really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,918 miles

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2011 Ford Escape electrical problems

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2011 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #49

Sep 262014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


Entered left turn lane to approach off ramp, truck stalled. Appx 40mph. Turned off and restarted, drove home. Had noticed jumping response from idle to reverse to drive, particularly upon first ignition of day, for about a week. Have contacted dealership for repair of noted throttle body issue, which is scheduled for 1 week from today.

- Chippewa Falls, WI, USA

problem #48

Jul 132014


  • 57,000 miles
Driving down freeway at 85 miles per hour. Vehicle stalls and rpms or mph won't move. Pull over put in park, vehicle shakes real bad and wrench comes on. Turn off and restart, wrench drops off. 50 miles down the road same instance, except after restarting wrench drops and check engine light comes on. Bring to dealership. Throttle actuator control system stuck open and they say possible recall. Week later going 65 down highway and same instance happens. Take it to different dealership and they say we have throttle body recall, they recalibrate the recall. Now vehicle doesn't always switch rpms when it's supposed to. It'll jerk before shifting and then wrench and check engine light comes back on. Back to dealership and they say throttle actuator control and possible new throttle body down the road. Spent almost 1000 dollars on recall in last couple months and now they telling us the recall was just a recalibration and but might need a new throttle body?? what was the recall for. Frustrated with Ford.

- Williston, ND, USA

problem #47

Jul 032014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The vehicle was taken into a Ford dealership to be serviced and after that the control module for the airbags went out. The part had to be ordered and while we were on vacation the steering began locking up and the traction control lights began showing disabled. Also, the car began saying to resync something because the tire pressure was low when it was just fine. After returning from vacation and the steering column totally locking up several times, the dealership now tells us that additional control modules are out. When the steering locks it requires stopping no matter where you are at and turning off the vehicle to reset and then starting it again. This probably happened a dozen or more times on busy highways. This vehicle is roughly three years old and they can't even say why the modules are continuing to go out and if fixing them will even solve the problem. The dealership also indicated that the traction control issue could cause the vehicle to roll on curvy roads. I spoke with customer service and they said to bad, this is not on their list of items that they have to fix. They will let engineering know but no guarantee that they will even respond to this issue. Will never buy a Ford again in this case as this is going to cost roughly $2500 - $3500 to fix and nothing to say it won't go out again. I have never had an electronic control module go out on any other vehicle let alone after 3 years and Ford is not helpful.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #46

Jun 072014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 69,600 miles


I was making a left turn when I lost power steering, making it very difficult to make the turn, the ABS light, advancetrac light and the advancetrac off light all started flashing. I arrived at my destination the car was parked for 1 1/2 hours, when I tried to leave the car would not start.

- Puyalluo, WA, USA

problem #45

Apr 072014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Loss of power at highway speed, 70 miles per hour, during rush hour traffic. My wife had to pull over to breakdown lane and turn off engine, on I-95 in West palm beach fl area. Wrench light illuminated. Vehicle restarted, after a few minutes waiting at side of very busy highway. Second time this happened within two weeks. Very dangerous situation!!!!!! 2011 Ford Escape ltd 3 L V6.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #44

Dec 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,800 miles
After intermittent 3 times in 2 weeks, had throttle body cleaned 12/14/2013 per Ford tsb. On this date, 12/16/13 it failed again and had the throttle body replaced at my expense. Ford would not cover it after 36,000 or 3 years as out of warranty. It was an extremely hazardous condition not to replace. This part should be recalled immediately for replacement.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #43

Nov 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


NHTSA action number - DP12006 vehicle stalls going 65 mph. Issue is not covered under the 100,000 mile warranty why"??? why has there not been a recall on this issue?????"

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #42

Nov 092013


  • 53,000 miles
While driving along highway, my gas pedal suddenly became completely unresponsive. Was luckily able to coast off to shoulder of the highway and SUV began to idle extremely roughly. Restarted vehicle and was able to drive home without additional problems. Researched issue today and found numerous examples of this problem. Issue should be recalled!!

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #41

Nov 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,275 miles
Driving normal speed, without warning, "wrench icon" appears and gas pedal fails to respond. Coast to stop in a parking lot. Shut off engine, restart vehicle and it drives normal for remainder of 2 mile trip. Start next errand and same thing happens. Sounds like the throttle body failure and limp mode that I have been researching online.

- Quincy, IL, USA

problem #40

Sep 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
I could've [xxx] died. I was on a busy highway when my car died like the battery was died but the battery was fine and I had gas. I took my Ford Escape into the dealership to see what the problem was. My SUV needed something to do with the throttle. Im not very happy that I will need to pay 600 dollar to fix something that others with a Ford Escape are having the same problem. Ford needs to recall the Ford Escapes asap or give people a refund or discount or your company will lose alot of customers because Ford wont take responsibility for this. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #39

Oct 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 44,623 miles


On 10/16/13, while driving on the freeway at 60mph and attempting to accelerate vehicle lost power in the center lane forcing me to have to make a dangerous move without power to try and bring the vehicle to rest in the emergency breakdown lane on the right. The vehicle "check engine light" came on along with some other type of wrench light. Was able to start the vehicle up right away but this time the check engine light stayed on. Code P2112 - electronic throttle body was replaced by Ford on 10/17/13 for $320.76 vehicle also lost power on 10/10/13 while at a low speed and trying to accelerate to enter the freeway. The wrench light came on but not the check engine light. Was able to restart the vehicle and the wrench light went away.

- Avon Lake , OH, USA

problem #38

Dec 312011


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated the vehicle stalled several times without warning. The dealer replaced the throttle body which corrected the failure. The air conditioning system recently failed and would blow hot air. The dealer inspected the vehicle and was unable to locate the cause of failure. The air conditioning system was not repaired. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 30,000.

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #37

Sep 032013


  • 46,000 miles
I was driving to work in the morning and my Escape stalled while going through a four way intersection. I thought that this may have been an isolated incident so I continued driving. I then noticed while I was in traffic that the engine would shutter and not idle normally. It stalled again the next day. I took it to the Ford dealership in the city where I live with the check engine light on, they tested it and then the light reset itself?? they took it on a test drive and nothing happened with them while they were driving so they said that there was nothing that they could do. My car is shutting off while I am in trafic and driving, this is a serious safety issue. I have been blessed that the brakes work on the cars that drive around me or else I would have been in a serious accident on more than one occasion this week!!! please recall these cars and get them fixed before someone dies!!!!

- Hinesville , GA, USA

problem #36

May 312013


  • 28,000 miles
My 2011 Ford Escape stalls at highway speed. This is a known issue to Ford, and the part was on back order because of all of the other defective Escapes. Although the part was said to have been replaced, the stalling has continued. My Ford dealer refuses to do further repairs, even though the truck is very dangerous to drive. The problem is with the throttle body for this model. Here is a video that someone else posted on youtube www.youtube.com/watch?V=1rvghyxvgu4

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #35

Aug 012013


  • 26,000 miles
The car went into limp mode while driving... gas pedal would not do anything until I pulled over and restarted. Wrench light and check engine come on, but go off after car is restarted. Took to dealer today after about 6 occurrences in the past month. It seems to be happening more frequently.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #34

Sep 022013


  • 54,000 miles
At 55 mph our 2011 Ford Escape lost all power with no warning at all. Had to push it out of the middle of the highway. Throttle control/powertrain light came on. Turned ignition completely off and restarted the engine, light went out and ran fine. Going in for service asap.

- Montpelier, VA, USA

problem #33

Aug 042013


  • 45,000 miles
Vehicle shuts down or does not respond to accelerator. You turn it off wait a few minutes, start it again and it gets moving. Problem occurred twice in one day. 10 days later the problem re-emerged three times.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #32

Aug 122013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,100 miles
On four separate occasions, while accelerating the throttle gave out. The vehicle had no power to move forward, except what was left from the original speed. On one of theses occasions, I was on a major highway in the DC area when the throttle gave out. I turned on my hazards and pulled over. Thankfully the cars behind me had enough room not to crash into me. I then turned off the car. Once restarted, it seemed to stall a bit and then drove normally until the next incident. There have been 4 incidents within 5 days, all seeming to happen at random. The "wrench" flashes once the throttle goes out, but then doesn't appear once the car is back on and everything seems normal. Ford has given me problems, saying this falls outside my warranty and I may have to pay for the repair myself. They also wont see me for a week, when this merits immediate attention. I just bought this vehicle in March 2013, after this problem had already been reported by thousands of existing owners. Had I know about this problem, I would not have purchased this vehicle because it is so unsafe.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #31

Aug 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I was pulling out of the doctor's office with my wife and newborn child and as I pulled out (I had plenty of safe distance if my car were functioning properly) my car all of a sudden lost any acceleration capabilities and the RPM's dropped extremely low. The speed limit on the road was 55 and it started when I got to 30mph making it so the traffic already on the road ran up right behind me and nearly hit me. I was helpless and could not go any faster. This is an extremely dangerous defect, even though the car never lost complete power I lost all control to accelerate and continued to slow with fast traffic all around me. I am lucky that it did not result in an accident or any injuries to myself, family, or other motor vehicle operators. I took my Escape to the closest Ford dealership who informed me that the electronic throttle body had failed. It was not very comforting when he knew exactly what was going on when I told him what happened because he had seen this same situation so many times. I cannot believe that there is not a recall on this manufacturer defect and I hope it does not result in any accidents or worse.

- Newport, NC, USA

problem #30

Jul 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
I was driving on an interstate at approximately 75 mph, when the engine of my 2011 Ford Escape seemingly shut down. The gas pedal stopped working. A small golden wrench icon lit up to the left of the RPM gauge. I pulled over and as I slowed, the car jerked. I turned the car off; took out the keys and waited a few minutes. The engine had a little extra trouble to restart; but it did within 30 seconds. Two days later, a diagnostics test at my Ford dealership showed the throttle body needed to be replaced; but I was told the part was on a national back order. The same incident repeatedly happened for a total of about 10 times, before the part was at the dealership and able to be replaced. The part was replaced more than two weeks after the diagnostics test and initial incident.

- Springfield, IL, USA

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