really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,142 miles

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problem #203

Jan 302014


  • 43,000 miles
Accelerating from a traffic stop. Taking a right turn, car rumbled and could not accelerate. Car went from 5mph and drop down to 3mph, the wrench light went on. Stopped at side of road and engine still running. Drove a little more and engine still rumbling and would not accelerate.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #202

Jan 082014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
This was the third incident, vehicle stops running for no apparent reason, wrench light illuminates... power lost in engine. After stop, engine sometimes starts, sometimes requires longer wait time to start... vehicle still under 5 year 50 K warranty, taken to Ford dealership.... they want $ 440 to fix the problem.... before someone gets killed in this vehicle.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #201

Nov 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 45,700 miles
While driving the vehicle lost power and wrench light came on. When came to a stop the vehicle ran rough at idle and surged. Car taken immediately to Ford and they misdiagnosed. After that it continued to do it multiple times on city streets and interstates. The car would have no power and the engine would not accelerate when I would step on gas. Had to shut the engine off and restart to make anything work. After that I took it to Ford again. This time they replaced throttle body-air intake and also throttle body and motor assembly.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #200

Sep 272013


  • 59,000 miles
Headed to work on the interstate driving 70mph and the vehicle goes limp gas peddle does nothing lose all power. Had to get over and avoid 18-wheelers and shift off the vehicle. Turned it off and it's fine for 5 miles or 5 days.

- Madison , TN, USA

problem #199

Nov 292013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
I was driving on the highway at about 60 mph when the engine lost power. The speed drastically dropped to less than 5 mph and nothing happened when I pushed the accelerator. I was luckily able to coast to the shoulder, where I put the car in park and restarted it. Upon restarting the car it drove normally. This happened again about 3 weeks later when I was driving about 25 mph. However, this time the wrench light went on and when I turned the car off and back on the light went away.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #198

Dec 102013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 80,451 miles
My wife had started the 2009 Ford Escape and was traveling at a speed of approximately 5mph, pulling into traffic. The car began moving, felt as if there as no power. She checked to ensure that the car was in drive. The car would not go over 5 mph. The wrench light came on, no speedometer reading, and she proceeded attempting to engage the car again. The car was drivable for three miles home, with no speedometer reading, limited power. As she drove, she needed to put the car in park to steady the car. A she proceeded to re-engage the car the shifter was "clunky, slipping, and did not feel secure". she did get the car safely home, however we checked the car about an hour after this experience and the car continues to not seem to engage the power train, is not shifting properly, has no power in the engine. There appear to be no leakage of fluids, the car has been properly serviced, has fuel, has a new battery, and we are wondering if this issue is now covered under any warranty. Please initiate an investigation to the many complaint that seem to follow a similar pattern with this vehicle.

- Benicia, CA, USA

problem #197

Sep 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,637 miles
I was driving down a small highway at about 45mph when suddenly the engine lost its power. I put my foot on the accelerator and absolutely nothing happened (rpms did not increase, speed did not increase) except that the car continued to decelerate. I pulled over to the side of the road and the car started to shake violently. Also the yellow wrench indicator light signaling that there is a power train issue came on. I put the car in park and shut it off for five minutes. When I turned the car back on, the indicator light was off, the car was not shaking, and the accelerator worked fine. I took it straight home, then straight to the Ford dealer the next day and was told that I needed to replace my throttle body. Further, I was told that although the throttle body was not normal wear and tear, it was still not covered under my warranty. So I had to pay $500 to fix an issue that I now see is quite common in Ford Escapes; I am unclear what it will take for a recall to be issued on this potentially very serious problem. I am very grateful that on this particular day I was not on a 4-lane highway as I usually am when traveling.

- Winthrop, MA, USA

problem #196

Dec 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I own a 2009 Ford Escape. While traveling at various speeds, the vehicle loses power and the wrench light comes on. Accelerator pedal pushed, but no response. Shut down vehicle and restarted car driven without incident, until it happened again 2 days later.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #195

Nov 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 86,803 miles
Driving along, engine loses power, car is jerking, wrench light comes on, idles quickly. Coasted off side of road. Turn car off, turned back on - wrench light off - drive away as if nothing happened. Drive for another couple hours, same thing. This has happened quite a few times in the past 2 weeks.

- Alburtis, PA, USA

problem #194

Nov 282013


  • 84,165 miles
This is my second time that happened to me first was on 11/27/2013 and today 11/28/2013 I was driving on heavy traffic make a stop then I start to accelerating and my car lose the throttle and the wrench light became on the engine start to shake was very scary the traffic behind me almost hit me so I turn off my car and restart again and the problem was over but today the same happened when I trying to enter to the expressway and was very dangerous I have to restart my car again and drive to home I make a research about this problem and I find that this problem is very regular with Ford Escape and some other model from Ford.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #193

Aug 172013


  • 69,000 miles
Driving down the street and the wrench light came on all of a sudden. Then my car dies. Put it in park then started it and as I tried to accelerate the car started to jerk then died. I repeated this till I got to the nearest repair shop and after $600 later found out it was the throttle body sensor. Ford won't sell the plastic sensor by itself, you have to buy the whole aluminum unit at $400! plus labor! I will never do business with Ford again! horrible quality parts. The worst part is I had my 11 year old son in the car when this happened.

- Carrollton , TX, USA

problem #192

Nov 252013


  • 72,200 miles
While driving steady at 50+ mph on an interstate, there was slight on again/off again hesitation while keeping constant pressure on the gas pedal. Without warning, the engine seemed to lose all power, and forced me to coast to the side of the road. A 'wrench' warning light appeared on my dashboard system, and while the engine had not stalled, it was running very low and rough. I again tried to apply pressure to the gas pedal and it was completely unresponsive. I turned the vehicle off, waited a few seconds and restarted it. It ran as if there was nothing wrong, and there were no more warning icons showing on the dashboard. It ran without issue for another 15 minutes on the highway, until it again lost all engine power, and this time the engine warning light came on instead of the wrench icon. Restarting it let me drive a few more miles to reach my home.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #191

Nov 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 30,268 miles
Traveling at approx 5-10 miles an hour. Pulling out of stop sign. Vehicle without warning felt like it stalled. Could not accelerate. I coasted to curb and put in park. A warning light on dashboard showed a yellow wrench. I turned car off. Waited 30 seconds. Started and light was off, car normal. Took to dealer. Diagnostic code said electronic throttle. Did not have fixed immediately. Next day did it two times in less than five miles. Now engine light on second time of occurrence. I am afraid to drive. Could be on highway. Could pull out in front of on coming cars and it stalls. Get broadsided.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #190

Nov 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 87,210 miles
While driving on Monday 11/18/13 my wife was stopping then went to accelerate and the vehicle stalled. Upon turning it off it restarted just fine. This happen 3 more times from then to Tuesday evening. I drove it to work Wednesday 11/20/13 and while accelerating on to hwy 94 the vehicle stalled. It did hesitate upon restarting but started and ran. Wednesday evening on our way home doing approx 30mph the vehicle stalled and again hesitated to start but did and ran ok. Thursday morning 11/21/13 while on my way to work I was at cruising speed doing approx 60mph on hwy 94 the vehicle stalled. It hesitated to restart again but started after leaving the vehicle off for a few seconds.

- St.Paul, MN, USA

problem #189

Nov 142013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 60,280 miles
Vehicle suddenly lost power and slowed down. Symptoms match what others report to be a bad throttle body which Ford has changed design of. Has happened twice now. Ford says we have to pay for this repair but it sounds like it should be a recall.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #188

Nov 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
I was making a left hand turn and as I was turning my car slowed down to 1-2 mph I drove it just long enough to get to a safe place (less then 100 feet) and as I drove the car jerked. When I put it in park the car shook so I turned it off. The light that came on was the throttle/powertrain.

- Chesapeake Beach, MD, USA

problem #187

Nov 112013


  • 71,000 miles
While driving at approximately 15 mph while making a left hand turn my 2009 Ford Escape stalled without any warning signs. Engine restarted immediately. About 20 minutes later while coming to a stop to put the vehicle in reverse the engine stalled again. Engine restarted immediately again.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #186

Oct 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 74,238 miles
I was traveling at approximately 65 mph when my vehicle slightly lunged forward then I lost all speed control. My speed dropped rapidly and I was unable to use my gas pedal. I was able to roll to a safe place to call and wait for a tow truck. My owner's manual indicated the warning light (wrench) meant there was a throttle control/powertrain failure and to contact a dealership right away. I had my vehicle towed to the nearest dealership. I was contacted the following day that the diagnosis was the throttle body had to be replaced and that my extended warranty plan, millennium, which I purchased through Ford Motor Company, was not covering the repair because they categorized that part under "emissions." That is ridiculous. After additional research I have found numerous websites indicating this throttle body issue has been brought to Ford's attention and they have yet to issue a recall. I also found that there was a recall for this part on the 2010 Ford freestyle....why aren't they taking care of this problem for the rest of us? it's a real problem! this repair and subsequent need for a rental car has cost me almost $600 and I'm sure I am not alone, based on what I've read in the past few days.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #185

Nov 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle lost power up steep hill almost resulting in rolling backwards down hill. Car had previously and intermittently lost power surge when accelerating onto highway into a merge situation.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #184

Nov 042013


  • 29,000 miles
On Friday, November 1, I was driving to work when suddenly the Escape failed to accelerate. The wrench light appeared. I coasted to the right turn lane then stopped. Turned the Escape off, waited a few seconds and then tried starting it. It started but the entire vehicle shook. I was able to get the Escape to crawl to a parking lot. I turned it back off and waited a few minutes longer. After about ten minutes, I tried starting it and it seemed to run just fine. On Monday, November 4, I had a repeat of this. We had the repair shop tow it in, fearing that it would die in traffic and cause an accident. The car dealer says it was the throttle body.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

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