Vehicle Speed Control Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 987 problems related to vehicle speed control (under the vehicle speed control category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Escape based on all problems reported for the Escape.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 06/24/2018

While driving 40 mph in the city, I felt a jolt, engine was still running, but had zero gas pedal response. Rpm slowly bled off as I was able to coast into a parking lot while dodging through traffic. When the jolt was felt, a "check manual" message appeared on the driver's information screen. No other messages or check engine light came on. I shut down the vehicle and re-started it and I was able to drive normal again. I then had it towed to Ford. They checked and found no codes. Checked electronic throttle body, test drove it, and could not replicate the failure.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 06/06/2018

Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic light, the vehicle independently accelerated. The contact was able to shift the vehicle to neutral and slow the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure or retrieve a fault code. An unnamed dealer was contacted but was unable to offer assistance or to schedule an appointment to have the vehicle diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The manufacturer was not contacted or informed of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. Ah.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2018 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 05/23/2018

Purchased Nov 2017- on may 23rd, 2018 my check engine light came on. I contacted services at the Ford dealer the following morning. I was at the dealer first thing Tuesday morning due to the holiday weekend, where they ran diagnostics on my vehicle. I was informed that it needed a new engine. The engine coolant had mixed with oil and was in the 2nd compression cylindar and a bulletin that this was the steps to be taken to rectify the situation. The engine was replaced with the same engine model as the original with no modification that rectify the manufacture defect I was informed their statistics indicate that 1 in 5 of these vehicles are returning for a second new engine on June 12th, I got the call that my engine had been replaced and it was ready for pick up. I drove it home that evening as well as, to and from work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Three days is all it took at about 25 miles a day, Friday night on my way home from work the car started shaking on a busy section of the highway, (93sb between 293 and exit 5) where there is construction and little to no pull off points, my speed drops down to 20miles per hour and when I tried to accelerate that engine just raced. I almost get hit as two cars swerve to miss me at high speeds, thankful they were awake at the wheel during rush hour. I managed to get off the next exit and pull into a parking lot. Shut off the vehicle. I'm 2 miles from home and after waiting for the traffic to drop a bit from people trying to get home I take the back roads at 20mph the rest of the way home. The cars engine would race when I stopped and slowly accelerate to 20 shaking along the way. Services stated the computer needed to be replaced on Monday morning. This does not qualify for lemon law due to being out of the vehicle for under 30 business days however, this is a significant safety issue that needs attention.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 04/03/2018

Tl- the contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the check engine and the low coolant warning light illuminated, the vehicle start to decelerate. The contact coasted over to the side of the road. The contact noticed under the hood the coolant container was half empty. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic for a diagnostic test to determine the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximately failure mileage was 99,000. Aw.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 03/15/2018

When I�m running in normal speed sometime the acceleration is not working just like lost compression, then it�s coming back in few of seconds. .

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 02/16/2018

Takata recall, with driving my 2009 Ford Escape, I realized whenever I am proceeding to press on the gas at a stop sign or at a traffic light, the acceleration takes time to pick up speed, and when trying to pick up the minimum speed locally it feels like I have to press hard for the truck to accelerate more. And when I'm merging on the highway it is very scary because when pressing down on the gas it stalls, alot let alone when I have to press on the brakes, it takes long to pick up speed again. Also when driving up a steep hill, the truck appears that it can't accelerate fast enough,the acceleration is horrible, and I am starting to become very afraid driving my own very, not knowing wether something is going to happen to me, when driving.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 01/26/2018

The water heater hose on my 2013 Ford Escape has a leak in it. I cannot drive the car unless I fill up the water constantly which is not possible with how far I drive daily. It is part number cv6z-18472-s I took my car in on January 29, 2018 and was told there were 162 on back order and I would receive it by January 27, 2018. Today is Feb 1 and I was told the part won't be ready till March 7, 2018 and I have to just wait. Now there are about 3200 of this part back ordered. Why can I not drive my car for a month and a half? if there are over 3k back-ordered why is there not a recall?.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/24/2018

For the last ten months or so, my vehicle has been stalling when pulling out after starting (in both hot and cold engine situations); almost always into traffic. It occurs as series of 3 or 4 consecutive stalls - has always restarted. This random stalling has and continues to take place 3 - 6 times a month. The closest call I experienced was in a large active parking lot. I do believe this has often occurred turning out of driveways and parking lots. I have addressed this with the same Ford service department on at least four occasions, once having it taken over night to investigate. On all occasions, the response has been "failure to reproduce" the problem. The on board diagnostics have been of no use. As I understand, 2013 (among other) Escapes have been recalled for this exact issue but my VIN is not included in the recall. Three different drivers have experienced these stalling events in my vehicle. What do I have to do??.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 01/14/2018

The contact owned a 2002 Ford Escape. After exiting the vehicle, there was a fire that erupted under the hood. The fire was extinguished by a fire company. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The insurance company was to investigate the failure. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 12v353000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control) and 12v005000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 01/10/2018

My car will suddenly lose acceleration while driving. The engine does not shut off, simply the gas pedal does not work, even in neutral. I drift to side of road, restart the car and it is ok. Reverse works fine when this happens.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 01/06/2018

Driving into parking lot to park and the car accelerated jump 2 curbs and hit a parked vehicle. I would have to have floored the pedal for that to happen. I think something malfunctioned. I did see another similar report dated October of 2017 of the same thing happening and Ford had a recent past of acceleration problems. So I�m wondering if it is a malfunction of the car.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 12/13/2017

Driving in stop and go traffic when stopped at red light the auto start stop will turn the engine off. Stepping on the accelerator pedal the car will not restart and a message comes on that says shift to park and manually restart engine. In all cases the engine does restart . But it does cause delays in busy intersections and hesitation on the driver to pull in to traffic . Problem is intermittent two to three times a week in daily driving.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 11/11/2017

I have had 3 serious incidents with the Ford Escape 2012. First, twice the car has completely shut off while driving. I was thankfully driving at only about 30-40 mph and was able to coast to the side and turn the car off and back on again, which seemed to have corrected the problem. Various mechanics have been unable to recreate the problem and have not fixed it. Second, on 11/11/17, I was stopped at a light waiting to turn left on a major road, and upon accelerating and turning, the power steering seemed to go out on me. It became much harder to steer. I pulled over on a side road and again turned the car off and back on again, which again seemed to fix the problem. There are many online forums where these two issues are being reported by many owners with the same result. Mechanics can�t seem to recreate the problems and therefor can�t offer a fix at the moment. These 3 incidents thankfully did not cause any injury, but they easily could and see to be serious defects that are going unaddressed.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 10/29/2017

Sudden decleration and stall while in highway speeds on highway, likely due to electronic throttle body (etb) issue. Very dangerous issue.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 10/27/2017

Initially I had been having issues with the engine light coming on and off. Initially when I took the vehicle to be looked at, by the hunt Ford in la plata, MD. They changed the oxygen sensor. So the light went off. Then a few months later in 2016 the light came back on. Eventually I started driving on route 5 north and heard a �pop� noise in the engine area. The vehicle started to lose acceleration and would hesitate. Then eventually my check engine light came on and started blinking. Prior to the engine light blinking the car begin to misfire, hesitate when trying to accelerate, and the engine would overheat from time to time prematurely. The car would sometimes stall and misfire when trying to accelerate or when sitting idle. When I looked online it shows a recall for these specific issues for the same make, model & year, but not for my specific engine liter. For example, it shows the engine overheating, misfires and engine wiring splices may cause stall for 2013 Ford Escapes but only for 1. 6l. My car is experiencing very similar issues as those listed under the recall, but my engine is a 2. 0l. So while on my way home Friday, 10/27/2017, I started to have issues with my vehicle. I was traveling on pennsylvania Ave towards DC, when I reached an intersection (southern Ave), and the car started to jerk and then the engine light started blinking. At one point I began to see white smoke once the engine light started to blink, and smelled fumes. Not too long after that began to occur, I make a u-turn at the light and pulled over in front of the funeral home. Before I was pulled over on the side of the road (while making the u-turn) the car started to misfire and stall. So I turned the engine off, and called aaa to have it towed. A few days later I had a mechanic come and run a diagnostic on the vehicle at the home. I have attached a copy of their report.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 10/27/2017

Initially I had been having issues with the engine light coming on and off. Initially when I took the vehicle to be looked at, by the hunt Ford in la plata, MD. They changed the oxygen sensor. So the light went off. Then a few months later in 2016 the light came back on. Eventually I started driving and heard a �pop� noise in the engine area. The vehicle started to lose acceleration and would hesitate. Then eventually my check engine light came on and started blinking. Prior to the engine light blinking the car begin to misfire, hesitate when trying to accelerate, and the engine would overheat from time to time prematurely. The car would sometimes stall and misfire when trying to accelerate or when sitting idle. When I looked online it shows a recall for these specific issues for the same make, model & year, but not for my specific engine liter. For example, it shows the engine overheating and engine wiring splices may cause stall for 2013 Ford Escapes but only for 1. 6l. My car is experiencing the same exact issues as those listed under the recall, but my engine is a 2. 0l. At one point I began to see white smoke once the engine light started to blink, and smelled fumes. Not too long after that began to occur I pulled over to the side of the road and the car started to misfire and stall.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 10/22/2017

The contact owned a 2012 Ford Escape. While driving 5 mph, the contact attempted to park the vehicle and it accelerated forward without warning. The contact's foot was not on the accelerator pedal at the time of the failure. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle. There were no injuries. The driver's air bag deployed, but the passenger air bag did not deploy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard where it was diagnosed as a total loss. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 70,000.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 10/12/2017

While driving, the carboard noticed several signs and the speedometer dropped to zero. Also, on other days, I could not start the car.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 10/09/2017

I was driving on a freeway at 65mph and the engine cuts out to an idle. The check engine light came on. I almost got rear ended getting the car over to the side of the road since it lost all power. After pulling over I was able to start the car as the light went out. This happened 3 more times where the car would cut out to a rough idle, these occurred while I was on city streets but almost caused 1 accident as it cut out. After shutting the car off it would restart with no issue. This last time the car had to be towed to planet Ford to be repaired. They said it was a throttle body issue and it cost me over 700 for the repair even though it is still under the powertrain warranty. I do not see why this has not been recalled due to the car being unsafe to drive and I do not know why the replacement of the part alone will not cause further stalls of this vehicle. I have found other people with the same issue where the car goes into "limp home" mode. I am currently having the car repaired or I would be able to attach the invoice for the throttle body repair.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 10/02/2017

This is an ongoing issue while driving the engine suddenly reduces speed causing the car to stall! at any given time, the car stalls in the middle of the road or highway and while holding up traffic, I turn the ignition switch and the car resumes. This is a safety issue and must be recalled and repaired immediately!.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 10/01/2017

When making a left turn into a parking space in a local shopping center my car accelerated on its own, jumped the curb and hit a tree. The car has been at the dealer for almost 2 weeks. No mechanical problems have been found by the service department. I have been told that I can pick up the car even though Ford motor company is keeping the claim open.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 09/30/2017

I was driving on an interstate and I noticed that the car was going faster than it should as I was heading towards an exit ramp. I pulled over on the shoulder amd the car was revving up like 4000 rpm all by itself. I drove the vehicle alternating between neutral and drive as it was revving up too high. I parked in a lot. Turned the car off. . . It was revving up like a race car. . . All by itself. Very scary. Could have died. The floor boards were clean. Nothing could have stuck to the accelerator pedal. . . . No way this could be operator error.

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car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 09/08/2017

I am writing due to my concern about my 2017 Ford Escape. I bought the vehicle new in may 2017. Sept 8th ,the engine stopped suddenly when I braked to pull into the parking lot at work. . The message on the dash board was : manual start required so I put the car in park and restarted it without difficulty I went to work for the day. At the end of the day I started the vehicle and pulled onto a very busy city street . I drove about 100 feet when I braked and the car shut down again ,in traffic. I had the car towed to the dealership. On September 13th I received a call from them that my car was repaired and ready to go . I was reluctant to trust this vehicle I was concerned it was unsafe however I had no choice but to trust in their repair. September 22nd . I am commuting home again the engine completely shuts down when I brake at busy intersection during a rain storm at rush hour it would not restart this was very frightening. I turned on the 4 way flashers so I exited the vehicle , called 911 as I was afraid my vehicle in the middle of the intersection was going to cause a major accident. Cars were blowing horns and swerving to avoid my disabled vehicle. I also contacted my husband as I was close to home. He was able to get the vehicle going by swapping out a fuse and I got it home. The vehicle was once again towed for repair I contacted Ford customer service as I feel this vehicle is defective and unsafe this was the response I received. I understand that you are requesting that Ford motor company buy back your 2017 Ford Escape. Regrettably, I must advise you that Ford will not be buying back the vehicle it appears this vehicle does not meet the requirements for a repurchase or replacement under the state guidelines . I have emails and receipts but am not sure how to share them for your purposes.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 08/16/2017

Safety hazard and serious life threatening situation exists when this problem occurs on the highway and especially in front of a semi tractor trailer truck doing the speed limit. Numerous times, (12 times between 14,000 and 15,363 miles) the 2016 Ford Escape has had complete power loss during acceleration causing vehicle to abruptly begin shaking, lose power, lose steering, lose braking and immediately shudder to a stop. Service engine light comes on, message reads: engine fault service now. (see attached photo) engine remains running. If one tries to continue driving the vehicle stumble and won't shift from low gear without a very hard torquing sound. This Ford Escape broke down in front of a Ford dealer and the code read by this dealers computer is p0322-pcm. According to an internet search the p0322 code definition: if the pcm (powertrain control module) detects an erratic, interrupted, or otherwise unexpected input signal from the distributor or the crankshaft position sensor, it will store the p0322 code, and the check engine light will be turned on. On this vehicle the code is only active when the fault occurs, and the engine is running. The codes do not store in memory. Ignition can be shut off, the warning message disappears and many times the car is able to be driven again for miles before reoccurring. The leasing dealer states they have a process to follow in order to fix the problem. They have to replicate the problem or they do nothing. Using my printout from another dealer with the code is meaningless to them, even though they know the source of the problem and that the condition is life threatening. They say that if I feel the condition is life threatening then do not drive the car. A formal case has been opened with Ford customer assistance, however they only notify the service manager that there is a problem, which he already knows.

car image   Vehicle Speed Control problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 08/12/2017

My check engine light came on at 5:30 pm on 8/11 and, when I got home, my husband saw that the car had been leaking oil and I was low on oil despite the fact that I had an oil change one month prior. While I was driving to the dealership at 10:45 am on 8/12, the car was not accelerating normally and the mpg readings were all over the place. As I was getting off the highway, the car began to lose its ability to accelerate well, the steering wheel began to shake and eventually the car lost the ability to accelerate completely. I was driving through a toll booth at the time the car lost the ability to accelerate so I coasted through and saw a parking lot for toll booth operators. As I was trying to make my way to that parking lot, smoke began to fill the car through the vents. I coasted into the parking lot and shut off the vehicle. I turned off the vehicle and ran out at which point I noticed that there was a fire under the hood of the vehicle and flames were escaping through the grill, under the hood and out the bottom. The state police arrived immediately thereafter and used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. No warning notice came across the dashboard until the car lost acceleration ability completely at which point the screen said to shift to "p" and manually restart. At that point, however, the car was filling with smoke so I immediately vacated, shut off the vehicle and ran away from the vehicle. I do not know what caused the problem. I have filed an insurance claim and am awaiting contact.


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