really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,702 miles

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problem #241

Jul 232019


  • 130,000 miles
When your driving ass "go power" is lost and a wrench light illuminates in the lower left corrner. It does not matter where im driving but it just decides to do it when it wants to. Has happened 3 times in the past month or so its happend when I was going 10mphs and 30 mphs and about 45mph...super super scary luckly no one was behind me all times... last time this happend was on 7/23/2019

- Baraboo, WI, USA

problem #240

Jul 092019


  • 42,460 miles
On July 9, 2019 I was exiting the expressway and my vehicle began stalling at which time the odometer went down from 50 down to 0 immediately causing me to pull over to the side. Thank god I was already in the processing of exiting. No warning lights on the dashboard at all. I turned the car off, and then turned it back on. I took my car to Firestone who was unable to perform a diagnostic at the time, and suggested that I bring it back. This is very dangerous and of great concern. This vehicle has only 42,460 miles or so on it, and I don't feel that I should be encountering this problem. I have had it since 2010 and at the time purchased at 18,000 miles or so. I drive my vehicle locally only. I have read that this a problem with Ford Escapes, and I believe that this issue should be listed as a recall. Please help!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #239

Mar 072019


  • 135,000 miles
While driving on streets and highway, engine will stall out, complete shutoff, with no warning signs or lights. The computer is not storing any codes indicating faults. After a stall, can put the car back in park or neutral and restart. Most commonly occurs when transitioning from braking to acceleration.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #238

Jan 032019


  • 150,000 miles
I noticed the transmission started to slip and I added fluid once. Then it happened again and I noticed transmission fluid inside the engine bay like it has been spraying. I done some research and found this vehicle to have a transmission cooler leak and others had it fixed under recall for 2008. This is a issue with this model vehicle.

- La Plata, MD, USA

problem #237

Dec 122018


  • 105,000 miles
The wrench light on the dash comes on and the car will suddenly stall while I am driving it. It just shuts down without warning--no engine problems apparent, like sputtering or any other warning sign. It is scary, as I have almost been rear-ended twice. I put it in neutral and start it, and it starts again without a problem, but it is very dangerous. I have not had the issue resolved by a mechanic.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #236

Jan 012018


  • 117,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving 65 mph, an alarm sounded and the steering wheel seized. The contact pulled the vehicle over to a parking lot to attempt to restart the ignition, but the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that the failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was towed to asheville Ford Lincoln (611 brevard rd, asheville, nc 28806) where the power steering module was replaced. The manufacturer was also contacted and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 117,500.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #235

Sep 162018


  • 72,000 miles
Happened three times in 20 minutes on 08/16/2018: Vehicle was in motion each time, suddenly and without warning engine stopped, all warning lights lit up on dashboard and lost complete control of steering, speed control. Wheels locked up and almost caused multiple accidents. Had to pull over and turn on vehicle again.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #234

Sep 072018


  • 153,000 miles
2009 Ford Escape, 3.0L XLT. Vehicle engine power lost and the vehicle went into limp mode while driving on the highway, on Sept 7, 2018. A red wrench light flashed on the dash during the event. Was able to avoid traffic, park on the shoulder, restart the vehicle, and drive at normal speed to the nearest exit. This same power loss has occurred at normal driving speed two more times after the highway event. There are no engine codes found after diagnostic check by local auto repair shop. The vehicle is no longer being driven on highways. This Escape was diagnosed by Ford dealer in 2017 for customer satisfaction program 13N03 regarding throttle body failures. The dealership found no issues with the throttle body at that time.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #233

Sep 052018


  • 98,000 miles
Vehicle stalls/shuts off randomly while in motion driving. This has happened several times while on side streets and on the highway. Recently happened twice within 30 minutes. Extremely dangerous.

- Holbrook, MA, USA

problem #232

Aug 052018


  • 134,000 miles
Engine turns off when driving. This happens at different speeds in varying conditions; ie. Driving slow, driving fast, on the highway on side streets.

- Jackson, WY, USA

problem #231

Feb 232018


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was operated at low speeds, it lost power without warning. Bill currie Ford (5815 N dale mabry hwy, tampa, fl) was called, but did not assist because the VIN was not included in a recall. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they had no involvement in recalls. The contact was transferred to NHTSA. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #230

Feb 092018

Escape 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and referred the contact to NHTSA. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #229

Feb 072018


  • 161,444 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel shook and became extremely difficult to maneuver. While idling, the vehicle shook, "jumped", and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact then stated that the vehicle was initially taken to phil long Ford at chapel hills at (719) 387-1099 located at 1565 auto mall loop, Colorado springs, co 80920 as an attempt to trade the vehicle however, the contact stated that she inquired about diagnosing the vehicle and the dealer refused. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The manufacturer stated that there were no recalls associated with the VIN. The failure mileage was 161,444.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #228

Nov 152017


  • miles
I have 80,000 miles on this vehicle. My check engine came on. I have hesitation when giving it gas. I have a vibration when car is running and in drive I took to a Ford dealership, they check for the issued ans it came up with a codes, P0012, P0022, P0341, P0346 related to 11-12-5. the dealer stated they would need to tear down the engine to inspect, not repair, but inspect. Estimated cost would be $1500. My car only have 80000, should this be under a warranty.Ford need to stand behind their product and repair my car. I'm confused why would my car have this issue when it only have 80000 miles and not 10 years old.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #227

Aug 222017


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle lost power and the service engine and wrench warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to northside Ford Lincoln dealer (located at 1312 North keller dr, effingham, il 62401, phone number: (217) 342-3929) where it was diagnosed that the throttle body failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated that the vehicle was previously serviced at northside Ford Lincoln dealer for the same failure; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was called and informed the contact that nothing could be done. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Saint Elmo, IL, USA

problem #226

Aug 082017


  • 40,200 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While operating the vehicle, the service engine sensor indicator illuminated and, while driving, the speed would suddenly decelerate. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The local dealer (al piemonte Ford located in milrose park, Illinois) was notified of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,200.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #225

Aug 012017


  • 141,000 miles
Was accelerating after coasting to slow down for a turn on city streets. Engine stalled out and service, oil, and battery lights all illuminated on the panel. Vehicle lost all power and had to coast to a stop. Put it in park, turned off and restarted with no issue. This is the 5th time this has happened in the last 18 months, all in simliar scenarios where accelerating after coasting.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #224

Jul 062017


  • 135,000 miles
Was driving on I80 in traffic, with the traffic speeds were roughly 35 mph. After a short period in traffic, when I went to accelerate I noted that the engine had died. This left me unable to accelerate or do anything other than break or cruise in a very busy interstate. I then stopped the car, put it in park, cycled the key, the engine fired and the vehicle was able to complete the 10 mile drive home. This is a very dangerous scenario. And honestly it probably wouldn't be a big deal but this has happened on this vehicle in the past and is a known issue on Ford's in general. This happened with the same vehicle roughly 10 times in 2013. The engine would unexpectedly turn off, sometimes on the interstate, sometimes in my work parking lot, sometimes on a residential street. Highly unpredictable in terms of the speed or driving conditions. At the time, Ford replaced the electronic throttle body and eventually re-imbursed me once the extended warranty came out. The issue had not occurred since then til today. I suspect the throttle body is at fault again, with a 95% confidence. Will be taking it to the shop to confirm. This failure mode is a known issue and has been recalled on 2005-2009 mariners and Escapes. The failure mode of losing power on a congested trafficway is highly dangerous and extremely forseeable both for NHTSA and Ford. This issue should be recalled, not addressed via an extended warranty.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #223

Jan 162017


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving 70 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and shifted the gear into park. Once restarted, the vehicle returned to normal. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted at 800-678-7986 and stated that the vehicle needed to be taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #222

Nov 162016


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 70 mph on a highway, the vehicle drastically decelerated to below 40 mph. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle continued to lose power. The contact coasted off the road and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Claremont, CA, USA

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