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 (!!)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,500 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 302009

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle shut off completely. The contact pulled over onto the shoulder of the highway and restarted the vehicle. He called the manufacturer about repairs to the powertrain control module and they reduced the repair cost to $1,100. The contact stated that Ford should pay for the repairs since the failure was a major safety issue. The current and failure mileages were 92,000. Updated 4/23/09 the ignition coil assembly was replaced. Updated 04/27/09.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

May 232006

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
: the contact stated while turning into a parking lot at low speed, the vehicle lurched forward without warning. The vehicle stopped forward motion when the contact applied brake pressure. Also, the automatic transmission makes a clunking noise while shifting gears. Additionally, the key is difficult to turn in the ignition. In spite of the ongoing problems, the vehicle was not inspected by the dealer.

- Galesburg, IL, USA

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