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 (!!)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,000 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.

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 292016


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at an unknown speed, the passenger riding in the rear seat noticed a hole in the back side of the driver seat. A piece of metal, approximately eight inches long, was protruding from the seat. The vehicle was scheduled to be evaluated at the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Port Jefferson Station, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 012015


  • 65,000 miles
The last few times I turned on the heated seat while driving in traffic it felt like it was getting extremely hot to the point where I had to lift my upper leg up off the seat. I'm sure that if I hadn't shut it off it would have burnt me. There is no warning system to indicate the heated seat is malfunctioning or getting too hot. This needs to be addressed.

- Milwaukie, OR, USA

problem #5

Mar 062015


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 15 mph, the passenger's side seat began burning and an unknown warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #4

Nov 222013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Passenger seat gets real hot.,starts to smoke have to shut it off.

- Rockland, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 302012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
While sitting idle at a stop light the seat heater in the driver's seat ignited the upper portion of the seat, causing the seat to burn and filling the cabin with smoke. The seat then caused my husband's jacket to start on fire. The fire in the vehicle had to be extinguished by packing it with snow.

- Zeeland, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 302005

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
D: the drivers seat material is so hard it puts the consumer's leg to sleep. The consuemr feels tht this is a safety issue because she cannot drive this vehicle very far without having to stop and walk around the vehicle to wake legs back up. The passengers seat appears this way also. Started noticing this about 3 weeks after buying the vehicle. This happens when I'm in it for about 45 min to an hour.

- Crawfordsville, IN, USA

problem #1

Apr 242004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front drivers seat leans and is pointing to left. Dealer stated that Ford purposely made the foam on the drivers side seat less dense than on the right side for easier access and exit of the vehicle. This still doesn't explain why the seat also feels slightly twisted or pointing the left. I was also told by the dealer who called Ford Motor Company and that they are aware of the issue and that there is nothing they can do at this time. My concern that I feel distracted while driving which may lead to a safety issue for myself and others. Please note that this is for a 2005 Ford XLT. This web site does not yet allow you to select 2005 as an option in the "year" pull down menu.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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