Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2005 Escape has problems where the engine shuts down while driving. Ford finally issued a September 2014 recall. Time will tell if the recall fix really solves the problem.

However the 2005 Escape also has a defect where the PCM (Power Control Module) fries at around 100k miles. Ford extended the PCM warranty to 80,000 miles, but only after most owners were past the mileage limit. Now owners are on the hook for the average repair cost of over $2,000 (!!)


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,043 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 062008

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact heard an unfamiliar noise when she activated the defroster. The noise stopped and she parked and exited the vehicle. The contact was informed that her vehicle exploded outwards. The windows appeared to have burst from within the passenger compartment. The contact believed that the defroster caused the failure. A police report was filed. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were approximately 64,000.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 092005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,400 miles
The contact's husband went out in the morning to turn on the defroster. After letting the vehicle warm up for a while she got in the vehicle. While traveling to work she realized back window was shattered. The vehicle was taken to a dealership. They were unable to duplicate the problem. The repairs will be made under warranty.

- Hillsboro, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 212004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,728 miles
Whenever using the air conditioner, using dash controller to direct the air out the dash vents, air also comes out the defroster vents, causing condensation to fog up the lower part of the windshield. This is a safety issue. I have taken the car to the selling dealer, southway Ford in san antonio tx, and red mccombs Ford in san antonio tx. Both dealers were able to reproduce the complaint, but offered no repair. They both claim it is a "normal operation" I requested from both dealerships to have the Ford regional representative look at the car. As of yet, no one has contacted me.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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