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 4 of 12)

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problem #161

May 062014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


During rush hour traffic on a busy highway, my 18 year old daughter was attempting to accelerate from a legal right turn on red. With traffic approaching the gas pedal become unresponsive, she began quickly losing speed, she was in the right hand lane thank god with a turn lane and was able to pull over before slowing to a complete halt. Had she been in a center lane or on a stretch with no shoulder, there could have easily been a severe accident. The gas peddle just became totally unresponsive as she came to a stop. When she was completely stopped noticed the service engine light, a red battery light and wrench light all came on. Waited 10 min for me to get to her. We restarted car seemed fine. I took to Ford dealer last night. Ford dealer called this morning as advised fuel throttle problem and said no problem warranty extended on that problem to 150,000 miles 10 years, you will not have to pay. Christ I'm not worried about paying. I"M worried about getting my family or someone else's family killed. Shame on Ford for not recalling after all the complaints I have seen now. Something must be done now before major accident with deaths involved!!!!!

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #160

Jul 172013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 59,876 miles
Vehicle has been stalling daily since July 2013. Vehicle when in for service 4-30-14 do to drivers concern of vehicle crashing at freeway and surface street speeds. On 4-29-14 the vehicle stalled (5) times and seems to stall during throttle changes from closed to traffic flow speeds. The "check engine light" and "fill cap" light were on. Dealer pulled codes P144A, P1450 and P2196 and replaced the purgevalve (9U5Z-9C915-H). This is a major safety concern along with the vehicle exceeding emission.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #159

Apr 122014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 35,421 miles
Engine suddenly lost power several countless times during a 300 mile journey on a highway. I almost crashed vehicle during the early occurrences.

- Accra, Ghana, WI, USA

problem #158

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 #157

Jan 022014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 51,580 miles
Driving on a winding, mountainous road the car suddenly lost power and was not responsive to the accelerator. There was no shoulder, so I kept going, very slowly, and then it resumed normal operating responsiveness, only to lose power again. This continued for the 4 miles it took for me to get home. I hoped it was some bad gas and was a one-time event - until it happened again, and I was again able to get home. I am now afraid to drive it.

- Hinton, WV, USA

problem #156

Feb 222014


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle jerked violently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 44,000.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #155

Jan 302014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 55,450 miles


When pressing on the gas the car shifts really hard. Then it seems like there is no get up and go afterwards. The transmission is shifting hard.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #154

Aug 072013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 35,500 miles
Lost throttle control, pulled over, turned engine off, and restarted to correct problem. This happened three more times over following month at 70mph on freeway, 50mph on surface street and an intersection at a stoplight. Exact same behavior (loss of accelerator, turn engine off, restart). Dealership replaced throttle body. Five months (7,000 miles) later problem occurred again at a busy intersection almost resulting in a serious traffic accident. I took it back to Ford, they performed tests, said they already replaced the throttle body with the new one and made no repair even though I told them the car was unsafe to drive with the defect. There will be serious accidents that result from this defect.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #153

Feb 072014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 49,800 miles
While driving down the street at 40 mph my car stalled and stopped running. There were other cars behind me. I had to coast off the road and restart my vehicle.

- Sanger, TX, USA

problem #152

Jan 282014


  • 29,000 miles
Pulling out of the driveway of my home, the car surged forward on its own and narrowly missed the neighbor. This surging of the engine on its own is going to cause a death one of these days. Ford really needs to look into this.

- Lake Bluff, IL, USA

problem #151

Dec 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,891 miles


Accelerated from a stop and car lurched and engine seemed about to quit, got "wrench light" and was able to creep to get into parking lot. Took car to dealer and they ran diagnostics on car and said the throttle body needed to be replaced.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #150

Jan 102014


  • 88,000 miles
On 1/10/14 upon pulling onto an exit off of a major interstate as I slowed down the engine shut off. The vehicle had power but the engine shut off on it's own. I put hazard lights on, car in park and started again fine. Again later that evening I was on my way home from work and upon pulling off an exit the engine stalled again. 1/11/14 I drove home on a major highway, came to stop light and engine lost power again. I was able to coast to a stop and park. Engine restarted fine and vehicle proceeded to stall at the next intersection. This to me is dangerous losing engine power. I am afraid this could cause me to be rear-ended if this keeps up. I am seeing the dealer first thing next week.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #149

Sep 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Driving at a speed of 25 mph and car suddenly lost engine power and coasted to a stop. Turned car off for 5 minutes then started car back up and it ran fine. Next day did same thing at 45mph with same results. Week later same thing only this time on the interstate highway going 70 mph. Same results: Coasted to stop, let car sit for a few minutes then restarted and ran fine. Next day, same thing at 50 mph entering the highway. Next day took car to dealership. Dealership repaired car. We had to pay for repair. Since the repair. No issues.

- Independence, TN, USA

problem #148

Dec 222013


  • 28,597 miles
While trying to accelerate to enter merging highway, my 2011 Ford Escape took many seconds to stall and then finally engage. My son asked why does this always happen, and its not safe to drive not knowing when entering the traffic, that you will not know if the car is going to make it in the traffic. I drove far and quite a bit yesterday and it happened 3 times. I am taking the car in next week, even though the dealer thinks nothing is wrong.

- Lake Bluff, IL, USA

problem #147

Dec 222013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
My daughter was driving, and had pulled from a stop sign. The vehicle seemed to stall, and she had no control- no brakes, no throttle, the emergency brake didn't stop her, and she finally pushed it into park and that did nothing. It rolled to a stop, although the engine seemed to be running. She turned off the engine, and after a few minutes, restarted it. It restarted, and she proceeded to drive to her destinations which was closeby. Very scary, but fortunately, no other real traffic, but this could have been tragic.

- Exton, PA, USA

problem #146

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 #145

Oct 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I was driving approx. 10 mph, the gas peddle stopped working, I would press it but nothing happened. The little wrench appeared on the dash. I stopped and the motor started running loudly and roughly shaking the vehicle. I put it in park, turned off the key, waiting a moment and restarted it. The restart took longer then normal but it was fine after that. This has happened 5 times now, each time I was going approx. 10-15 mph. It's dangerous because the car cannot driven out of the way of other vehicles. The 3rd time this happened I was slowing turning left through an intersection, there was oncoming traffic, had the car not cut off, I would have been safe to clear the intersection however it cut off making the oncoming driver swerve into the other lane to avoid hitting me. It's very scary and dangerous.

- Kearneysville, WV, USA

problem #144

Oct 172013


  • 46,700 miles
While daughter driving vehicle in houston, driving on freeway, approx. 65 mph, vehicle lost engine acceleration power, no response from gas pedal, warning lights (wrench symbol) illuminated. Had to coast/idle across traffic lanes to get to shoulder out of traffic- very dangerous and scary - turned off engine, restarted, vehicle then operated as normal at the time, but event has since been recurring. Now has happened 6 other times... very dangerous situation for any driver, especially a young driver. Might add that this particular model is very popular with young adults - you will see many in college towns. Very dangerous. Internet research reveals many complaints and probable cause suspected to be throttle body malfunction. Manufacturer must be aware by now. Having car repaired - expecting cost of approximately $600 - $800.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #143

Dec 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
This happened twice and I've only had the car 3 months. It' stalls when I'm driving. I had to stop the car on the george Washington bridge in NY/NJ. Turn off the engine and start again. This was extremely dangerous and terrifying to go through!! today there was smoke coming through the front engine. Please advise me.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #142

Dec 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 32,740 miles
While driving down the highway on the way home from work in busy traffic, suddenly the engine came to an idle and a small icon of a "wrench" lit up on the dashboard. After trying to maneuver through traffic on the busy highway at 5 mph (almost causing an accident) I was able to get to the side of the road. I shut the car off and restarted it, the icon of the wrench was gone and the car proceeded to run fine. I'm reporting this because I have heard this happen to other people and it was caused by a throttle body malfunction. This is an extremely dangerous situation on a busy highway.

- Garfield Heights , OH, USA

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