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 (!!)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,473 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 15)

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problem #277

Jul 042016


  • 109,475 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact heard an unusual noise near the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the frame was rusted out. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not safe to drive. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 109,475.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #276

Oct 312015


  • 80,000 miles
While driving on the freeway started hearing a loud sound and the car became bumpy and bouncy. Pulled off the freeway, but could not identify the problem. Took to a garage and told right rear inner shock mount and fender panel had rotted. Ford had a replacement part for this condition, but did not have a recall. Labor cost due to welding was $1300, total cost $1,966. How could Ford have a replacement part, but not a recall? tried 3 garages only 1 (who had a welder) would consider the job. Car could not be driven...condition worsened quickly and had to drive 10 mph to get estimates with blinkers on...hoping no one would hit us. Scary! had to replace inner shock mount and fender panel, install, weld, and seal. Also needed new rear shocks.

- Germantown, WI, USA

problem #275

Apr 012016


  • 130,000 miles
Entire right wheel well of the vehicle is rusting away. The shock absorber is mounted to this sheet metal, so it is no longer effective, making the vehicle unsafe to drive. I understand this is a common problem with these vehicles and Ford will do nothing to compensate me. Currently hearing a loud thumping at every bump, due to the shock becoming detached from the vehicle.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #274

Jun 012006


  • 7,000 miles


Rust around quarter panel back end, rust through passenger wheel well area. To the put the it is rusting and eventually the wheel well will no longer whole the strut in. Which puts me at risk of getting seriously hurt. This SUV is located in a southern state no reason for it to rust like that. I've seen and owned older vehicles that didn't rust.bad metal or rust protection. To get fixed I'm looking at $1000 to $4000 who has that to pay for something like that when Ford knows there is a issue and hasn't fixed it yet.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #273

Aug 012015


  • 120,000 miles
Right rear shock tower mount is completed rusted away causing the shock to travel up into the wheel well

- Burlington, WI, USA

problem #272

Apr 042016


  • 123,000 miles
2005 Ford Escape 4X4 V6 passenger side rear wheel house rusted significantly enough to cause rear wheel shock connected to wheel house to forcefully separate and begin colliding with the inside plastic moulding in the trunk of the car. Damage was initially found while in motion, noticed by a rattling noise in the rear of the vehicle. Upon further inspection and removal of the plastic trunk housing, the entire top of the wheel well was very clearly rusted. The shock was still connected to a piece of the wheel house. The rear passenger shock had forcefully disconnected the piece of the wheel house it was attached to because of the overwhelming around of rust. Auto-body shop quoted a $2,000 repair (for a car bought for #3,600) to order a new wheelhouse and install it. Professional auto body shop teams quoted that the issue wasn't something you could patch or lightly repair, and the shock would need to be reattached to the body of the car to be driven safely. Ford was contacted twice and replied with their apologies that the customer was experiencing this issue, knowingly aware that the 2001-2004 models of this vehicle were recalled for the exact same issue and that hundreds of other customers have seen this issue around 120,000 miles. The issue seems to always be on the rear passenger side with no significant rust or damage on the drivers side.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #271

Feb 032014


  • miles


Rear wheel wells rusting out as well as rear seat wells under doors rusting off in huge chunks, cruise, cd player doesnt work, radio shorts out on volume control goes louder instead of lower volume, also front axle had to be replaced at joe lake tire do they use timken products?

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #270

Jan 012015


  • miles
This car has 80000miles on it and is totally rusted out in the rear passenger wheel well and shock tower. I have been quoted 5000 to fix the car to meet safety standards. I can see the tire all the way thru the metal.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #269

May 132015


  • miles
I had finance a 2005 Ford Escape XLT after had the vehicle for two month I notice a strange sounds for the back of the vehicle I track and found out that the rear. Underneath the car panel where the shockwas at is rusted all through. The the front tire is wear and the vehicle is driving bad shocks struct and wheel elignment was all effect with the rust panal from shocks...

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #268

Feb 122016


  • 108,000 miles
The frame of the vehicle has rusted and the suspension broke free while it was being driven. Ford has recalled up the model year of 2004 because of frame rust through in the northern states. In speaking with the repair shop he said he has seen a number of these problems. I called Ford customer service and was told my car has no known issues.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #267

Feb 132016


  • 109,000 miles


109,000 miles on my car, had a slight rumbling sound in trunk area, sound recently got much louder. Brought it in for an annual nys inspection and car would not pass due to right wheel hull rust. Large hole in wheel well, was advised to not drive the car and contact a body shop. Quoted $600-$800 for the repair. Upon research it appears this is a common problem in this model car. 2001-2004 Escapes were recalled for the same reason but not the 2005.

- West Sayville, NY, USA

problem #266

Jul 092015


  • 118,000 miles
In July of 2015 I brought my 2005 Ford Escape to the dealer because of very loud noise in the rear while driving. Noise was the same whether on a street or the highway. The mechanic found the passenger side rear wheel well was completely rusted out. I have a friend with the very same make, model, year and is now going through the exact same issue. There are other areas of rust on the body that seems to me to be coming on prematurely. I see there is a recall for this issue, but only up to model year 2004. Please....the 2005's have the very same issue!

- Lowell, MI, USA

problem #265

Feb 012016


  • 121,853 miles
The rear right wheel well is rusted and the shock fell off. It is dangerous and scary. The matrrial used in building it is very poor

- Henniker, NH, USA

problem #264

Dec 012015


  • 137,076 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the frame rail that the shock absorbers were bolted to was rusted significantly as well as the interior fenders. The vehicle was inspected, but not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 137,076.

- Boonsboro, MD, USA

problem #263

Feb 062016


  • 64,000 miles
Rear passenger wheel well rusting out around shock attachment. Just discovered this today but through online research it appears to be a very common problem and should be a know issue to the manufacturer - they had a rust recall for 2001 - 2004 models

- Berkley, MI, USA

problem #262

Jan 222016


  • 84,224 miles
Rear wheel well rust out. We purchased this car new at al packers white marsh Ford 11-13-04 we also opted for the complete ziebart package. The end of Dec.15 my wife said thumping noise from rear heard when going over a bump in road. I checked all around and under car, found nothing. On Jan.22nd 2016 when she got home from work she said get your coat you need to see this. When I got to the car I could not believe what I saw. Most of the ziebart under coating was gone from the right rear wheel well and there was a huge hole that ran from the back of the wheel well forwards through and past the shock tower mount.then the blizzard of 2016 happened. I got on the net and found out we are not the only people this has happened to. I called Ford usa headquarters on Jan.26 and 27th. I was told there are no service bullitens or recalls on my vehicle at this time. I was given a case number, and told take the car back to a Ford dealer so a certified Ford person could go over the car and document the problem and give me an estimate to fix the problem. Then if I get the repairs done keep my receipts, and if and when it becomes a recall I might get partial or full refund. Thanks for calling Ford have a nice day. After this I took the car to our local mechanic. He said he didn't do that work he sent me to a local body shop that told me it was a major job they said thousands of dollars. File a complaint and go back to Ford. Most of all park it do not drive the car it is not safe. The car window sticker says final assembly Kansas plant. Does anybody else have that same sticker" is this problem a bad batch of parts at only that Kansas plant" this was not an escort, aspire, even a Ranger it was a 30,000. Dollar Escape. They got the money they should fix this my car has 84,000 miles.

- Dundalk, MD, USA

problem #261

Dec 012015


  • 121,150 miles
The rear right wheel well is severely rusted. The shock mount is detached from the body and frame. The shock is loose and fell off. There is no way to weld the mount to the frame. The repair will cost thousands of dollars and teh vehicle is unsafe to drive

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #260

Jan 022016


  • 188,120 miles
Loud banging coming from right rear of vehicle driving down city street. Brought vehicle in for repair and was told the right rear passenger shock tower was completely rusted through the vehicle body to the point of entering the vehicle interior. I am told that the rear axle can tear away from the vehicle resulting in accident and possible injury or death.

- Peshtigo, WI, USA

problem #259

Sep 152015


  • 59,000 miles
Right rear shock mount completely rusted out, bought car brand new, only 60,000 miles on it. Come to find out all Ford Escapes this year are having the same issue. This is a serious problem because this is a suspension and handling issue, car was very difficult to drive and keep in lane. The problem has it's own facebook page, 2004-2006 Ford Escape. Very poor engineering design mounting shock to sheetmetal.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #258

Dec 212015


  • 117,000 miles
My son was complaining that the back end of the car began rattling and "jumping" while driving in the city in Nov of 2015. We had it checked out in Dec and was told and shown how unsafe the car was to drive, due to the entire right rear wheel well and strut was completely rusted away. The only thing that was holding the wheel to the car was the plastic molding of the trunk area which was also melting away from the heat.I could not believe a car could disintegrate and deteriorate so badly. In good conscious the auto repair owner would not allow us to drive the car anymore. Nor would I want to. Plus, the cost to fix it was not worth the price of the car, and he couldnt fix it. He told me to list it on craigs list to sell the car in parts. The rest of the car is in great condition, after I spent $6000, to buy the car in Aug of 2014, then another $2000 for 4 new tires, brake lines, and oil leaks!! who knows what else would have come up. I just glad my son did not get hurt driving home from college 21/2 hrs on the highway. I wish I knew about this exact common problem of 1000 other peoples complaints. Ford needs to be accountable of the particular problem of faulty material. I do not know how many people have gotten hurt, and how many more need to get hurt before something is done,

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

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