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 (!!)


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 252005

Escape 4WD

  • miles


2005 Ford Escape XLT roll over resulted in a fatal death. The lift gate and door were opened during the roll over of SUV. The air bags failed to deployed. I lost my wife in this roll over. My self and my brother's wife got major injuries. This model has automatic 4 wheel engagement. During the crash the engine pumped more power to the wheels. Tried to control but becuase of more power from the engine the driver could not control it and got over corrected which ended up in ditch. That finally, ended up in a roll over. My wife got ejected from the vehicle and died on the spot due to blunt force trauma to head and chest.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 022005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall 04V60200 concerning FMVSS 206 rear liftgate door. Consumer was unable to get the dealer to honor this manufacturer's recall notice. Dealer urged consumer to take the vehicle back to the dealer where he purchased it.

- Buffalo, TX, USA

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