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 21 of 28)

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problem #142

Jun 152013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and could not be restated. The check engine and the power train warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The failure was reported to the manufacturer and they stated that the part was on back order. The failure and current mileage was 43,000. The consumer stated while driving, she suddenly felt the vehicle loose power even though she was pressing on the accelerator. The wrench and engine light illuminated on the dash.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #141

Jun 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
Driving on interstate I-95 car stopped accelerating and engine went to idle speed - barely managed to avoid getting hit by other cars on highway and limped home at approx 5 mph - vehicle was checked by bonell Ford in winchester MA. Ford has indicated that the parts for repair are on national backorder note that the Ford dealer I purchased this car from bonell Ford in winchester MA. Has 3 other Ford Escape's waiting for the same parts - this is a serious safety issue and this vehicle should be recalled before someone is killed.

- Reading, MA, USA

problem #140

Jun 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 58,500 miles
Car stalled at 35 mph and I became stuck on the road in traffic. The check engine light came on. The engine was idling low and the throttle pedal would not move the car. I got towed to a Ford dealer who said the electronic throttle assembly failed. The part is out of stock nation wide and one customer they have has been waiting for 2 months for a throttle body. I called 5 dealers for part availability and they are out too and have customers waiting for a part.

- Dexter, MI, USA

problem #139

Jun 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


I was preparing for a stop light in heavy traffic when my vehicle speed to stall and shake. All ability to accelerate was gone. As I braked the shaking became worse. I was finally able to pull on to a side-road and put the vehicle in park, which made the shake become worse. I cut the vehicle off, waited one minute, turned it on, and it seemed to be fine. I accelerated for approximately 200 ft and the event repeated itself. This cycle continued until I was able to drift into a midas shop approximately 1/8th of a mile from the onset of the incident. The mechanic performed a diagnostic and reported the throttle body was damaged. The Ford Escape did not exhibit any symptoms or warning signs prior to this incident.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #138

Jun 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
At a stop light, light turned green got up to about 10mph and the vehicle just lost power...still at an idle in morning traffic almost hit by two cars. This is ridiculous if all of these people are having the same issue then why wont a recall be issued" I am a single working parent of three and $600 to shell out to fix a problem that Ford knows is an issue" how will I be compensated after the fact because I know sooner or later Ford will have to stop pushing all of us off.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #137

May 282013


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph there was a complete loss of engine power followed by the illumination of the engine and wrench symbol warning indicators. After the vehicle was turned off and restarted it functioned normally. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced; however, the part was on a massive back order. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #136

Jun 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


While driving the car it started to shake and the pedal of the gas stop working completely the car would not accelerate and rolled until it stopped. All vehicles behind us started to beep as we had no idea what happened. After stopping the car we checked around the car had no issues in the engine. We started again and it work fine. Since the 1st accident the same thing has been happening at least once per week and one time at high speed.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #135

Jun 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The first time the SUV completely lost acceleration at 45mph. It was extremely dangerous. I was on a bridge & the emergency lane was so narrow that traffic was within inches of me. I sat for a while and then restarted the vehicle. I feel fortunate to have made it off the bridge without being in an accident. I made an appointment with my dealership, but before my appointment date I had to make an extended trip out-of-state. The second time it occurred was even worse. It occurred exactly one week later. I was taking my husband to the atlanta airport. Less than 40 miles of the airport and while driving 75 mph, it completely lost acceleration again. I was able to steer the vehicle off to the side of the road. We sat for a short while. I restarted the vehicle. We took the next exit and barely made it to a Ford dealership. After sitting in a hotel for three days, we finally learned that the throttle body part is not available anywhere! and to make matters worse, the Ford dealership in lagrange refuses to provide transportation and expects us to foot the bill for a 3 week or longer rental car (the part will not be released until July 2). The dealership will not even tell us when we can expect our vehicle to be fixed! and they expect us to pay for labor and the defective throttle body, too! this defective part is going to cost us: An airline cancellation fee - $100; 2 nights of non-refundable hotel rooms (I was continuing on from atlanta to visit a relative) - $130; 2 additional nights of hotel in lagrange $140; rental car - $588 (and will be higher, I'm afraid); 2 additional tanks of gas $90 (I have to return the rental car to ga from fl); the repair & part - $500-$600. I don't understand why I am responsible for paying for an obviously defective part and why a dealership would be so unwilling to provide transportation to us for a problem that we didn't create.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #134

May 152013


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the throttle sensor and check engine warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Aberdeen , MS, USA

problem #133

Jun 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 84,700 miles
Twice in less than 24 hours, the car went into "limp home" mode complete with wrench indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The engine dropped and would not come above 1000 RPM, and would allow the vehicle to lurch forward at no more than 15-20 miles per hour. The first incident occurred on 6/24 at an intersection, upon the light turning green. As I accelerated to go through the intersection, the vehicle dropped into "limp" mode and forced a left turn to park and turn off the engine. Doing so and allowing it to sit for a few minutes got it to reset and not happen again on my way home. The second occurrence was the morning of 6/25, in the middle of I-95 on my way to work; approximate speed was 55-60 miles per hour. Thankfully, I was in the far right lane and able to drift to the shoulder to repeat last night's procedure. Considering the negative press the "limp home" mode and throttle body assembly get from various forums recounting very similar occasions to my own experience, this needs to be a recall before somebody gets killed! a tsb or "suggested solution" is not enough!

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #132

Jun 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 51,490 miles


While driving home from louisville headed back to cincinnati my daughter experienced our vehicle stalling out at highway speeds 3 different times. She was able to work her way over to the side of the road and restart the vehicle each time. However this was very scary as at highway speeds the sudden loss of power and speed caused traffic to almost rear end her vehicle on two of the three occasions. When I contacted the local Ford dealer upon safely returning home they made it sound like it was an issue with the throttle body and that this is a very common problem in these vehicles. I was also told by my son that I needed to report this because this is a widespread problem. He did a quick google search and was able to see the investigation into this issue. Please do something about this before there is innocent loss of life.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #131

Jun 232013


  • 47,000 miles
For the last couple of weeks while at stop lights or when the car was just idling I notice the car would shake/sputter/hesitate, like it was not getting enough fuel to the engine to idle, every once in a while but it did not stall out completely it would recover. Then while driving home on June 23, 2013 at 40mph I took my foot off of the gas pedal for a second to begin to slow down as I was approaching a red light, however, the light changed before I got to the intersection and then the car made a shutter/thud not a loud sound but you knew something has just happened, I thought maybe my transmission had just gone out because when I was pressed on the gas pedal it did not respond. I pushed the pedal all the way to the floor but nothing happened. I could not tell if the car really stalled out it seemed more like the gas pedal was just not responding. I lost speed rapidly and coasted into a parking lot. The first time I restarted the car the gas pedal still did not work but the car did go into gear so I thought it must not be the transmission. The second time I restarted the car I gave the gas pedal a couple of pumps before putting into gear to make sure it was responding that worked and I made it home. The car did hesitate and sputter when I was sitting still at the lights so I would put it in park and rev the engine until the light changed. I took the car to a Ford dealership the next day and they informed me that the throttle body needs to be replaced and of course that is an out of pocket expense as my warranty is expired. How many of these complaint have to be filed before Ford has to admit this is there fault for putting faulty throttle bodies in these cars and issues a recall ?

- La Vista, NE, USA

problem #130

Jun 142013


  • 38,000 miles
Was driving about 60mph on in mountains of Maryland, 3hrs from home when vehicle started to hesitate and then I had no power at all even though I was depressing pedal. Seemed to be idling and coasting. Was nearly rear ended....pulled over to emerg lane quite shaken up vehicle was idling vary rough. Wrench light was on. Shut off vehicle, waited about 10min. Then restarted light was off. Book idicated powertrain or throttle issue. Was able to drive for about 20-30 minutes then same thing occured. This happened about 4 times. Made it to a dealer and had someone pick me up. 38000 miles on the vehicle - absolutely no reason for this part to fail. Had regulaer maintanance and even had throttle body cleaned and reprogram done as part of a technicain bulletin. Part has been back ordered for 3 weeks. Still no vehicle. There is a definite vehicle safety issue here. Somebody is going to be killed in an accident by losing all power in the middle of driving. This is a defective part that Ford needs to recall and address immediately!!!

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #129

Jun 112012


  • 37,000 miles
Driving 60mph on highway when Ford Escape bucked, slowed, did not accelerate when gas was applied. Pulled to side of road where engine sputtered and died. Restarted truck, drove another 10 miles when same occurred. This has occurred numerous times over the past two years. I assumed I had bought gas with water in it "bad gas". several times I have used a product to remove water from the gas, this only works sometimes. I have an appointment with Ford on July 5th, I believe its another problem with the ecoboost engine in my SUV. Ford should recall this engine before a fatality occurs, I have visions of someone plowing into the back of my vehicle while my engine stalls unexpectedly.

- Millsboro, DE, USA

problem #128

Jun 142013


  • 50,000 miles
For a couple weeks previous to the final incident, while coming to a stop, the car would stutter then turn off...one time while driving 80mph on the highway. The final time I was pulling out of a gas station and the car started stuttering, then shut off in the middle of the intersection with just enough power to get to a turn-off. The check engine light came on and the yellow wrench. The car would not start for approximately 45 min. I was able to make it around the corner from the Ford dealership and pushed it the remaining way. Ford is saying it is a throttle body issue and the part is on an emergency nationwide backorder which may take 3 weeks to 6 months to get the part...and it's not covered under warranty because it is considered 'normal wear and tear, ' according to Ford. I am about to make my fourth, yes, fourth payment on the Escape.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #127

Jun 242013


  • 35,000 miles
First time I noticed a problem with the car it started to surge at a stop light. This has happened a few times in the last month. Then while driving on the freeway at approx. 65 mph the car stalled out and had to pull over. Turned off vehicle and then restarted car and drove it straight to the dealership. Dealership checked codes and said throttle body assembly failed. Part is on back order. This is a huge safety concern!

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #126

Jun 232013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 49,100 miles
On June 23, 2013 driving on street about 25 M.P.H. when car suddenly dropped in speed to almost an idle. After pulling to side of road, was able to turn around and return home at about 1 M.P.H. fortunately, there were no vehicles behind me, otherwise, because of the abrupt stopping of the vehicle a rear end accident would have occurred. Ford roadside service towed car to kindle Ford, cape may court house, NJ on Monday June 24, 2013. I was later advised by the service department that the vehicle needed a throttle body assembly at a cost of $378 and that it was not covered under the power train warranty period. Worse yet, I was told that the part was back ordered, service could give no date when the part would be available, as it was on nationwide back order and could be several weeks or more before the part was available. No loner car was offered for use during this unreasonable delay.

- Linwood, NJ, USA

problem #125

Jan 092013


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 64 mph, the wrench warning icon illuminated as the vehicle lost power. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 87,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #124

Jun 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,250 miles
Power was lost and the throttle had no response-engine ran rough but would not respond to throttle-had to restart to regain power-very, very, frightening.

- Saint Albans, WV, USA

problem #123

Jun 212013


  • 51,000 miles
Driving at 40mph, lost power. Was told today at Ford service dept that it is a failed throttle body.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

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