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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 (!!)

1.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,914 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 202015

Escape

  • 74,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. After driving over a bump, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact discovered that the rear shock towers were rusted. In addition, the contact stated that a fuel odor emitted inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,000.

- Eastpointe, MI, USA

problem #6

May 032015

Escape

  • 211,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, the contact heard an abnormal noise. The contact maneuvered the vehicle to the side of the road and observed that the rear passenger side undercarriage was corroded. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear passenger wheel bearing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 211,000.

- De Soto, IA, USA

problem #5

Apr 032015

Escape

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While traveling at an unknown speed, a loud noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the inner rear fender and the rear shocks deteriorated without warning. The contact stated that the parts were rusted and could fracture at any moment. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #4

Mar 262015

Escape

  • 100,400 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at 35 mph over a pothole, an abnormal noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The contact merged to the side of the road and noticed that the rear passenger side shock was fractured and rusted. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,400.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 132015

Escape

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the shock absorber detached and fractured through the rear passenger side of the trunk. The vehicle veered to the right causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 142014

Escape

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the rear shock mounts detached from the vehicle and the frame was completely rusted on both sides. The contact was a certified mechanic, who diagnosed that the rear frame rail and the fuel filler neck were completely rusted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Gardiner, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 052014

Escape

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While traveling approximately 30 mph, the rear passenger side shock fractured and punctured through a rusted hole into the rear interior of the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the underbody was rusted, the rear shock was rusted on the rear passenger side, and a large hole near the rear wheel well was present. The contact removed the rear shock, but the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

- Sord City, PA, USA

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