Notes: The 2012 Ford Escape has an acceptable complaint history so far, with leaking rear window problems showing up as the main concern so far. NHTSA complaint data shows an early pattern of problems with stalling while driving.

Another concern is the 2012 Escape rolled onto its roof during an NHTSA side impact test so it only received a marginal side impact rating ... not good.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,798 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2012 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

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2012 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #7

Feb 152012


  • 1,500 miles


On several occasions the transmission lags, or shifts hard, slips, hesitate when put in reverse, have had the vehicle back to dealer twice, first time was told the computers were not communicating the way they should, the second which was today, was told it was a quart low" vehicle now has 32000 on it does not leak fluid, and was low on fluid when bought new from dealer why is this happening" dealer says it is because of low fluid, but I am not buying that. And probably will not buy another.

- Mineral Point, MO, USA

problem #6

Mar 162013


  • 6,412 miles
When my Escape is in the running mode, the engine does not sounds like a gas running vehicle, but it runs loud like a truck. When pressing the gas I have to press the gas pedal to the floor before moving at a good speed, the transmission slips into gears.

- Seal Beach, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 092012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 325 miles
Vehicle stalls intermittently when driving at various freeway speeds. Pressing all the way down on the gas pedal the vehicle recovers acceleration. The vehicle was checked by an authorized dealer at 325 mi. On the odometer and "no vehicle problem found". vehicle has experienced eight freeway incidents of stalls in 3908 mi.on the odometer, the stalls have occurred at different speeds or vehicle maneuvers.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 182012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,933 miles


Vehicle in traffic on busy interstate (I-635E) dallas, tx on Sunday 11/18 at approx 11 am. Vehicle had already been driven 10-15 miles when the engine lost power. Tachometer showed 1000 RPM and engine was still running but no throttle response. Was able to coast to next off-ramp though interstate was under construction and concrete barriers denied access to shoulder. After coasting to off-ramp I was able to determine emissions indicator was lit and I turned off the engine, restarted and tried to proceed. The engine lurched and stalled and the maintenance indicator also illuminated. Forced to call for assistance. Had vehicle towed to Ford dealership. They replaced the throttle body (fomoco pn ds7Z-9E926-a) and cleared the odbc codes. Vehicle has driven fine with no issues for next 100 miles. Personal note: Fortunately the incident happened close enough to an of ramp I could exit the busy interstate. The construction had concrete barriers on both sides of the interstate preventing shoulder access. If I had not been able to make it to an off ramp the vehicle would have been stalled in a multi-lane interstate likely resulting in a traffic accident.

- Durant, OK, USA

problem #3

Jul 052012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Purchased the vehicle in Feb it an hr or so 1 way everyday to July started to notice it would lag when shifting between start and in between gears. Took it in for service they had it for less then 3 hrs and said their was nothing wrong but reset the transmission computer problem should go away. It got worse took it back 2 wks later for same issue transmission tech drove it with me in the car, found no issue...took it back 3 wks late same issue a different person told me that's not normal they drove it said they couldn't duplicate the issue but Ford says it's normal for a hard shift on a cold start. I will be taking it back now for a 4th time to have it looked hard shifts not just on cold start and if this was the case I would have had this issue from day 1 not 5 months into driving........this does not feel safe to drive but I am told I have to get used to it......

- Port Republic , MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 272012


  • 1,000 miles
When driving at highway speeds 55-60 and then coasting coming to a stop, once engine/transmission hits around 35-40...vehicle downshifts extremely hard...called dealership and they said this was normal behavior...I've never had a vehicle behave like this and would not consider that normal..

- Darien, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 102012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
Vehicle was being prepared to back out of level garage onto driveway with mild downhill slope. Vehicle was started, emergency brake released and automatic transmission placed in reverse, driver's foot engaged brake. Driver realized wallet with driver's license was left inside house. Transmission placed in park, driver removed foot from brake and exited vehicle. Vehicle not noted to be moving when driver exited. Driver entered house through garage entry, retrieved wallet. When garage was re-entered vehicle was backing out of garage onto driveway on its own. Driver attempted to catch up to vehicle on foot and attempt to regain control. Vehicle backed down full length of driveway (approx. 100 feet) and backed across road and down fairly steep embankment on other side of road. Vehicle then backed into a large tree about 10-15 feet from road and abruptly stopped, and an adjacent tree was side-swiped by the rear/left side of the vehicle. No property damage occurred, scant damage to 2 large trees. Driver assessed the damage, re-entered the vehicle. Driver cannot definitively recall what gear the transmission was in when vehicle was re-entered. Driver was able to re-start the vehicle and move it across the road and back onto driveway.

- Woodstock, MD, USA

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