10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,081 miles

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problem #74

Apr 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 22,028 miles
On April 19, 2013, I was driving out of the parking lot from my home. I stopped at the exit to wait for traffic to clear. I gave it gas it jerked and I was no longer able to accelerate the car. The wrench icon came on. I was able to basically crawl back to my home. It felt like it would if U put the car in neutral where it would just coast slowly. The next day I started the car and it went back to normal. It happened again a few days later & I took it to Ford. They said nothing was wrong (no code on computer). That visit cost me $497.89 this happened again on 06-20-13 again driving locally maybe 25 mi/hr.& took to Ford. After researching online I see it's a common prob. I had them chg the throttle body. (my bother is a mechanic) of course my warranty didn't cover this prob. That visit was another $368.49. This car has 23K mi on it. I hope this problem has been fixed.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #73

Jun 232013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 83,590 miles
I was driving home from work and had driven about 3.5 miles when I was turning left going about 10-15 mph. My car suddenly lost acceleration and the wrench illuminated. I panic because I was on a street where there was no area to pull off the road. I looked in the rearview mirror to make sure that there were no other cars behind me and put on my hazard lights and turned off the engine. After about 30 seconds I turned the engine over and it sputtered to life, but then the wrench warning light illuminated again and I could not accelerate. Cars were coming behind me and I tried my best to give them room to drive by, which was hard as the right side of the street was bumper to bumper with parked cars. After the cars passed me, I turned off the engine again and waited about 30-45 seconds and the engine came to life and I was able to drive home without another incident.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #72

Jun 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Dublin, GA, USA

problem #71

Jun 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
P2111 error per computer - throttle actuator stuck open. Vehicle will not accelerate and engine shakes violently, feels like it wants to stall, but does not. Needs to be shut off and restarted to accelerate again. Problem has now happened 6 times in the last 2 days.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #70

May 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Approximately one month ago, while slowing to make a right-hand turn, the vehicle seemed to lose all power; no acceleration, etc. I managed to get on the side of the road, put the vehicle in park, and turned the engine off. When I restarted the engine, everything seemed fine. About 2 weeks later when pulling out onto a main highway, the same thing happened, except this time the "wrench" light came on, and the vehicle started lurching and shaking extremely hard. Again, I got to the side of the road (fortunately no volume of traffic), put vehicle in park, turned engine off, and restarted - wrench light gone and all seemed ok. Two days ago, same thing happened 4 times within a two mile trip, again fortunately no traffic volume. I had the vehicle towed to the local dealership, and no surprise it was the throttle body, which was replaced at my expense. I see this problem is widespread, and potentially very dangerous. Ford should be required to issue a recall before someone gets seriously hurt or killed.

- North Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #69

Jun 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 26,035 miles
Electronic throttle body circuit board failed (Ford mechanic's diagnosis) while approaching a traffic light. Car had been having constant speed surges while driving in 3-4 gear powerband and was serviced. Everything seemed fine until a couple of weeks later when the throttle became unresponsive. Ford is replacing the TB assembly with what I fear is the exact same part; week and a half wait for the part, no loner car, no warranty coverage.

- Huntsville, TX, USA

problem #68

Oct 192012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,317 miles
On 10/19/2013 after picking up my car for the 3rd time at Ford for transmission problems I was driving on the interstate at approximately 55mph, vehicle lost power, all the lights on the dash turned on including a wrench symbol. I took it to back to the Ford dealer where they kept it and stated it was repaired, the second incident was on 06/10/2013 where I was almost involved in a terrible accident because it happened again while I was on the interstate at a speed of 55mph. The vehicles behind me where not aware I had lost power causing a back up until I was able to get the car to the side of the road. Ford says its a throttle problem which is now not covered because I am now over 60K miles, therefore I have to pay to get it fixed.

- Harriman, NY, USA

problem #67

Jun 042013

Escape

  • 87,000 miles
I was driving on a residential street at 30mph, when I lost speed control. The car lunged forward and while it was still on(the engine), I could not accelerate. I coasted into a gas station and put the car in park. The engine was at a very low idle and it sounded as if it were going to cut off. I also got the check engine light on the left side of the dash. A guy looked under the hood, there was no smoke, nothing leaking, or anything. He turned the car off, then back on and the light was gone and I could drive it again. I was going to take it out to westway Ford and it did it again before I got there. They told me they could not look at the code because when I turned the car off I reset it. They did inform me however that it was most likely the throttle body and among other things that they recommended it would cost me $1286 to fix. Do not have that kind of money!

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #66

Jun 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,361 miles
This has happened to me on 8 occasions in rapid succession. In all instances, I am driving along as usual, and all of a sudden, my accelerator becomes non-responsive. The car is still running, but I am quickly losing speed, I cannot accelerate, and the engine does not rev when I press on the accelerator. I must stop the car, put it in park, turn it off, and restart the car in order to "fix" the problem and continue driving. Simply putting the car in neutral, turning it off and restarting it will not remedy the situation.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #65

Jun 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,975 miles
I accelerated from a stopped position and in approximately 100 feet the accelerator stop working. The engine did not die but the vehicle would only idle at a slow pace. I stopped the car, put in park, turned off the engine and then restarted. The accelerator worked at that time and I continued onto the highway with no problem. I was traveling at 75 mph for about 10 miles when the accelerator stopped working again and the vehicle slowed to an idle. I repeated the same process as before, stop, put in park, turned off engine and restarted. The accelerator worked again and I continued on 10 miles and made it home. The next available day the vehicle was taken to the Ford dealership. I experienced (2) of the same scenerios listed above along my 6 mile route to the dealership. After (2) days the problem was diagnosed as a defective throttle body with a $574 price tag to repair. The service person stated this was not covered under warranty or a recall item. She then stated that the part was on a "national backorder" and would not be available for another month. This leads me to believe this is happening alot!! I have read several articles on the internet about this same type of issue happening to other Ford Escapes, varying years and was surprised there has not been a recall. The incident started when I was out of town, headed toward home at approimately 11:00 pm. It could have been an even more dangerous situation if I had lost power trying to turn across traffic or was on a much busier highway when this happened. I hope others are aware of this website.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #64

Nov 212012

Escape

  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice where the failure was unable to be replicated. On the third occasion, 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 mileage was 56,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #63

Jun 072013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,726 miles
While driving down the road at approximately 70 mph all of a sudden I had no throttle control all I was doing was coasting on the momentum that I had at that moment. I happened to coast into a gas station had to get the car towed to a local dealer. This was not covered by warranty on Monday so I had to pay almost $500 for the repairs. Had this happen on a busy interstate it could've been a lot worse than it was.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #62

Jun 102013

Escape

  • 35 miles
As I was driving home from work, my vehicle stopped moving. I pressed on the gas, but it would not accelerate. I had to pull over and turn my vehicle off. When I restarted it, it came on, but there was a wrench light that appeared. I was able to make it home, but when I tried to restart it, it would not move.

- Star, NC, USA

problem #61

Jun 032013

Escape

  • 75,000 miles
While driving on major thorough fair at a high rate of speed, the vehicle lost all speed. Went to limp mode. The gas pedal did not work. I pulled over to the emergency lane and restarted the vehicle and all was fine. This exact same thing happened again later that same day. I took the vehicle to a Ford dealer and they confirmed it was the throttle body assembly. They could not guarantee the vehicle was safe to drive. Nor could they fix it. This was due to the fact the Ford was not currently releasing the part.

- Harrisburg, IL, USA

problem #60

Jun 092013

Escape

  • 94,000 miles
At or about 2:30pm on Sunday, June 9, 2013, the identified vehicle was being operated on a limited-access state highway at or around the posted speed limit of 70 mph. The vehicle took an exit ramp onto the frontage road and decelerated to posted speed limit of 50 mph. Without warning or any prior indication, the vehicle entered the Ford-defined "limp home mode, " which included a loss of engine power (governed to approximated 900 RPM in second gear), and the vehicle experienced rapid deceleration to approximately 10 mph on the high-speed three-lane roadway with medium to medium-heavy traffic. Upon pulling the vehicle to safety in a parking lot, the vehicle experienced rough idling and the dashboard illuminated a "throttle control/power train fault" warning light. Upon cycling the engine off and on, engine ignition took longer than typical to start by several seconds, but appeared to otherwise function properly. Upon re-entering the roadway, an experience similar to that described above occurred after shifting to third gear. After-market diagnostic computer indicates the vehicle has a P2112, "throttle actuator control stuck closed, " code. Engine was cycled and entry to roadway was attempted again; similar episode occurred when shifting to third gear. Vehicle was towed to a Ford dealership for service, which is pending at the time of this report.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #59

Jun 032013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 56,244 miles
Lost power while driving, applied pressure to the accelerator and nothing.after a year of intermittent problems with this I took it into Ford dealership and they diagnosed a faulty throttle body....trouble code P 2111.diagnostic trouble codes (dtc) P2111, throttle body stuck open. Its cost me us$275. I think Ford must be assume the cost because is car failure from fabric. Let me know about the recall for the NHTSA action number : DP12006.

- Santo Domingo, VI, USA

problem #58

Jun 072013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 70,875 miles
Driving and engine lost power check engine light on pulled code 2112.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #57

Oct 102012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Was driving cruise control down the highway when the gas pedal lost affect. The car would no longer accelerate. I stopped on the side of the highway and it was shaking. I shut the car off and restarted it. Worked fine the rest of the day. I know its something to do with the throttle body. It has done it maybe 200 times since then and almost caused a serious car crash the last time.

- Del City, OK, USA

problem #56

Apr 222013

Escape

  • 55,000 miles
I had to get the throttle body replaced on my 2009 Escape because the car engine would disengage and the gas pedal would stop working. The car would coast to a stop and I would have to shut it off and cut it back on to get it to re-engage. This happened ever couple of days for a few weeks and then I took it to the dealer. The dealer has had my car for almost a month and claims that there was a bad production batch that caused a national backlog of parts. The call center has been unresponsive and Ford is claiming that I have to pay full price for the part even though I have been without a car for nearly a month.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #55

May 192013

Escape

  • 65,000 miles
In September of 2012, I had a problem with the ability to accelerate completely gone when I was going 40 mph in a crowded intersection. The wrench light came on. I got into a rite aid parking lot and called the dealership (my vehicle was still under warranty). They told me to try to restart it and see if the wrench light turned off. It did not and I could not restart the car, so I had it towed in. They told me the battery had died and once it was replaced they couldn't recreate the throttle issue so they couldn't fix that per my warranty. Then 3 weeks ago, I got off the expressway. And about 10 minutes later the car did the same thing. It was a very dangerous situation because there are no places to pull off this particular road and the speed limit is high. I got half in and half out of the lane and restarted it. I was able to get back home and I called the dealership the next day. They told me it was the throttle body and apparently are willing to fix it without the wrench light now because I am no longer under warranty (65000); however the part is on national back order. This same "national backorder problem" occurred two years ago when my transmission in the same car quit working and I was in a rental car for 7 weeks! the problem has recurred 3 times now, and they have cleaned the throttle body, but still no signs of a part. This is a very dangerous problem and I think Ford needs to be held accountable for the inability to stand behind their products.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

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