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:
109,623 miles

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2005 Ford Escape suspension problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 12 of 18)

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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

problem #124

Mar 052014


  • 110 miles
Driving along and a load bang sounded from right passenger rear. Shock housing rusted through and shock broke loose. The banging sound is very load inside the vehicle and sounds as if the rear passenger area is just going to fall apart! it is rusted through and it shouldn't be if it was undercoated properly. Ford should take responsibility and make the repairs! I carry my grandchildren in this vehicle and am not in a position to replace it!

- Varysburg, NY, USA

problem #123

Apr 082014


  • 90,000 miles
While performing brake and wheel inspection for noise we see severe sub-frame rust issue on our 2005 Ford Escape XLT. Please advise.

- Greenwood Lake, NY, USA

problem #122

Apr 032014


  • 120,000 miles
While driving at 35 mph on uneven pavement, I noticed banging in the right rear area of the vehicle. All doors and hatch were secure and the jack wasnt loose. After a day or two of searching I took the Escape to a local auto repair shop I trust. They found the whole inner quarter wheel house snapped off the rail. The banging was the shock hitting inside the passenger cabin. He immediately took my keys and said the car is undrivable. Online if you google this same issue it is a common problem with the 2005 Escape model rusting please Ford do the right thing and recall and repair my 2005 Ford Escape.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #121

Dec 022013

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
I noticed the smell of exhaust fumes in the vehicle and a few weeks later heard load banging noise coming from rear cargo area. I look and saw the rear wheel well was rusted threw into the cargo area and the rear shock mounts were rusted off.

- Franklin, WI, USA

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