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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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
125,600 miles
Total Complaints:
115 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (46 reports)
  2. replace wheel well (26 reports)
  3. ford should recall (10 reports)
  4. replace/rebuild shock tower (9 reports)
  5. it's a junk and not a safe car (6 reports)
  6. repaired effected areas (6 reports)
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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #115

Aug 192019

Escape 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 169,000 miles


same thing, driving hit a bump and thunk by rear right quarter panel.

checked and completely rusted out wtf.

- Thomas G., Homer Glen, IL, US

problem #114

Dec 292018

Escape XLT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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excessive wheel well/shock tower rust excessive wheel well/shock tower rust excessive wheel well/shock tower rust excessive wheel well/shock tower rust

My daughter has a 2005 Ford Escape that she purchased through a local dealer in May 2017. In the past month she had noticed a squeaking noise in the right back area. We thought it may need shocks replaced. In the mean time about a week later it started making a banging noise in the rear passenger wheel well.

Upon inspection and anticipation of replacing the shocks we were in shock as to how bad the rust was in the wheel well that the shock actually broke away from the car and that is what the banging was. The car is not safe to drive and as I can tell there are no recalls or safety reports on this matter even though it is a major safety issue and I have seen thousands of complaints about this same problem.

I have sent a complaint to NHTSA about this because this needs to be addressed and taken care of. Apparently Ford is trying to shrug this off and no one is making them take responsibility for this well known issue. Please join me in filing a complaint to: for manufacturer recalls. And from now on I will not even bother checking safety recalls for a car purchase but will use this site as my guide.

My daughter is stuck paying on a car that is not safe to drive and is not worth anything and will probably not be worth repairing. I am so very disappointed with Ford which I have had 2 used eExplorers in the past 10 years and I don't think I will be purchasing another Ford ever again.

Update from Dec 30, 2018: Here is a pic that shows how the shock went through the interior of the car at the wheel well

- Donna H., York, US

problem #113

Dec 302014

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Severe and worsening rust on driver side wheel hub and area under gas cap. Based on similar complaints, erosion continues posing serious problems.

- L C., Sandy Hook, CT, US

problem #112

Jul 142017

Escape 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles


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excessive wheel well/shock tower rust excessive wheel well/shock tower rust

This problem is known to Ford and I was told that by several repair shops but Ford has done nothing about this issue. My wheel well ripped open while I was driving on the highway and could have been a catastrophe. Either Ford needs to do a recall and fix this issue or a class action suit needs to be filed on behalf of all the Escape owners who are currently suffering through this issue. I was quoted over $3,000 to replace the sheet metal under my wheel well and I don't feel that I should have to try to come up with that when Ford could have avoided this mess. FORD, ISSUE A RECALL OR FACE A CLASS ACTION.

- rustyfordescape, Indianapolis, IN, US

problem #111

Dec 312016

Escape SW V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Sounds exactly the same as the others.

Notice exhaust is directly under where gases (and moisture) have nowhere to go. The metal/underside will be cooler than exhaust and condensation will occur. Seems they have a problem with exhaust gases. Will be checking for carbon monoxide inside


Why does Ford sell cars for a premium price,but can't afford a second coat on one of four wheel wells ? They've been building cars for a long time. They should've learned things like this along the way.

Ford should have stepped up and at least notified the public of safety concerns to owners, and every other driver on the roads,if they will not recall this model.Where are all the lawyers when you need them ?

I guess it's time to reconsider the prestigious reputation Ford has enjoyed for so long. Maybe take a look at the award winning line up of the new Chevy. It would be nice to buy a "quality" American car.

- Larr C., West Chester, US

problem #110

Jun 022017

Escape LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

ford issued recall for 2001-2004 for the same problem but did not extend to 2005, I was driving on highway and could have been in a serious accident when entire rear wheel well separated from frame.

- Mary R., Perry, IA, US

problem #109

Jul 012017

Escape 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


Extremely disappointed with Ford. When I saw my problem and all the complaints, I expected to find a recall. I called the dealership that I purchased the car from and they told me they do not work on cars that have more than 100000 miles. I called a second Ford dealership and they told me to go to a non Ford body shop. Never again will I buy a Ford product.

- Sal A., Braintree, US

problem #108

Apr 012017

Escape Limited Duratec V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Right rear shock totally detached due to the inner wheel well being totally corroded. Entire wheel well needs replacement. Estimates for repair minimum $2000.

- Janet B., Westville, US

problem #107

Mar 012017

Escape ES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles

Passenger side rear, rusted out shock mount, driver side seems fine

- terrillone, Robbinsdale, US

problem #106

Mar 072017

Escape LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

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excessive wheel well/shock tower rust excessive wheel well/shock tower rust excessive wheel well/shock tower rust

Identical issue that others are having, rear passenger side. Haven't taken it to a body shop yet, am hoping for a fix, even better would be a recall by Ford.

Update from Mar 25, 2017: a body shop estimated repairs to be at $5000.

- Missy B., Duluth, MN, US

problem #105

Dec 162016

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


Just want to add my complaint to the 100 plus others with the EXACT same issue. Started to hear a loud banging sound in the back passenger side of the car when hitting even the slightest bump. Took it in to the dealer and the rear passenger side wheel well is completely rusted through. The wheel could fall off at anytime. It is not worth the cost to repair and is dangerous to drive. I'm shocked to see how many others this has happened to without a response from Ford. Tried to trade it in but the other dealer won't touch it other than to take it to a junk yard.....I loved this car and loved dealing with our local Ford service people. This is just not right.

- kirstmi, Grand Rapids, MI, US

problem #104

Nov 012016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 213,000 miles

2005 Ford Escape right rear inner fender well completely rusted, shock through body. Outrageous quotes for repair. Left side fine, numerous information about Ford knowing about problem but refusing to recall/help. Safety hazard.

- Dean S., Fairgrove, MI, US

problem #103

Oct 262016

Escape XLT V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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excessive wheel well/shock tower rust

People having this issue should consider the auxiliary bracket option more than the replacement of the whole panel. Ordered my repair kit on ebay and fixed it for $240. Fairly easy to install with clear instructions. See this link for the complete repair kit (for the right side):

- John B., Aberdeen, OH, US

problem #102

Nov 042016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,581 miles

Started hearing the knocking around, seemingly coming from the trunk/rear passenger side wheel well, thinking it might be the shocks absorbers/struts… And then stumbled upon the boatload of problems that everyone around here seems to also be facing. I have an 06 Ford Escape, but 05 seems to be where most of the action on here is going on.

That said, I stumbled upon a fix under the 06 forum; On EBay, Rear RIGHT Shock Mount Rust Repair PARTIAL Kit, is an alternative to the welding work.

- bugmenot, Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #101

Oct 042016

Escape SPE 4 Cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 173,984 miles

Would like this repaired at no cost, can't afford to fix this dangerous problem it is costly. my vechile runs great and that's the only area with rust I also no there is a lot of people with the same issue been driving like this for awhile notice noise now I can see the problem hen I break my back end is unstable are you people waiting for law suites

- giardetti, Whitby, ON, Canada

problem #100

Sep 102016

Escape XLT 3.8L, V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 220,100 miles

I have a 2005 Ford Escape. It started to make a pounding sound in the back. We looked at the rear passenger wheel well and the shock mount is rusted out. I have googled this and lots of people are having the issue.

- jack4sq, Monmouth, IL, US

problem #99

Jul 112016

Escape ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,192 miles

Ford absolutely should recall the 2005 Ford Escape for this reason. I have spent several thousand dollars in the past few years to keep my car running as long as possible. Ford raves of its quality and longevity in the industry, yet is not accountable to a structural flaw that they are undoubtedly VERY AWARE of and is stranding people who do not have finances to simply replace a vehicle on command. Not only that, the rusting out frame that the rear shocks are attached to is a VERY DANGEROUS problem. It does not present itself until it is too late to be prevented. A shock can puncture a tire, puncture the rear cargo compartment, cause an accident, etc.

FORD, do a RECALL and show integrity for those who have been loyal customers and diligent car owners.

The rear drivers side shock on my vehicle broke, which is what lead me to researching the problem. One week ago I had both rear shocks replaced. It took only 50 miles for the rear passenger shock to start separating from the wheel well. The frame is significantly rusted out, which was not visible until the shock started pulling the outer layer away from the frame. The inner layer is beyond help. I will be looking into a welding repair, but am not certain the investment will be worth it.

This is nearly criminal, in my opinion, and should be resolved by Ford IMMEDIATELY.

- Stephanie T., Minneapolis, MN, US

problem #98

Jan 272016

Escape XTL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,398 miles


- Melody H., Salem, NH, US

problem #97

Sep 012015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles

$400 to have the auxiliary support kit bolted on the frame. Problem solved!

- whitneyil, Naperville, IL, US

problem #96

Feb 022016

Escape XLT V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Took the car in after I started hearing this clunking noise from the back. Seems like there are hundreds of stories like mine...

Fortunately, I have choosen the best option I have been able to find out on forums and I installed the auxiliary shock mount kit that I ordered from Ebay 190$ + shipping (type ford escape shock mount, comes from Canada). I am not quite familiar to mechanics but I have to say this installation was quite easy with the instructions provided with the kit (you don't need any particular knowledge to do it, just owning a drill and a grinder is about all what you really need. The bracket and the patch are holding on quite good since.

- johnrne, Milburn, NE, US

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