Ford dealer eventually and replaced the throttle body. $600 out of pocket cost for something that should be under powertrain warranty.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #198

Jul 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds 65 mph, my cars engine suddenly stopped running. This has happened more than once at different speeds. Nearly caused a pile up.

- Jackson , NJ, USA

problem #197

Jun 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,015 miles
While driving the engine lost power. The engine continued to run but would not add any rpms when applying the accelerator. The engine light also came on. I was able to keep the vehicle moving at an idle to get out of traffic. Top speed was only about 5 mph. Vehicle had to be towed to dealership. Service department was unable to find anything wrong with my vehicle. About one month later the same problem occurred while driving on roadway approximately 50 mph. Same symptoms with same results. Service department did replace the throttle housing this time.

- Van Wert, OH, USA

problem #196

Jul 212013


  • 47,570 miles
Driving and gas pedal lost all power. Pulled to side of road, engine continued to run about 700/800 RPM. I noticed the wrench symbol was lit in dashboard so I turned off A/C opened all windows & shut off engine. After about 30 seconds or so, I re-started the car & drove back home (approx. 35 miles). The following day I took the vehicle to a Ford dealer & explained my problem. Dealer said this was probably a throttle control / powertrain problem. They offered me some suggestions to help with this trouble, which I have done. As of today 7/25/2013 vehicle seems to be running fine. I hope this gets resolved because I really like this vehicle.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #195

Jul 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,314 miles
Vehicle suddenly and unexpectedly lost all power while driving on a major thoroughfare, almost resulting in a rear end collision. Vehicle has now done that three times and is not being driven as it is unsafe to operate until repaired. Ford states that it is a known issue with the throttle body but cannot obtain the replacement part for one to two months, rendering vehicle unusable and unsafe.

- Toccoa, GA, USA

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