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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 (!!)


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
116,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the catalytic converter (4 reports)
2005 Ford Escape exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 162014

Escape V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles


Dec. 2013, PCM goes out. $3800 fix. Jan 2014, catalytic converter goes out. $1600 . Piece of crap Ford.

- , Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 272012

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

The car completely lost power as I was getting ready to merge on busy highway. The ford Dealer said it was the computer board went out and coils burned up 2300 dollars later. 3 days later did the same thing but would go a little bit couldn't accelerate. Took it back then they said it was the exhaust system and catalytic converter 1400.00 later. Not happy. I'm wondering if they misdiagnosed the first time. They tested it on a computer both times.

- , Sherman, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 142012

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

After only 56000 miles I had two catalytic converts fail at a cost of $2100.00. This car has been taken care very well but this has turned my stomach. The warranty was 7 years for the catalytic converter which I just missed. I will post photos of how clean the engine was and the defective converters.

- , Placentia, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182012

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Why would Ford put THREE catalytic converters on the Escape? Even California doesn't have that many!!

why would they go bad at 100000 miles??

Car lost power and limped back to my brothers at 20 mph and had it towed to repair shop. 2 days later we decided to replace the 3rd ( final) converter and hope for the best on other 2- I am so sick of this piece of junk!! last fall it was the entire computer system and now this.

- , Sterling, IL, USA

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