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 9 of 15)

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problem #127

Aug 082014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


I discovered that my rear passenger wheel well has completely rusted through. It is also rusting the frame of my Ford Escape. Rust seems to be a common problem with the Escape and there was a recall on the 01-04 models. Not sure why 05 is being ignored. This is a very very dangerous situation. My shock does not appear to even be connected at this point. There is nothing that I did to cause this problem. I took pictures and can send them to the proper person. I took it to a body shop and they told me the car is very dangerous to drive. I really have no choice at this point. If something terrible was to happen then I guess my next step would be to talk to a lawyer. I hope that this matter is looked into on the 2005 Ford Escape and the proper recall is placed immediately. I am not sure what is causing the rust and corrosion issue on the Escapes, but I can assure you that the 2005 models are just as damaged as the 2001-2004 models. I am very nervous to drive my car, but I also have to go to work to make a living and pay for the car. I hope this message gets to the right person and I hope immediate action is taken. A wreck, injury, or fatality can be prevented if something is done about this now. Please contact me for pictures of my wheel well and rust on the car. I hope to hear from someone soon.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #126

Aug 082014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger side wheel well was corroded and caused the shocks to detach from the vehicle. The dealer confirmed that the shocks were detached. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Youngsville, PA, USA

problem #125

Aug 022014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The vehicle had excessive rust especially in the wheel wells. This rust was so excessive that it caused the shocks and struts to break away from the car body itself. Multiple body shops and car dealers informed me that there was no way to repair the card since the rust damage was so severe there would be no way to correct the damage.

- Darien, IL, USA

problem #124

Aug 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


While driving my Escape I heard a loud metal banging. Upon further investigation the entire wheel well is rotted out on the back passenger side. It's so bad that the entire shock is no longer connected. This vehicle only has 75,000 miles on it and has no real rust problem besides this. I feel like this should be a huge recall. I had my two year old in the backseat when it happened. Thankfully no accident was involved.

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #123

Aug 052014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
I drive a 2005 Ford Escape in a 'salt belt' state - New York. I was recently made aware per my former mechanic by right rear well / sub frame has completely corroded to where my shock tower hits the inside of my trunk. The replacement is over $1050. I know that the 2001-2004 Ford Escapes were recalled for this same reason. This is highly dangerous to myself and other drivers on the road. It is unacceptable for the 2005's to not be recalled. See link below:

- Penfield, NY, USA

problem #122

Jul 102014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
While washing the vehicle I noticed that the right rear inner wheel well had a large hole rusted through. It appears that it will soon affect the shock mount and cause the shock to break loose from the vehicle at the top mount, which could prove quite dangerous. In researching the problem, it seems there are many complaints for the same issue. Ford needs to issue a recall to remedy the problem.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #121

Jul 042014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles


Found rust hole in inner fender on passenger side wheel..then heard noise such as door not shut.reinspected to see shock not attached as rust ate away the support.all Escapes of this year have the same problem..Ford should be held accountable for this and any damage that occurs.very dangerous.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #120

Jul 042014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 111,427 miles
While driving along I noticed a little rattle when I rode over bumps, assumed it was regular random noises from uneven asphalt. Make it to the corner of my street and the rattle is annoying now. I pulled over to check it out didn't notice anything so I continue on home as soon as I pull in I hear a big clunk. Get out and what is apparently my shock mount is lying on the ground. Look under car near where its laying and the complete wheel well at the rear passenger side is rusted out so bad that the mount had nothing to hold to. I can completely see through to the inside of the hatch. With 3 kids, 2 under 6 yrs old I can not Transport my kids safely and im stuck because I just bought car this Feb,4 months ago and im still paying a car note. To expensive to fix when someone actually says they can fix it. Checked online and you wouldn't believe how many people have this exact problem same side and all. This can not be a coincidence and Ford had a recall for this very thing for years 2001-2004 so they are aware of the problem however they a certain amount of complaints before a recall can be issued. If you have this problem please file a complaint.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #119

Jul 082014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 112,987 miles
My 2005 Ford Escape has 112,000 miles on it. I have owned it since 2010 and purchased it from a Ford dealership. While driving at approx.. 30mph down a city street I noticed a loud banging sound in the rear right passenger side every time I went over a bump. After arriving home I looked over the entire rear interior of the vehicle and found no reason for the sound. I checked the rear left wheel and it was fine. I then checked the rear right wheel and was shocked to see large sections of the wheel well were missing and there was extensive rusting to the point that I can see the underside of the tan interior of the vehicle. The rest of my vehicle is pretty much rust free, surprisingly since I live in Michigan. The other 3 wheel wells show minimal evidence of rusting. Apparently Ford recalled the 2001-2004 Escapes due to "excessive corrosion". my mechanic told me this is his 4th rear right wheel well repair on a 2005 Ford Escape in the past few months. This is so dangerous! if you experience this same issue please file a vehicle safety complaint. Ford must recall this vehicle.

- Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA

problem #118

Apr 092014


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speeds, a loud noise was emitted from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that while the vehicle was having maintenance performed to repair a corrotion problem on the rear driver side door, the technician noticed that the right wheel well and shocks were corroded. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic. The technician diagnosed that due to the corrosion both the wheel well and shocksneeded to be replaced. The failure and current mileage was 92, 000.

- Trenton, MI, USA

problem #117

Jun 142014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 129,320 miles


I was driving on a city street when I started hearing loud banging noises from the rear of my Escape whenever I went over any type of bump. Once home, I looked around and discovered that the wheelhouse panel on the rear passenger side of my Escape was severely rusted and deteriorating. There were several large holes in the metal. The wheelhouse panels around the other three wheels look fine with minimal to no signs of rust. I took my Escape to a Ford dealership and was told the damage would cost me $2,350 to have them fix it, but that they could not get to work on it for about 2 weeks. I checked around on the internet and found that other people were having the same problem with their 2004 - 2006 Escapes. I called Ford and was told that no recall is underway to fix what, to me, is a problem due to something that Ford was doing wrong from 2004 to 2006, and that Ford should step up to fix free of charge. I've taken my Escape to several body shops to receive other estimates on the cost of the work. Several of those body shop experts said that there is no way that a nine year old auto should have as much rust and deterioration as mine has, further strengthening my belief that this due to a screw up by Ford. I've made arrangements with one of those body shops to have the work done this week for about $800, about a third less than Ford wanted me to pay to fix their screw up. Before this, I would have recommended a Ford to anyone. In addition to my Escape, I've also bought a Ford Explorer and a Ford escort for myself as well as a 2003 Ford Escape for my daughter. But, if Ford is the kind of company that will not take responsibility for its mistakes and will not take care of its customers, I will not buy another of their automobiles.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #116

Jun 192014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 132,507 miles
(case# [xxx]) (Ford Escape 2005 sub-frame defect) I wish to report an extremely unsafe condition that has occurred with my 2005 Ford Escape. The past several months, while driving the vehicle, I have noticed a loud metal-sounding banging noise whenever the car goes over even a slight bump/crack in the road. I have taken the vehicle into our local Ford dealership twice to have the problem checked out. First time, Ford replaced the links (?), which did not resolve the problem. The second time, I pointed out to service technician that the rear wheel well was rusted through. Service technician removed interior covering to further inspect damage, and discovered the shock absorber was sticking up into the vehicle. Service technician referred vehicle to their (Ford dealership) body shop, who's technician informed me that the sub-frame is rusted out and would cost at least $6000 to repair. I declined their repair offer, and brought the vehicle home. Upon further research (vehicle safety and recall websites), I was shocked to discover that many other owners of 2005 Ford Escapes are experiencing and reporting this same problem, and are frustrated and angry that a recall has not been issued by Ford. These vehicles are only nine years old, are now totally worthless, and are extremely unsafe to drive. I have been forced to find alternative transportation, which is a major inconvenience and expense for me. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palos Hills, IL, USA

problem #115

Jun 132014


  • 42,247 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, a loud thumping noise was emitted from the rear of the vehicle. Upon inspection, it was discovered that the passenger side of the sub frame was corroded and separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the rear sub frame, the rear body side member assembly and the interior rear quarter panel would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,247.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #114

Jun 092014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Right rear wheel well completely rusted through, undermining strut support. All other wheel wells have minimal to normal rust with rust proofing material still in place. Body of vehicle has no rust at all and is in excellent condition. Vehicle has always been garaged and washed regularly.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #113

Jun 102014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The front sub frame is rusting out, could break & cause vehicle to lose control. There is a recall to replace sub frame for 2001 thru 2004, my veh. Manufacture date is 12/2004, I called the dealer & Ford Motor Corp. They stated my car did not fall under the recall, I have the exact problem as the cars under the recall, they need to extend the year to cover there mistake. I ask Ford motor customer relations for assistance they said there was none.

- Verona, PA, USA

problem #112

May 262014


  • 125,000 miles
Excessive rust/corrosion in right rear wheel well. Shock absorber affected and pushing through wheel well into interior of car.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #111

Jun 072014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact heard a loud constant banging sound near the rear of the vehicle. The contact pulled to the side of the road and noticed that the rear frame was completely rusted, which caused the passenger side strut to become detached. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 12/01/14

- Sandusky, MI, USA

problem #110

May 222014


  • 203,000 miles
Rear passenger side wheel well rusted out completely. Shock went thru the body into the trunk of my car. Been told by multiple shops they wouldn't do anything because of liability reasons. Ford acts like they've never heard of this problem but if you google the issue 1000's of the same issue will show.

- Milan, MI, USA

problem #109

May 222013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger side wheel well was extremely rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #108

May 062014


  • 48,850 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger side wheel well and the quarter panel was completely corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the wheel well and the quarter panel needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 48,850.

- Parma, OH, USA

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