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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
300 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.

2005 Ford Escape accessories - interior problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 172005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles


The front driver side seat in my 2005 Ford Escape XLT is leaning and pointing to left. After speaking with the dealer, they said that Ford purposely made the foam on the drivers side seat less dense than on the right side for easier access and exit of the vehicle. Still the slight twisting and defection of the seat to the left leaves me feeling like im in a poor driving position. The service manager also stated that hed been told by Ford Motor Company that they are aware of the issue and that there is nothing they can do at this time, maybe a recall in the future but nothing right now. I cant be the only person concerned by the odd seating position and the feeling of distraction while im driving, which then becomes a safety issue in my eyes. Just thought this was worth a mention.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

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