really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,215 miles

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2011 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

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2011 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 8 of 12)

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problem #92

Aug 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 39,503 miles


I was driving my 2011 Ford Escape on a crowded I-4 around orlando Florida when I completely lost power on my vehicle. I was able to safely pull off to the side of the road. As I brought the car to a stop (braking), the car jerked forward before stopping. I shut off the car, and sat for a few moments, wondering what to do. The dash showed a wrench symbol, so I checked the manual to see what it meant. It said something about a fault and the powertrain. I checked to see if the car would restart and it did. I continued to drive, and approximately 10-15 minutes later it did it again. This time the check engine light came on as well. I made it to my destination and called my husband. He checked the internet to see if anyone else had this problem and was shocked to see all the complaints about this. Thankfully, he read that if I stayed under 60 mph and didn't drive too long it shouldn't happen again. I took the back way home and although it was much longer I made it without a further problem. Why is this problem part(throttle valve) not recalled. And most importantly, and for safety reasons why aren't the owners of these 2011 Escape's made immediately aware of this hazard. This was the closest I came to a fatal accident and not necessarily my own.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #91

Aug 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,500 miles
Was driving on highway at 55 mph, the wrench light came on dashboard and the car started decelerating. Would not accelerate, had to pull over, turn car off, then back on, in order for car to accelerate again. Second incident seemed like car's power completely shut off and would not come back on again after a rough idling stop.

- Sewell , NJ, USA

problem #90

Aug 012013


  • 421,005 miles
While driving my 2011 Ford Escape to work when all of the sudden it lost power. My first thought was that the engine had died, but when I looked down I saw that it was still bouncing between 500 and 1000 RPM. I also noticed that the red wrench light had come on. I was able to get the car pulled over into a parking lot. I was not sure what was going on so I shut the car off. A minute or two later I started the car and it started right up. I then continued on to work but after exciting the freeway I stopped at a red light when I went to accelerate from the light the car did the same thing. I was able to pull over and did the same as before. I made it to work with no further issues this time the check engine light came on and stayed on. That afternoon I took the car to the dealership to have it looked at and they asked me to bring it by the next morning. I drove the car home from there with no incident. The next morning I took the Escape back to the dealership after waiting for about three hours the told me that there was a problem with the throttle body. I proceeded to drive the car home and I ended up having the same issue with the care going into what I guess the call safe mode. I was as before able to shut the car down and start it back up again. This happen going across a two lane bridge in traffic luckily the car behind me was far enough behind me that the did not run into me but came real close.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #89

Aug 292012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


Driving approximately 40-45 mph when engine jerked and shut down. Lost speed and noticed the now no speed / idling engine running very rough. The wrench symbol appeared on instrument cluster indicating throttle/powertrain issue. Restarted car and drove approximately 2 blocks when the engine shut down again, this time the check engine light appeared as well as the wrench symbol. Luckily we were able to limp home several blocks. Immediately began a search the internet for similar issues and discovered that many people had experienced the same issue with their Escape models. Took it to the mechanic who did a computer check and indicated P-2011 and P-2012 codes. Also noted in my search where many folks think a recall is in order........I completely agree. The part is faulty and will cause an accident in the future if it is ignored. Was able to get the vehicle to the dealership for repairs. The mechanic at the dealership told me they had at least two occurrences a week with the Escapes, Fusion, and similar cars that used the throttle part. The internet search revealed the magnitude of the problem indicating a major problem with the throttle part. Recall? you bet before someone get hurt..

- Webster, TX, USA

problem #88

Apr 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,480 miles
I was driving on the highway going about 55 mph. The vehicle began to lunge forward and then stopped running. I was able to get off of the highway, but it was dark. I let the car sit for a moment. It then started up and I went back on the road. It then began to lunge and stopped again. The wrench light showed on the instrument panel both times. By the manual, it showed a throttle body issue. The car was towed to the Ford dealership. They said that the throttle body was faulty, but that due to the mileage, it was not under warranty. I paid $426 to get it fixed. When I picked the vehicle up I asked them if this was a recall as I saw complaints on the internet. The technician said not yet, but to keep my paperwork as it probably would be a recall at some point.

- Elizabeth, IN, USA

problem #87

Jul 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,200 miles
While driving on the interstate on afternoon 31jul13, traveling approximately 60 mph with foot on the accelerator when the car began to completely decelerate. RPM went to zero and with foot on the gas pedal no acceleration was possible. Was able to get to the side of the road with emergency blinker lights on. Turned car off. When restarting car, car had issues restarting. Drove for another 7 miles with no warning light or issue. The next morning, 1aug13, while traveling on interstate at about 60mph again, after about 20 min of interstate driving the exact same thing happened again. Was able to then drive slowly to the dealership. Dealership indicated it was a faulty throttle valve that has been very common with these models.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #86

Jul 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Driving on major interstate in downtown houston at rush hour doing 65 mile an hour when car suddenly stalled causing me to come to almost a complete crawl and I kept seeing a flashing wrench in my dash area as the car tugged roughly when I attempted to accelerate. My car was almost hit by several cars as others slammed on brakes behind. I was in the middle of a 5 lane highway and I had to cross two lanes doing 10 miles per hour to get over to the right. I was a very scary ordeal, I was shook up and disoriented by the ordeal. I turned the car off and sat on the median for 10 mins and started the car back up and the flashing wrench was gone. I called Ford about a similar incident that I had last fall of 2012 and they assured me that there were no issues reported like this for the vehicle. Please research the fact that my VIN is stated as invalid. My VIN is [xxx]. I gave this # to the Ford company when I called last year and now it's showing as invalid?? the bigger issue is that I feel that my car is unsafe after this happening again today and knowing that I nearly caused several accidents on the interstate and put my own life in danger is causing me to reach out see what actions I can take against Ford to fix this issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #85

Jun 302013

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 23,179 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while being towed by a recreational vehicle, smoke emitted from the vehicle and there was a visible transmission leak. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was found that the transmission had seized. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 23,179. Updated 08/20/13

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #84

Jul 222013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 36,500 miles
Receiving a P2111 code on diagnostics. Needs new throttle body. On national backorder. I am out a vehicle until this is repaired, and cannot afford a rental, or a new one. It is my understanding that this is a common problem on these vehicles, that Ford has known about. They need to issue a recall.

- Minford, OH, USA

problem #83

Jul 292013


  • 74,000 miles
I was driving at a speed of 45 mpg and my Escape sounded like it went into neutral, I tried to give it gas and it wouldn't move, I pulled over and it was just running but still would not move, the wrench came up on the dash lights so I looked in the owners manual and it said it was throttle control/powertrain, I had to get it towed to my dealership.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #82

Jul 272013


  • 46,700 miles


I was traveling 55 mph down the highway and suddenly, the vehicle lost power. I pushed on the gas and nothing. I coasted to the side of the road and noticed a yellow wrench. I looked it up in the manual and it stated something about a power train error or defect and to contact a Ford dealership immediately. Well, considering I was over 60 miles from home, I turned if off, sat for a few minutes, and started it. No wrench so I began to drive. I drove another 15 miles or so and then the same thing happened. I was able to start it up and get it going again but once I parked it, I had it towed and it's been sitting ever since. I called Ford and the mechanic gave me the impression it was covered under the manufacturers warranty as long as I'm under 50,000 miles but I'm started to read otherwise which has me concerned. To reiterate what others were saying, if I were in a busy highway, this "error" may have been fatal. No problems or anything prior to these occurrences so the malfunction comes suddenly and without warning.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #81

Jul 282013


  • 13,000 miles
I was about two blocks from home, driving the SUV and slowed down to turn the corner, when I tried to hit the gas to accelerate, the car wouldn't accelerate past 5mph. The wrench icon came on, and the RPM wouldn't go past 1. when I restarted it, it worked fine. I had the car towed to the dealership. This is the second time that this has happened. My car is only 2 years old. The first incident was when it was 6 months old.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #80

Jul 102012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Small surges just after stops. Total loss of power at highway speeds. July 2012 showed the check engine light, and had to coast to side of the road, gas pedal totally dead, engine and car still running. Turn off and restart and all check engine lights go away and car acts normally. Dealership found no codes. June 2013 again total loss of power at highway speeds, this time powertrain light comes on, and the car has to coast to the side of the road, gas pedal totally dead, engine and car still running. Turn off and restart and all powertrain lights go away and car acts normally. This loss of power has happened 15-20 times to date from July 2012 to July 2013.

- Martinsville, IN, USA

problem #79

Jul 252013


  • 64,000 miles
When accelerating on the highway and reaching 60mph, suddenly the acceleration stopped and the car began to go into limp mode. With no acceleration, I veered off the highway and was unable to throttle the car forward. When in park, the engine seemed to be "kicking" and struggled to stay on. Wrench light went on. Turned car off. Turned car back on after a long hesitated start and the vehicle was able to move forward with acceleration. Wrench light came off. I took the car to the Ford dealership and they told me I needed a new throttle body. I replaced the throttle body. Similar issue happened with a friend of mine, same year, make, and model. His was under warranty, mine not.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #78

Jul 232013


  • 73,000 miles
While driving in traffic the engine went idle immediately reducing the vehicle speed.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #77

Jul 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,500 miles
My Ford Escape has stalled 11 times in the past five days. It has happened at various speeds, ranging from 20 mph to 65 mph. The first 8 times the vehicle stalled (as if out of gear), the "wrench" light came on the dash, and I was able to coast to the side of the road. As I came to a final stop each time, the vehicle would jerk and then I was finally able to put the car in park. I turned the vehicle off and attempted to restart. The vehicle had trouble starting but finally came back on. Again, the same description above happened all 8 times. These incidents caused some very dangerous situations, one where the vehicle stalled as I was crossing the street to turn left and it stalled in the middle of the road and another time when it stalled going 65 mph down the interstate with cars flying up behind me.I did not immediately take the vehicle in to be checked because I thought I just had a bad batch of gasoline. The last 3 times the incident happened (car stalled and the gas pedal would not work) but the "check engine" light came on and stayed on. I took the vehicle to the dealership this morning and was told that I need a new throttle body and it is not covered under warranty. I am terrified to drive this vehicle again and become anxious at every busy intersection wondering if it will stall out again. I have read many consumer complaints about this same issue and ask that Ford do a recall on this part before a fatality occurs.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #76

Jul 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
I was driving and the vehicle stalled. I turned the engine off and restarted it drove fine almost a week later it happened again maybe 3 miles from my home I turned engine off and restarted drove about 1 mile and it done it again and picture of a wrench came on instrument panel I drove about 1 mile again and stalled again. I started vehicle again and the check engine light was on and I made it to my driveway. Had vehicle towed to Ford dealership and the called and said it is the electronic throttle body and would be a few days because they have to order the part and it will be $349. I was surfing the web to see what the part was when I say this page about others having the same problem.

- Eastaboga, AL, USA

problem #75

Jul 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I was driving home on the highway during rush hour. A yellow wrench light began flashing on the lower left side of the dashboard. I felt the engine lose power and saw that the car was decelerating. I pressed on the gas pedal with no effect. I signaled and moved over to the shoulder of the road. Approximately 10 feet after I reached the shoulder, the car stopped moving forward and stalled. I turned it off, let it sit for a few minutes and attempted to turn it on again. The engine would not turn over. I called and had the car towed to the Ford dealership. In speaking to the mechanic the next day, he told me E problem was a failed throttle body and would need to be replaced. This dealership was back ordered for the part as 5 other Ford vehicles were awaiting a new throttle body. Upon researching this issue, I realized that my vehicle also experienced a "lurching forward" which was likely also related to the throttle body. This lurching had been going on for several months at intermittent times.

- West Suffield, CT, USA

problem #74

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Driving down the road, car stalled or seemed like it stalled when I stepped on the gas nothing happened so I had to coast to the side of the road in the middle of traffic, once to the side of the road the car started sputtering at idle. Had to turn off and restart car it would work fine for a little while then happened again. This happened 4 times within the half hour it took for me to get home. There have been other incidences where I'd be driving down the road and the car just "kicks" ahead, usually after leaving a red light or stopped position. Car is in the garage as we speak (7-22-13)because the part is on back order and isn't expected to be ready until Friday, 7-26-13.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #73

Jul 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
After traveling for a approximately 45 minutes, my car stopped accelerating down the road. At this point my gas pedal would not make a difference in RPM or speed, then my engine began shaking violently. I barely was able to make it to the shoulder of the interstate. Then, a wrench light came on the dash of my vehicle. I then turned the ignition off. Upon restarting the vehicle, the light was gone and the gas pedal worked once more. I merged into traffic and continued on my trip with slight hesitation on the remainder of my trip. This whole scenario happened again on the 19th of July 2013 only 20 minutes into my trip home. Vehicle is currently at Ford dealership being checked out.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

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