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:
109,143 miles

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2005 Ford Escape suspension problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 12 of 19)

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problem #144

Apr 072014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


While driving on main road hit some uneven road repairs and started to hear a metal on metal sound. I thought it was the rear passenger door so stopped to check but it was locked. Drove home and noise seemed to get progressively worse. I started to check shocks and tires and saw a crack in the right rear wheel well through the rust proofing.I moved it away from the fender and saw a hole into the side of my car by the top of the shock. I took it to a body shop and was told this is an issue with Ford Escape and the repair is expensive. I will be contacting a dealer for help and parts if they are available.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #143

May 012014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 144,590 miles
Rear strut assembly at frame attachment rusted through and busted into rear storage area. Frame completely disintegrated.

- Pisgah, IA, USA

problem #142

Apr 242014


  • 110,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle down a rural road at about 35 mph and hit a pot hole in the road. Upon inspection after the incident, my husband noticed the rear strut mount for the shock on the passenger side had become detached. There was some rust present in that wheel well around the strut housing. The supporting metal cracked the entire way around the strut housing, detaching it from the rest of the vehicle. The opposite wheel well and strut mount are in perfect condition with the factory undercoating still in tact. There is no undercoating present on the passenger side in the same area. We were told by a mechanic and auto body specialist that the car is unsafe to drive and is only cosmetically repairable, not structurally repairable.

- Brockway, PA, USA

problem #141

Apr 262014


  • 172,000 miles


I happened to notice rust through while checking my tires. It is located at the right (passenger side) rear wheelhouse panel where the strut assembly attaches to the body of the vehicle. The rust has disintegrated in the area leaving a barely attached wheel assembly with massive cracking and holes in the metal. It is the only area on the vehicle with rust. I was told it cannot be repaired and that I have less than 6 months of driving before it will break completely, thus disabling my vehicle or causing it to crash while being driven. I am afraid to drive it further, especially with my 3 year old son in the vehicle. I am disturbed with the amount of people who own this wonderful SUV from a fine company like Ford and the only thing stopping them from driving it is a single panel with such a severe defect. I am fully prepared to join or lead a class action lawsuit against Ford for this problem.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #140

Apr 282014


  • 140,000 miles
Right rear shock mount has rusted out and is unsafe to drive.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #139

Mar 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Rear passenger side inner wheel liner completely rusted out. Upper end of shock no longer attached to body of vehicle.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #138

Apr 182014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 83,175 miles


Right rear shock absorber upper mount detached from the wheel well because of extreme corrosion and perforation of wheel well sheet metal.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #137

Apr 142014


  • miles
Cpsc: I1440372A. 2005 Ford Escape. Consumer stated the passenger rear wheel well rotting out caused the shock mounts to disintegrate. The consumer stated the price estimates to correct the defect ranged from $2000-7000.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #136

Apr 212014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the passenger's side rear shock mount became detached from the vehicle due to rust. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Bonfield, IL, USA

problem #135

Apr 212014


  • 130,000 miles
Right rear inner fender well rusted completely though allowing the shock mount to tear away from the vehicle.

- Dix, IL, USA

problem #134

Apr 182014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Rear wheel house/ strut mount totally rusted off. I work at a dealership and I have noticed a lot of Escapes with the same issue. We see approx 5 of these a year over the past 3 years. That isn't counting the ones we can't visually inspect die to the thick tar Ford sprayed on the wheel well to deaden sound and prevent corrosion.

- Monticello, IA, USA

problem #133

Mar 242014


  • 101,000 miles
The entire shock tower on the rear passenger side had rusted out. The shock has nothing to hold on to. I am told the vehicle is unsafe to drive. On line there are a number of complaints of the same problem with the 2005 Ford Escape. I think this widespread problem should be investigated immediately.

- Country Club Hills, IL, USA

problem #132

Apr 082014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The right rear wheel well is severely rusted and shock is no longer attached. You can see the interior of vehicle from rear fender well. Frame is also beginning to crack in this area too. At this point the vehicle is not safe to drive. This seems to be a problem for many others with this same make and year. What does it take for Ford to realize this is a defect. Someone is going to get hurt or even a loss of life if nothing is done. Now I have a vehicle that was driven daily sitting in my driveway because it is unsafe to drive.

- West Union, WV, USA

problem #131

Mar 312014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
We were driving the car and noticed a banging noise in the right rear wheel. We took it to an auto body shop and they discovered that the metal in the wheel well is rotting away. The shock mount came loose and upon further review the entire wheel well is bad. The shop tells me they've seen many similar issues in the 04-06 Escapes. Ours is in bad shape and not worth the $5000 it would take to repair. There is very little surface rust anywhere else on the vehicle and the other wheel wells are in good shape. In looking around I've seen many similar complaints regarding the same issue with the right rear wheel well. Why hasn't there been a recall. It's criminal that these vehicles all have the same issue and instead of stepping up and doing the right thing, Ford ignores it and all of us owner's are out a lot of money through no fault of our own.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #130

Apr 012014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
Vehicle was making a loud noise everytime you hit a bump. When investigated found that right back wheel well was rusted so bad that shock had come totally loose. Did investigation and found out that other owners have had the very same problem. Wondering if others have had this same problem in the exact same place why have these models not been recalled? definately a safety issue.

- Connersville, IN, USA

problem #129

Apr 082014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 82,103 miles
The vehicle is a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving the vehicle a loud clunking sound was heard coming from the rear passenger side. A rattling noise could then be heard with every slight bump in the road. Vehicle was taken to a garage where they found that the whole right rear passenger side wheel well was completely rusted through exposing the shocks and struts, the carpeting can also be seen through the hole, and water in the taillight compartment because of a hole there also - thus leaving the vehicle unsafe and undrivable. Took vehicle to an auto body shop and the estimate to fix the car was $3200. Called Ford motors who informed me that there is a recall for this exact same problem, but only for 2001-2004 models. Apparently from all of the complaints that can be found on the internet in regards to the 2005 models with the exact same problem, the 2005 models should be included in the recall. I will definitely not be buying another Ford motors vehicle anytime soon!

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #128

Feb 032014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger's side rear wheel well was severely rusted. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where it was diagnosed that the rear passenger's side wheel well would need to be replaced. The vehicle was scheduled for further inspection and repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Hanover Park, IL, USA

problem #127

Mar 202014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
My wife had been complaining about a loud slapping coming from the right rear of the vehicle. I took it for a drive. I discovered that the passenger side rear wheel well is completely rusted out and the shock absorber was just bouncing loose creating a horrible noise and also noticed shock breaking thru the interior of the vehicle. Noticed on line that others have similar or exact problem. Years 2001 thru 2004 just recalled. What about 2005's. there's nothing else wrong with the vehicle and only 82,000 miles. Very disappointed and puts my family at risk and in a bind for a safe vehicle to drive.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #126

Mar 272014


  • 83,000 miles
Right rear shock mount came apart and damaged wheel well. Upon further inspection dealer said entire assembly had rusted apart from the inside out with no visible corrosion from the outside of vehicle. Ford Motor Company was contacted and offered no recourse or repair.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #125

Jan 062014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The right rear shock tower rusted through the wheel well into the rear compartment breaking a hole through the interior compartment. There is currently no parts in stock to repair this as we are told they are on nationwide backorder and this is a huge safety issue. The other rear shock area has a significant amount of rust also. Approximately 1 week later both break lines broke from severe corrosion while moving at approximately 10 mph (pulling in my driveway). I was fortunate this happened there and not on the highway as I could have been in a very serious accident along with my 3 year old son. These two things should not be happening with the age of this vehicle. The body should be holding up better than this. I just saw there was a recall for model years 2001-2004 for severe rust issues one resulting in a crash. The manufacturing date of my vehicle is 09/2004.

- Escanaba, MI, USA

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