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 4 of 12)

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problem #179

Nov 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,506 miles


This is the second time this has happened to me. Both time I was on my way to work. The first time I was going about 45mph turning on the street to my office and the engine dies. I have no power. I am pressing on the gas and nothing. I stop the car and pit it in park. I restart the car and it starts right up. I think oh no big deal maybe I have a bad tank of gas. Maybe the engine was not getting any fuel. Did not think too much into the problem this morning it happens again! except I was going a lot faster and I was on the highway. I am going about 65mph and 10 minute away from work. I am in the far left lane and the engine dies. I instantly panic and need to get over five lanes of traffic. I put my flashers on luckily I still have power for those. I was able to get over on the side of the road before I came to a complete stop. I put it in park and take the key out. Sit there for a minute while I catch my breath because I just crossed 5 lanes of rush hour traffic with a engine that is not on. I put the key in and it starts right up. I press on the gas and I have power again. Why is this happening? I have been reading online about this problem and it sounds like this is happening to a lot of us. Ford is wrong for not coming out with a recall by now.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #178

Nov 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,950 miles
On 2 separate occasions on 11-14-13, the 2011 Ford Escape lost throttle power and needed to be shut off and restarted, in order to gain throttle back. The 1st incident happened when my wife was driving approx. 35 mph, on local roads. This occurred at 8:00am on the 14th. The 2nd incident occurred at approx. 11:30 am on the 14th while I was driving 65 mph on interstate 81. Very dangerous issue. Pulled aside both times and restarted car to regain throttle. A wrench icon appeared both times. This is a significantly dangerous issue. I had a local garage assess and was directed to Ford dealership where I purchased car. Appt, for 11-19-13 at coccia Ford in wilkes-barre, pa.

- Shavertown, PA, USA

problem #177

Nov 112013


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact was driving 80 mph when the vehicle failed to accelerate. The wrench warning lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where the contact was informed that the throttle body malfunctioned. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #176

Nov 112013


  • 57,343 miles


I started accelerating after being at a complete stop at a light. Halfway through the intersection, the throttle lost power and I could no longer accelerate. The wrench light came on and I had to coast over to the side of the road with my hazards on until I could get out of traffic. As I applied the breaks and the car slowed down, it started shaking until I could put the car in park. I then turned off the engine for about 30 seconds. When I restarted the engine, it took longer than usual to start but seemed to be running fine and was not shaking. After waiting for it to run without problem, I slowly accelerated the car to continue my commute. Within 2 minutes of driving, the issue occurred again and both the wrench light and the check engine light came on. I once again pulled over, stopped the car, and turned off the engine. After I restarted the car, I drove to a gas station who was able to hook up the engine to a computer scanner. The technician came back with what he said was an " O2 sensor code." He checked my fluids and reset the computer to turn off the check engine light and said I should be fine to drive the 30 miles home but should get it checked out asap. Within 20 miles of driving, the incident happened again. So I took it to the dealer. Since the check engine light was reset, there is no record of the code that came up, so the dealer spent an hour trying to get it to act up but has had no luck. The service advisor did say that although they cannot get the car to repeat the problem, they highly suspect that the throttle body needs to be replaced.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #175

Aug 302012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,648 miles
While I was driving the engine stalled down so pulled off the road engine was still running but running rough and no throttle response I shut the engine off then started it back up and everything was fine so drove off. Later that same day it did it again. Next day brought to Ford dealership and they had it for a week trying to get it to do the same thing for them but never did so I picked it back up and was a couple miles away and it stalled on me again brought it back to the dealership they kept it over night again and next day told me it stalled on them and said I need a new throttle body but was on back order. So here I am almost three months later and still no part and today Nov. 11 2013 I had the engine stall on me 8 times.

- Somerset, WI, USA

problem #174

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 #173

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 #172

Oct 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,354 miles
The vehicle experienced a fuel surge causing a reaction that was not intended by the driver. The car joltedas if one mashed the accelerator then released repeatedly. Once the vehicle came to a stop the car spit and sputtered like bad engine timing. We turned the vehicle off where it sat overnight. It was hard to start this morning and experienced the same problem twice this morning while taking the kids to school. I stopped by an advanced auto parts store where the attendant pulled the service code P2112 throttle actuator stuck closed.

- Robertsdale, AL, USA

problem #171

Oct 012013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, there was a sudden loss of engine power as the wrench warning icon illuminated. The contact merged to the shoulder where the vehicle was restarted and resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 60,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #170

Oct 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 27,550 miles
Complete loss of power, no throttle response, loss of speed on highway. Dash shows wrench, check engine light. Was able to pull off road, turned off engine. Restarted car. Same situation within another 3 miles of restart. Auto zone verified code P2111. This failure put the family into a very dangerous situation at highway speeds.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #169

Oct 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,100 miles


Wrench light came on, all throttle response stopped. I was left at a traffic light with a car that would barely move. Took the car to the dealer - they tried to charge me to replace the electronic throttle body. The car was only out of warranty by 1000 miles. Ended up compromising on paying $100. Ford needs to fix this. They know it's an issue.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #168

Feb 262013


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate from a stop, the vehicle would not respond to acceleration attempts. The wrench warning symbol was illuminated and the engine was turned off by the contact. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normally until the failure recurred four additional times. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #167

Oct 172013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 24,855 miles
While driving on the highway, the car suddenly shuttered and stalled. Check engine light went on and the driver had to guide car to shoulder while avoiding oncoming traffic. No one was injured but the driver was scared and this was a very dangerous situation. The car was towed to our service station and they found that the electronic throttle control was potentially defective or impaired.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #166

Oct 042013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, there was a complete loss of acceleration power. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The engine was turned and after restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure recurred ten times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician informed the contact that the failure was contributed to the throttle body. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- New Providence, PA, USA

problem #165

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 #164

Sep 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle just lost power and appeared to stall right in the middle of traffic. I pressed on the accelerator and nothing happened.... no power. I was able to coast over to the curb out of traffic. I turned the engine off and waited a few minutes and then turned it back on. I was able to make it home. The next morning I started the vehicle up again and started to drive it again and while it traffic it did the same thing again, I again lost power and coast over to the curb this time, I called aaa and was towed to a mechanic. I was told it was the throttle body.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #163

Oct 132013


  • 83,000 miles
Had just stopped at an exit and was pulling back out on the interstate when suddenly my car quit accelerating. Thankfully, I wasn't going full speed yet and could pull over on the side of the interstate out of traffic. Had I been going full speed, this could have been really bad, even fatal. My wrench and engine lights came on. After some time of sitting, the car drove fine and I was able to get to a repair shop that performed a diagnostic test and the error came up "throttle body stuck closed". after researching, I've found this seems to be a common problem and is very dangerous. I've also had times where after stopping and then pressing the gas to go, the car would accelerate forward suddenly. Because of this defective part, my son and I were stranded for several hours and were traveling home so we were about 4 hours from home. We had to depend on strangers to help us. Ford needs to take responsibility for this and fix this. We do not have several hundred dollars to fix this.

- Alcoa, TN, USA

problem #162

May 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,263 miles
My Ford Escape was stopping multiple times. It would stay running in very slow movement until I could pull over out of traffic and then it would shut down. Then wrench light would be lit. I had this happen while driving side roads and the interstate. This was very unsafe. I first took it to a dealer near my home and they could not find anything wrong. When this happened one morning on the interstate, I called the dealer I bought the vehicle from and took it in. They called me later that day and stated that the issue was the throttle body control, they stated that since my vehicle was no longer under warranty that I would have to pay for the replacement and that they had to order the part. It seems that these were an issue and the could not receive from manufacture right away due to a release issue. They finally were able to obtain one and I had to pay $371.79 for this to be fixed. Even though I was no longer under warranty I feel that I should not have had to pay this, from doing research it seems to be a manufactures issue.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #161

Aug 302013


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle decelerated independently and the accelerator pedal failed to engage. The contact mentioned that the wrench warning icon was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 43,000 and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Ofallon, IL, USA

problem #160

Jun 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,456 miles
Driving the car would result in the car to stall. This is an automatic vehicle. I would have to put into neutral to restart car. Then the RPM would jump then stall again. I took in the vehicle to be repaired and found code that the throttle body was stuck closed so the car would be able to drive without the throttle body being replaced. After fixed the problem went away. The problem is $500 later after the repair and the car had not even broke the 50K yet. Very bad problem and seems a if I am no the only one. After looking it up to see if I could get the parts myself I saw that this is happening to a lot of different Ford vehicles at the same time in the same range of years. This is a huge problem and just glad the kids weren't in the cars as I was driving on the interstate.

- Harahan, LA, USA

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