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 23 of 23)

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problem #14

Aug 092012


  • 42,000 miles


I was driving on the highway when suddenly I lost all acceleration and had to coast off the road. A wrench was lit up on my dashboard and although I had no acceleration, my engine was still sputtering/running. After turning the car off for a few minutes and restarting it, it ran fan and the wrench light was off. It ran fine for the next week until it happen again. I was pullin onto the access road to the highway and the car again lost all acceleration, but continued to run. This continued all the way home, which I arrived safely, luckily. I called a Ford dealership and they were unable to get a service manager on the phone. They were supposed to call me back, which they never did. I ended up taking my car to another shop near my home and they told me that my electronic throttle body had gone out. They had recently made this fix to two other Ford Escapes, which concerned me. They also had to get the replacement piece directly from Ford, which also concerns me because I am now convinced it is a faulty piece altogether. I still feel at risk as they have only replaced the piece which I feel may still by faulty. I am disappointed that Ford was put so many people at risk and my hope is that this is researched and is recalled for peoples safety. I feel so blessed that my child was not in the car with me during these incidents although I was extremely scared for my own well being. I would like Ford to be held responsible for this.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #13

Nov 052012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 14,499 miles
I have a 2010 Ford Escape that surges forward when I come to a stop. The RPM rises and I have to stand on the brake to keep it going forward. No fault lights come on. I have had it checked a week a go, they could not find any problem. No codes or anything. Please help me with this matter.I, M afraid to have my wife drive this car. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lambertville, MI, USA

problem #12

Nov 022012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,925 miles
My check engine light came on steadily out of the blue. Took it to Ford dealer and was told I needed to replace a faulty purge valve. Part number:9U5Z-9C915-H. I was told this was a common problem for Escape's and Fusion's. there were 3 Escapes today having the same part replaced. Not under warranty and $300. There is a technical service bulletin on this issue, but not a recall. Seems like a common defect could have safety repercussions since is the fuel fumes not exhausting properly.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #11

Nov 172011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles


First incident: Nov 2011 - slowed to enter round about and vehicle stalled/lost all power. I drifted across the traffic circle, put it in park, and it restarted. Second incident: Oct 26, 2012 - stopped to make a turn and vehicle stalled/lost power. Put it in park and it restarted, dealer said it was throttle body and replaced it (and charged me) and said there were no technical bulletins on this problem.

- San Ysidro, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 102012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,862 miles
My wife and I each drive a Ford Escape, one a 2010 and the other a 2009. In the last month we have each experienced a sudden and unexpected complete loss of power. In her case, she was driving on an interstate at highway speeds in moderate traffic. I was driving in Suburban traffic at 40 mph. In each case, the engine suddenly stopped, no power, and the warning lights came on. After about five minutes, you were able to re-start, but the problem persists, so it is not safe to drive the car. The repair costs about $550 for each one, the dealer indicated it was a throttle body and motor assembly..

- Pensacola, , FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 142011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
As I was driving the car the throttle suddenly would not let me 'go' any further and the car slowed to a stop in the middle of the road. When stopped, it shuddered in place until I turned the car off. This happened another time just after a busy intersection, but Ford apparently does not deem this a safety concern, even though this is a family vehicle and the consequences for problems like this could be terrible. The vehicle has been in the shop 5 times in the last year for the above problem twice, another couple of times for leaking transmission fluid (which I am also led to believe could cause the car to stop in traffic if the leak remains undetected one of these times), and another for hard shifts both accelerating and decelerating. All of these problems are ones that Ford seems unable to fix and doesn't seem to care happened. I keep waiting for a recall to be issued for at least some of these problems, since in several situations I do feel very strongly this was a safety issue and do not appreciate my children having to ride in an unreliable car. I also do not have the money to throw at a 2010 car every couple of months. I would appreciate your looking into these problems. Thanks!

- Lizella, GA, USA

problem #8

Oct 012012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,990 miles


My daughter was driving to school and as she was pulling off the highway her Escape stopped responding to the accelerator, so she pulled off the side of the road, trying her best to not get hit by cars going much faster than she could move, and put the truck into park. I was now talking to her over her cell and I asked tried to push on the accelerator, but nothing would happen, as if the gas pedal was broken. She saw a little wrench in the lower left side of the dash, so I asked her to turn the truck off. After a minute I had her turn the key back on, and the light went off and the truck worked fine. Plus, the wrench light was off. Two days later the same thing happened, but this time she was driving down a residential street. Truck lost power, and the gas pedal had no control and the wrench light came on. She managed to avoid getting hit as she slowed down and cars came upon her quickly. She managed to cruise long enough to get near our house and jumped in and saw the same thing she was experiencing. We parked the Escape in the driveway and the idle seemed fine, but the accelerator had no response. I then turned the key off and back on and the little wrench light was gone and the accelerator was fully functional again. I decided to take it in to Ford, as it has an extended warranty on it. They called us back later on that day and said there is nothing they could do, as they could not see any codes in the computer. I have read this is a fairly common problem, and in my opinion, very unsafe. When the truck goes into this "limp mode"you cannot get out of the way of ongoing traffic. Plus, now I am afraid to have her drive this far from my home. I don't want her to get stranded, and if the dealer can't fix it because they can't find a problem. What am I to do? I hope something gets figured out soon. This is not safe, nor an acceptable service response!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 022012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 21,133 miles
In the span of 4 days my 2010 Ford Escape XLS engine failed to turn over 3 times. The first two incidents were resolved by jump starting probably due to low battery output. So yesterday, I took the vehicle to a local mechanic shop and replaced the factory-installed battery thinking this was it. Today this morning, as my family and I were about to head out for grocery shopping, the ignition won't start again. So I called for a jump starting service through my insurance and this time it won't start at all. It was towed and moved to the mechanic shop for further inspection. Since it wasn't a Ford dealership, they weren't able to do a complete diagnosis. But based on what they were able to do, it appears that there is a breakdown of communication between ignition and engine. I had this for two years now originally purchased from aafes military sales Korea and the vehicle has never been in a major accident. I am completely baffled and irritated by all this event because there should be no reason for the car to stall like that. Currently I am overseas in Korea with the us army and there are only a couple of Ford dealerships over and they are not near by.

- Apo, AP, USA

problem #6

Sep 272012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
While traveling about 20 mph down the street, the vehicle completely lost responsiveness to pressure on the gas pedal. The wrench light came on indicated a power train malfunction. I drifted off to the side of the road and turned the car off. I then waited about a minute and turned the car back on again. Everything was fine and the wrench light went away. The car drove fine for another 50 miles or so. Then it happened again. There is no warning and when it happens nothing you do can make the car respond. Turning the car off then on again solved this problem. Through searching through this database, it is apparent this a common problem with Ford Escape throttle bodies. Most likely a defect in the part.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #5

Aug 312012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,428 miles
The problem was randomly demonstrated several times between 8/31/12 and 9/4/12. The accelerator would seem to stop working or become unresponsive, most often at speeds of 20-30 mph. There would be sputtering, stalling, and then total stoppage.. the motor was running but there seemed to be no fuel flow. I would turn it off, wait several seconds, restart it, and everything would work smoothly until, with no warning, the pattern would repeat itself. It occurred five times /3 miles, two times/1 mile, and two times/0.5 mile. Early on 9/4, the pattern repeated three times on the way to the repair shop. These incidents produced anxiety for me and I was going slow. We did not drive the vehicle over the holiday weekend as we were concerned that this would happen on interstate highways when we would be traveling at high speeds.the error trouble codes were PO685, P2111, P2112. He said the car was not safe to drive until it was repaired. Since the mechanic reported "throttle body" being the problem I researched the throttle body as it relates to the Ford Escape. It causes me great concern that this has been demonstrated to be a dangerous and potentially life-threatening problem on the Escape since 2000 and I bought 3 new Escapes within that time period; a 2002, a 2007, and the 2010 Escape, and there has been no effective, corrective action taken to resolve this. The dealership has said there will be no reimbursement of the $475 and this part is not under any warranty. Although the money is an issue, the greater issue is the need to prevent future deaths. I have the old part that was replaced and I am willing to do whatever I can to force this problem to be resolved.in the interest of public safety I urge you to issue an immediate recall until this problem is resolved. Thank you for your interest.

- Bellefontaine, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 162012


  • 42,000 miles


The vehicle's accelerator (gas) pedal randomly stops working resulting in immediate loss of speed and power to the engine. Accelerator is unresponsive and vehicle will sputter/crawl to 5 mph until ignition is turned off and car restarted. After restart, vehicle runs normal until problem occurs again (sometimes within minutes). Problem occurs randomly as little as 1 time per trip to as many as 8 times in a 25 minute commute. Problem occurred 12 times the other day with many of them on a multilane interstate while traveling 65 mph in the far left lane with nowhere to quickly pull-off the road. Very dangerous when it occurs on the interstate and you quickly have to maneuver to change lanes and pull off the road or risk coming to a stop in the middle of a busy highway. This problem also causes the vehicle to sometimes run rough and negatively impact the emissions. The error code from the vehicle's computer is P2112 which is related to the throttle body. I have researched this problem on the internet and discovered it's an extremely common and very serious problem with this vehicle. A recall needs to be issued before someone gets killed.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 202012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,471 miles
Driver was accelerating at 35 mph and 2010 Ford Escape engine became non-responsive. Attempts to press the accelerator were unproductive. Powertrain light came on. Vehicle coasted to shoulder of road and was turned off and restarted. Powertrain light went out upon restarting. Vehicle inspection at Ford dealer revealed no problems. Three days alter, same incident happened with a different driver. The experience was described as the gas pedal being disengaged from the engine.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 142012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
I was going approx. 30 - 35 mph and my car started jerking and sputtering as if it were out of gas then just died in the middle of an intersection. My husband had to push me across three lanes of traffic to a station where we bought gas. The car started right up so we went continued on with our business. We got on the interstate and was going about 65 mph and the same thing happened. I got it on the shoulder and it died again so we called the extended warranty co. (which charged me an additional $200 deductible on top of the cost of the warranty) and they had it towed to the nearest Ford dealership which was on the other side of the interstate. My sister has the same car (only a year newer) and the exact same thing happened to her while she was on vacation in Indiana. In researching the incident we discovered this is a very common problem in the Escape. The mechanic at the Ford dealership where she had her car towed to made the statement that he has been waiting for two years for a recall on this part. If this is a common issue then why hasn't Ford issued a recall (recall even a Ford mechanic is waiting for)? in researching we also discovered another issued with the back window exploding. I do not fee safe drivng my Escape (which I absolutely love). I am ready to trade it in . oh, and the mechanic also said the part he replaced was the exact same part as the one that was originally in the car. When asked what is to keep this from happening again and he said "nothing because it is the same part". so, they took a defaulted part out and replaced it with another defaulted part. I would just like to know why a recall hasn't been issued on this part. Thanks for your time.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #1

Dec 212011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
I had just entered the interstate and was accelerating up to speed. Suddenly there was no power, a light on the dash came on and there was a signal. I pulled off to the side of the interstate and waited about 30 seconds. The vehicle restarted and I went on with my business. Later that day the same thing happend at a stop light. When I got home I contacted the local Ford dealer. They said it was the throttle body and it was out of specifications by 8 or 9 percent. They also stated it was not covered by the warrenty. I told them it was a cpo vehicle that I had purchased 3 days before. I paid the bill and my dealer reimbursed me the $100 deductable due to the first dealer filing the paperwork incorrectly. I have had no problems with it since and it now has 48,000 miles on it.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

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