really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,811 miles

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 10 of 16)

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problem #133

Jul 192013


  • 50,000 miles


7/16/13, wife drove her car to work, dropped my son of at my mother's. got to the corner, tried to accelerate and it stalled, with no power, had to coast to the side of the road. 7/19/13, I was driving home, car stalled at the light, no accelerator power, wrench light came on. Turned it off, re-started, ran fine for about 1/4 mile, then started shaking and no accelerator power. This continued every quarter mile for 4 miles. Finally on the last shut down, check engine light came on, and engine started to shake with no response. Pulled over, and then let it set for 5 mins, restarted and finally made it around the corner to my home.. next available appointment at Ford dealer is 29 July...

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #132

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 44,100 miles
Driving at 55 mph, car jerked and the gas pedal failed to respond. Coasted over to the side of the road. Turned vehicle off. Restarted and started driving again with out problem. Same thing happened again except with a large cement truck behind me. The Ford died and there was no shoulder on the side of the road. The cement truck was able to go into the oncoming traffic lane to miss me. The Escape did the same scenario twice on the way to the garage. ( with out the cement truck) the problem was diagnosed as the throttle body malfunction.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #131

Jun 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Made turn into traffic, speed was about 30 mph. Went to accelerate, no power. Engine rpms dropped. Stepped on gas pedal to accelerate. No response. Drifted over to side of road. Placed into neutral and tried to increase rpms. No response. Turned off ignition to call for aid as the roadway was busy, then tried to restart car. Car started normally. Rpms resumed normal. Placed car into drive and drove off normally. Happened again on three different occasions. Happened the other night three times. Deemed the car unsafe to drive. Waiting for an appointment to get repaired. On line forums indicate there is a problem with the throttle, whether it be a sensor or communication with the on board computed.

- Bayport, NY, USA

problem #130

May 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


On several occasions driving on the highway the vehicle speed goes down suddenly and all kinds of lights go on, and it dies after that. Shut off the car wait 10- 15 minutes, restart the car and prying it will take me home safely, on one occasion the card died twice in a 20 miles trip. Brought the car for diagnosis and I was told the throttle-body has to be replaced and it is not under warranty or a recall. The repair cost me $532 which I paid, later on I contacted Ford corporate by phone and by email, and both told me that the repair is not covered, and they would not re-imburse me for the repair cost. I checked your website and I found almost 600 complaints similar to mine, in a way I felt I'm not alone, on the other hand if Ford has these too many complaints about the throttle - body for the 2010 Ford Escape, why they can not work with the NHTSA and issue a recall to replace that defective part before someone gets injured or dead by a rearend collision. Please investigate this issue, thank you

- Sherborn, MA, USA

problem #129

Jul 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Driving with cruise control set at 60mph, cruise disengaged, stepped on gas no throttle response pulled over and shut vehicle down restarted and proceeded home. Next day went to my Escape started vehicle and service engine light came on and remained on throughout the day. Called my Ford dealer to set up appointment to bring in the car for inspection. Was given a appointment in 3 days time (July 18,2013 @11:30am) was told by service advisor that it would be okay and safe to keep driving the car. Following day went to a meeting with my car, service engine light did not come on. While driving home the vehicle lost power and once again no throttle. Dealer service called and reported that the throttle assembly required replacement, asked if this was a known problem with the Escape and was told that there have been issues with the throttle assembly but no recall to date was told to keep the paid bill once the work was completed in case of a recall and reimbursement.

- Amherstburg On Canada N9v 2y8, MI, USA

problem #128

Jul 122013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,190 miles
I was driving at 50mph and next thing I know is my whole car was shaking it was a 2010 Ford Escape and I checked the dash and the orange wrench light is on. I tried to step on the gas pedal so I can find a place to pull over but I don't have any power on my gas pedal it just wont accelerate.

- Federal Way , WA, USA

problem #127

Jul 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


While driving the wrench light came on and the car slowed and became sluggish. Took the car right to the Ford dealer. I was told it was the throttle body. I had just had a 30,000 mile checkup 2 months before and the throttle body was serviced and now 3,000 miles later I need to have it replaced... if I had been on the thruway when this happened. It could have caused an accident being at high speed then losing power. I was lucky.

- Saugerties, NY, USA

problem #126

Jun 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The vehicle stalled several times when I was pulling out from a stop or just after I pulled out from a stop. I took it to my dealer to have it serviced and was told that they needed to replace the throttle body. This cost me a total of $384.08. I was told at the dealer that this has happened to other 2010 Escapes at that dealerships. A quick google search lead me to see that it has happened to many others as well. There is no question that this is a safety issue as I stalled in intersections on more than one occasion. If there is a recall, I would like to make sure I am reimbursed for the expense I have paid to fix this.

- Jefferson Hills, PA, USA

problem #125

Jul 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 30,625 miles
Traveling at 65 mph engine suddenly drops in RPM to about 600 - 900 RPM and check engine light comes on. Pulled car to side of road, shut it off and restarted. Engine ran fine and was later inspected. Obd indicates throttle body malfunction and requires replacement.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #124

Jun 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving on I-95 North....at 60 mph....when the engine almost completely stalled out without warning. The car speed dropped down to 5-7mph...and the car started shaking and the engine began rough surging. I barely missed being hit by a large semi truck as I inched the car over to the curb. I was able to get the car off the expressway (going about 5 mph) at the next exit and then turned the car off. The wrench light also appeared. I turned the car off.I called my husband, who told me to see if I could restart the car after 15 minutes. It started back up and I was able to drive home. The car worked okay for 3 more weeks and then the same thing happened to me again.....and almost caused an accident again. I was able to get the car home, I have parked the car and will no longer use it.

- Mamaroneck, NY, USA

problem #123

Jun 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 63,833 miles


The first incident happened as I was leaving work. I'd just pulled out of our parking lot onto the highway when my car failed to accelerate. A wrench symbol light came on and I coasted to the side of the highway, turned it off, let it sit for a moment and then restarted my car. I made it about 7 miles when the same thing happened. I pulled into a parking lot and used my phone to google the symptoms on a Ford forum. It stated that there were in fact several incidents stating the exact same problems. And that after restarting their vehicles, it resets itself. So I continued home. It happened 2 more times before I made it home only now the check engine light was on as well. I called Ford and they stated there was in fact an issue with the throttle body affecting several Ford vehicles. I had my car towed to Ford where they diagnosed that it was in fact the throttle body. However, this part is now on a national backorder. I am the 13th person at my local dealership needing this part in order to drive my vehicle. I have children and I refuse to put their lives at risk in this vehicle. They cleaned the throttle body and said this was a band aid fix until the part came in which by the way has no eta.this band aid repair lasted less than 24 hours. I have the extended warranty and it will cover this repair but I'm going to have to pay $100 deductible for it to be fixed. Why am I having to pay out of pocket for a problem that is not specific to my vehicle? they have posted bulletins but still no recall. Is it going to take someone being killed before they do something about this. I'm having to depend on rides from friends to get to and from work, to get to the grocery store, to pick up my children. My extended warranty will cover 2 days of a rental. Ford says they can't offer me a loaner vehicle. Please make them do something about this...

- Lake Charles,, LA, USA

problem #122

Jul 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Pulled into traffic on a busy 4 lane freeway and as I reached 50 mph and all throttle control disappeared and car was only steerable but no acceleration as I tried to work the car off to the side creating a hazardous situation. The engine was still running roughly but with no gas petal response. I turned off the car, re-tried starting and then no signs of problems, took to dealer and found faulty throttle body, a national back order from Ford indicating that this is happening all over the country, and will not be covered by warranty, far short of what would be expected of a throttle body, and creating a dangerous safety issue.

- Orange Beach , AL, USA

problem #121

Jul 102013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 93,140 miles
My 17 year old daughter has had two occurrences of the vehicle losing all power within the last two days (7/10/2013 and 7/11/2013). Once she was starting from a red light and the other she was driving down the road. Both times she was able to pull off to the side of the road and start the car and continue travel.

- Meridianville, AL, USA

problem #120

Nov 132012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Throttle body failure. From Nov 2012 until July 2013 my Ford Escape has been bucking and surging at low speeds with no throttle response. Occasionally, the vehicle would die completely unresponsive in the middle of an intersection. On July 11, 2013, my wife took our 2010 Ford Escape to ernest mccarty Ford in alabaster, al. They told us that the throttle body assembly would need to be replaced. This issue is very dangerous and should Ford should issue a recall.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #119

May 202013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 48,760 miles
First it started with the engine light coming on. I had the codes read at a local auto parts store and they saw it was an "evap censor" and stated this is usually associated with a gas cap leaking. Well, the Escape we have doesn't have a gas cap!!! it's one of those "quick fuel, nascar type systems", where there is just a plug that retracts when you insert the gas nozzle and retracts when you're finished? secondly, the surging started happening while stopped at red lights. I would slide the gear into neutral, which would keep the vehicle from lunging, but you could still see the RPM's revving up and down. This issue went on for about two months. Thirdly, it is now stalling while driving 50 - 60 mph down the highway. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to when it happens, it just totally shuts down the engine!!! very dangerous.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #118

Apr 192013


  • 57,300 miles
As I accelerate from a stop position such as a stop sign, traffic light or accelerate trying to go up an incline or bridge the car loses all power. The engine still runs and the power steering still works but as you try and press down on the pedal to accelerate nothing happens. Eventually the car stops and begins to sputter. I turn off the car and then start it up. The car works fine for a few miles but the situation happens again.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #117

Mar 232013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Please be advised while driving on roswell road in atlanta, ga in traffic my Ford Escape stalled. I had to pull to the side of the road. The vehicle was unresponsive. Upon taking the vehicle to Ford they replaced a faulty fuel vapor control valve.

- Sandy Springs, GA, USA

problem #116

Jul 082013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
Please be advised while driving on I-285 in rush hour traffic my 2010 Ford Escape stalled. The vehicle was unresponsive and slowed down on its own. I had to pull off to the side of the road in rush hour traffic. Upon taking the vehicle to Ford, they replaced a faulty throttle body.

- Sandy Springs, GA, USA

problem #115

Jul 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 69,863 miles
I was driving with my 7 week old son and 3 year old daughter. I pulled up to a red light and stopped. When the light turned green I pressed the gas to go. My vehicle surged forward into the intersection and then only slowly moved. There was power to the car, lights, music, and air were working but my car was only slowly moving and shaking. It was as if no gas was getting to the engine. I had to pull over onto the right lane, because the road had no shoulder. The sound and feeling the car was making made me feel like I needed to drive with my foot on the brake and the gas at the same time. There was no warning signs that there was anything wrong with my car, it just all of a sudden stopped. It was the worst feeling ever being stuck on a busy road with no shoulder to pull over onto and having my 2 babies in the car with me, as cars come driving up and having to switch lanes or slam on their brakes to avoid me.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #114

Jul 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 25,100 miles
Vehicle stalls while driving, stalls while idle, RPM's spike while driving !!! scary !! codes read P2112. (throttle stuck open ) thinking bad throttle body ?

- Glenside, PA, USA

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