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CarComplaints.com 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 (!!)

10.0

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 8 of 19)

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problem #224

Nov 122014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Severe rusted out rear wheel wells causing the passenger rear shock to break. Called Ford and they stated no recall for 2005 just thru 2004 and they could not do anything. Still owe money on this vehicle and not sure what it is going to cost for large repair. Needs to be recalled. Look up this google and you will find tons of this.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #223

Nov 132014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 198,000 miles
The passenger side rear wheel well on this Escape is completely rotted. A large piece of the body in the wheel well has broken away (around 8X8) with the shock attached. The large piece of metal has been bouncing in and out of the indoor storage compartment. I now have no shock absorption on that wheel. I have noticed numerous other people that share this problem with this vehicle. Ford has refused to assist them with their problem. I will be taking this vehicle to a local Ford dealership with the demand that this be fixed at a reasonable price, considering the large number of people that this effects.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #222

Jan 012014

Escape

  • 155,000 miles
Right back shock came through wheel well and broke through interior of car. Car is in excellent condition with no rust.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #221

Nov 072014

Escape

  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, a loud knocking sound emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The contact discovered that the driver's side rear wheel was rusted and the shock had penetrated the trunk. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Clinton Township , MI, USA

problem #220

Oct 272014

Escape

  • 171,256 miles
Severe rust in the passenger side rear wheel well- where the shock mounts. Shock is about to push thru the rust into the inside of car. Rust was disguised by undercoating by previous owner or dealer. Loud noise when going over bumps, etc. Unsafe to drive.

- Greenville, MI, USA

problem #219

Oct 032014

Escape

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for regular inspection. The technician notified the contact that the rear shock mounts were covered with rust. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 86,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #218

Oct 092014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Had my 2005 Ford Escape in for service and mechanic stated that there is severe rust on undercarriage and rear wheel wells. Mechanic stated that the car will not pass inspection because of this safety issue and that the rear shock mounts are rusting through. I contacted Ford and they stated that only the 2001-2004 models are covered under the new recall and to keep my receipts for any work I have done to fix it. I am the original owner with no accidents and under 50,000 miles on the vehicle. I have researched this problem and have read hundreds of people with the same problem..

- Ridley Park, PA, USA

problem #217

Oct 272014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 131,400 miles
I heard a rattle in right rear of Escape. When I inspected the right rear, I found the wheel house and shock tower is completely rusted out. The rest of the Escape shows no rust. I was told by a mechanic not to drive this vehicle. Parts for this repair are back ordered and I can, T get part until December at the soonest.

- Lincoln Park , MI, USA

problem #216

Oct 082014

Escape

  • 223,000 miles
Driving at highway speed my Ford Escape 2005 started to make loud banging noise from passenger side, behind the back seat. When we stopped the strut had completely broke away from car body and was loose and banging in the wheel well. I contacted my local dealership and they informed me a recall was done for 2000-2004 Ford Escapes for this issue, but no recall is available for the 2005. From recall information, it is the exact same wheel -rear passenger side in all the affected vehicles. This is a design flaw, and unsafe.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #215

Oct 012014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
I began to hear a thumping sound from the passenger rear side like something was loose. It turns out that the wheel well is rusted through and the shock absorber is in danger of breaking loose which could cause further damage and make the vehicle difficult to control.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #214

Oct 052014

Escape

  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger wheel well was entirely rusted through the shock absorber. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #213

Oct 162014

Escape

  • 109,000 miles
I was driving down the street when I noticed a banging noise coming from the rear of the car. When I parked the car and investigated I realized that the passenger side rear wheel well was rusted out. My shock is not longer attached to the car and every time I hit a bump it slams into the car.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #212

Jun 012013

Escape

  • 90,000 miles
We were driving our Escape on city roads when all of a sudden we heard a banging noise coming from the right rear side of the vehicle. After inspecting what was causing the noise, we found that the shock had completely went through the interior of the car. We can see the pavement from the inside of our trunk. We have been noticing an enormous amount of similar complaints for this problem and would like to know why there hasn't been a recall yet. We have always bought Ford cars because they have been safe for our family, however, we may have to reconsider next time. We still have not had the issue fixed and cannot drive the vehicle.

- Saline, MI, USA

problem #211

Oct 012014

Escape

  • 121,000 miles
Right rear wheel well has on my 2005 Ford Escape has rusted completely through. The shock absorber is banging against the inner interior molding when the vehicle goes over a bump. There are large holes in the passenger compartment and the shock absorber is about to separate entirely from the wheel well leaving the suspension on the right rear side of the vehicle compromised. The wheel well on the left rear of the vehicle is in tact.

- Woolwich, ME, USA

problem #210

Oct 062014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, a very loud banging noise emitted from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician discovered that the passenger side rear wheel well was rusted and corroded, causing damage to the rear passenger side shock absorber. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,870. Updated 3/18/15 updated 10/19/2015

- Chicago Heights , IL, USA

problem #209

Oct 012014

Escape

  • 125,000 miles
The right rear wheel well is all rusted out and the mount for the shock is barely attached. This is suspect because no other wheel wells on the car have corrosion like this.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #208

Jul 312014

Escape

  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the passenger side rear wheel shock mount was rusted. The dealer stated that the failure was caused by excessive driving. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 139,000.

- Sauk Village , IL, USA

problem #207

Oct 032014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 125,285 miles
The right rear wheel well has completely corroded, and the shock absorber upper mount has almost completely separated from the body, making the vehicle undrivable.. the left rear shock absorber mount looks like new...no sign of rust. Looking online at Ford forums, there are alot of people complaining of this very problem. Furthermore, model years 2001-2004 Ford Escape were recalled for the very same problem.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #206

Jun 192014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 84,557 miles
I had to replace the rear shocks on this vehicle. In doing so the auto repair fatality showed me that the entire center of the right rear wheel well was corroded away, leaving big hole. The garage told me that they had seen this on several of this mode (2001-2007) I talked to a couple of dealers that told me the same thing. One even told me that he thought it should be a recall.

- Berea, OH, USA

problem #205

Jan 292012

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Our 2005 Ford Escape has a safety issue so bad that it's unsafe to drive. The right rear fender well has rusted out around the shock mount, ready to break free. [xxx] has a co-worker who drives a 2005 Ford Escape and when they took a look in his fender, they found the same problem. [xxx] has a co-worker that has a 2005 Ford Escape and it has the start of the hole. We have talked to Ford, there is no recall or repair campaign for it. They offered us an X plan to trade it in or they would fix it at full price. We have sent pictures to the Ford factory rep. He told us that Ford knows of this problem and that they have installed two new processes on the product line to fix it. He showed the picture to the Escape engineers and they agreed that it is a design fault and Ford is responsible for the unsafe state that it's in. Unfortunately none of them will put it in writing, in fear of losing their jobs. We also wrote an email to the national highway transportation safety department in Washington DC and still have not heard anything from them. We got quotes from different body shops in the area, both at $1200. And they have repaired other Ford Escapes with the same defect. The repair has to be done from the inside to replace the fender well. Thus all the interior trim has to be removed and welding blanket used so they don't burn your vehicle up. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Belleville, MI, USA

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