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

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problem #114

Jun 282012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
I was driving down highway in morning traffic with cruise control set at 55-60mph when all acceleration cut off and I had to immediately pull over and put my 2009 Ford Escape into park, at which point the engine was shuddering violently and my wrench light (powertrain) appeared in the dash. Shut off engine, waited 1-2 mins and restart engine. Ran normally, pulled onto highway again and set cruise when the same happened a 2nd time. Happened 3-5 more times (with & without cruise) over the next day until I could get my car to the Ford dealer for service. Ford dealer advised it was throttle body in addition to other sensors. (the throttle body was not covered under powertrain warranty and cost me $300 in parts & labor!!) the error codes were: P0012, P0341, P0346, P2111, & P2112.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #113

Jul 182013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 69,994 miles
I was driving home from work. The car was running just fine when it suddenly decelerated and died. The little wrench on the left side of the instrument panel lit up. I turned on the hazard lights, turned off the ignition, put it in park and restarted it. It was exactly like the experiences of the other Escape owners who had problems with the throttle. I had been noticing a "flutter" under the accelerator a few times, but don't know if it could be related. I have only had the car for a month. From what I have read from Escape owners on other sites, Ford company's reputation is suffering. I hope our concerns are being taken seriously.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #112

Jul 012013


  • 46,806 miles
I was driving on the freeway going 70 mph. The gas pedal suddenly went all the way to the floor but the car was getting no power. Luckily the freeway was not crowded and we were able to coast to the side of the freeway. I turned the car off and restarted it and the pedal seemed to be working. But 30 miles later it happened again. I brought the car to the Ford dealership where they said the problem was the throttle body. The part is on back order for 3 weeks.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #111

Jul 172013


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated while traveling approximately 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder of the road where it was restarted. The vehicle resumed normal function then the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who stated the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle will be repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 66,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lewiston, NY, USA

problem #110

Jul 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
This is the 3rd time this problem happened. I'm driving normally, at a constant speed, and all of a sudden, wrench light comes on, rpms do weird things, gas pedal doesn't do anything, putting it in neutral in a drift downspeed does nothing, park does nothing. Putting it in park and shutting the engine, and starting again makes the light go away and run fine again. This is a huge safety concern as I travel with young children and this will happen with no warning at all. Very disappointed Ford will not recall and fix this very common problem.

- Louisville, LA, USA

problem #109

Jul 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving at various speeds, conditions, the wrench warning light appears and the car becomes limp and non responsive. Engine was running hard. Had to turn off vehicle and restart (which was difficult). This occurred again within minutes, this time with the check engine light coming on. Went directly to repair shop and had it checked. Was told that error code P2111 was being shown. The throttle body was cleaned and the gas pedal assembly was replaced. The next day, the same problems continued. I am scared to drive this car, especially with my children in it as I am worried it will die while pulling out in traffic or that someone will rear end us.

- Granger, IN, USA

problem #108

Jul 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
While driving the car lost speed and rpms. Car would not accelerate. It ran at an idle. Dealership said throttle body needed to be replaced. The part has need on back order for some time.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #107

Feb 192013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Was driving about 25-30 mph on a side street, vehicle started to sputter and stall, felt like the engine was dying, so was able to pull off into a parking lot and turned the car off, sat for a few mins, then restarted and pulled out and everything was fine. Approximately 6 months later, similar issue, was driving about 25 on a side street, car sputtered, stalled, so pulled over, turned off, waited then restarted. A few days later, was driving about 35 on a side street, same issue, then the check engine light came on, so pulled over and called for a tow. Car is currently being serviced at the Ford dealership and have been notified that it was a throttle body issue, which I am having to pay $550 to fix.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #106

Jul 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
Accelerated to enter freeway, aprox 55 mph, and then the vehicle acted like it was not getting any gas. It pulled itself along at idle. I stopped, shut the vehicle off and restarted it with no problems afterwards. I had it scanned a few minutes later and the stored code was P2111. Etb (electronic throttle body) stuck open/closed.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #105

Jul 092013


  • 133,000 miles
While driving on the beltline, the vehicle stopped responding to the accelerator. I put on hazard lights, changed two lanes to get to the right-hand shoulder, and stopped. Fortunately the traffic was not heavy at the time (9:30pm). Restarting the vehicle fixed the problem, and I was able to drive home. However due to the safety hazard, I have not driven it since.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #104

Jul 102013


  • 100,000 miles
Car surged then stalled on interstate 65mph. 2nd time at 40mph on county hwy. Throttle body bad-part on national backorder 2 week delay.

- Ofallon, MO, USA

problem #103

Jun 222013


  • 33,850 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that she attempted to accelerate but the accelerator pedal failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the throttle body had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 33,850.

- Broadview Heights, OH, USA

problem #102

Jul 102013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
While driving the car slowed down to a stand still without removing my foot from the gas peddle. The check engine and power train/throttle body lights came on. The car was towed to a dealership where they determined that the throttle body was the cause of the problem and needs to be completely replaced.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #101

May 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 61,500 miles
In May 2013, my Escape lost the ability to accelerate in my home neighborhood. I called the local Ford dealership, and they said I should shut the car off and restart. I did and it worked fine. I took the car in to be evaluated and Ford said they could find nothing that would have caused that issue. Then on July 13, 2013, I was driving on the interstate at 65 mph and the vehicle lost all acceleration ability. The vehicle was still running, but would not accelerate. I coasted to the side of the highway. Needless to say, this was a very dangerous situation as the car lost total control in the middle of a busy highway. I feel fortunate an accident did not occur.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #100

Jun 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 78,700 miles
Due to throttle body failure at highway speed, engine became unresponsive to attempts to keep speed. Engine did idle providing power steering and brake operation. Engine was successfully restarted and vehicle taken to dealer shop. On way to shop, failure occurred on busy 4 lane street at 45 mph. Getting to shoulder was awkward but successful. Parts took 11 days to get to dealer service.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #99

Jul 032013


  • 57,501 miles
I was driving down the highway and the gas pedal stopped working and my car wouldn't go I pulled off the road and turned my car off. I restarted it and continued to drive it did it again and I went to the dealership, it did it all the way there I had to keep pulling over and restarting. The code came up throttle stuck open. I am not waiting for a new throttle body that is on back order and will take around 5-8 days, it is day 7 and the part is still not there.

- Jacksonville , NC, USA

problem #98

Jul 072013


  • 140,000 miles
While driving up a hill, I let my foot off the gas and when I tried to press gas, my engine stalled and died. When hooked up to diagnostic to see why my SUV keeps dying when idle, the code was "P2112" throttle actuator control system stuck closed.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #97

Jul 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Car has throttle body issues which is now common - where is the recall?

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #96

Jul 092013


  • 106,545 miles
Vehicle "jerked" and lost all throttle. Open ended wrench light came on in the instrument cluster. Luckily was able to coast into small service center who scanned the computer and it had the faulty P2111 code (throttle actuator control system stuck open). Code was cleared and car restarted. Died another 6 times on the way home, each time restarting after turning the key off. I see that this is currently under investigation and wanted to bring yet another instance to your attention. If this would of happened on the interstate or a large left hand turn lane during rush hour it wouldn't have been pretty.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #95

Jul 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The electronic throttle body on my 2009 Ford Escape failed while I was traveling at a high rate of speed on the highway causing my engine shut down.

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

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