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:
81,161 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 brakes problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 252014


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the rear brake hoses needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Russell, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 072012

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
As I drove my Ford Escape 2005 down a hill the brake line on the passenger side ruptured, causing the brake fluid to leak which quickly resulted in no braking ability. I managed to stop my car by down shifting into first gear and using the emergency brake. I was not able to control the car before going through a stop sign, fortunately, no cars or pedestrians were in the way. The mechanic who fixed the problem replaced the brake line on both the driver and passenger sides, as the driver side brake line was close to rupturing, too.

- Woodstock, VT, USA

problem #2

Oct 312010

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,894 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while braking from 65 mph, the brake pedal went to the floorboard abnormally. The contact added brake fluid to the vehicle and was able to drive home. The vehicle was later taken to the dealer where he diagnosed the failure at the brake lines and master cylinder. The dealer stated that a brake line was hitting against the power steering causing the brake line to fracture. The dealer repaired the brake line. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle warranty was expired therefore they would not assist with the repair. The failure and current mileage was 99,894. Updated 01/13/11 updated 04/04/11

- Comstock Park, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 292008

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,750 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer stated that the fuel rail pressure sensor needed to be replaced. The flow in the fuel line was uneven. Ford has been issuing recalls on various vehicles because the fuel rail has carbon clumps in the hose wall that may leak in the wall over time. The dealer informed the contact that she would have to pay for the repair. She is displeased and refuses to pay. The current and failure mileages were 42,750. Updated 04/16/08 updated 04/16/08 updated 06/23/10. The consumer has since experienced a second failure. Updated evoq 08/20/10 the consumer stated the front and rear brake hose was replaced. Updated 11/25/14

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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