really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,937 miles

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2011 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 10 of 12)

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problem #41

Jun 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles


Vehicle has stalled on me on 5 different times. Always during a turn at slow speeds. I have had to put the vehicle in neutral and restart it. The last time it happened, was on June 5th. There was a car behind me and I was able to avoid it hitting me. I reported this to my Ford dealership and they checked the vehicle out and could not find any problems. I also notice that at times when I am trying to accelerate that the car will kind of jerk or surge, almost like it's trying to get fuel to the engine.

- Bermuda Dunes, CA, USA

problem #40

May 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,010 miles
While traveling the interstate, the engine suddenly dropped to approximately 600 RPM and subsequently down shifted to low gear. I found myself in the inside lane, during rush-hour traffic, decelerating from 70mph to 5mph with no place to go. I was lucky, but not popular. The check engine light (wrench) came on and I slowly found my way to the emergency lane. After turning off the engine and restarting, everything was ok. This happened another time with, pretty much, the same story. The Ford dealership diagnosed the problem as a bad/stuck throttle body. I've been waiting for them to fix the problem, but they do not have the necessary parts and apparently very little interest. Ford corporate says they will help with the cost, but will not return my calls, so I'm left to wonder about that.

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #39

Jun 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 28,700 miles
Vehicle began to stall at highway speed with no throttle response. Coasted vehicle to a stop and turned off the engine. Continued down the road as it stalled two more times to the nearest dealer. They scanned and gave us code P2111 tech said that we needed a throttle bottle and it was on a nationwide back order. Tech also said there were 3 other vehicles on the lot waiting for the same part. Tried to order part and they wanted cash up front, it should be covered under warranty.

- El Campo, TX, USA

problem #38

Jun 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


I was traveling at approximately 60mph when my Ford Escape completely stalled and S service light came on. As I tried to move out of traffic I was nearly hit by multiple vehicles coming from both directions. I had the vehicle towed to the Ford dealership assuming this would be covered under power train warranty. After explaining to the service department what had happened, before they looked at my vehicle, they knew exactly what it was. Apparently, the problem with the throttle body is so common they can't keep the parts in stock. This problem causes the vehicle to stall or surge forward, usually at rates of speed exceeding 40mph. I was informed that Ford does not consider this part of the power train. $401.04 later I had my vehicle back. As I was paying the service cashier informed me that this was the 12th that had fixed that week (it was only Wednesday) and to hold onto my receipt because it really should be recalled.

- Pensacola , FL, USA

problem #37

Feb 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle decelerated on its own. The contact stopped the vehicle on the emergency lane and was able to continue driving normally after restarting it. The wrench warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated a valve had to be replaced. After the vehicle was repaired the failure continued to occur. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #36

Jun 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,203 miles
While driving on the expressway crg G5 at 45mph the engine stalled, with no more power supplied to the car and it rolled to a full stop. The electronic throttle did not operate to accelerate or drive the car any more. The vehicle had to be towed away. The check-engine light and 'wrench' light are on, the associated dtc code is P2112.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #35

Jun 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,600 miles


I was driving to work on rt. 80 in NJ at about 70 mph in the fast lane when all of a sudden there was no power. I would hit the gas and nothing. Fortunately, my steering and braking was not affected and I was able to coast to the shoulder and turn the truck off. Before that, I noticed the wrench light was lit on the dashboard. I sat for a minute while I looked in my owner's manual to see what the wrench light was for and it said throttle. I turned it back on and after a brief hesitation, it turned over. I pulsed the gas to make sure it was working, then slowly merged back onto the highway. I called my dealership to tell them what happened and they were very nice and asked me to bring it in asap. Since I was almost at work, I said I'd call him back and went to the Ford dealership near my office. There I was told this was a "known issue" and even if it was what he "thought" it was, he was nasty and said "there aren't any parts available anyway..." I asked him if the truck was safe to drive and he hesitated and said "yeah...it should be and that it is a "sporadic" issue." I left that dealership and drove to my office. I called my local dealership back and told them this. They said to bring it in the next day (Saturday) and they would take care of me. This dealership (magarino in sussex, NJ) is amazing! they are helpful, truly care about their customers and made sure that my truck was safe before I left. Even though I didn't have an appointment, they still made the time to get me in! they did have the part in stock, ran all the necessary tests, replaced the part and reprogrammed the computer so that everything would be ok. $400 later (part not under warranty), I was heading home. I hope this helps the possible recall investigation so that no one else has to go through the terrifying and hopeless feeling that I had this past Friday.

- Sparta, NJ, USA

problem #34

Jun 092013


  • 61,200 miles
I was driving 70mph down the interstate and I lost all power and my wrench light came on. I coasted to the side of the road put it in park and it started right up and light went off. Today I could feel it losing power I went to dealership and they said they could not help me if I didn't pay the $85 to put on computer. I told them my car had done the exact same thing that others had reported and it was their throttle body. On my way to work I could feel is lugging but so far today it hasn't stopped. Very dangerous due to the fact the I have several children in my Escape daily.

- Kenna, WV, USA

problem #33

Jun 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Driving the car we start to excel and the car shuts down due to the throttle body not functioning right.

- Marble Falls, TX, USA

problem #32

Jun 042013


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was coasted restarted and resumed normally. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was advised that the engine throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired because the dealer stated that the part was on back order. The failure mileage and current mileages were 66,000.

- Palestine, WV, USA

problem #31

May 312013


  • 40,000 miles


I was driving up a hill when my engine shut off and car started lurching forward. The brakes slowed the car down but lurching continued. The car restarted okay but stalled several more times as I was driving it to the dealer. There were no warning lights on and I have always taken great care of the car. There were no odd noises or signs that something was wrong until the car stopped. I am thankful that I was on a neighborhood road and not a busy street or highway. Dealer says the issue is the electronic throttle body which is on national backorder and may take 6-8 weeks to repair. If something is on national backorder, does that mean this is happening to others as well? please investigate.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #30

May 222013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,500 miles
Vehicle was accelerated to cross an intersection and engine decelled to an idle condition - this happened at speed also - very dangerous loss of power without notice - almost caused an accident. Was very intermittent to begin with - dealer attempted tshoot and repair but no codes found - next day after dealer attempt problem happened numerous times and the dealer determined a bad throttle body.

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #29

May 152013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 19,200 miles
As I was driving, my vehicle with no warning lost power. The engine was still running, but roughly. I could press the accelerator, but it no longer caused the vehicle to accelerate. After waiting for help to arrive, I shut the vehicle off and then tried to restart. The vehicle started fine. I took it to a mechanic who thought the throttle box may be bad. I paid to have it cleaned out and for a gas additive to decrease the likelihood that it would happen again. A couple of days later, my Escape stalled again in the same way and with the same results. It has happened 3 times now since May 2nd. I realize there is an investigation into the failure of the throttle body in Ford Escapes including the 2011 model. What is described in the throttle body failure situations is exactly what I am experiencing with my vehicle. I have been fortunate to be in curb lanes and able to maneuver safely off the road each of the times this has happened. If I happen to be in a center highway lane when it happens, I may not be fortunate enough to have an opportunity to restart my vehicle safely.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #28

Jun 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Driving on interstate at 65-70 mph and engine shuts down. I have to get to the side of the road put in park and restart it. The engine remains running when this happens but only at a idle. And a very rough idol. This happened 4 times last week. Very scary when on interstate! when I turn it off and restart it seems fine until it happens next time.

- St Henry, OH, USA

problem #27

May 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,500 miles
While entering the highway and getting up to speed, the vehicle started to lose power. This is the third time it has happened in a 2 week period, the latest being the date identified above.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #26

May 302013


  • 54,000 miles
While driving on I40 my vehicle lost the ability to accelerate. I coasted to the shoulder and the vehicle began to surge forward and stop while I attempted to put it in park. This happened twice more on this trip, after restarting the engine to rest the issue so I could drive at all. I have taken it to Ford three times for service for this. They rest code and tell me Ford is aware of the defect in the throttle body but won't fix it for free. I am in fact typing this complaint in the service waiting area. I have experienced surges forward while sitting in traffic and had all power drop out at interstate speeds. It's insane Ford hasn't recalled this part and repaired it. I hope me or my family don't have to be injured or killed for them to take care of this faulty part.

- Smyrna , TN, USA

problem #25

May 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 39,700 miles
I was exiting off I-295 when the engine started to run rough and then I had no control of the gas pedal. When I pushed on it the engine did nothing but idle very roughly. The engine wrench light came on. I coasted to a stop and put it in park. The car continued to run roughly.

- Wade, NC, USA

problem #24

May 082013


  • 42,535 miles
This vehicle has lost power unexpectedly twice in the last month while either decelerating from freeway speeds (first time) and while cruising at 65 mph (second time). In both instances the wrench lite came on and the RPM level dropped to below 900 RPM and was erratic. Luckily, I was able to put on my hazard flashers and pull to the side of the road in both cases. Both times, I shut the car off and it restarted resuming normal performance. This unpredictable loss of power can become a serious hazard in a freeway full of drivers. I see a growing number of Escape drivers experiencing the same thing, so it appears as though a trend is happening focusing on suspect throttle body units. I am sure Ford will do something about this, but wonder how bad it needs to get before they do.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #23

May 272013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,304 miles
While driving the vehicle it started jolting and sounding as if the vehicle was dying or out of gas(I had a 3/4 tank). I shuttered to a stop and died while I was on the highway. I went to start it again and it rolled over for 20 sec and then stared. I put it in drive and it immediately bogged down and died. Al my check engine lights came on and I called my husband to come help me. When he got there he was able to start it up and get it off the road and into a parking lot before it shuttered and did again. Had it towed and this morning they call me and tell me it is the electronic throttle body. They said it is not covered under warranty and is on back order for weeks. I did some research and found out hundreds of people are having this problem too. This needs to be a recalled as it is dangerous problem.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I had been driving for months with my engine surging and almost pulling and dragging almost like slowing to a stop. I do not know a lot about cars so I just continued to drive it. Finally one morning in April I was on my way to work at 5am. I was turning onto the highway when while I was pressing on the gas without warning all power was lost. The engine cut off and I was able to coast over to the side of the highway. Thank god it happened right before merging onto highway ramp into on coming traffic because I could have possible been severely injured in a crash or have been a crash fatality. I took the vehicle to an auto store to have battery changed. Just a week later the problem started again. This time the surges were more evident after I was stopped at a light or stop sign. It felt as if the vehicle would start decelerating and loosing power while I was flooring the gas even on the highway. I became nervous about this where I took the vehicle in to be checked out at Ford where I was then told that it was a problem with the electronic throttle body device. I was also informed that there might be a national recall about this problem. I am very upset because no warnings were given about this potential problem because of the possible dangers with these occurrences. My vehicle is still under manufacturer's warranty, but to have this type of concerning issue now, who knows what's to come. I really want out of this vehicle and would like the option to trade it in now.

- Columbus, GA, USA

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