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:
141,000 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.

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

May 112014


  • 132,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the liftgate opened while the contact reversed from the driveway. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 04V602000 (latches/locks/linkages). The failure and current mileage was 132,000.

- Alligator , MS, USA

problem #1

Dec 012013


  • 150,000 miles
When I opened the rear hatch on my 2005 Ford Escape I noticed the plastic molding was cracked, after looking at it closer I noticed that the whole right rear shock mount was rusted out ant there was a hole in the top of the wheel well. I have contacted many body shops that say the problem is fixable but do to liability they can not fix it. After researching it online on the Ford forum I found out that this a common problem with this vehicle. One post on the forum says that the engineers of the Escape said it is a design flaw causing the problem but they won't put it in writing for fear of losing their jobs. This is a major safety issue and there should be a recall issued for it. If the shock would have came off while I was driving and hit the road or something under the vehicle it could have caused a accident. I would to know why there is no recall issued for this problem ?

- Plano, IL, USA

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