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 (!!)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,745 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 (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #2

May 282012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


My car stalled on a major highway. Diagnosed with a defective PCM. Ford has been aware of this common problem with this particular vehicle.

- Cohoes, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 012005

Escape 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 65 mph, the engine stalled and none of the warning lights illuminated. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle would not restart; however, the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the ignition coil was replaced. The failure recurred three more times and each time the coils were replaced. The PCM module was also replaced twice. The failure mileage was 26,000 and the current mileage was 106,000. Updated 10/10/12 the consumer stated driving 55mph the vehicle suddenly stopped. Two cars that were behind swerved into a ditch in order to avoid collision. Updated 10/15/2012

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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