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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Ford Escape body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 092014


  • 145,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that when attempting to close the hatchback window, the screw on the passenger's side separated from the hinge. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Glen Allen , VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 072005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA recall campaign 04V442000; Ford issued a rear liftgate recall. Consumer received a recall letter stating that it was included in the recall. Consumer drove home and pulled into the garage when all of a sudden the liftgate popped open unexpectedly, causing it to break. Consumer notified manufacturer, who was not willing to resolve the problem. Consumer stated the there were no parts available when a prior appointment was set.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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