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 5 of 19)

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problem #284

Jun 302015


  • 137,000 miles


Inside the right rear wheel well where the strut/shock mounts has totally rusted away

- Hinckley, OH, USA

problem #283

Jul 032015


  • 135,000 miles
I started hearing a rattling noise in the rear passenger area a few days ago. Initially I thought that the jack had come loose in its compartment. Upon inspection I found that the passenger rear wheel well was completely rusted through and the shock detached from the frame. The shock was coming through the wheel well and hitting the interior of my vehicle. I am headed to the dealer today to see what repairs will cost. After getting on this site and seeing all of the complaints for the exact same issue it is apparent that Ford should be forced to recall this defect. I will never buy another Ford if this is not recalled.

- Fairfield, IL, USA

problem #282

Jun 162015


  • 150,000 miles
Right rear wheel well is so rusted out that the shock mount has completely detached from the body. Definite safety issue. 2005 Ford Escape XLT.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #281

Apr 152015


  • 125,000 miles


Passenger side rear wheel well (hidden area only) rusted out at the shock mount causing the shock to punch into the interior. Expensive repair. Sad part is that the rest of the vehicle is in very good shape, never suspected such a rusting issue like that. I see it is a common flaw of this vehicle. Poor engineering of a critical mounting point. Fortunately no injuries in this case, but could easily have caused panic resulting in an serious accident. Very surprised this is not a Ford recall item with an available manufactured reinforcing part.

- Summerhill, PA, USA

problem #280

Jun 142015


  • 143,636 miles
The upper shock mount on the rear passenger side rusted right through and fell off which cut my breakline which could've led to a fatal accident. I also have a child, this is extremely dangerous and should be recalled. The system check and ABS light never came on either.

- South Lyon , MI, USA

problem #279

May 212015


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at 25 mph, the suspension failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear suspension rusted and that there was a possibility of the suspension separating from the body of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,000.

- Shawnee, OK, USA

problem #278

Jun 052015


  • 81,297 miles


While driving heard a loud knotting in the right rear of the vehicle, going over minor bumps. Looked under the right rear wheel well found top of shock rusting loose from where it was attached. If this breaks loose completely it could cause the vehicle to bounce and sweve radically causing driver to lose control.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #277

Feb 182015


  • 89,000 miles
Passenger side rear fender completely rusted through causing total detachment of shock absorber mount tower originally part of body/frame.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

problem #276

May 212015


  • 117,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Escape rear passenger side wheel well cracked. The shock absorber is hardly attached and is a safety issue. If it falls off it could cause an accident.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #275

May 082015


  • 130,000 miles
Heard a thudding from rear end. Looked underneath as nothing loose in the vehicle. The passenger side rear wheel well is very rusted. No support for shocks. There was an undercoating with debris under it. Took out a lot of sludge/rust/debris from under that coating. Body shop says $5000 to fix it properly, and the other side is starting to rust as well (driver rear wheel well).

- Dodge Center, MN, USA

problem #274

May 162015


  • miles


Have heard this noise like a window or door rattling for awhile and couldn't find the problem. Finally looked at it really good one day and found the right wheel well and shock were completely rusted out and just sitting there. Unsafe to drive so we took it home and parked it. This car was bought for my grandaughter and her baby to be a safe car for her and now we have to park it and figure out what to do because we still owe on this vehicle and can't afford to pay it off or get another one right now

- Shenandoah Junction, WV, USA

problem #273

Apr 242015


  • 62,000 miles
Heard loud noise from rear of vehicle especially at low speeds. Removed inside panel to find that rear passenger wheel well rusted through causing shock mount to tear through frame and was no longer attached to frame. Consulted with Ford, no recall for this model year, ,,but for previous year and following year?!! took vehicle to body shop for repairs. Vehicle for kids and deemed unsafe or dangerous for them. Ford...I buy a lot of vehicles from need to make this right for us!

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #272

May 012015


  • 190,000 miles
Right rear shock tower is rusted all the way through, while the left side looks brand new.a mechanic said he has fixed at least 20 of these.the price for the fix quoted to me was between $800 and $1000.this should be a recall.we the Escape but this just is not fair.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #271

Apr 262015


  • 118,000 miles
Purchased June 2005 as a used vehicle w/ 18,000 miles. Always garage kept. Noticed a popping noise from the passage rear. Investigated and found the inner wheel well. Area were the shock bolt's to has almost completely rusted out. Read of other people having same issues on the internet. Car is unsafe to drive until repaired. Will consult a body shop on repairs. Ford needs to man up and offer a fix for this issue!

- Sardinia, OH, USA

problem #270

Apr 262015


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle made a rattling noise from the rear passenger side. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the wheel well rusted and caused the shocks to become inoperable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Ithaca , NY, USA

problem #269

Apr 252015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Escape and the passenger side rear wheel well has rusted out to the point that where the shock is mounted has broken free of the inner fender well causing handling problems with the vehicle. I am concerned that this may cause an accident. I really think an area of this great importance should not ever rust out let alone in just 10 years. I feel this is an engineering problem on Ford Motor Companies part. I did some research and found that this seems to be a common problem on this model. Were do I go next and I can see this being a costly repair as well. Help!!!

- Lisbon, OH, USA

problem #268

Apr 032015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
While driving into work my wife heard a loud bang from the rear end. Once I inspected it, the whole passenger rear shock mount has rusted completely off, sending the top of the shock through the fender inside cover. Inspecting the drivers side, it's rusted all the way around the shock mount, only being held on by the bottom weld. It seems like there's a real thick membrane smeared under fender well. Otherwise, the vehicle is in real good shape. I can't believe the poor engineering that went into this vehicle. Oh yeah, we just paid it off in March through Ford motor credit. It'll cost more to fix the problem then what I could get out of it. I can't believe how a Ford dealer could possibly not see this before it was sold to us.

- New Carlisle , OH, USA

problem #267

Apr 192015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
One day I noticed that some of the undercoating in the rear right when was gone, upon further inspection I noticed that there was hole in the wheel well. After researching online, I learned that this is a common problem. Although my problem is not as serious as some of the stories I read, I still feel that it is safety issue and an accident waiting to happen. As time goes by the rust will continue to grow and I'm afraid of the consequences. I called Ford to voice my concern, but they said that they are not doing anything to repair the problem. Just like everyone, I want people to be aware of the issue and hopefully Ford will realized that this is a safety issue.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #266

Apr 172015


  • 135,000 miles
We started to notice a "clunky" noise coming from the right rear wheel hub. Upon inspection, the right rear wheel hub is over 50% rusted out. The left rear wheel hub is intact. We can not drive vehicle fearing a structural failure will result in an accident or injury. After researching this issue on the internet, it seems to be a common problem for this model, and other Ford models.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #265

Apr 162015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 116,543 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Escape took it to a shop today because of the banging from the suspension. When the mechanic put the car on the lift he saw that the entire wheel well around the shock absorber was rusted completely out. The extra stress on the shock absorber caused the bolt on the top to break off. The stress also caused the rear break line to fray almost to the point of breaking completely. This car is no longer safe to drive. I am just happy that my break line didn't break while I was on the road. I do not really know what options I have with the car since it is the only car I own and I have no other way to get to and from work.

- Lees Summit , MO, USA

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