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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,457 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 fuel system problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Feb 012009


  • 20,000 miles


My 2005 Ford Escape gas pedal sticks horribly. It is constantly sticking, and has almost caused us numerous wrecks. Ford tried to charge me $360 to replace the fuel filter. I did not go through with it. I paid $120 for a new throttle cable and it didn't fix it as well. I'm at the point where it is to dangerous to be driven with my family, and I do not trust the vehicle one bit.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #6

Feb 212009


  • 86,709 miles
There were no events leading up to the breakdown. The car simply quit running. It had fire but would not turn over. We had no problems prior to this. We took it to the Ford dealer. The first problem they told us was that the chip in the key was bad. The had a new key made. From there, it was the PCM computer and then a second computer and then 3 power packs. They also replaced the plugs and wires and misc. Other parts.

- Cedar Hill, MO, USA

problem #5

Feb 202009


  • 55,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Escape and for the last 6 months or more there has been a problem with putting gas in the vehicle. I can only put in approx. $2 at a time if not less before the nozzle clicks off. I searched the internet to find that other owners of my vehicle are having the same problem. One person posted that Ford informed him that there could be a spider in the gas line amongst other excuses. In the end, he posted that there was no resolution to his problem and it still takes approx. 15 minutes to fill the tank. When I called Ford, they told me the same thing about the spider and informed me that there would be a $106 charge to simply look at the vehicle. Knowing this charge and the fact that others have posted that even after their vehicle was looked at it still has this problem, I decided to not have it looked at. Today, again, it took me over 10 minutes to fill the gas tank and gas continuously spills out onto the car and it constantly clicks off. It is getting very annoying.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 092006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


New 2005 Ford Escape has numerous issues that are not being addressed by multiple dealer shops: - intermittent stalling, similar to problem causing recall of 2001 - 2003 Escapes. Car will suddenly lose power, resulting in loss of power sterring and brakes. Dealer cannot reproduce, so will do nothing about it. - gasoline smell and loud knocking from engine in hot temperatures. - extremely low gas mileage, almost 50% below advertised mileage. These complaints appear in other reports as well, so this is not isolated. Ford is doing its best not to address any of these issues and telling people to just deal with it.

- Sherwood, OR, USA

problem #3

Feb 072006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Fuel mileage is terrible. 11/12 city and 15/16 highway, dealer checked this problem twice and found nothing. Stating I'm not alone.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 162005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated there has been a smell of fuel in the vehicle since purchase. The dealership replaced the catalytic converter, but this did not correct the problem. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership, and they were unable to diagnose the problem. The manufacturer was suppose to send a field technician to inspect the vehicle. The fumes caused the contact's nose to burn, made her nauseous and made it impossible to drive. Updated 1/11/2006.

- Red Creek, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 202004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We purchased a 2005 Ford Escape limited from courtesy Ford in portland, Oregon, on August 29, 2004. The car is getting 11/12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. We took it to the dealer the week before christmas and after some testing they were not able to fix this defect. Since you advertise 18 mpg/24 mpg and that we based our purchase decision upon that factor, I would like this problem fixed. We either got a lemon or you're guilty of deceptive advertising. Either way, it doesn't make me want to purchase another Ford or recommend Ford to my family and friends. I am looking in to my options, and am contacting you because I would like to find out as quickly as possible what Ford does in these instances -- how well do you stand behind your product" you've got a great website and devote space to your "environmental works"... well guess what" 11 mpg is not good for the environment -- a Hummer gets better mileage than my car at this point. I hope to hear from you this week. I would like one of three things to happen. 1) fix the car so it gets the advertised mileage; 2)replace the car with one that does get the advertised mileage; or 3) give us a full refund.

- Portland, OR, USA

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