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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2011 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2011 Ford Escape:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2011 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 9 of 12)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #72

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,810 miles


My car has "missed" or "skipped" a couple of times in the past few weeks. Yesterday, it quit pulling. The motor was still running, but would not accelerate. The engine light and the wrench light came on. When I was able to pull over, while coasting, I turned off the ignition - restarted the car, and drove another 2 miles, and it happened again. I restarted the car, drove another couple of miles, and it did it again. I was able to get my car home, which was only 2 miles from where I stopped the last time. I understand it's a problem with the throttle body - an ongoing problem with Ford Escape. My Escape will go to the dealership tomorrow.

- Hayesville, NC, USA

problem #71

Jul 192013


  • 43,000 miles
My vehicle stalled while I was turning - this is the fourth time I have had it serviced for stalling - the other three times they have accused me of filling it too much, which I do not - and they have changed the fuel vapor store - evap canister. Obviously, this is not the problem. I also have transmission issues where it jerks and makes a loud noise into reverse. I love my car, but can't deal with the issues it continually gives me - my next car will be a GM product.

- Pinckney, MI, USA

problem #70

Jul 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 18,800 miles
As I was approaching a stop light of an intersection, the car lost all power and I could not accelerate when stepping on the gas pedal. When the car did lose power, the wrench light came on immediately but no other lights were illuminated except for the wrench light. I was basically stuck in the middle of the intersection trying to coast alone to the other side. The car was finally able to coast to the other side at no more than 1 mph and I was able to pull into a shopping center parking lot. I turned the car off and let it sit there momentarily. I then tried to restart the car and it was difficult for the engine to turn over and start. However, it finally did. The wrench light was not illuminated when the car did start. I was fortunately able to drive the car back home. The car will be taken to the dealership for inspection and testing.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #69

Jul 172013


  • 37,128 miles


I was driving approximately 45 mph on road when the vehicle lost power. The vehicle began decelerating and pushing the accelerator was useless. It began jerking, like it was trying to shift back into gear or down since there was a sudden decrease in speed. I was able to coast into a parking lot and put in into park. I turned the car off and allowed it to sit for a moment. I attempted to turn the car back on. It took a moment for it to kick over, but eventually it did. I got back out onto the road. The same thing happened again not more than 100 feet down the road. Again I pulled it to a parking lot and shut the engine off. I was able to drive it home after that with no issues. I took the vehicle to the Ford dealership and was informed the throttle body needed to be replaced.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #68

Jul 152013


  • 69,000 miles
Car drifted to a stop while in gear. Turned off ignition. Restated car. It accelerated in park without having foot on gas peddle. Tried driving again, the car repeated this pattern 3 more times. Finally got it to operate after letting it rest for several minutes. I was a wreck driving it home, 5 miles. The car was bought used only 4 days prior to the incident. It has ruined my confidence in this vehicle.

- Glenside, PA, USA

problem #67

Jul 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Driving home from work, I was traveling at aprox. 35mph when it first happened. My RPM gauge started to "bounce" from 1 to 4 repeatedly. Make it very hard to stop and could not give it gas. At the same time, my power-train warning light came on along with my check engine light. I was able to pull over and call for assistance.

- Cleves, OH, USA

problem #66

Jul 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,294 miles


I was driving down a neighborhood street, when without warning, I suddenly had no power at all. My acceleration was gone, and I thought that the engine had died, however everything was running, and the engine light was not on. I pumped the gas pedal and got nothing, fortunately there was a convenience store coming up on my right, which I was able to turn into. At that point I noticed the "wrench" icon lighted up on the dashboard, I thought it might be a good idea to turn the engine off and see if it was a glitch, since I had just had the oil changed at the dealership earlier in the day. At least I was hoping that was the case. The car started perfectly, it took a few seconds to shake itself, which still worried me, and proceeded to act normally as I drove home, where I currently am. I advised my son about what happened and he checked up on auto defects on the Ford Escape and brought them to my attention, that is why I am reporting what happened to me today. I will be bringing this to the attention of the dealership first thing tomorrow morning due to my needing the use of my vehicle for work.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #65

Jul 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 460,000 miles
I was driving down the road at 40 mph and my vehicle just quit running (lost power) and I had to pull over to the side of the road. The engine light came on when this happened, it looked like a wrench figure on the dash. After letting my Escape sit for about 30 seconds, it started right up. After it started, I put it in drive and proceeded to go down the road and after about two miles, my vehicle quit running again. After a few seconds of sitting, I started it up again and managed to get into a Ford dealership and they said the problem was a throttle problem and replaced the part which cost me $342. The dealership said this had been a problem with many Escapes and said this part may be on the verge of a recall.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #64

Jul 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,700 miles
While driving at speed, the vehicle instantly lost power. Gas pedal was non-responsive. I was able to pull the vehicle to a safe spot off the main roadway. When the vehicle was put into park, it idled roughly and the orange wrench warning light came on. Turned the vehicle off and waited a few seconds. Turned the vehicle back on and was able to return home without further incident. Took vehicle to local dealer service the next day and was informed that this is a known problem and that the repair part needed is currently on extensive backorder, maybe up to several weeks. The primary concern over this type of issue is that it could occur to someone who is at highway speed and would be unable to reach a stopping point safely. The fact that the part needed to fix the issue is on extensive backorder indicates that this is hardly an isolated incident.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #63

Jun 292013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Was driving to the airport and car stalled, picture of a wrench display on the dash. Next case was about 10 days later, was driving local and car stalled 5 times before I made it. Both picture of the wrench and check engine light came on. Parked car until morning, stalled twice on the way to work then got it to the dealership to be fixed. Was told it was the throttle.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #62

Jun 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,784 miles


I was on my way to work and when I accelerated to pull a small incline and there was a loud pop, a real hard jerk and I had no gears at all. The wrench indicator came on, I turned my emergency flasher on, shut me engine off. Thanks goodness I was in a construction zone and the speed was reduced or else I could have been seriously injured. I restarted my engine and finally was able to get it in low to be able to make it to the nearest wide spot to get out of the middle of the 4-lane. I immediately took it to a Ford dealer in my area and they kept it 5 days and I was notified on Tuesday, that they couldn't find anything wrong. It is still doing the exact same thing, shifts hard, hesitates to shift, revs up to 5000 - 5500 RPM's but won't do over 20 mph. It jerks and make some terrible noises. Also yesterday while trying to pull a hill near my home, it would not pull it and I had a vehicle traveling behind me and all I could do was pray that he wouldn't hit me. I had to pull of the side of the road, shut my engine off in order to it to take off and pull again. I have two small children and this vehicle is not safe to have them in on the highway, it isn't safe for anyone to be on the highway in. I have did some online research and have found numerous complaints on the same make and model on mine. Ford needs to recall the vehicles and fix them before someone does get seriously hurt or even killed. Any assistance that you can provide in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

- Vansant, VA, USA

problem #61

Jul 102013


  • 41,000 miles
Vehicle lost power while traveling on highway. Throttle control/power train warning light illuminated. Navigated car to shoulder of highway, turned ignition off and on. Car accelerated normally to 60 mph, once again lost power and warning light once again illuminated. Navigated car off highway, turned ignition off and on. Drove slowly home, warning light did not come on again.

- Royersford, PA, USA

problem #60

Jul 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
On wed July 3, I was backing it out of garage to take a trip to san antonio. I pulled out onto the street to leave when all of a sudden I lost all power. The check engine light came on along with a tool wrench. I looked in the manual and it said throttle problem. I turned it off and started it again and it drove perfect for half a block and lost power again. Finally I got it around the block and put it back in the garage where it sits, until I can find out if this is a Ford defect.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #59

Jun 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 52,200 miles
Driving and lost power, wrench light went on. Drove home. Next day I drove to dealership and almost didn't make it. Kept losing power, so had to drive about 20 mph with flashers on. It was a defective throttle.

- Seymour, CT, USA

problem #58

Aug 292011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
Vehicle has stalled multiple times at highway speeds which Ford apparently calls "limp mode". all power to the motor was gone. As this only has happened at highway speeds, I feared for my life that I would get rear ended. Apparently Ford knows of a problem with the throttle body but since the car never keeps the code in the computer, Ford will not do any repairs to it. This is a serious issue and am worried someone will be killed by this problem and the unwillingness of Ford to repair it. Once I coast to the side of the road and turn off the motor.... wait a minute... and restart the problem goes away. This has happened three times to me already.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #57

Jun 132013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Vehicle continually has a decrease in power. After stepping on gas pedal starts to "chug" along slowly eventually speeds back up and engages to normal speed.

- Brownstown, MI, USA

problem #56

Jun 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Vehicle would loose all power while traveling at highway speed. Would have to pull over turn engine off and back on to reset. Wrench light would come on but would reset after vehicle was turned off. Took to shop and needed a new throttle body.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #55

Jun 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 29,401 miles
Vehicle lost propulsion at about 30-35 mph and driver was barely able to get it off main road. A vehicle behind it had to brake to avoid rear-end collision. Was not able to move forward and had to be towed. Subsequently vehicle functioned again, but about 2 weeks later the same thing happened -- car would not accelerate and felt like it was slipping between gears. Subsequently a Ford dealer repair department determined that the throttle body had failed.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #54

Jun 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
As I began accelerating from a stop I reached about 15mph when the car suddenly lost power and began to vibrate violently.the wrench light and check engine light came on. The engine light remains on. I was able to guide the car to the side of the road and had it towed to the shop.the mechanic informed me that it was the throttle body assembly and the parts are on backorder from Ford and he was told there was no eta. The mechanic was also told that it could take up to a year!!! how to I pay a car note for a useless car and how do I get to work?! the car is not drivable and the Ford Escapes that are still on the road are a danger to all without this problem being fixed!

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #53

Apr 012013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 19,800 miles
At approx. 19,800 miles was driving along the interstate and the Escape started losing power. I went from running 75 mph to 40 mph. The Escape now has approx. 33,000 miles and is a total nightmare. As of April 28, 2013 it has been in the shop for a total of 46 days and has had 8 repair attempts. No warning lights nor the check engine light has ever come on. This Escape clunks, surges, loses power, cut's off and at times will not even crank. The transmissions has been reprogrammed, the throttle body and motor asy - throttle body air intake has been replaced, the vapor management valve has been replaced, the torque convertor has been replaced. Lost in arbitration with the BBB because Ford said in their last repair attempt that the vehicle has operating as normal. June 5, 2013 car was back in shop because at 7:45 am stopped at a red light, while my foot was on the brake the RPM's surged up to 4000, could hardly keep it from running the light, once the light changed took off and within 4 tenths of a mile lost power and shut off. It took me 8 minutes to get it to crank, drove about 15 miles, surging all the way, and the car died again, taking me 10 minutes to get it to crank. Took the car back to the shop, they kept it for 7 days, returned it and said they could not duplicate problem. June 20, 2013 tried to crank the car at 10:00 am, it would crank, but go dead, finally at 11:10 am it stayed cranked, drove at 3 tenths of a mile, car goes dead. Takes me 5 minutes to re-crank went straight to the shop. This car is dangerous and Ford needs to re-call.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?