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:
115,705 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 5 of 15)

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problem #214

Jun 022015


  • 166,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 25 mph, there was an abnormal rattling sound coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an auto shop, which stated that the rear passenger side wheel well was rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was experiencing the same failure as listed in NHTSA campaign number: 14V165000 (structure); however, the year, make, and model was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 166,000.

- Sunbury , OH, USA

problem #213

Jun 262015


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was discovered that the rear passenger side inner wheel well and the strut housing were extremely corroded. The mechanic stated that the vehicle was unsafe to operate. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #212

Jun 162015


  • 105,900 miles
While driving, I noticed that my steering wheel was not aligned. I didn't notice it was like this until I was already driving down the road. When I stopped, I checked my tires and thought that they looked slightly off. It seemed as if the passenger side tire was pointed slightly outward. The car sat in my driveway for the next couple of days and it appeared to have gotten worse. I took my car out for a test drive and noticed that each time I turned the wheel, the tires screeched. I took the car to a shop and after giving it an evaluation, they said that the control rod was rusted and starting to break. After some research online, it looked like there was a recall on 2001-2004 Ford Escapes for the same issue that I was having.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #211

Mar 022015


  • 33,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, a loud banging noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, it was discovered that the passenger side rear wheel well was rusted and corroded, causing the shock mount to make contact with the subframe. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,000.

- Elma, NY, USA

problem #210

Jun 162015


  • 150,000 miles
Right rear wheel well is so rusted out that the shock mount has completely detached from the body. Definite safety issue. 2005 Ford Escape XLT.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #209

Jun 082015


  • 76,000 miles
I was driving down a side street and hit a small bump and heard a loud banging noise on the right rear of my vehicle. I then thought maybe I had not shut the back door or back hatch properly. I stopped the vehicle and opened and shut both and resumed driving to work. I continued to hear the banging noise as I drove and was very concerned. Upon arriving at work I asked a co-worker to take a look at it for me. It was then that he pointed out to me the right rear upper shock mount was only hanging on by a small piece of rusted metal and my entire wheel well had rotted away and I could see the interior of my vehicle. We looked at the rest of the wheels and there was no rust at all on any other wheel well. I feel very un-safe to drive this vehicle, as I have children and I also am required to drive clients around for work. I researched this problem and was baffled at the amount of complaints. I was also baffled by the fact that it seems to happen primarily to 2005 and it is always the right rear wheel well that is affected. I went to an auto body shop and as soon as I told them the make/model and year of my vehicle, they stated "let me guess...right rear upper shock mount" and it will cost $1200 to fix. I am extremely upset that there was no recall or notification on this as I just purchased this vehicle 3 years ago and am still paying on it. The sad fact is that I am unable to cover the cost of the repair and do not know what I am going to do for travel for work and my children. I now am paying on a vehicle that is just sitting in my driveway. Had I known or was told of this recurring issue, I would have purchased a different vehicle, but then again why would Ford do that because it would be them losing money; instead it is the customers that are at a lose.

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #208

May 152015


  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact noticed that the rear passenger side of the wheel well was fractured and exposed the shock. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Gallion, OH, USA

problem #207

May 282015


  • 140,144 miles
The rear wheel wells are so rusted out that there is nothing to hold the shock and shock absorber in place. The area you put fuel in the vehicle is also rusted out. When will Ford start backing up their products"?"

- Carrollton, OH, USA

problem #206

May 262015


  • 133,736 miles
The right rear fender wheel well has rusted through also affecting the shock mount creating a loud banging in the cabin. My local Ford dealer has never seen this and did not want to attempt the repair because of the cost. They also referred me to a reputable body shop in town and he also never saw this before. He suggested this website to file a complaint. I have now researched this and see a lot of other people have experienced this too. Has Ford done anything to fix this problem?

- Bayport, MN, USA

problem #205

May 212015


  • 117,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Escape rear passenger side wheel well cracked. The shock absorber is hardly attached and is a safety issue. If it falls off it could cause an accident.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #204

Feb 072014


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact noticed a noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the rear wheel well needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired due to the part not being available. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who confirmed that the rear wheel well needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the noises recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that both rear wheel wells needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #203

Nov 242014


  • 130,000 miles
The vehicle began making a cluncking noise coming from the rear end. After inspection, I found nothing wrong. Continuing with the clunck noise, I had to remove the jack to eliminate that as the source. The noise continued. I removed the rear panel and found the entire rear wheel well rusted so badly I could see straight through to the tire. It looked like, at any moment, the entire rear passenger side could disintegrate and cause havoc on the other components such as the suspension and newer tires. It cost me nearly $700 to have the wheel well replaced.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #202

May 082015


  • 130,000 miles
Heard a thudding from rear end. Looked underneath as nothing loose in the vehicle. The passenger side rear wheel well is very rusted. No support for shocks. There was an undercoating with debris under it. Took out a lot of sludge/rust/debris from under that coating. Body shop says $5000 to fix it properly, and the other side is starting to rust as well (driver rear wheel well).

- Dodge Center, MN, USA

problem #201

Apr 242015


  • 62,000 miles
Heard loud noise from rear of vehicle especially at low speeds. Removed inside panel to find that rear passenger wheel well rusted through causing shock mount to tear through frame and was no longer attached to frame. Consulted with Ford, no recall for this model year, ,,but for previous year and following year?!! took vehicle to body shop for repairs. Vehicle for kids and deemed unsafe or dangerous for them. Ford...I buy a lot of vehicles from need to make this right for us!

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #200

May 102015


  • 123,000 miles
Passenger rear well rusted - shock loose not attached to anything - let go when driving in residential neighborhood blocks from home. 8 inch by 8 inch chunk rusted away from the wheel well.

- Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA

problem #199

May 012015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger wheel well was corroded. The dealer and manufacturer were made aware of the failure. The dealer deemed the vehicle unsafe to drive. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 7/21/15 updated 9/23/15

- Winfield, IL, USA

problem #198

May 062015


  • 112,065 miles
While driving hit a pot hole and heard a loud noise coming from the rear of the car. Upon inspection the entire passenger side wheel house is rusted out, causing the shock to break loose from the body and tear into the rear compartment. Vehicle is not drivable until fixed. Part is on backorder.

- New Martinsville, WV, USA

problem #197

Apr 262015


  • 118,000 miles
Purchased June 2005 as a used vehicle w/ 18,000 miles. Always garage kept. Noticed a popping noise from the passage rear. Investigated and found the inner wheel well. Area were the shock bolt's to has almost completely rusted out. Read of other people having same issues on the internet. Car is unsafe to drive until repaired. Will consult a body shop on repairs. Ford needs to man up and offer a fix for this issue!

- Sardinia, OH, USA

problem #196

Apr 192015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
One day I noticed that some of the undercoating in the rear right when was gone, upon further inspection I noticed that there was hole in the wheel well. After researching online, I learned that this is a common problem. Although my problem is not as serious as some of the stories I read, I still feel that it is safety issue and an accident waiting to happen. As time goes by the rust will continue to grow and I'm afraid of the consequences. I called Ford to voice my concern, but they said that they are not doing anything to repair the problem. Just like everyone, I want people to be aware of the issue and hopefully Ford will realized that this is a safety issue.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #195

Apr 172015


  • 135,000 miles
We started to notice a "clunky" noise coming from the right rear wheel hub. Upon inspection, the right rear wheel hub is over 50% rusted out. The left rear wheel hub is intact. We can not drive vehicle fearing a structural failure will result in an accident or injury. After researching this issue on the internet, it seems to be a common problem for this model, and other Ford models.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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