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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,775 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 14 of 15)

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problem #27

Jul 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 165,995 miles


The wheel well rusted out and the shock broke loose and was banging around. Basically the whole wheel well is rusted out and will not hold the shock any more. I called the local Ford dealer to see if there was a recall. I was told there was no recall. When I searched online I found many with the same experience, and even a facebook page. I'm disappointed that Ford isn't taking care of this.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #26

Feb 042013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 205,000 miles
Right rear wheel housing that also is the top right rear shock mount is completely rusted loose.

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #25

Jun 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 93,800 miles
While driving my vehicle home from work, I heard a clanging sound coming from the rear passenger side. Thinking the shock needed to be replaced, I drove it until the end of the week and made an appointment to get it serviced. While the technician was checking out my car he noticed the inner wheel house and shock were completely rusted. The shock was detached from the vehicle and the frame is rusted and cracked. He recommended me to take it to a body shop to see if it could even be fixed. I then took it to a very reputable body shop in my town and they have never seen anything like this before. They work on all make and models of different years and said this is not normal wear and tear to a vehicle. They said underneath the vehicle is made to sustain any type of condition and this vehicle was poorly made. There is barely anything holding the back end of the vehicle together and for this reason I was told the vehicle is unsafe to drive because if I am in any sort of accident there will be no protection to me and the vehicle will probably be split in two. Due to the location of the defect who knows how long my vehicle has been dangerous to drive and it makes me sick to think about what could have happened if I was in an accident and I have had my two young children in my backseat. The estimate from the body shop was over $13,000 to fix. I have had this vehicle since 2005 and it has been a great, reliable car until all this has happened. It has not been in any accidents or had any other major repairs.

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #24

Jul 092013


  • 112,100 miles


While driving on interstate, hit a bump and heard loud sound on right rear side of vehicle. After I stopped to inspect, found that the right rear strut had no support as the right rear inner panel was corroded all the way through with very thin metal around the entire area. Luckily the strut did not come up through interior. Seems very unsafe and likely to cause accident if driven. This appears to a manufacturers defect as the corrosion protection was not applied correctly. I called Ford motor customer service and they just indicated that there we no recalls yet on this problem. This seems to be a problem on the 2004-2005 Ford Escapes on the right rear. I took to body shop and have estimates from $1,400 to $1,700 to repair. The vehicle is in very good shape except for this one obvious defect.

- Paxton, IL, USA

problem #23

Jul 062013


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that rear passenger's side wheel well exhibited extensive rust. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the entire rear panel would need to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the diagnosis was confirmed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 122,000.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #22

Jul 042013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 166,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, he heard a loud thump from the rear passenger's side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the failure was contributed to rust corrosion near the rear end of the frame. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 166,000. Updated 8/19/13

- Homewood, IL, USA

problem #21

Jun 012013


  • miles


Right rear wheel housing rusts completely through allowing the shock to detach from the vehicle. After an online search this is a very common incident. After contacting the local Ford dealer, there is a back-order on the right rear wheel housing with no expected date of delivery. This is the only wheel housing on the vehicle that is rusting out and causing issues. The only time you start to realize that there is an issue is if you start the hear a "clunk" coming from the car, however; there is a rubberized undercoat that prevents you from seeing the damage until it is too late or a knowledgeable mechanic with the issue looks specifically at the wheel housing.

- Eaton, NY, USA

problem #20

Jun 012009


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the passenger's side rear wheel well was perforated due to rust. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the sheet metal had also become completely corroded due to rust. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000 and the current mileage was 72,000. The VIN was not available.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #19

May 082013


  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the contact heard a rattling and clicking sound. Upon further inspection, the contact found that the passenger rear wheel well was severely corroded. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed her not to drive the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 190,000.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #18

May 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated while the vehicle was parked she noticed the rear frame was corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #17

Apr 142013


  • 77,565 miles


While driving a loud crack/pop was heard from the passenger rear wheel and then there was road noise. When we stopped there was a large hole in the wheel well around the shock mount. All the metal has rusted through. The shock has no attachment left to the upper body, only along the bottom edge. When the vehicle bounces it moves independently of the shock in that corner. I opened up the interior compartment, removed the carpet and trim pieces to get a look and found a hole that is large enough to put my hand through. This car has less than 78,000 miles. The tires and brakes were replaced in the fall and no signs of damage were present at that time due to the undercoating being in place.

- Merrillville, IN, USA

problem #16

Apr 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 142,249 miles
I heard unusual road noise and experienced looseness near the rear passenger side tire. Upon inspection, I determined that the rear wheel well had corroded through, compromising the rear strut. The hole extends nearly 12 inches, exposing the passenger compartment. The extent of the corrosion was not apparent prior to this incident because the wheel well coating covered the defect. After locating this corrosion, a further inspection of the vehicle was completed, but none of the other wheel wells exhibit similar corrosion. Due to the severe corrosion of this body panel, the car cannot be safely driven because the rear strut is being held in place by only a tiny portion of the structural panel. If I had not located this defect in time, it is likely that the strut would have become detached from the vehicle frame while driving and would have caused an accident.

- Whitehouse, OH, USA

problem #15

Mar 122013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, there was a rattling noise. The contact stopped and saw the rear passenger wheel well caved in. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who inspected the vehicle and stated that the failure was caused by corrosion. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware. The failure mileage was 133,000. The current mileage was 133,250. Updated 05/16/13 the consumer stated there was structural damage at the shock mount and the right rear wheel well. This caused banging noise and almost cut a hole in the storage area. Updated 05/28/2013

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #14

Mar 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The passenger side rear wheel well is rusted to the point of non-drivability. This is a sincere safety issue. No notice of the problem until the "rubberized" coating pealed away to showcase the massive rust holes.

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #13

Mar 262013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Ford Escape 2005 rear right wheel well rusted out. I noticed slight strut sounding noise in the rear right wheel for a week. I checked to make sure nothing was rattling in the trunk or where the jack mounts. After opening the plastic access compartment to the jack, there was a hole straight through to the ground. I inspected the rear right wheel well and saw the entire thing rusted out clear above the shock/strut mount. I contacted the manufacturer and there was no recall yet the vehicle can essentially be deemed un-drivable and a safety hazard for the road.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 192,360 miles
There was banging in the right rear. The shock mount rusted off the inner fender. The inner fender has severe rust and part of the frame is rusted through. The inner fender had to be replaced. A portion of the frame had to be replaced. A new shock was needed. The floor in the rear of the car had to be repaired from the shock hitting into it. All in all $1,373.55 in repair. I have pictures. I contacted a local Ford dealer who explained that the car is 8 years old and we have salt on the road in winter. I also contacted Ford customer service who explained there were no recalls for such an incedent. After looking on line I found numerous similar experiences which leads me to believe this is not caused by normal use. The affected parts must not have been properly treated or coated or sealed or something.

- Freedom, PA, USA

problem #11

Feb 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The rear passenger wheel well corroded completely through the metal and encompasses the entire upper shock absorber mounting point. Nothing is holding the upper shock absorber attachment in place.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #10

Jan 152013


  • 169,447 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that he was driving 40 mph over a road bump when the rear passenger's side of the vehicle collapsed and the tire penetrated through the frame and into the interior cabin of the vehicle. The contact exited the vehicle and noticed that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 169,447.

- Ashtadula, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 062013


  • 165,319 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the rear passenger's side door opened independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to determine if there were any recalls for the vehicle. The contact was informed that there was no recall for the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 165,319.

- Dodge City, KS, USA

problem #8

Nov 202012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
My daughters 2005 Escape started making a pounding noise when going over bumps. Not being a mechanic I thought it was a shock absorber. After a closer inspection I saw the top shock mount was rusting away from the frame. I could actually move it slightly by hand. The structural damage is a hole on the inside of the storage area inside the vehicle. After checking the driver side upper shock mount there is also a hole in the body in the rear storage compartment right next to the gasoline filler neck tube. This is a potential tragedy waiting to happen.please do something to remedy this unheard of problem before someone gets hurt.this type of damage surely took a few years to progress this bad.saw a lot of owners of same vehicle with similar complaints.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

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