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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,847 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

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 052012

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that in an attempt to start the vehicle, the vehicle would begin to smoke and stall without warning. The dealer diagnosed that there was a short in the spark plugs, causing the vehicle to stall. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 68,200. Updated 02/09/12 the vehicle was reaired. Updated 02/13/12

- Haskell, OK, USA

problem #2

Dec 092005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact was traveling at 60 mph on the freeway and the vehicle lost power. There was no warning prior to the failure. The emergency brake was used to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealership, who determined it was the spark plugs. Also the coil pack malfunctioned. The vehicle is at the dealership.

- Vancouver , WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 132005

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,542 miles
My wife started our 2005 Escape and placed our grandaughter in her car seat. My wife smelled something burning and when she looked out her window, she noticed the driver's side mirror was engulfed in flames. She quickly shut the vehicle off, removed my crying grandaughter from her seat, and attempted to put the flames out. She eventually succeeded, but not before the heat cracked the mirror and melted the housing. I took my vehicle to a Ford dealership, and it was discovered (and noted) that the heating element inside the mirror melted and started the fire. Pictures were taken and sent to Ford Motor Company for repair authorization. Ford responded with a letter to me, titled "general release of all claims, " and directed me to sign it before repairs could be authorized. I did not sign the legal document, as I was unsure of the meaning of all the legal terms. On 18 Feb 05, a representative from Ford Motor Comapany Consumer Affairs called me. (vincent D. kirksey) he was very rude and demanding. He basically told me I had two options: Either sign the form and have Ford repair my vehicle, or he would rescind the "offer" and make me go through my insurance company. I asked him several times what the form was for, and he replied it was necessary to authorize the repair and that is was a policy of Ford with this type of incident. I told him it sounded like I had a third option - he told me to go ahead and use it - he was rescinding Ford's offer to repair my vehicle under warranty. I am concerned with my family's safety - we now drive our 2005 Escape with a fire extinguisher in the vehicle - we do not want to burn up or have our vehicle destroyed.

- Westernville, NY, USA

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