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 3 of 15)

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problem #257

Dec 202015


  • 169,000 miles


The passenger rear wheel well and shock tower is completely rusted away and the body is coming away from the frame and the shock tower is loose from the frame. This is a common problem with the Escape and should be addressed by Ford before someone is killed or injuried.

- Polo, IL, USA

problem #256

Oct 012015


  • 141,000 miles
I've been told the rear shock mount has rusted out on this unibody constructed vechicle. When I drive the car, and if I hit any sort of a bump in the road, huge sound from the back as if the rear end of the car is going to fall off. I understand many others have had similar problem. Cost to fix, if possible is about $4000. Car is worth about the same amount. I was told by auto body guy that a recall on this may exist or that Ford is aware of the problem and may be offering up a fix.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #255

Dec 112015


  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being inspected, the technician stated that the rear passenger side fender well was severely corroded. As result, the shock absorber was detached. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 148,000. The VIN was not provided. Updated 03/10/16

- New Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #254

Nov 242015


  • miles


Heard a noise near rear wheel house. Upon inspection it was discovered that the wheel house on the passenger rear was completely rusted to the point that the shock was just barely hanging on. The repair would cost more than the vehicle is worth. Lots of complaints on same issue that Ford refuses to address or correct. Should be compensation and/or a recall. Also looks like the same thing is happening to the other side. Nice job Ford!

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #253

Aug 232015


  • miles
Was driving along city street when I went over a small bump, heard a loud thud! the wheel well on back passenger side was rusted away where the strut connects. Or where it was once connected... 155,673 miles, this is my only vehicle and unsafe to drive my family in.

- Shakopee, MN, USA

problem #252

Oct 302015


  • 136,547 miles
While driving the vehicle, there was a noise in the back passenger side of the vehicle when going over bumps only. We could not locate the noise inside the vehicle. (it sounds like the glass or the tire jack, were not secure.) the auto shop explained, that the vehicle is not attached to the shock, and it along with exhaust is coming in through the truck area. Explained that the vehicle was a ┐death trap┐ if hit from behind, the vehicle that hit this one would go right though this vehicle. Accorded to the auto shop, the issue is not fixable.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #251

Nov 152015


  • 274,000 miles


Total rust in rear passenger side wheel well.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

problem #250

Nov 072015


  • 150,000 miles
2005 Ford Escape rear left inner wheel well rusted through and shock support broken loose it has 150,000 miles on it.

- Edwardsville, KS, USA

problem #249

Oct 302015


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the subframe had severe corrosion. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in a manufacturer's recall related to the failure. The failure mileage was 111,000. Updated 1/12/16

- Dunkirk, NY, USA

problem #248

Oct 302015


  • 100,200 miles
I just bought a 2005 Ford Escape after getting fed up with Subaru's notorious headgasket issues only to find out now my ten year old Ford with only 100K miles on it has completely rotten rear wheel wells that Ford knows about and doesn't care about their customers that they let down with shoddy materials. Shame on them! now I have to either have the dealer fix it knowing it will fail or return it and have no vehicle and loose my job thanks Ford.

- Lewiston, ME, USA

problem #247

Oct 252015


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at approximately 35 mph, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The failure occurred when driving on an uneven road. The contact inspected under the vehicle and discovered severe rust on the wheel well entering the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnose or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #246

Oct 202015


  • 200,000 miles
My passenger rear end is all rusted out and the shock has come thru my vehicle. It sounds horrible, and was told it was very unsafe to drive, as the shock isn't connected to the body of the vehicle now. It will cost more then it's worth, and this is the only vehicle that I have to drive me and my family around in.

- Eaton Rapids, MI, USA

problem #245

Oct 182015


  • 182,000 miles
After hitting pothole a loud banging sound was heard coming from rear storage area on passenger side. Vehicle was taken to service shop and was shown that rear passenger wheel well was completely rusted out leading to shock tower breaking loose from body and protruding into the rear cabin area. Service manager said this was likely due to catastrophic failure of body integrity in that area and stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. He also stated that he had seen this on other 2005 Ford vehicles (Windstar van). Given the construction of the body the service manager stated that the affected portion would need to be cut out and custom fabricated to replace the cut out area, likely costing nearly as much as the vehicle is worth.

- Onalaska, WI, USA

problem #244

Oct 012015


  • 100,000 miles
You know what's wrong without me telling you. Tell me nobody has gone online and seen complaint after complaint and photo after photo of rusted fender wells? what exactly are you guys getting payed for by letting Ford get away with this. This vehicle only has 100,000 miles on it and it's to dangerous to drive!

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #243

Oct 022015


  • 70,000 miles
Loud noise from right rear when driving. Upon inspection, shock mount in wheel well is badly rusted. The top of the shock is completely loose. Unsafe to operate the vehicle.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #242

Oct 182015


  • 139,000 miles
When I was driving down the interstate at 70 mph, I began to hear a clunking sound from the rear passenger side. It happened every time I hit even a small bump or crack. When I took it to the body shop, they discovered the passenger side rear wheel well is corroded; rust/rot has caused the shock mount to become nearly completely detached from the frame. It is unsafe to drive, and body shops won't even provide an estimate for repairs as the deterioration is too extensive, and they can't fix it. A quick online search shows this is an ongoing issue with 2005 Escapes, and must be addressed for safety. The body shop owner told me not to take the car on the interstate because if I were to hit a bump at 65 mph, I would be "asking a lot of this car to hold together." The clunking sound is now consistent no matter what speed or surface I am driving on.

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #241

Oct 172015


  • 126,000 miles
Upon the opening of rear glass hatch, rh hinge snapped off and glass slipped out of place. Luckily, other side remained intact. Support had completely corroded from rust.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #240

Jun 102015


  • 125,000 miles
Upon arriving home from trip, hubby said he had heard loud noise while driving and vehicle's rear end felt funny. Inspection turns up a completely rusted out passenger side rear fender well.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #239

Sep 302015


  • 127,654 miles
Wheel well rotted out causing shock to break loose and create unsafe vehicle. I was driving down the street when it finally let go and saw debris fall all over road and heard a loud bang from passenger side rear of car.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #238

Oct 022015


  • 100,475 miles
My wife came home and mentioned it was making noise in the back. Upon inspection I noticed that both fender wells have rusted away and pulled away from body. The vehicle has only 100,000 miles and is well taken care of. Going online I read where many owners of vehicles built before and after 2005 are suffering from the same problem. I'm from Ohio and I'm familiar with surface rust but this is both extreme and dangerous. How many years and complaints have to pass before you do something. Ford needs to be made to own up to this and fix this. I have a vehicle I can't afford to fix or drive because the back shock mounts have rotted away.

- Poland, OH, USA

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