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

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2011 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 8 of 12)

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problem #99

Aug 012013


  • 44,800 miles


I was driving my 2011 Ford Escape late at night, when I completely lost power on my vehicle. I was able to safely pull off to the side of the road. As I brought the car to a stop (braking), the car jerked forward before stopping. I shut off the car, and sat for a few moments, wondering what to do. The dash showed a wrench symbol, so I checked the manual to see what it meant. It said something about a fault and the powertrain. I checked to see if the car would restart and it did. I continued to drive, and approximately 10-15 minutes later it did it again. This time at a speed of over 60mph. I made it to my destination and called my husband. He checked the internet to see if anyone else had this problem and was shocked to see all the complaints about this. Thankfully, he read that if I stayed under 60 mph and didn't drive too long it shouldn't happen again. I took the back way home and although it was much longer I made it without a further problem. Why is this problem part(throttle valve) not recalled. And most importantly, and for safety reasons why aren't the owners of these 2011 Escape's made immediately aware of this hazard. This was the closest I came to a fatal accident and not necessarily my own.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #98

Aug 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
I was making a right hand turn. Then as I came out of the turn the car stalled I could not go. I pressed on the gas but nothing happened. I turned the car off and restarted it. It worked fine until I went around another right turn, and it did the same thing that's when I took it to the Ford dealership.

- Excelsior Springs, MO, USA

problem #97

Jul 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,329 miles
I was driving in the far left hand lane on a highway at about 65 mph when all of a sudden my vehicle lost power and would not accelerate when I pushed the accelerator pedal. I immediately put on my flashers and began moving over one lane at a time until finally reaching the shoulder of the road. While doing so, when the vehicle speed was down to about 20 mph, it started shaking (like a jerking back and forth motion). After letting the car rest for about 10 minutes I tried to start it up. The vehicle started, but the check engine indicator light was illuminated. I followed the directions in the vehicles manual and drove slowly to my mechanic, not accelerating or decelerating abruptly. The initial diagnostic test indicated that the mass air flow sensor needed to be cleaned and this was performed. The vehicle seemed to be running normally for about one week, both on highway and local city roads. One week later, driving about 20 mph on a local street, the same thing happened. I brought the vehicle back to my mechanic who after doing the diagnostics told me that the throttle body needed to be replaced. Apparently the mechanic followed the bulletins which were issued by the vehicle manufacturer, which by virtue of issuing these bulletins knew of the potential problem. I believe that this issue is a major safety concern. I was lucky, I was able to move my vehicle to the shoulder of the highway because at the time there was not much traffic. Definitely, if I was driving at 65mph, and there was a car behind me traveling at the same speed, there would be know way for them to stop, when my car decelerated so rapidly.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #96

Jul 282013


  • 33,275 miles


The car is running then the accelerator stops working.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #95

Aug 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,055 miles
While driving at speeds from 50 - 65 mph, my Escape will suddenly lose power. The engine remains running, but the accelerator pedal has no effect. The vehicle will continue to move very slowly after moving to the shoulder of the road. The "wrench" light is indicated on the dash. After coming to a stop, turning the engine off and restarting, the problem is temporarily resolved. After some research on the NHTSA site, this same problem occurs in the Escape and Ford Fusion. Ford is completely aware of the problem, but has not issued a recall. The problem is the throttle control body. A local Ford dealer offered to replace the part for approximately $600. I purchased the part for $350 and will replace myself as it is a simple 10 minute job. This is a very dangerous defect and I wish that Ford would take this seriously.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #94

Jul 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,530 miles
While accelerating from a stopped position the gas pedal stopped working and the car came to an idle speed in traffic. I exited highway and idled onto the ramp to the nearest parking lot. After turning the car off for a while and tried to restart with hesitation and was able to drive home and to the nearest Ford dealership the next day.(crossroads Ford- indian trail, nc) the service department cleaned the injectors and fuel throttle body along with a oil change and transmission flush.($300) the car still had a idling issue but I thought it was just left over residue cleaning itself out.( I have complained of shifting problems/acceleration problems with car since purchase in 2011. I have taken it into keith hawthorne Ford of belmont (where purchased) several times with this complaint. Nothing could ever be found.) the second incident date is 8-2-13. I was on hwy 74 in indian trail and had pulled out ahead of traffic leaving a stop light with plenty of time to accelerate to speed and the gas pedal stopped working again. I put my flashers on and idled to the next parking lot on the right which was a food lion shopping center. I was almost rear-ended by a red & white tractor trailer because he couldn't slow down in time, it just was able to get in the left lane before hitting me. Several cars were backed up and slamming on brakes to keep from hitting me. There was no safe place to pull over so I had to idle to the parking lot. I turned the car off as in the earlier incident and got it restarted and was able to drive it the mile or 2 back to crossroads Ford. I received a call today from the service staff that the fuel throttle body needed to be replaced and it would cost an additional $500 to which they would deduct $100 for the service performed 2 days earlier. The car remains at the crossroads Ford while I await a call from a customer service agent for this issue.

- Indian Trail, NC, USA

problem #93

Jun 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles


Whether I driving in downtown traffic or highway my Ford Escape would start hesitation. Could not get a charge from to drive SUV. Or my Escape would power and the engine would die while driving or when I was pulling out from intersection. I took Ford Escape to a Ford dealership they did whatever test and told me they would have to order part. Two weeks of waiting for part to arrive and still no part dealership told me part was on a state order because I was in Florida when this happened and I was from Illinois with my trip ending and needed to get home. I felt dealership was giving me run around so I called main headquarters in detroit, Michigan and was told the throttle body was on back order because Ford was having problems figuring out problem and therefore could not send part because they didn't have a corrected throttle body part to send. I asked if Ford was doing a recall on Escape and was told not at this time. I received a called from Ford Motor Co. About 2 days later telling me the part would be sent to dealership by Wednesday of following week and that a call was also placed to dealership to inform them the part was for my Escape not the two Ford Escapes with same problem that were ahead of mine. By the following week on Wednesday my Ford Escape was repaired and I was able to drive home back to Illinois. To this day I am not sure if I have a replacement part that has fixed the problem or if Ford Motor Co. Sent me the same part that will again break down on me. I have kept track of all phone calls I made date time and who I spoke with and also the calls from Ford Motor Co. To me. Needless to say I am very disappointed with the whole matter and I am filing this complaint.

- Ofallon, IL, USA

problem #92

Jul 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 57,500 miles
The vehicle was on the highway and lost power, this was the second time that this had happened in two weeks. The dealer was not able to determine the problem the first go around. Vehicle would start but had no power, engine light and service wrench, had vehicle towed to dealership. They determined it to be a bad throttle body, which was not covered under my warranty.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #91

Jul 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I was driving with my two kids in traffic on 95 when my truck just seemed to stop working. It did not stall, the engine was still working, I could steer but could not accelerate. I quickly had to get over four lanes to the shoulder. When I did, I turned the car off and waited a couple minutes. I turned the car back on and it was a hard start, almost as if it were going to not start. To get.I called my Ford dealership and explained as best as I could to the service department~ who in turn, over the phone diagnosed the problem as electrical and informed me my warranty wouldn't cover it, I should take it to my mechanic. I dropped my truck off and he tried to fix whatever may have caused the problem, costing us $500. My husband picked it up and we took it out that night ~ it happened five more times. This was Saturday night, Monday I tried to call Ford and tell them what happened. I was on the phone off and on for about 3-4 hours trying to have this handled. Finally, I was told by my mechanic~not the dealership~ about this being something I could look up, that other owners had this same exact issue. Ford told me to bring it in on wed, I had to call Ford corporate to find out if I was entitled to a rental and did I have to pay a $100 deductible. It was like pulling teeth to have this handled. On wed when I was supposed to drop it off, after more disconnected phone calls and voicemails~ I asked to speak with a director or manager. In mind experience he was treating me as if I were a child and I had no idea what I was talking about. He had never heard of such a problem with the Ford Escapes.after telling him what I found out online I was told "if you read anything on the internet, that's simply your research." I am disgusted with my experience, my truck is supposedly fixed. I do not trust a company to fix something they are pretending doesn't exist.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #90

Jul 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Driving on major interstate in downtown houston at rush hour doing 65 mile an hour when car suddenly stalled causing me to come to almost a complete crawl and I kept seeing a flashing wrench in my dash area as the car tugged roughly when I attempted to accelerate. My car was almost hit by several cars as others slammed on brakes behind. I was in the middle of a 5 lane highway and I had to cross two lanes doing 10 miles per hour to get over to the right. I was a very scary ordeal, I was shook up and disoriented by the ordeal. I turned the car off and sat on the median for 10 mins and started the car back up and the flashing wrench was gone. I called Ford about a similar incident that I had last fall of 2012 and they assured me that there were no issues reported like this for the vehicle. Please research the fact that my VIN is stated as invalid. My VIN is [xxx]. I gave this # to the Ford company when I called last year and now it's showing as invalid?? the bigger issue is that I feel that my car is unsafe after this happening again today and knowing that I nearly caused several accidents on the interstate and put my own life in danger is causing me to reach out see what actions I can take against Ford to fix this issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #89

Jul 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


Engine cut out while driving at about 55mph and 'check engine' light lit up on the dashboard. I pulled over to side of road and waited about ten minutes before re-starting vehicle. The vehicle started ok but 'check engine' light stayed on. I took it to service station and they ran diagnostic and got code P2111 - throttle actuator stuck open. I made repair appointment at Ford dealer for next day. While driving home from work the engine stalled at a traffic light but re-started ok.

- Joppa, MD, USA

problem #88

Jun 012012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Going down road, first no gas pedal control, then starts to make engine and whole vehicle pulsate. Starting to get worse and dangerous, about 3 TO4 times a trip. Dealer has told us the part is on backorder, meanwhile trying to deal with it.

- Northeast, PA, USA

problem #87

Jan 272012


  • 3,500 miles
I was about two blocks from home, driving the SUV and slowed down to turn the corner, when I tried to hit the gas to accelerate, the car wouldn't accelerate past 5mph. A few lights came on the dashboard and I was able to drive it home. When I restarted it, it worked fine. I had the car towed to the dealership, which said they couldn't duplicate the problem. I had only owned the car for 6 months at the time.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #86

May 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Driving at freeway speed when engine lost all power. Unable to accelerate. Engine light and wrench light came on. Was able to pull to the side of the road. Restarted vehicle and proceeded back on to freeway. Incident repeated 5 times in 10 miles of driving. Finally located a Ford dealership. Computer code indicated faulty throttle body. Unable to repair same day because dealership did not have the part. Called 7 different dealerships within a 200 mil radius and advised no one had the part in stock. Appears this is a popular problem. Finally found the part the following day and dealer installed. No problems since. Was forced to drive the vehicle until the part arrived as I was out of town on business when this occurred. The loss of acceleration resulted in dangerous situations. I experienced this not only at highway speed but also when trying to enter the freeway. I was almost hit twice.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #85

Jul 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,638 miles
While driving on parkway at 60 mph lost power was able to coast to side of road. Once I shut car off then restarted, it would drive fine. Once I hit 60 again it would power off again. I would have to drive under 50 for continuous power. Went to sayville Ford for repair. They said it was the throttle. Turns out its the same problem everyone is having. I paid $486.89 for repair. $171.68 for part and $315 for labor.

- Sayville, NY, USA

problem #84

Jul 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 37,311 miles
Driving pa turnpike at 10:00 pm 7/19/2013 @ 65 mph sb. Heard thump, wrench lite came on, then engine lite. No power on acceleration. Coasted to side of road. Called aaa. Couldn't start car kept sputtering. Waited for 1 1/2 hours no aaa. Tried to start car. Started. Continued on journey. Next day took to dealer. Got an appointment for 7/23/2013 @ 2pm. Drove car on mon. 7/22/2013. Going 35 mph. Same thing. Thump, wrench lite, engine lite.no power. Coasted to off ramp. Took to dealer on 7/23/2013 for diagnostic.failed throttle body assy. Removed and replaced throttle body and reprogrammed the PCM and retested. Cost..$500.68...out of warranty.

- Dupont, PA, USA

problem #83

Jul 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,670 miles
My wife was taking her mother home on the 18th of July when the Escape started to hesitate and surge going up a hill. When she pressed on the gas pedal there was no response from the engine.the powertrain and engine lights came on so she called me immediately. She was afraid to leave it running so she shut it down. What made things worse was the fact that it was 97 degrees out that day and she had her mother with her who is handicapped. After the engine cooled a bit, I was able to drive it the rest of the way to her mother's house. After dropping her off, the vehicle broke down twice on the way to the repair facility. It turned out to be a problem with the throttle body. As a former mechanic and now a parts person I can say with confidence that this is definitely a safety issue.

- Barboursville, VA, USA

problem #82

Jul 102012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Small surges just after stops. Total loss of power at highway speeds. July 2012 showed the check engine light, and had to coast to side of the road, gas pedal totally dead, engine and car still running. Turn off and restart and all check engine lights go away and car acts normally. Dealership found no codes. June 2013 again total loss of power at highway speeds, this time powertrain light comes on, and the car has to coast to the side of the road, gas pedal totally dead, engine and car still running. Turn off and restart and all powertrain lights go away and car acts normally. This loss of power has happened 15-20 times to date from July 2012 to July 2013.

- Martinsville, IN, USA

problem #81

May 232013


  • 38,500 miles
On May 23rd we were traveling on an interstate at about 65mph and suddenly the car lost acceleration, we were able to pull over to side of road and luckily able to avoid other cars. We turned off engine and it started again but was very apprehensive. The car did ok until July 20th when we stopped at a light and when we started the acceleration was gone again, we were able to get to side of road but it took 3 tries to get it started again. We tried to get home before it happened again but about 2 miles from our home it died again. We were on a 2 lane road but was able to pull into someone's driveway and it took several times to get it started and we tried to get back on road but it died again. After a couple more tries it started and we were able to make it home. We had to call a tow truck to take it to the dealer because we were afraid it would happen again and could have had an accident. We have only had the car for 2 yrs and it only has around 38000 miles.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #80

Jul 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
When accelerating the car stalls for no apparent reason. I was driving down a busy highway in the left lane, when I accelerated the made a couple of jerks, thru the wrench sign on the dash and lost all power. This has happened to me 3 times, once from a dead stop turning left across traffic and twice while accelerating at an average speed on the highway there was a total loss of propulsion of the car and all you can do is hope and pray you can coast to safety. It is just a matter of time before someone is killed on a busy interstate when the throttle goes out. Ford replaced my throttle yesterday for $328 and never said a word about this being an issue with this car! this absolutely needs to be looked at and recalled!

- Monroe, GA, USA

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