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 6 of 28)

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problem #442

Nov 122013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


I was driving down highway in evening heavy traffic with cruise control set at 60mph, when all acceleration cut off. Cars behind me had to hit their brakes just not to crash into me. This was extremely dangerous situation. I hit the gas peddle, both the engine did not accelerate and I had to pull over to the right and put my 2010 Ford Escape into park, at which point the engine was shaking violently and the wrench light was on. Shut off engine, waited 1-2 mins and restarted engine. Chuckled at the beginning, but then ran normally, pulled onto highway again and drove home. I was to anxious to try the cruise control again. Drove home and researched the problem on line. Found thousands of ppl describing on different web sites the exact same story.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #441

Nov 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 57,750 miles
I was traveling West on I-10 from tallahassee, fl intending to go to pensacola, fl. I was driving the 70 mph posted speed limit. As I neared exit 192 @ quincy, fl I heard a noise from under the hood that sounded like a clunk. The car's engine dropped below 1000 RPM and gradually slowed down. I pulled off to the emergency lane. The Escape was towed to havana Ford in havana, fl on sat., Nov. 2, 2013. The service dept. Opened Monday and I was informed that the throttle body broke. I had the throttle body and gasket replaced.

- Havana, FL, USA

problem #440

Nov 052013


  • 63,000 miles
I was driving on the highway with my cruise control on when the cruise control shut off and a wrench light came on. The car stopped excelling and I had to cruise from the fast lane over 2 lanes to the side of the road. Once to the side I turned my car off waited a minute and then turned it back on. It turned on fine and ran fine from then on. I of course called Ford immediately but it was after hours and I left a message. After about an hour of driving it began to shake my foot when I pushed on the accelerator. Prior to this I did feel some slipping or surges every so often when I was accelerating as if it was having trouble shifting. When I brought it to Ford it was decided that my throttle body needed to be replaced. This was done fast and was covered under my extended warranty it was to be fixed for just my deductible of $100. All fine and dandy until I read the reviews that this has been going on for a while and multiple people have been affected.

- Slingerlands, NY, USA

problem #439

Nov 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 51,780 miles


On highway approx. 5 miles into journey when vehicle suddenly stops with a violent jerk throwing all belongings into the floor. All lights on dash come on vehicle remained on.. pressing gas pedal but does not engage. Slowly idle over to the side of the road. Turned vehicle off and restarted. Let run for 5 minutes and drove 300 ft to suitable pull off. Orange tool light stayed on in left lower corner of dash after a sluggish start. Drove approx. 20 miles to work at night without any further problems. In morning on the way home, vehicle started ok. Let run 5 minutes to warm up. Traveled approx. 3 miles going 35 mph when vehicle suddenly stops again, vehicle remained on. Coasted off road. Turned off vehicle and let set for 5 minutes again. Vehicle sluggishly started with orange engine light staying on the dash. Drove approx. 2 miles at 30 mph when vehicle does the same thing. Coasted into parking lot. Turned off and checked outside vehicle for any leakage problems. None noted. Restarted sluggishly. Traveled approx. 22 miles to home without any other problems. Husband took to dealership. They checked it and knew beforehand what the problem was because of a history of problems with this vehicle. Replaced throttle body assembly mileage at 51814 at a cost of $372.61 parts and labor.

- Borden, IN, USA

problem #438

Nov 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 69,750 miles
While traveling down the highway at approximately 70 mph, the car suddenly loses power. The vehicle becomes unresponsive to throttle controls. Vehicle must be pulled off of the highway, onto the shoulder. The vehicle key must be cycled to reset the system. Being an active investigation, there should be known cases of the electronic throttle body failing on these cars. It is a safety concern, and the drive by wire design of the vehicle does not allow a throttle body to be cleaned.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #437

Oct 312013


  • 66,704 miles
Driving about 2 miles from my home the auto began to be sluggish. Then it would only go about 5 TO10 miles an hour and then barely going at all. Auto was towed to mechanic and diagnosed that the throttle body was the issue and it was replaced.

- Chatsworth, GA, USA

problem #436

Jul 122013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 71,621 miles


While driving approximately 70 mph on highway, veh lost power, no acceleration, wrench symbol and check engine light came on, had to coast off to the side of the highway. Turned key off and let sit a couple minutes, restarted and was ok, but intermittently problem recurred until unable to drive more than a few miles between occurrences. Diagnosis was a faulty throttle body. Replaced throttle body and no problems since.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #435

Nov 032013


  • 46,000 miles
Stopped at stop sign, pressed accelerator and engine rpms did not increase. No engine response from accelerator. Turned off engine. Restarted and the throttle/engine worked normally.

- Bonner Springs, KS, USA

problem #434

Nov 012013


  • 31,700 miles
I was driving into work on a 5 lane, heavy traffic road going about 45 mph when my car suddenly lost all of its engine power. The radio, lights were still working, the car simply wouldn't accelerate and actually slowed down considerably to a point where I was basically stopped on the road. I was able to coast into a turning lane so I was at least out of the main traffic lane. I turned the car off, started it again and as I prepared to make a left turn to get into a parking lot I lost all acceleration again and barely made it out of the intersection. I was able to put the car in neutral and coast it into a parking lot. My car required a tow to a local dealership and the issue was an electronic throttlebody failure. I'm extremely thankful that I didn't make it onto the freeway because if I stopped in that traffic I'm not sure I would have been able to avoid a major accident.

- Cold Spring, KY, USA

problem #433

Oct 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
While driving freeway speeds, I lost power. Wrench light came on, engine remained running and I limped to the side of the freeway. When re-starting car, problem disappeared. Took car to private mechanic ([xxx]) and he could not find a problem in the computer history. He suspected throttle linkage. Car drove fine until Oct 25, 2013 when it recurred on the freeway. While coasting in the hov lane, we put vehicle in "neutral" and tried to restart, problem did not resolve. Only after coasting to a stop and putting the vehicle in "park" and restarting would the problem re-set. Very hazardous losing power at freeway speeds and trying to limp to the side. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Signal Hill, CA, USA

problem #432

Oct 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,382 miles


I was taking the wife home from the hospital after she had surgery and the car stalled on me while I was pulling out into a busy highway and we were nearly hit. On the way home the car stalled and went into limp mode numerous times and we had to call a tow truck. The culprit was a malfunctioning throttle body assembly which the dealer told me was very common. I cant believe there hasn't been a recall on this as it is very dangerous. The car just stalls at random moments and the only way to get going again is to put the car in park, turn it off, and start it back up. The repair bill was $535.29 + towing costs.

- Greenwell Springs, LA, USA

problem #431

Oct 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 81,223 miles
Had to replace throttle body on October 28,2013 after many times of truck stalling at speeds up to 40 mph. Most of the issues occurred at speeds of less than 25 mph. The power train warning light (wrench light) and check engine light both would be illuminated. The car could be restarted after each issue.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #430

Oct 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,950 miles
As I was driving down the interstate with the cruise control set at 70mph, the vehicle turned the cruise control off and decelerated almost immediately to 60mph which caused an uncomfortable thrashing forward of myself and my 2 children. We had our seat belts on, so we were not injured. The vehicle continued to lose power, so I pulled off the highway and placed the vehicle in park and turned off the engine. I noticed a little wrench had appeared in the left corner of my dash display. I looked up this symbol in my owners manual. I then decided to go ahead and try to continue driving as I was a good 75+ miles from home and I was in a very remote area. When I started the engine, I noticed the service engine light came on and did not go back out. I proceeded down the interstate approximately 2 miles before the vehicle did the same thing. This time I attempted to accelerate and with the gas pedal to the floor, had no success. The car just continued to lose speed, so again, I pulled off the highway and this time I let the vehicle proceed as far as it could without applying the brake. As the car was nearly stopped, it started to shake as if it were about to shut off. I turned off the engine and again, restarted after a short break and was able to make it the rest of the way home.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #429

Oct 012013


  • miles
2010 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle decelerates without warning. The consumer stated the deceleration, happened at different speeds. There was no jerking of the vehicle, no warning light illuminated. It just lost speed quickly. The only option the consumer had was to drive the vehicle from the passing lane to the shoulder, crossing several lanes of traffic, turn it off and re-start it. The first time it happened it ran fine afterwards for weeks. The second time it happened, the same thing, but the third time it happened the vehicle decelerated four times within 15 minutes.

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

problem #428

Aug 242013


  • 50,000 miles
While drivin about fifty the car just stopped going, the wrench light came on, I tried to push the fas pedal but nothing would happen it just slowed to a stop. So I put it in park and turned it off waited a few seconds and it started up and I drove off. A couple of days later it happened again at about 35 mph, so I did the same. Thought it was a fluke and/or the weather being the problem so I called Ford dealer and they said it sounds like the throttle body. Well for the past month it happens everyday while im driving 65 or 15 just all of the sudden it stops going and I have to pull off the side of the road put it in park and restart it sometimes it goes a few feet and I have to do it again sometimes it just starts and goes and now the check engine light comes on every third time in a row that it happens stays on for a couple days and then goes out for a couple days and so on, just do the recall we have all been reading about it doesn't take a genius like you people to figure this out........hear let me help you dooooo the recall.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #427

Oct 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 113,133 miles
The vehicle was traveling on the expressway when suddenly the car seemed to "stall" although it never actually stalled out, but rpms dropped to 800-1000 and would not respond to any throttle action. After turning the car off, waiting and starting again, the problem then resurfaced about a half mile later. I was again able to pull off, restart the car and continue normally. Once in a safe location (work), I was able to connect a obd-II reader to the car and found the following: P2112: Tac system stuck closed running a google search of the above error gave many many articles pointing to a throttle body issue. This issue was preceded by the car randomly stalling out (this time actual stalls). These happened at very random intervals for approx. 2-3 weeks before the expressway issue.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #426

Oct 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving the car, the engine suddenly shut down. After coming to a stop, was able to restart the car but the check engine light was illuminated. Took the car to a repair shop and they diagnosed the problem as being the throttle body plate. We have been told this is a common problem on these vehicles but Ford has not issued a recall for this problem. This is a very expensive repair that we feel should be paid by Ford.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #425

Oct 092013


  • 58,250 miles
While drive down hwy at 60 mph, engine light/wrench came on and the engine went into slow speed at 900 RPM. Also did it at low speeds while driving away from stopped. Had to replace the throttle body control and problem went away.

- Longs, SC, USA

problem #424

Jun 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Car stalled and quickly slowed down in heavy traffic and had to pull onto a narrow shoulder with lots of debris. Car would then allow me to speed up again and repeat the rapid stall until ultimately going into limp mode. Was later found to be the throttle body that was said to be on back-order for three weeks since so many others were having the same issue with their Escapes and that Ford had a redesign in work. Had to pay my extended warranty co-pay since Ford has no recall for this issue.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #423

Sep 192013


  • 44,431 miles
Traveling on a major highway in the middle lane at 8:30 pm the truck started to hesitate and act like it wasn't running right. Then I lost total control of the accelerator but the car was still running. I had all I could do to try to coast over to the shoulder of the road to try and figure out what was wrong. Noticing that the accelerator did not engage at all, I turned off the truck and was going to call for a tow truck. That's when I decided to try and start it to see if I could get home on my own. Once I started the truck, it was like nothing happened and I continued home making it without a problem. Since then this has happened 3 other times, always on the highway, and the last 2 times it happened it, once the truck started back up and I drove off, I only got @ 3 miles down the same highway and it happened again, so I just repeated the procedure and hasn't happened since. I have gone ahead and purchased the new throttle body and am having my mechanic install it this week. I will be driving @ 60 miles one way, 120 miles total, a day for work starting this week and I can't afford to get stranded that far from home and loose time from work or not be able to get home. I've been told that at one point and time that the truck won't just start back up every time, so I'll be getting it fixed. Very disappointed that the truck that I purchased in April and only has @ 44000 miles on it would have such a major problem with such an important component. I've been told that they can't keep them on the shelves because there is such a huge problem overall. This can be very dangerous to someone who wouldn't know what to do in a crisis situation. On the box for the part it says Ford genuine parts, made in Mexico. Nice!! maybe you want to rethink where you locate your parts factories. You know the old saying " nothing good is cheap and nothing cheap is good".

- Liverpool, NY, USA

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