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:
115,176 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 14 of 15)

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problem #37

Sep 022013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


The right rear wheel well has rusted out. This makes it a huge safety factor because at anytime the shocks can break free and bust upward into my truck. I took my 2005 Ford Escape to my mechanic and he said that in the last 2 months he had seen 4-5 2005 Ford Escapes with the same problem. It is all the same right rear wheel well. There is a facebook page with 195000 members following it so I know that I am not alone. Problem is that half of the country is not in an area that has rust. So southern Ford Escape owners are not going to be affected by this. This cannot be ignored because not all 2005 Ford Escape owners have this problem. Environmental conditions would show you that all 2005 Ford Escapes would have this if put to the same environmental factors. This needs a recall. It is an easy fix. Ford already fixed it with the newer models. Just weld in a new right rear wheel well. This is frustrating because I know it is a real problem with this model, but the environment is what is saving this from being a national issue.

- Amherst, OH, USA

problem #36

Sep 292013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 141,052 miles
The right rear inner wheel well rotted leaving the rear shock support unsecured making the vehicle unsafe to drive. After researching on the internet, found that this was a common issue for this year and make vehicle. Does not appear that Ford wants to take any responsibility for the faulty manufacturing and/or materials.

- Medina, NY, USA

problem #35

Sep 172013


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle made a rattling noise while driving. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the rear passenger's side wheel well, struts and shocks were separated due to severe corrosion. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and was not repaired. The manufacturer was made of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 115,000.

- Pinckney , MI, USA

problem #34

Sep 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


This safety issue requires immediate attention by both the NHTSA and Ford: 61 NHTSA complaints filed to date: '04- 16; '05- 45. Vehicle taken to Ford dealership for service. Service notified that a forward lower ball joint was failing, no other defects were noted in the detailed visual inspection. It was replaced two days later. The following day of the repair, on a daily commute between tol to dtw, the right rear shock tower separated while driving at 70 mph. Vehicle began dog-tracking. Initial inspection did not reveal the hidden damage caused by corrosion at the welded seams of the inner wheel well due to an underbody coating. Upon removing the undercoating, very easily by hand, two large sections removed, revealed the shock was penetrating the interior of the vehicle and was no longer being structurally supported by the vehicles uni-body frame. The large sections removed would have caused tire failure at highway speeds by puncture or hazard to other following vehicles. The separation of the shock tower from the body, did cause the vehicle to jerk at the time of failure, creating a loud popping sound and causing potential hazard as the vehicle steered into other lanes of traffic at highway speeds (70 mph). The vehicle is rendered inoperable due to the catastrophic nature of the failure. Local Ford dealership states they are uncomfortable repairing the structure and not aware of any manufacture recalls. In contacting their sister dealership, they have previously repaired this defect, and continued on stating this failure is a known issue with 2004 - 2006 Escapes. The failed panel is available, P/N:part 7L827827886A. A reinforcement piece is also available. See example picture here: facebook site concerning this safety issue:

- Luna Pier, MI, USA

problem #33

Jul 092013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that upon inspection it was found that the driver's side rear suspension tower was completely rusted and rendered the vehicle inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was confirmed and the contact was informed that the part was no longer manufactured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #32

Aug 242013


  • 50,000 miles
As we are driving along we hear a very loud banging coming from the rear of the vehicle.when we get out to inspect the area we find the rear pasenger side wheel well is extremely rusted thru and chunks of the well are actually falling out. We took the car to the Ford dealer and they said it cannot be repaired!!!! by the Ford dealer....then we took it to several auto body shops that said they cannot fix this! several places said Ford used faulty metal or undercoating and that is why it rusted so badly.the car has only 50000 miles on it and has been highly maintained...I finally found an autobody shop that will replace the entire wheel well and theer will be no guarantee it wont happen again or to any of the other wheels!!! I feel totally ripped off! I read online that several other people have had this same problem.

- Bridgeview , IL, USA

problem #31

Aug 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


The right rear upper shock mount completely rusted thru the trunk area&was protruding up about a foot into trunk area-very glad I wasn't going fast when this happened!!most likely would have lost control of vehicle!!!!!!!!!this is one of Ford best ideas ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!very thin sheet metal with a thicker piece welded to it to support 1 side of a vehicle.yeah, that is common sense at the finest!!!!! thankyou Ford engineers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!&designers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! these same common sense people hopefully put out a recall so people can get it fixed&get some money back!! I did have mine fixed right away_it's the only vehicle I have.

- Kennerdell, PA, USA

problem #30

Jun 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
I had been hearing some loud noises from the back end of my car for a week or so, we had thought the spare tire and equipment hadn't been put back properly so we re-adjusted it and thought we had fixed the problem. A few days later the sound started back up. Then it got really loud and there was a loud pop. Upon further investigation, we found out the entire wheel well had rusted out in a perfect circle around the shock. The shock was no longer attached to the car. I took it to Ford and they told me this had been recalled on their mini-vans for the same year. Ford body shop staff informed me that this was the only rust on my vehicle and this rust would not be caused by mis-treatment of the vehicle nor normal wear and tear of any car. Ford is currently unable to get the wheel house to fix the car and it will not be available for "months". once I researched this a little more, it appears to be a highly common problem in the 2005 Ford Escapes. The car is not currently fixable or drive able.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #29

Jul 292010


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the passenger's side rear shock had penetrated the body of the vehicle due to rust. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000. The current mileage was 90,000.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #28

Jul 242013


  • 112,000 miles
The right rear shock mount has rusted out, and now bangs against the wheel housing.

- Houghton, MI, USA

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

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