really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,346 miles

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 10 of 28)

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problem #362

Sep 022013


  • 67,000 miles


Vehicle stalling, replaced throttle body.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #361

Sep 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I was driving home from work at 11:45 P.M. and my vehicle started to slow down, I pulled over to the side of the road, I stepped on the gas and nothing. So I shut it off and waited a few minutes and restarted it, the vehicle took off and I made it home, 26 miles. This happened the next morning when my husband drove it took it to decorah auto center Ford and they said they can't do anything with out a code. I have to restart the vehicle to drive it and this erases the code. Today is the 5th and it happened again that is 3 times in 5 days. The little wrench lights up in the lower left on dash. This is very scary especially in heavy traffic. How can I get a code to get this fixed? I have to restart to drive.

- Cresco, IA, USA

problem #360

Jul 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 28,018 miles
While driving on the interstate and entering a ramp, the engine just lost power and there was a rapid deceleration. The car had no power and I had to pull over to the shoulder in heavy traffic. There was a wrench symbol lit up on the dash. I towed the car to a Ford dealer in bettendorf Iowa. They told me the problem was a bad throttle body and it would have to be replaced. There was a shortage of parts because there was 5 cars ahead of me waiting for the same parts. Sounds like a common major problem. Should be recalled for this problem. It could have created a dangerous situation.

- Redington Shores, FL, USA

problem #359

Sep 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


Vehicle stalls out while driving and goes into an idle mode. Vehicle has to be shut off and then restarted in order to go back into a mode that allows acceleration.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #358

Aug 212013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 89,500 miles
Was going down highway around 50 mph and all of a sudden without warning, lost power. Vehicle did not die, just had no gas power, had to coast out of roadway. This same scenario has happened numerous times since then, all without warning and sometimes in dangerous situations in middle of heavy traffic. I have reported this all to Ford company headquarters.

- Scottsville, KY, USA

problem #357

Sep 012013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 45,372 miles
Driving on I80 West, when suddenly I lost power and the car started to decelerate, looked at the instrument panel and saw the "wrench" icon lit. Pulled off of the interstate as the car continued to lose speed and limped into a service station parking lot. Turned the ignition off and consulted the user manual and found the issue related to the "powertrain/throttle control". turned the ignition back on and all of the warning lights went off after starting the car. Headed back to home via side streets and had one more incident after approximately 3 miles. Followed the same procedure as before and was able to make it the rest of the way home (6 miles). If this had happened out in the country miles from nowhere I would have been extremely worried. Parked car until after the holiday and called the Ford dealership to arrange service. Took car to Ford dealership this morning(9/4) and was told later that the throttle body was bad. New one was back ordered to October 26th. Service technician(kyle) told me I couldn't drive the car because it was a safety hazard. Part is not covered under extended warrant, so a rental car will not be covered. I can't afford $1800 for a rental, so now what? dealer sympathetic, but unable to help.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #356

May 012012

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


I just exited the pa turnpike when my truck began to sputter. The rpms were fluctuating. I was able to coast off to the side of the road, but am glad this happened after I got off the turnpike where I was traveling at 65 mph and had no shoulder to pull off to. It happened twice this week. Monday, September 2nd, as I was traveling apx 55 mph on pa rt 422 and again the following day as I was driving on county line rd at apx. 40 mph. Each time the same thing would happen. My vehicle would sputter and rpms would fluctuate as the engine died. I was almost rear ended by several cars the last time since there was not enough shoulder for me to get my vehicle completely off the road as the engine died. All temperatures were fine and my fluids are good. I took my vehicle into a dealership this morning for diagnostics. I was told it was the throttle vale. After looking online I have noticed many people are having this same issue. Please look into this. Ford needs to fix this unsafe issue!

- Hatfield, PA, USA

problem #355

Aug 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 35,700 miles
While driving on the interstate going 65 mph I felt a jolt like the car had dropped into a lower gear. The speed immediately went down to 40 mph. When I pushed down on the accelerator it would not go above the 40 mph. I moved over to the shoulder. The wrench light came on. The engine continued to run, very shaky, and I called for a tow. The dealer replaced the throttle body.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #354

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 #353

Aug 292013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
I am having problems with the throttle body on my 2010 Ford Escape doing a lot of the same things. Its throwing itself into limp home mode and power failure with the throttle and shifting problems. And no power when stepping on the gas. I have read up on all the reports and the investigation. So I proceeded to take my car to town East Ford in mesquite Texas where I purchased the car from. The service tech guy at town East Ford. Refused to acknowledge the investigation and refused to check my car out without me paying him a bunch of money and refused to call my extended warranty without collecting the money up front. He proceeded to tell me that their dealership is not part of Ford so therefore he has no idea what is going on and I can show him all I want to on the internet but he refuses to do anything until I pay all the money up front even though they are a Ford dealership. The tech was very rude and I finally left there without getting my car fixed and still having problems. Ford needs to come out with this recall before someone winds up in serious wrecks from it and the dealerships need to honor the products and vehicle they sell of Ford.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #352

Aug 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,144 miles


On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 I was on the interstate, outside of town when I accelerated to merge lanes & my Escape started lurching and I lost power causing my car to cost to a stop. I was able to limp to a location that was safe and had to call for a tow truck. I had it taken to the dealership where it was purchased and where I have all maintenance done on it. I was told by landmark Ford service that it was the throttle body and that it would take about two weeks to get the part in and around $520 to fix it. I spoke with Ford Corp and they said they are aware of this problem (thus, the back order on replacement parts). My Escape is 3 years old.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #351

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 #350

Aug 312013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 48,070 miles
Driving in the middle lane of a highway going 70 mph, car bucked, wrench light came on, and dropped speed rapidly. Pulled over, car was idling rough, tried to hit the gas and the car just jumped forward slightly 3 times going less than 3 mph. Turned the car off, back on, and didn't want to start but finally did, wrench light went away and the car drove fine. Drove it to the Ford dealership 1.5 miles away and they stated it was the electronic throttle body that failed and needed to be replaced.

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #349

Jun 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I was driving under normal driving conditions on the expressway when the car suddenly jerked and I no longer could accelerate and the service engine light on the dashboard began flashing. Fortunately, I was able to get on to the shoulder and call a tow truck. It was due to a faulty throttle body. Per the dealer where my vehicle was towed to, the part needed was on Ford's national backorder list and they did not know when the part would become available. It took 5 weeks to get the part. It has only been about 7 weeks and my car did the same jerk on the expressway again today. I was able to continue driving to work as no service lights ignited on the dashboard, but I will be taking my vehicle in to get checked again.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #348

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 #347

May 292013


  • 70,000 miles
The vehicle lost power while driving at relatively constant speed. The engine hesitated, car did not accelerate when the gas pedal was applied. The engine then stalled. I pulled over, restarted the engine, and the car seem to run normally after this first incident. The vehicle has continued to intermittently have the same issue, although it may need to be restarted a few times before acting normal again. The vehicle was towed because it stalled and seem unable to make the drive home. The engine throttle was cleaned in August by a mechanic, but stalled repeatedly 3 days later. Using dry gas and keeping the tank nearly full has not solved the issue either. My experience seems similar to many complaints found at this website and other places on the internet.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #346

Aug 042013


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while traveling 70 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder where it was shut down and restarted. The vehicle then resumed normal function. The contact also mentioned that the failure recurred several weeks later. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the throttle body assembly was replaced. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 27,000.

- Lilborn, GA, USA

problem #345

Aug 182013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 55,174 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis where the contact was informed that the electronic throttle body would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 55,174 and the current mileage was 55,900. Updated 10/17/13

- Angola, NY, USA

problem #344

Aug 302013


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while stopped at a stop sign, the vehicle would not accelerate. The wrench warning icon was also illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated the throttle would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Northville, NY, USA

problem #343

Aug 232013


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph and making a turn, the vehicle began to decelerate without warning. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. Upon restarting, the vehicle resumed normally. The failure recurred nine times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they informed the contact that the electronic throttle body would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired because the part was on back order until October 26, 2013. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- St. Louis , MO, USA

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