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

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2011 Ford Escape engine problems

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2011 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 3 of 12)

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problem #181

Dec 012014


  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the engine stalled and all the warning lights illuminated. The contact also stated there was smoke coming from the front of the vehicle. The contact opened the hood and noticed that a fire had erupted. A police report was filed and the vehicle was towed to an impound lot. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #180

Nov 102014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 25,880 miles
I was driving on a regular street in my area at the rate of 35. The speed limit is 40, so I decided to increase my speed to that of the speed limit. When I proceeded to accelerate, it appeared that the engine was just spinning, but not accelerating, when all of a sudden, it just lunged forward, not once, but twice. This was quite frightening as I had no advanced warning this was going to happen. After that incident, it appeared to be driving normal, until it happened again about a week later. I am afraid whenever I get behind the wheel now, but it is the only vehicle I own and I use it to get back and forth to work, so I am proceeding with extreme caution.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #179

Nov 252014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 25,600 miles
Like many other reports I have read the vehicle ceased to respond on 11/24/2014. The engine was still running (rough), the wrench light came on I was unable to get any power when pushing the gas pedal. Turned it off and restarted (sluggish) but then like nothing happened made it to my destination. Happened again 11/30/2014 this time I was traveling at 35mph. Pulled over and restarted and then it happened again about a mile further down the road. This time after shutting it off and restarting the check engine light came on and stayed on. Why is this not a recall issue? all other post have mentioned throttle body. Its a major safety issue if I was on the highway or in heavy traffic it could of ended in a serious or fatal situation.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #178

Oct 142014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 57,011 miles


Car lost power suddenly while driving on freeway at 65 mph. I pulled over to right lane in heavy rush hour traffic. I coasted at reduced and slowing speed to the next an exit ramp, which was another freeway. Several cars were honking and passing me on the exit ramp. I pulled over and drove on shoulder for another mile until I came to a slight hill. I stopped on the narrow shoulder because the car would not move. The engine was still running, but at low RPM. The wrench icon showed on the dashboard. I turned engine off and waited several minutes. It had full power when I restarted, giving me room to drive to next exit less than a block away, but lost power again minutes later. I exited on to century ave, dodging oncoming cars coming at full speed. I pulled to a service station right off the highway.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #177

Oct 082014


  • 57,000 miles
As I was driving my car lost it throttle. The engine continued to run but I had no ability to accelerate. I pulled the car over. Turned it off, then back on and the car appeared to show no issues. About two weeks later the issue appeared again. Same solution. From my research this appears to be a common issue and could very much endanger anyone in the vehicle.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #176

Sep 262014


  • 70,000 miles
Driving on freeway approx 65 mph, no warning, engine completely stops. Thankfully able to drift over to shoulder of exit lane and restarted with no detectable issues. Asked mechanics to run alternator diagnostics - as they said the alternator was the only thing that would make an engine completely cut off. Tested ok. Parked for weekend. Same thing happened on Monday morning. Searched for problem online, found throttle body comments. Called local dealer - service adviser told me it was covered under recall, but appointment setter told me it wasn't. we'll see when I get there tomorrow. Very terrifying experience - I'm lucky I travel at very early traffic times. I don't think I will ever feel safe in the vehicle after reading so many similar stories.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #175

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 #174

Feb 072012


  • 4,327 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the vehicle was leaking engine oil. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the rear main engine seal failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 4,327.

- Fairview , PA, USA

problem #173

Sep 112014


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 5 mph, the service warning indicator illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The contact also stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was restarted and the service and check engine warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #172

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 #171

Aug 042014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 77,500 miles


I was driving on the freeway going approx. 70 mph and without warning lost all acceleration. I had to maneuver across 4 lanes of traffic to get on the shoulder. I turned the car off and was preparing to call a tow truck when I started the car again and had limited acceleration. I was able to "limp" the car home and to a repair shop. The repair shop said the throttle body needed to be replaced.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #170

Jun 192014


  • 35,000 miles
Signs of issue during the occurrence: -car stop running -throttle alarm showed up -transmission alarm showed up -the issue happens approx. 3 to 4 times a month you will need to stop and turn off your engine for a while before you can start driving the car again, the throttle alarm will go away but the transmission stays sometime approximately after 12 hours.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #169

Jul 282014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
Driving down road and just quit running.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #168

Jun 282014


  • 38,000 miles
The Ford Escape has been randomly stalling at times while driving. I am forced to either pull off to the side of the road or quickly turn off my car and turn it back on again in the middle of the road.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #167

Sep 282011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
Shortly after purchasing the Escape the engine seemed to quit when making a turn. Turning off the key and restarting the engine worked. Nothing for months and then it happened again. My wife thought the engine was quitting so I asked the dealer if they were aware of similar issues. All servicing was performed at Ford until the warranty was out. Never a mention of any problems from the dealer.the engine continued to have intermittent issues and one day it happened when I was driving. I determined the engine was not quitting but would drop to about 1000 RPM with no throttle response. If you kept the transmission in drive the vehicle would decelerate quickly and sometimes would not allow moving to a safe location. Restarting the engine twice always resets the problem and it randomly happens at a later date. It is very intermittent and always happens without warning. It's getting worse with age.

- Duck River, TN, USA

problem #166

Apr 192014


  • 113,354 miles
I was traveling northwest on I 26 when I heard a pop and lost speed and control. I eased over to the right side of the highway and tried to stop. At this time, the car started to shake violently. Eventually the car stopped and would not start again. I had to be towed to newberry and left the car at a garage and rented a car to continue my trip to pick my granddaughter and return to charleston. I had to pay $85 to the tow truck driver, $385 for the car rental and $486.36 to the garage for the throttle body replacement. Now I find out this has had a recall. If I had been notified, I would not be out nearly $1000, not to mention the safety aspect of this whole incident. I could have been seriously injured or killed.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #165

Apr 292013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 18,296 miles
Vehicle bucked violently and stalled. Called Ford to have it towed. Before tow truck arrived, vehicle restarted and drove 2 miles to nearest Ford dealer. Throttle body was found to be faulty and replaced. I had made numerous complaints about poor shifting, bucking, bad mileage, etc. And dealership always told me it was not broken in yet, and nothing could be done unless it "threw a code". well it threw one this time. Since the replacement, software updates have been made, a warranty extension issued, and the problems with rough shifting, bad mileage and an occasional feeling like I have been rear ended (when no one is around) have continued. I have just gotten a case number from Ford. We'll see where this goes.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #164

Jun 102014


  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle stalled during mild acceleration after an abrupt and jerky shift transition. Lost engine power but accesories remained on and the wrench indicator lamp turned on. Normal operation of vehicle was restored after turning ignition key off and restarting the vehicle.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #163

May 132014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The vehicle accelerated quickly from a stopped position upon starting in the morning. I have to put my foot on the brake to keep it from surging forward even though I have not pressed the gas peddle at all. Vehicle jolts forward suddenly during driving at slow speeds and often when starting from a stop. Also sometimes increases acceleration when coasting at a medium speed when no gas has been applied.

- Rhinebeck, NY, USA

problem #162

May 202014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,948 miles
Upon starting the vehicle it operates as it should, once the RPM slow to an idle the vehicle will surge and stall at idle. At slow speeds (10-20 mph) the vehicle will surge and stall when the throttle is applied. The vehicle shuts down and steering and braking abilities are minimal, the vehicle will surge at speeds of 45mph however it does not stall at this speed. On the highway at a speed of 70 mph the vehicle will surge slightly, however it is not as noticeable of an event as at slower speeds.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

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