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 (!!)


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,200 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 #2

Jul 102014


  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the alarm activated intermittently when the vehicle was placed into the park position and the doors were locked. The contact mentioned that all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure recurred on eight different occasions. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the right door latches were faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #1

Jan 082005

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,400 miles
Right rear passenger door latch broke and door came open while driving. We had to secure door with a nylon strap to get to our is a good thing we are firm believers in seat belt use or this might have ended in a tragedy as the seat next to door was occupied.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

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