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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,303 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 #3

Sep 142007

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,769 miles


Front passenger door failed to shut after several tries it shut. As I was driving down the road the door flew open.

- West Salam, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 232005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I just left the restauraunt and walked over to my Escape. When I opened the drivers door the rear top edge was raked back far enough to hit my glasses, bending them and then the upper most corner pierced the skin just below the eye. 1/2" by 1/2" cut. A little closer and I would have severly damaged my eye. The top rear corner edge of the door extends too far back. Since that incident I have to open the door while standing further back than usual to avoid another injury. Last night my son-in law hit himself in the forehead just above his glasses with the rear most top edge of the right front door. Causing a cut and bleeding. Stand too close and the design of the front doors of the 05 Ford Escape 4X4 limited can cause injury. Thank you bill kohnke.

- Montrose, SD, USA

problem #1

Jun 302004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141 miles
On the drive home from picking up my Ford Escape, I noticed cabin noise at highway speeds. It took 6 service visits to jim keim Ford to resolve this issue that was caused by loose cladding on the passenger door. Further, I began getting a ticking noise at slow speeds and bumpy roads during the resolution of the cladding problem. Jim keim sprayed silicone spray on the driver and passenger door molding to resolve this. The ticking noise returned within a couple weeks and krieger Ford put anti-rattle tape on the a arms in the cabin to resolve this on 2 occasions. In all, I've had 8 service calls on this brand new $26000 Escape. I've driven hundreds of miles in trying to resolve these noise issues to date. It goes without saying that a vehicle I genuinely looked forward to having has become a vehicle that I've already explored trading in and going with another make because I feel I have been treated poorly having to take my vehicle in for noise issues 8 times.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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