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CarComplaints.com 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 (!!)

1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,652 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 142014

Escape

  • 160,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the rear shock mounts detached from the vehicle and the frame was completely rusted on both sides. The contact was a certified mechanic, who diagnosed that the rear frame rail and the fuel filler neck were completely rusted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Gardiner, NY, USA

problem #12

Aug 062014

Escape

  • 121,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving 55 mph, the rear of the vehicle began to shake. A local mechanic stated that the subframe was rusted and had detached from the fender. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 121,000.

- Cleavland , OH, USA

problem #11

Mar 102014

Escape

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing, who stated that the sub frame had rusted out and detached from the fender. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #10

Jun 222014

Escape

  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the undercarriage had extensive rust to the point of corrosion. The contact heard a loud rattling noise, which was coming from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the undercarriage needed to be replaced. The vehicle was replaced for another vehicle from the Ford manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Schererville, IN, USA

problem #9

May 262014

Escape

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that driving approximately 35 mph, there was a loud popping noise from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that wheel well had developed a hole. As a result, the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of this defect. The approximate failure mileage was 122,000.

- Togan Station, PA, USA

problem #8

Jun 042014

Escape

  • 49,478 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While servicing the vehicle, the dealer noticed that the subframe was corroded. The contact was informed of a recall for his year and model vehicle. The contact's vehicle was manufactured in 2004. The manufacturer was notified. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 49,478. Updated 08/14/14

- Jericho, VT, USA

problem #7

Jun 072014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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 #6

May 142014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated the entire front sub frame was severely corroded. The contact was driving 40 mph, when she suddenly lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a repair facility. The mechanic stated the entire sub frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 108,000. Updated 8/11/14

- Holland , MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 122014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, a loud noise emitted from the rear end of the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently and became worse. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who noticed that the passenger's side rear fender well rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The mechanic recommended that the vehicle not be driven due to a potential safety hazard. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 122,000. Updated 05/28/14 updated 06/02/2014

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 182013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape XLT. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, she could hear a loud banging noise coming from under the vehicle. The contact also mentioned that upon inspection the car was corroded under the passenger's side rear door. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the under body had to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure and current mileage on the vehicle was 125,000..... updated 10-17-13 updated 10/24/2013

- Eastlake, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, a loud thumping noise emitted from the passenger rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was stated the unibody was completely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000. Mah

- Livonia , MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 092013

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger side wheel well was completely rusted. The contact stated that there was a hole in the wheel well. In addition, whenever the contact traveled over a road bump, there was a loud bang from the rear of the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the vehicle was determined to be unfit to drive. The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was told that the dealer deemed the vehicle unfit to drive because the strut and wheel well were detached from the vehicle. The dealer stated that it was only a matter of time before the rear passenger side wheel would detach from the vehicle. The current mileage was 97,000. Kmj the consumer stated while driving, he hit a large pot hole, and then he heard a huge bang from the rear of the vehicle. He thought nothing of it, so as he continued to drive, the noise became worse. When he arrived home, he opened the compartment and found the inside was damp with water. Upon further inspection, he noticed he could see through the inside of the vehicle into the street through a newly formed hole in the passenger rear wheel well. The crack started at the rear of the tire well to about the middle of the tire. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but Ford didn't want to claim any responsibility. The rust was in an area that nobody noticed, as it was behind the sealer that was out in the tire wells of vehicles in the northcast. Ford inspected the vehicle, and informed the consumer, it was not safe to drive, as the suspension was compromised. The strut was very loose and he witnessed the crack get even bigger, as he tried to drive it back from the dealer. Also, the consumer had problems with the reverse lights flickering on and off. When he took the vehicle to the dealer, he was informed a new switch was needed. He declined the replacement. The consumer believed that may have been a symptom of the rust and the wires getting wet. Updated 12/04/13

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012009

Escape

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. He heard a noise in the rear of the vehicle and when he examined the bumper he noticed that the base was loose, the bracket was broken, and it was made of aluminum. The dealer stated that the entire frame needed to be replaced at the cost of $1,200. The failure mileage was 74,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Gulfport , MS, USA

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