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 14 of 28)

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problem #282

Jun 192013


  • 64,300 miles


While driving on the interstate at highway speed the vehicle suddenly lost all power. The engine warning lights came on and it had no accelerator response. Managed to pull over onto shoulder, turned off the engine waited a moment and it restarted and ran normally. While I was fortunate enough to pull over safely, this could be a very dangerous situation when you have no control of the vehicle. At first it happened just once or twice making me think. It was just bad gasoline or a fuel filter. Over the months since it has gotten worse and I learned of the throttle body defect.

- Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #281

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 #280

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 #279

Aug 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 35,798 miles


The throttle body went bad on my 2010 Ford Escape limited V6 3.0L engine. My car is 41 days out of warranty and the for dealer charge me close to 500. Dollars to replace the throttle body. I kept the old throttle body for evidence. There should be some type of regulation on this item. Because I almost got killed by this defect. Ford manager contacted me, her name is [xxx]. she told me to keep my receipt because they were having problems with the throttle body's vendor. That this may come to a recall.. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6),

- Pinegrove , PA, USA

problem #278

Aug 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
The car stalls out and loses power without warning during operation. Speed at the time is irrelevant. People will die because of this defective throttle body. Its inevitable. Don't wait for a family of 4 to stall out on a 4 lane highway going 65 mph causing an 8 car pile up involving a tractor trailer and catastrophic injuries/fatalities. Recall the cars. Save lives.

- Horsham, PA, USA

problem #277

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 64,811 miles
Driving on interstate at 55 mph when vehicle lost all acceleration. Gas pedal was ineffective. Had to coast off road, shut vehicle down, restart it and was able to accelerate. At garage was told cost of part (expensive) but part was on back order and that the vehicle was not safe to drive until it was repaired since stalling or failure to accelerate could happen again at any time, and the vehicle might not "recover".

- Burgettstown, PA, USA

problem #276

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,700 miles


While driving at highway speed, car stopped. I shut off engine waited and restarted. Drove 35 miles this way in rushhour traffic. Went autozone (as Ford was closed for day) and had code pulled. It said electronic throttle body. Cannot get part from parts store, will try to get part from dealer. A friend of mine who use to work for Ford said that there have been 750,000 replaced throttle components for this model year. This left me in a very unsafe situation.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #275

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Wrench light lit up on the dash, car decelerated and stopped in the roadway and traffic. Engine was still running, but no response from the gas pedal. Turned the car off for 10 minutes. Started again and drove it home. Could have been a dangerous situation on a more crowded roadway. Based on internet research, a recall on the throttle body should be issued.

- Huntsville, AS, USA

problem #274

Aug 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 62,700 miles
After sitting a stop light, when gas pedal was pushed to go there was no power. Engine was running but car would not move. Check engine light also went on. Mechanic diagnosed a throttle body malfunction and has replaced the part. The car is a one-owner, 3-year old Ford Escape.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #273

Jul 232013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the engine stalled without warning while driving 60 mph. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic, who diagnosed the failure at the throttle body. The vehicle was repaired and the throttle body was replaced. In addition, the rear hatch door could only be opened electronically and not manually. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000 and the approximate current mileage was 43,100...updated 09-18-13

- Wyomissing , PA, USA

problem #272

Jul 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,567 miles


Vehicle lost power while driving but engine was on. Throttle body had to be replaced.

- Ridley Park, PA, USA

problem #271

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 #270

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 #269

Aug 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,710 miles
Vehicle lost all power while the electrical system remained on. Unable to supply fuel to the engine. Vehicle coasted to a stop. Was in passing lane at the time, with traffic behind me. Able to pull off highway. The vehicle restarted without icon lights. Drove approximately 2 miles, same situation. Vehicle restarted with check engine light remaining on. Vehicle was taken to a local Ford dealer for repair. Diagnostic codes indicated a failed throttle body assembly. This was a non-warranty repair costing $608.80 plus rental car.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #268

Jul 312013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving on a busy morning highway my throttle went out. I could not accelerate and had to immediately put on my hazard lights and find a way out of traffic, with no way to accelerate. I thought this might have been a one time fluke, until it happened two more times. My car service provider isn't able to do much for me since no warning sensors have been triggered during any event. The three occurrences were at speeds of 55, 25 and 60 mph. This is a dangerous and scary problem. What if I had not been able to get out of the way in time" when will Ford be held fully accountable for the problems they have acknowledged having with Escape throttles and their sensors"

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #267

Aug 062013


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

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #266

Jul 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 63,250 miles
On the 18th of July, 2013, while driving on a major interstate in my 2010 Ford Escape, my SUV suddenly lost all throttle control and seemed to die. My wrench light came on and I was getting no response from the throttle and my engine was running roughly. I shut off the car and restarted it and tried to drive again. At 20 mph the throttle stopped working again. I was only a few hundred yards from a truck weight station and was able to crawl to the station at about 15 mph to troubleshoot the problem. I have a code reader in my vehicle and got P2111 and P2112 which is the throttle actuator control system - stuck open and stuck closed respectively. After letting the car sit for a while I was able to start it and the wrench light had gone out. I was able to go 60 mph for the rest of my 12 hour trip with no problems. Today August 6, 2013 my car did the same thing. I was hoping it was a computer glitch and that I had gotten away one occurrence, but that was not the case.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #265

Aug 062013


  • miles
I was leaving for work and my vehicle seemed to hesitate and then lost all function to the gas pedal. After shutting the vehicle off, I turned it back on and it appeared to work fine. I brought it to the dealer and they told me it was the throttle body. I'm currently waiting on the estimate but saw all the complaints and needed to add my name to the list of people with this problem. Ford should take this as a loss for the safety and betterment of its clients.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #264

Aug 062013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 100,300 miles
The throttle actuator control system of my 2010 Ford Escape is stuck closed per the P2112 code.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #263

Aug 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 15,350 miles
When driving the vehicle, the accelerator became useless and I had to coast to the side of the road, turn the ignition off and back on and everything was fine at that point. This happened on 4 different occasions before I was able to get the vehicle to the local Ford dealer for an analysis of the situation. The dealer replaced the throttle body and charged me $159.13 for the part and labor.

- Shelby, NC, USA

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