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 9 of 15)

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problem #134

Jun 042014


  • 79,000 miles


While driving the vehicle we noticed a noise from the front end. Took it to a local mechanic who stated the wheel veering was bad, though he could not change it do to the frame was rotted. Upon further inspection we noticed several locations on the frame are rotted through and the vehicle will not pass inspection.

- Winchester, NH, USA

problem #133

Aug 072014


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard a loud clanking noise from the rear of the vehicle. The contact discovered that the rear passenger side wheel well was corroded and caused the shock absorber to separate from the vehicle. The vehicle was examined by an independent mechanic, but parts were not available to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Veedersburg, IN, USA

problem #132

Aug 252014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
I was driving when very loud banging start in the rear trunk area. I thought it was a worn shock. It was much worse than that. The shock mount was completely rusted away from the body. There is a large hole in the trunk area where you can see the tire from inside.

- Poplar Grove, IL, USA

problem #131

Aug 212014


  • 158,000 miles


While driving the 2005 Escape a noise was starting to come from the right rear of the car. Suddenly there was a loud clanking when ever a bump or even slight change in the road occurred. Almost ran off the road it was so sudden. It sounded like something was coming through the back of the car. When I got to work I couldn't find anything, but it continued. Finally I had someone look it over closely and they found that the right rear well was rusted out and the shock was not connected to anything on the car as there was nothing for it to connect to. Took it to 2 different body shops to check on the repairs needed one quoted $3-$5,000 the other said at least $3,000. Both said they had seen this exact same problem on this year vehicle several times in the past month! what is going on? the Ford dealership acted like they didn't know anything about it. Come on! something is up. Very disappointed in Ford. We have always had Ford, all of our vehicles are Ford and until recently we had not had any issues. Now we are questioning our loyalty, big time.

- Morrow, OH, USA

problem #130

Aug 232014


  • 91,000 miles
While driving our 2005 Ford Escape we heard loud banging noises coming from the right rear of the vehicle whenever we went over a bump. We inspected our Escape and discovered the right rear fender well is severely rusted out. We were extremely upset to realize our son had been driving this car and could have suffered a severe injury due to this structural defect. We researched this and discovered many other Ford Escape owners have had this same experience. With no official recall, we are forced to research possible repair; however, even is we repair this vehicle, we are not sure we would put our son or ourselves behind the wheel again.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #129

Jul 252014


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rear passenger wheel well and shocks steel metal corroded and fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Champion , MI, USA

problem #128

May 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles


My 2005 Ford Escape began making a rattling noise in the back passenger side of the vehicle. When I went over bumps, the noise became louder. I was unable to determine the problem until I noticed that the wheel well of my vehicle completely corroded away. Quickly the shock tower has gone through my trunk leaving a hole in my trunk into the wheel well of my vehicle. I learned of this when I was walking to my vehicle and saw some clothes from my trunk hanging out of the car through the wheel well. Through my research I have found that the Escapes from 2001-2004 have had these same issues, but have been recalled. I am confused as to why the 2005S have not yet been recalled. I have children that could literally fall through the vehicle from inside. This website,, describes the same issues I have encountered.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

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

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