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 (!!)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,000 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 #5

Jun 262014


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the air conditioning unit only blew out hot air. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air conditioning compressor was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000. The VIN was not provided.

- St. Clairsville, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 192015


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While parked, the rear passenger side window became detached from the vehicle. The glass did not shatter, but the contact was unable to utilize the window as it became detached from the hinge. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Buffolo, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 082015


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear window hatch bolts were corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Kiowa , CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
I removed several bags from the back of my Escape (by opening the door), not opening the glass. After closing the door, I was gathering the items when the glass suddenly shattered. It was a cool morning (low 30's, the rear defroster had been on during a ~5 minute drive to work), but the glass had not been touched, opened or otherwise impacted. My hand was cut by the glass. I later learned that several other years of this model have had this problem, but there was no recall for this model year.

- Fpo, AE, USA

problem #1

Sep 042012


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, she heard a loud noise coming from the rear of the vehicle and noticed that the rear window was fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the dealer was unable to diagnose the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure and the current mileage was 105,000. The VIN was not available.

- Youngstown , OH, USA

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