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: With solid trends of engine failure — $4,500 to fix at 85,000 miles avg — AND transmission failure — $3,000 to fix at 75,000 miles avg — we can't recommend the 2006 Ford Escape to anyone except your worst enemy.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,616 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.

2006 Ford Escape body / paint problems

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Jan 092015


  • miles


My right wheel well has rusted out completely and the inside compartment is now open to the outside. There is a terrible, constant rattling noise and a horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #8

Jan 092015


  • miles
The right wheel well has rusted out completely around the shock.I can see into the car from the outside. There is a loud rattle constantly and a horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #7

Aug 132014


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving over a bump at various speeds, the contact heard a knocking noise near the rear of the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact discovered that the passenger side wheel well was rusted and caused the strut mount to separate from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician indicated that the wheel well needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #6

Jul 012014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 134,000 miles


Excessive rusting in right rear fender well, shock mount coming undone. Loud banging noise inside vehicle. Safety issue.

- Brazil, IN, USA

problem #5

May 122014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 128,400 miles
Began to notice a rattling noise/clunking in right rear corner of vehicle. Took the vehicle to our mechanic who told us that the right rear wheel well was completely rusted through and the shocks were exposed. Only the right rear wheel was rusted. Informed by our mechanic that the vehicle was not safe to drive and we would need to have it towed to the body shop. When we contacted the body shop and said we had an issue with the under body on our Ford Escape he new immediately that it was the right rear wheel well because it was the 3rd Ford Escape with the exact same problem in less than 2 months. We were fortunate that we only had to wait 3 days for the part as we were told that the last 2 Ford Escape owners had to wait 6 weeks because the part was on back order from Ford. Looked online and there were hundreds of complaints for Ford Escape with exact issue (always only the right rear wheel well) from 2004 on. Obviously this is a recall issue that should be address by Ford before someone is seriously injured or killed.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 122014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
On March 12,2014 I was driving to the post office when my car made a loud "thunk" and began to shake severely. Feeling unsafe and being a short distance from my home I immediately returned there. Upon inspection I discovered that the right rear wheel well had rotted out and the shock had penetrated through the interior of the car behind the rear right passenger seat. The date of manufacture on the drivers door is 5/2005.

- Mansfield Center, CT, USA

problem #3

Jan 292014

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that a noise emitted from the rear passenger side wheel while driving. The mechanic inspected the wheel and found that the rear passenger's side wheel well was corroded with a hole. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 70,000...updated 04-22-14 updated 04/24 /14

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 072014


  • 130,000 miles
The right, rear wheel well and shock support is nearly entirely rusted out. The rust damage I've observed appears to be much more significant than otherwise would have occurred due to normal wear and tear. The left wheel well is not suffering from the same corrosion problem. A quick google search shows that this is a seemingly widespread problem impacting 2004-2006 Ford Escapes. I've checked with my local Ford dealership, and contacted Ford corporate, and have been told that there are no known issues. I do realize that I live in new england and that the vehicle is 8-years old. However, I take very good care of my vehicle, and the damage I'm seeing seems to be clearly above beyond what would be warranted from normal wear and tear.

- Somersworth, NH, USA

problem #1

May 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that there was an abnormal banging in the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the rear inner and outer fender well was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000. Updated 08/15/13 the consumer stated the right and left inner wells rusted away.

- Bensenville , IL, USA

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