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 3 of 16)

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problem #273

May 292014


  • 61,000 miles


Traveling about 6 pm (rush hour heavy traffic) 3 lane expressway when car would no longer accelerate. Had to coast over to the left shoulder since we were in the left passing lane. The left shoulder was not as wide as the right shoulder and we felt the situation was very dangerous we stayed in the car with our seatbelts on and called for road service (aaa). We did not receive help for two hours. Just purchased this car two months before this incident - pre owned certified by dealership. Can't understand why Ford waits until the part fails before replacing it. I feel strongly it should have been replaced as part of the "certification" process. There were no warning lights or indications this was going to happen before it happened. After the car "died", a wrench light appeared, but not until after we had coasted to a stop. If we had been in the middle lane instead of the lane next to the shoulder, I feel certain we would have been involved in a high speed possible multiple car accident as traffic was heavy and fast. This is so very wrong! thank you for making this complaint possible. I hope it helps result in a recall by Ford right away so no one has to get hurt or even die.

- California, KY, USA

problem #272

May 142014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 32,800 miles
Slowly approaching a stop sign, vehicle stalled. Battery light, wrench light, and oil light came on. Put the car in park to restart it, started and went on.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #271

May 122014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 13,300 miles
I was driving on I-45 just South of dallas when the engine lurched slightly and I lost power. I had to coast to the side of the road, dodging traffic. There were no warning or indicator lights; gas tank was half full. Once I came to a stop I turned the vehicle off, waited several minutes, started the engine and drove normally for about 30 miles when the vehicle stalled again. I could hear the engine "rev" when I pushed on the gas pedal but the vehicle did not move forward. Again, I coasted to the side of the road, restarted the vehicle and was able to drive about 15 miles to where I found a Ford dealer. The dealership was great and fixed the vehicle at no charge, installing a new throttle body, they said under warranty. But this is very dangerous when the stall occurs on a very busy interstate highway. I consider myself to be very lucky.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #270

May 122014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 69,500 miles


Escape sitting at stop light wrench light illuminated on dash and Escape had no power turned car off and then restarted the Escape and drove home not another issue for the next 16 miles.. used obdii code reader to scan Escapes on board computer and it had freeze frame data from a P2111 code which indicates throttle body issue.

- Rocky Mount, MO, USA

problem #269

Apr 082014


  • 440,000 miles
Car would reduce speed on its own no warning, almost got rearended at a speed of 55 due to my car losing speed even has I was giving it gas. Then two weeks later did it again took to a shop on May 6 2014 and they replaced a tbi unit said this was a very common problem Ford was having I would like to be reimbursed.

- Plainfield, IN, USA

problem #268

Apr 292014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 39,870 miles
Driving down 40 West at 65mph with cruise control on, the car decreased almost to a stop, a light came on that looked like a wrench, I had to pull off the highway, car went dead. I started the car up, we a few feet it did it again. I turned the car off, took the key out waited 5 minutes, it did it again. Then a fourth time, stopped, waited 30 minutes and it did it again. This time I was on a four lane highway and cars were having to swerve to miss me and I ended up against the wall of the highway.

- Rural Hall, NC, USA

problem #267

Jan 242014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


First event, 1/24/14: Lost all but 2% power (surged along at ~3mph) with several flashing lights in dash, vehicle limped onto driveway. Restored power by restarting vehicle a few times, warning lites out. Second event, later same day: Lost all but 2% power in okc at 70mph and luckily was in the right lane at the time, limped to shoulder. I might not be so lucky next time, this Ford problem is a life threatening hazard. Called Ford after receiving 13N03 letter in late January. 2/3/14 was informed if I called customer relations number they would be able to put a comment against my VIN so a dealer would be able to fix at Ford cost. No ECM codes, my cost. Conversation was held with service manager [xxx] at autonation of South fort worth. Third event: 4/23/14: Lost all but 2% power with only the wrench light flashing, restarted vehicle and light went out, power restored - checked ECM codes and the code did not store on the computer. Why? called 4/23 customer relations number 800-392-3673 1-5-4 attempting resolution. Talked to [xxx] who in turn talked to [xxx], service person at autonation of South fort worth. But since the code is not recorded Ford will not find an issue - all costs would be my responsibility. So I am left with a daily driver vehicle with a potential loss of life - safety hazard. I drive in heavy traffic, this is a danger to myself, occupants and others on the road. Both [xxx] and [xxx] denied anyone at Ford can add comments to VIN for parts replaced and I would be responsible for cost of diagnosis of the issue and follow on repair with no codes. I told [xxx] that my driving is sometimes in heavy traffic and this is a life threatening hazard, I also reminded her this conversation is being recorded in Ford database. [xxx] did not seem to care. Fix or repair daily > Ford is an accurate term for Ford products but this is a serious - danger. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #266

Mar 302014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,129 miles
While driving approx 45-60 mph wrench icon and engine icon lights came on vehicle stopped accelerating everything else worked and engine was still running, gas pedal did not accelerate or raise RPM's. pulled to side of road put in park and turned engine off, vehicle started with hesitation wrench light did not appear, engine light remained on though vehicle was drivable again. Problem happened repetitively the rest of the 45 min drive home with wrench light appearing and acceleration ceasing had to pull over and restart numerous times. Engine icon remains lit.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #265

Feb 012012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Went to accelerate and vehicle stalled. Replaced at 50,000 miles. On the new replacement, at 70,000, replaced at my cost at dealership, throttle body stutters and chugs between 40 and 50 mph.

- Charlotte, IA, USA

problem #264

Jan 202014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Was driving lost all power at first then was able to move at 2 mph when gas pedal was fully depressed, car started to shake. Heard loud pop then engine light came on dash. I was able to creep along to get out of moving traffic. Drove at the side of the road until I tried to get into a parking area which required me to make a left turn with traffic coming waited and waited then from a complete stop I make the turn into the lot which has a slight incline I was flooring the gas pedal still with out any power of more than 2 mph worried I would slip back into moving traffic. Parked called a tow truck. Turned off engine went into work. Came back out of work restarted car no check engine light and everything seem to work fine after that. Frightened I could have caused a serious accident for other and myself.

- Brookpark, OH, USA

problem #263

Jan 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 74,156 miles


Throttle body place sticking.

- Oakland Park, FL, USA

problem #262

Jan 212014


  • 38,000 miles
Was driving down the road when almost all of the power from the engine was lost. Engine was running at an idle. Would not respond to the throttle/gas pedal. I managed to get it to limp close to the dealership and get it towed the rest of the way. Happened just today and the dealership called and said that it is indeed the throttle body. They said it wasn't covered under my power train warranty and they are replacing it for a cost of roughly $450.

- Cottekill, NY, USA

problem #261

Oct 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Driving to Kansas from Iowa on the interstate at 65 mph we suddenly stalled and lost our power steering. We were in heavy traffic which was quite scary. Pulled over to the side of the road stopped, put the car in park and started the car back up. Continued down the road only to have it happen again within 2 minutes. This happened multiple, at least 20 times until finally the car would not respond to the gas pedal. We would step on the gas but the engine would not respond. Then we turned the car off, waited a minute and tried it again until we could get back on the road. The last 13 miles of our trip took over a hour. Took our car to the dealership the next day and they replaced the throttle body which cost us $462.57. The mechanic told us this is a recurring problem and there will most likely be a recall. The error codes were P2111 and P2112 throttle body stuck open and closed. The next day we had a tire blowout on the interstate, which was also scary and in heavy traffic, because we spent so much time on the shoulder of the road which cost us another 180 dollars. I would like to see this recalled as a safety defect.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #260

Jan 092014


  • 55,789 miles
While driving at approximately 45 mph, the wrench indicator light lit up on my instrument panel and I lost power to the wheels. Had vehicle towed to dealership on 1/10/14 where the mechanics diagnosed a throttle body failure.

- Skyland, NC, USA

problem #259

Nov 262012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 62,254 miles
As I was pulling out of my neighborhood to drive to work, the car barely made it into the lane of traffic before it stalled completely. I made it to the curb and was quite shaken by this incident. No warning lights had come on. This was very startling to me. After a few minutes, the car started but it shook as I shifted it into drive. I decided to drive with great care to the dealership. On the way there, as I was on an interstate road, it stalled again and I was frightened. I made it to the right curb. It was storming and I called my insurance company for a tow truck to deliver the car to autonation Ford jacksonville at 10720 philips highway in jacksonville, fl (904-292-3325). The problem was diagnosed as a faulty throttle body. The repair costs totaled $498.86.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #258

Dec 102013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 84,175 miles
I was driving along at 35-40 mph, in traffic, and the gas pedal completely quit! and a little yellow wrench showed up on my dashboard. No other lights showed up. A complete failure of the gas pedal ensued. I had to coast through traffic to the side of the road. I found that if I turned off engine and restarted car, the "wrench" went away and I had power until the next time it happened. Mechanic said this was "limp mode." I took it into dealer but they could not get the "code" to determine the problem. Over two weeks this became more frequent and after the 4th time, the "check engine" light came on. They finally could get the code and it was a total throttle body failure! I stopped driving the car and am waiting for the part. At this time, I have an appointment for repair on Monday, Dec 30th. This repair will cost me approx $200-$400 dollars! I'm very upset, of course, but thankful that this didn't cause an accident. I am 64 years old and a single woman!

- Moses Lake, WA, USA

problem #257

Jun 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,906 miles
Engine simply stopped operating in midst of traffic and immediately decelerated....then resumed operation but vehicle unable to move faster than a crawl....then stopped again....then resumed again. Was able to exit freeway and reach gas station. Turned off vehicle and called aaa for emergency road assistance. Vehicle was towed to Ford dealership. Ford replaced the throttle body and motor asy which was on backorder for 2 weeks. Today, December 26 2013 the symptom has resurfaced. The engine simply stopped in the midst of traffic. Was able to pull out of the flow of traffic. Car restarted and was able to continue driving home.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #256

Dec 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,770 miles
Vehicle failed to accelerate, lost power and it was necessary to coast to a stop on the side of the interstate. Vehicle continued to idle very roughly. When I depressed the gas pedal the motor would not rev up and remained at an idle. Necessary to tow vehicle to dealership and I was informed it would be necessary to replace the throttle body.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #255

Dec 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,100 miles
Was driving to work and car stalled. Hit the gas and nothing happened. Pulled over on shoulder, turned car off, and restarted. Immediately took car to dealership and fuel throttle body malfunction was diagnosed as the cause. Can I get a refund, as this seems to be a common problem?

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #254

Dec 032013


  • 50,800 miles
Was driving the vehicle on the interstate at about 60 mph and exited safely. Went through typical stop-and-go rush hour traffic for about 2 minutes until reaching work, in which the campus' speed is set to 25 mph throughout. Vehicle was traveling on work campus a little under 30 mph. Suddenly, the car stalled and the battery and oil warning lights had come on. Steering the vehicle to a safe parking place was difficult as the steering wheel had become tight. Once safely parked, the vehicle was turned off and after 5 seconds turned back on. The engine started up normally. Started driving the vehicle closer to where it was needed to be parked and the engine stalled again after 1000 feet and the steering went tight again. Turned off the vehicle again and after 5 seconds attempted to turn it back on. The engine had trouble starting but after an abnormal amount of time trying to turn over, the engine did. Was able to get the vehicle in the appropriate parking area. Vehicle has full tank of gasoline, 2000 miles over oil change recommendation by dealer, and factory battery. Vehicle has never been off-road but has been subject to easy snow accumulations since purchased from dealership.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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