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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,813 miles

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2005 Ford Escape suspension problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 11 of 19)

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problem #168

Jun 192014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 132,507 miles


(case# [xxx]) (Ford Escape 2005 sub-frame defect) I wish to report an extremely unsafe condition that has occurred with my 2005 Ford Escape. The past several months, while driving the vehicle, I have noticed a loud metal-sounding banging noise whenever the car goes over even a slight bump/crack in the road. I have taken the vehicle into our local Ford dealership twice to have the problem checked out. First time, Ford replaced the links (?), which did not resolve the problem. The second time, I pointed out to service technician that the rear wheel well was rusted through. Service technician removed interior covering to further inspect damage, and discovered the shock absorber was sticking up into the vehicle. Service technician referred vehicle to their (Ford dealership) body shop, who's technician informed me that the sub-frame is rusted out and would cost at least $6000 to repair. I declined their repair offer, and brought the vehicle home. Upon further research (vehicle safety and recall websites), I was shocked to discover that many other owners of 2005 Ford Escapes are experiencing and reporting this same problem, and are frustrated and angry that a recall has not been issued by Ford. These vehicles are only nine years old, are now totally worthless, and are extremely unsafe to drive. I have been forced to find alternative transportation, which is a major inconvenience and expense for me. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palos Hills, IL, USA

problem #167

Jun 182014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
You have failed to respond to our previous posts. We still await your report about this issue. The rear right wheel well has disintegrated leaving the shock absorber unconnected to anything at the top. It has been removed to prevent it causing further damage or damage to the break lines. Search on facebook under 2005 Ford Escape. There are loads of vehicles with exactly the same problem. This week someone reported their brake line had been damaged by this issue. This is a safety issue that Ford need to address urgently.

- Saint Joseph, MI, USA

problem #166

Jun 122014


  • miles
We were driving along and started to hear this banging noise which was getting progressively louder. When I found a safe spot to pull off the road I did, and got out to investigate what was making the noise. When I got to the right rear of the vehicle where the noise was coming from I discovered that the right rear shock tower is totally rusted out. I can actually stick my hand up through the wheel well into the inside of the vehicle.

- Willseyville, NY, USA

problem #165

Jun 092014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


Right rear wheel well completely rusted through, undermining strut support. All other wheel wells have minimal to normal rust with rust proofing material still in place. Body of vehicle has no rust at all and is in excellent condition. Vehicle has always been garaged and washed regularly.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #164

Jun 092014


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that whenever driving over a bump, the vehicle would make a loud knocking sound in the rear. The contact stated that he inspected the vehicle and noticed that the rear passenger side wheel well had corroded and the shock absorber was damaged. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #163

May 222014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 210,729 miles
While washing the car, I noticed a hole in the passenger rear wheel well big enough to stick my fist thru without touching any metal. The shock absorber will soon be attached to nothing. It also appears the frame is rusting and getting thin. I am unsure of the structural integrity of the vehicle at this point and want to know the safety issues involved. I also want to know why Ford has not yet recalled these vehicles when the older models have been recalled. There is little difference in a 2004 and a 2005.

- Amazonia, MO, USA

problem #162

Jun 062014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 167,000 miles


Right rear shock mount rusted off.

- Armada, MI, USA

problem #161

May 262014


  • 125,000 miles
Excessive rust/corrosion in right rear wheel well. Shock absorber affected and pushing through wheel well into interior of car.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #160

May 212014


  • 95,000 miles
Noticed clanking noise coming from passenger side rear. Thought strut mount was failing. Removed inside panel to reveal wheel well seriously rusted out. Was informed by mechanic that this could lead to suspension failure. Checked online and found significant number of like vehicles affected by the same problem. Will probably cost $1500 to repair. Noticed Ford used what look like several thin layers of metal sandwiched together and that the rusting began from within.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #159

May 222014


  • 203,000 miles
Rear passenger side wheel well rusted out completely. Shock went thru the body into the trunk of my car. Been told by multiple shops they wouldn't do anything because of liability reasons. Ford acts like they've never heard of this problem but if you google the issue 1000's of the same issue will show.

- Milan, MI, USA

problem #158

May 222014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles


The contact owns 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal noise when driving over a road bump. The vehicle was taken to an independent dealer, who stated that the rear passenger side shock mount was covered with rust. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 122,000. Updated 3/24/15

- Cogan Staten, PA, USA

problem #157

May 282014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Rear passenger side, shock separation from vehicle/frame. Rusted so bad there are holes in wheel well.

- Greenfield, MA, USA

problem #156

May 262014


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph over a road bump, there was a loud noise heard from the vehicle. The contact discovered that the rear passenger side shock tower was fractured and the tire separated from the wheel well due to severe corrosion. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 111,000.

- Nanticoke , PA, USA

problem #155

May 172014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Escape. Noticed a rattling and banging sound thought I had a broken shock or strut. After better inspection noticed that the rear passenger side wheel well has corroded so bad that the strut/shock mount was no longer attached to the SUV and is banging on the inner plastic. Not safe to drive, very costly to fix. Needs to be a recall !!!

- Wellsville , NY, USA

problem #154

May 212013


  • miles
The first notice was that the whole base cover was rotting then once that was worn through you were able to see that the frame that connects the shock, tire and wheel well was so corroded its breaking by pieces. To date 5/29/2014 the shock with pipe attached had to be taken off. No answers to recall or being fixed by Ford this prices to fix or locate parts are expensive and most of the repair shops say it is going to happen again. I financed this vehicle and was not told of the defect and by reporting a complaint regarding the car dealership I was advised to let the finance company know of the incident because the dealership didn't want to do anything to take the car back now I'm stuck owning for something that is a road hazard that I have to drive because I can not get another vehicle. Ford has always been my car of chose but this is crazy and how come they are not made to take these vehicles and do something about these life of death problems. I sent pictures to Ford's website and fb page and still no response as I see their are several others that have the same issues what are we the consumer suppose to do you all say take a mechanic they would not have seen these problems because of the masking. For those that cant afford to keep purchasing waiting or driving these vehicles waiting on the time when its an accident death or crash we have to put in these complaints.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #153

Mar 282014


  • 150,000 miles
As I sit here and read all these reports on Ford Escape passenger side rear wheel well issues, I wonder how long or what is it going to take for Ford to realize this is a major safety problem which needs taken care of.

- Sistersville, WV, USA

problem #152

Oct 012013


  • 90,000 miles
The right rear passenger wheel well is totally defective and unseen corrosion can weaken or destroy the shock absorber tower. Drivers are not aware of any issues until the shock breaks free of the wheel well and jams into the body. This issue occurs because AWD SUVS have the right rear wheel that always spins in snow and ice, which in turn over sprays the right rear well with corrosive material.

- Westwood, MA, USA

problem #151

May 012014


  • 177,000 miles
While driving down to the bay on a fishing trip I kept hearing something banging in the back of my 2005 Escape. I stopped and found that the right rear fenderwell had rusted an nd the shock mount was loose from the rest of the body which caused it to hit against the inside plastic. This should be repaired by Ford as the rest of the vehicle is in excellent condition. I will never buy another Ford if they can't recall this major safety hazard.

- Augusta, WV, USA

problem #150

May 152014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
I recently noticed a thumping noise coming from the rear when traveling down the road, I had my mechanic look into it and they noticed extreme corrosion on the rear passenger side wheel well. My mechanic indicated that he had never seen extreme corrosion of this magnitude on a vehicle of this age. The other 3 wheel wells are in good shape, but the rear passenger side one is rusted out. The shock mount is corroded and is unable to adequately support my shock. They advised that I take it into a collision shop which I did. The collision shop took pictures and quoted me a price on the repairs, I was told that they have recently seen this same issue with the Ford Escape from there customer base. I also researched and found that Ford has issued recalls on the 2001-2004 Ford Escapes for a rust issue stemming from the front of the vehicle. There is a recent trend of consumer complaints that have spiked over the past year in regards to the same issue in the same spot for 2005 Ford Escapes.

- Saint Clair, MI, USA

problem #149

May 142014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
My son noticed that sound insulation in the right rear wheel well was gone and the wheel well was severly rusted to the point the upper shock mount was close to separating from the body. I checked with a the body shop of a local Ford dealer who said he has seen and repaired a ton of 2005 Escapes. He hasn't seen this specific problem with other model years (e.g. 2001 - 2004. Didn't ask about 2006 or 2007 model years). The Ford body shop person said the sound insulation/undercoating held in moisture and that is why the area is so badly rusted. The body shop of a Ford dealer bowling green, oh said the repair would be $1,200 - $1,400 and will take three days. I called a Ford dealer on the West side of cleveland who confirmed the amount and length of time.

- Bay Village, OH, USA

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