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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 (!!)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,918 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Mar 012016

Escape

  • 70,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving over a hump in the road, the contact heard a loud banging noise. The contact performed a test drive and discovered that the rear passenger wheel well had a rusted hole underneath the vehicle and the shock absorber was detached from the original mount. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #27

Aug 292015

Escape

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact stated that the vehicle was not steering properly and pulled to the right. The front passenger side subframe fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the subframe fractured. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #26

May 012015

Escape

  • 190,000 miles
Right rear shock tower is rusted all the way through, while the left side looks brand new.a mechanic said he has fixed at least 20 of these.the price for the fix quoted to me was between $800 and $1000.this should be a recall.we the Escape but this just is not fair.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #25

Apr 012015

Escape

  • 108,000 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 20 mph, there was an unusual noise coming from the rear of the vehicle without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact discovered that the rear passenger wheel well rusted and fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear passenger wheel well fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Fredonia, NY, USA

problem #24

Oct 302014

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger shock fractured without any warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who indicated that the failure was not rust related but rather that there was a manufacturer defect with the drive train. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V165000 (structure). The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #23

Dec 262014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Rattling, banging, right rear shock mount is rusted loose, completely corroded away from wheel house.

- Poynette, WI, USA

problem #22

Dec 232014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 139,000 miles

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

I've recently started noticing a lot of creaking and popping in the structure / suspension of my 2005 Ford Escape. I took a flashlight and crawled underneath the vehicle to inspect, and immediately noticed a large amount of rust/rot in my front subframe of my vehicle. I see Ford has a recall for 2001 to 2004 models, but this needs to be expanded to cover all years of this chassis design, as my 2005 shows significant rot. The recall should also cover rear wheel well rust/rot (including shock mounts), as this area is also heavily rusted. Definite design flaws and poor quality of materials used on the frame/subframe. A 2005 should not be rusting out this bad, even in the "salt belt". nothing has broken from rust yet, however judging by the rate of decay, it's not going to last much longer. Ford should expand this recall immediately.

- Silverwood, MI, USA

problem #21

Aug 202014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles
There started to be a banging noise in right rear area of vehicle. After inspection, I found that the right rear shock had separated its mount from the wheel well due to excessive rust.

- South St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #20

May 012014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Cpsc: I1470151A. 2005 Ford Escape. Consumer stated the vehicle has completely rusted through the right rear wheel well and the shock fell off. The other wheel well was rusted and appeared to be falling off, as well.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #19

Jun 272014

Escape

  • 73,600 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger wheel weld rusted through the frame. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,600.

- Quincy, IL, USA

problem #18

Jun 292014

Escape

  • 158,000 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 various speeds, the vehicle made a clunking noise. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the rear passenger side wheel well and struts were severely corroded and fractured. The manufacturer advised the contact that the failure could be corrected by replacing the rear panel. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 158,000.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #17

Apr 192014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle wheel well and shock housing deteriorated. The consumer stated over the past few years, he had to replace many parts associated with the undercarriage. On April 19, 2014, while exiting the highway, a loud bang was heard from the rear of the vehicle and the vehicle shifted to the right. Upon inspection of the vehicle, he noticed the right-rear passenger wheel well and shock housing had deteriorated. The consumer dropped the vehicle off at the local Ford dealer. The next day, the dealer informed the consumer, the vehicle should be scrapped. After doing some online research, the consumer discovered it was a common problem with his model.

- Liberty, NY, USA

problem #16

May 192014

Escape

  • 117,564 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger shock mount was entirely rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,564.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #15

Sep 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My car went to shop for exhaust repair when the front Y pipe was removed my mechanic saw a large hole rusted through the frame(front engine cradle).frame was repaired by welding it. The rest of car frame appeared ok. Car only has 80K miles and is well maintained. This shouldn't have happened. Not there has been a recall on 2004 and earlier Ford Escapes for the same problem I feel the 2005 should be included in this recall as its obvious to me they have the same problems.

- Cooperstown, PA, USA

problem #14

Apr 282014

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger side shock absorber became detached. Upon inspection, it was found that the frame was perforated due to rust. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Cazenovia, WI, USA

problem #13

Apr 142014

Escape

  • miles
Cpsc: I1440372A. 2005 Ford Escape. Consumer stated the passenger rear wheel well rotting out caused the shock mounts to disintegrate. The consumer stated the price estimates to correct the defect ranged from $2000-7000.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #12

Nov 282013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Front end K sub-frame rusted through. This vehicle is too new and is not included in the current recall, but already has a hole rusted through the sub-frame. This is a structural issue and could cause the lower control arms to separate leading to loss of control. The vehicle will not pass state inspection...updated 06/25/14 updated 07/1/2014

- Morristown, VT, USA

problem #11

Apr 012014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 96,536 miles
Noise coming from right rear, repair shop looks behind tire and finds rear panel where shock is attached almost completely rusted out. Cost to repair is 2500 - 3500 dollars. Ford won't cover any of cost. Car is not even 9 years old, unbelievable! this is a danger, waiting to kill someone when the whole thing falls off. Cars should not rust this bad, especially in only one specific area. Now deciding to get rid of my 2012 Escape before I have issues with it.

- Batavia, IL, USA

problem #10

Apr 082014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The right rear wheel well is severely rusted and shock is no longer attached. You can see the interior of vehicle from rear fender well. Frame is also beginning to crack in this area too. At this point the vehicle is not safe to drive. This seems to be a problem for many others with this same make and year. What does it take for Ford to realize this is a defect. Someone is going to get hurt or even a loss of life if nothing is done. Now I have a vehicle that was driven daily sitting in my driveway because it is unsafe to drive.

- West Union, WV, USA

problem #9

Mar 242014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Escape with about 100,000 miles. I started hearing a loud "clunking" noise in the rear passenger side. I found out that the entire rear wheel well is rotted completely out and I think the shocks are exposed. I don't know a lot about cars but I know this isn't right. I looked on the internet and found numerous complaints about the exact same thing. I see that Ford had a recall for the same thing for vehicles from 2001-2004. 2005 should have been included with that recall. Please note the number of complaints and please request a recall.

- Country Club Hills, IL, USA

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