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 (!!)


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,098 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.

2005 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 302006

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,096 miles


Purchased 05 Escape at 40,096 miles in July '06. About 2 weeks later, rotors were warped so dealer replaced them for free. About 10,000 miles later they were warped again and they "turned" the rotors. About 4,000 miles later they were warped again so the dealer replaced them again. Now less than 5,000 miles later, they are warped again. Dealer looked at the car and refused any repairs, only noting that there is *nothing* wrong with the braking system, only the rotors are warped, with no known reason except it must be "the way I am driving". just today now the ABS light is steady on, with no reason that I can notice from my own driving. My own research tells me that it may be a "tone ring" on the axle, which requires a repair for over $1,000 for each axle, as the entire axle must be replaced to repair the "tone ring".

- Hartstown, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 132005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Front brake rotors go out of round. One dealer resurfaced, warr, not there long after out of round again. Replaced with new, again out of round. Another dealer replaced rotors twice. Again out of round. Vehicle pulsates while stopping.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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