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 5 of 15)

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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

problem #194

Apr 162015


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an unrelated repair and it was discovered that the rear passenger side wheel well was completely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #193

Apr 162015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 116,543 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Escape took it to a shop today because of the banging from the suspension. When the mechanic put the car on the lift he saw that the entire wheel well around the shock absorber was rusted completely out. The extra stress on the shock absorber caused the bolt on the top to break off. The stress also caused the rear break line to fray almost to the point of breaking completely. This car is no longer safe to drive. I am just happy that my break line didn't break while I was on the road. I do not really know what options I have with the car since it is the only car I own and I have no other way to get to and from work.

- Lees Summit , MO, USA

problem #192

Apr 032015


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While traveling at an unknown speed, a loud noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the inner rear fender and the rear shocks deteriorated without warning. The contact stated that the parts were rusted and could fracture at any moment. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #191

Apr 012015


  • 180,000 miles
While driving down the road going approx. 40 mph, I heard a loud noise from by back passenger side tired. I immediately pulled over to see what caused the noise. Upon inspection, I noticed the wheel well that supports the back shock was completely rusted. The shock had broke through the rusted wheel well and was pressed up against the inside interior of my car. The rest of my wheel wells are in fine condition. When I researched this problem online, there are many, many customers that have had this exact problem with 2005 Ford Escapes. It is only the rear passenger side. This needs to be researched and corrected before someone gets hurt.

- Clay, WV, USA

problem #190

Mar 032015


  • 78,000 miles
I was driving and began to hear a loud noise I stopped and looked, the fender well had fallen half way off. It was rusted all the way through. I had to call a tow truck and still cannot use my car because I cant afford to replace this part. Shouldn't Ford be responsible for this it is a flaw in the body.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #189

Feb 162015


  • 136,585 miles
The right rear wheel well and shock mount is completely rusted out. When I bought the vehicle used, I drove it and heard a slight clunking somewhere in the rear end of the vehicle. I thought maybe the shocks were bad. I continued to drive it, hoping to replace the shocks. Recently the noise became very loud and disturbing. I looked at the shock area and discovered the whole area on the right rear wheel well and shock mount are rusted through and breaking apart. The left side is fine. I am afraid to drive it this way and believe it is an unsafe condition. I looked up the problem on the internet and found a multitude of the same problem with other owners of 2005 Ford Escapes. To my knowledge, Ford will only fix 2001-2004 Escapes, but not 2005. Why not? it clearly is a defect in material and workmanship. It has rusted prematurely and causes a hazardous safety situation. If this was an isolated incident, I would understand. But from what I have learned, it has happened to all 2005 Ford Escapes.

- Melrose, WI, USA

problem #188

Mar 192015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 163,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Escape's passenger side rear wheel well completely rusted out and the shock broke through to the inside of the vehicle as it was being driven! this is completely dangerous - we could have been severely injured. I searched this issue on-line, and it is extremely prevalent on these vehicles. Ford needs a recall on this - it is a known issue. When I took my vehicle to a Ford dealer, I was told this is a known issue and dangerous and Ford refuses to do anything about it. I went to a welding shop in my area, and the problem is so common, that they even have a poster with pictures of the problem and how they fix it. This is so dangerous. Ford appears not to care about this issue. Please review it. Thank you.

- Copley, OH, USA

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