really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,798 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 #199

Oct 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


While driving down the freeway the car suddenly surged for a second and then lost all power. There was no gas going to the engine and I could not produce any speed. I had to coast to a stop while moving over in the freeway lane to the shoulder. When I did stop, the engine sounded like it had trouble getting fuel to it. I turned off the engine and sat for a second and when I turned the car back on it started up and would go. Over the past months this has happened on and off. Some days it drives fine and then all of a sudden it will do the same aspect.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #198

Jan 152014


  • 24,534 miles
As my wife was driving one morning the Ford Escape with out warning started to feel like there was no throttle when she stepped in the gas. She immediately pulled to the side of the road (coasting because the gas peddle wasn't responding. A little wrench (throttle body/powertrain) light came on, on the dash. This happened twice on this day, both times out of the blue. The Ford dealership looked at it and it was the throttle body. This shouldn't happen on a vehicle so new and such low mileage.

- Ronkonkoma , NY, USA

problem #197

Jan 122014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Accelerating from traffic light, in left lane, in heavy traffic. The car slowed down and would not respond to accelerator. Manage to maneuver to the side of the road. Shut off engine and restarted engine. All appeared normal. I maneuvered to a road with less traffic to continue home. The problem occurred again within a mile.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #196

Dec 262013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 35,266 miles


While driving on interstate the vehicle suddenly lost power and stalled to a very slow speed. I was able to safely exit the highway and pulled into a parking lot with engine barely running. After turning engine off and preparing to call aaa, tried starting engine and it ran fine. The check engine light came on and I took the car for a code check. Code was P2111 throttle actuator stuck open. I am just going out of warranty (30 days ago is 3rd anniversary of purchase) and feel this is a manufacturing defect that should be covered beyond the warranty. Had this happened with traffic close behind at 70 mph, there could have been a serious accident as the slowing was dramatic without touching the brakes. This condition is a serious safety hazard.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #195

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 #194

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 #193

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 #192

Oct 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
When on freeway loses all throttle have to coast to side of road and restart. Had to replace the throttle body at dealership with a total cost of $533.13. Was not covered under warranty?

- Bellville, OH, USA

problem #191

Dec 142013


  • 46,758 miles
While turning into a parking lot my vehicle's accelerator quit functioning. This was the second time within a 14 day period. To overcome the problem, I shut the vehicle off via the key, waited 3 minutes and tried again. Same thing. Next I shut off the engine and waited 5 minutes and the throttle body began functioning again. I drove the vehicle to a repair shop where they cleaned the affected part and re-installed it.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #190

Aug 252012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I was setting at an intersection pulling out in to oncoming traffic and vehicle died. This has happened on numerous occasions in the past year. At times when I try to stop it feels as though the vehicle is still pulling with foot completely clear of accelerator.

- Coatesvile, IN, USA

problem #189

Nov 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


The vehicle went to idle and would not accelerate until the engine was switched off and restarted. It has happened several times since. Our dealer says they cant diagnose unless they have the vehicle while it is in idle only.

- Belton, MO, USA

problem #188

Nov 112013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 28,399 miles
After sitting at a red light, I tried to accelerate vehicle to get on the highway then vehicle hesitated and wouldn't respond to any attempts to accelerate and the engine light and wrench light came on. After completely turning the car off and trying to restart it, it took approx 7 seconds to turn over and after making another attempt to accelerate there wasn't any change. I did this two more times and on the third try, the vehicle responded to prompts from the accelerator. Both the engine light and wrench light were still lit up, but I drove the car to the autoport and was given the trouble code P2112 and was told that the throttle body assembly needed to be replaced.

- Aiea, HI, USA

problem #187

Nov 212013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
In the peak of traffic the vehicle stalled and started choking. Almost would barely run. Had the opportunity to stop in the rest area and had to pay the tow truck. Vehicle currently in the shop and the diagnosis is the throttle body needs replacing. And the warranty is not covering.

- Carolina, PR, USA

problem #186

Nov 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I was driving down the road and my Ford Escape just lost acceleration. Everything else stay on, but I tried to press the gas pedal with no response and nothing happened, the vehicle just stopped. I turned off the vehicle and restarted it and it started up with no problems. It happened again when I was pulling out of a parking lot, exact same thing. Luckily during both events no cars were behind me at the time.

- Kings Mountain, NC, USA

problem #185

Nov 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,600 miles
I was driving down I-5 and 2011 Ford Escape started to decelerate while foot was on the gas pedal. Had to switch lanes and exit highway before I lost momentum. No one was injured in the process. Shut it off for about ten minutes then turned it over but it struggled to fire. When started we drove straight home and parked it. I then got on the computer to research the issue and looked up any recalls on the vehicle. I found arfc and seen about 270 or more complaints about the same issue. I'm curious why Ford didn't recall this vehicle because that is a safety concern and with so many complaints you think something would be done.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #184

Nov 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Car 4 months past warranty, stuck in traffic when suddenly not getting gas. Dealership says is throttle body. See lots more complaints so wanted to register mine too.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #183

Nov 222013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 32,500 miles
I was on I80 heading westbound through Lincoln. All the sudden I felt a thump and lost all acceleration. I was in the center lane (of three lane traffic) and was surrounded by semi trucks. Thankfully I was able to get my hazard lights on and coast over to the shoulder. I called aaa for a tow and took my vehicle to the nearest Ford dealer. I was advised that I had a stuck throttle body. They said this is quite common for this year/make/model of vehicle. They replaced the throttle body under warranty and sent me on my way. I feel very fortunate that I was able to coast to the side of the interstate. I had recently taken an 1800 mile road trip with my children through dallas and houston. I am so grateful this didn't occur on our trip.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #182

Oct 042013


  • 50,000 miles
The Escape, while driving on the freeway, starting idling high, and allowed no acceleration. This happened in October, and then again today. It has also at numerous times, "slipped" and accelerated very quickly when starting the car. Today, it happened again twice where it was idling very high and gas pedal didn't respond. We had to tow it to a dealership where we were told that the throttle body is shorted out.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #181

Nov 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,229 miles
Accelerator ceased working while vehicle was in motion. This was the 3rd instance in 2 months; however, the first time that pumping the accelerator failed to correct the issue. Turning off the engine and restarting the vehicle was required to correct at this point. Required the replacement of the throttle body.

- Harvest, AL, USA

problem #180

Nov 162013


  • 48,000 miles
While driving in the middle lane of I 85 the engine turned off. I could not accelerate. The right lane became clear and I coasted the car onto the shoulder of the road. This was a terrifying experience especially at this speed with cars behind me.

- Burlington, NC, USA

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