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 (!!)


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,000 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 272006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles


Have read on your site numerous complaints with the Ford 2005 Escape engine and the problem that it speeds up during braking. I have also experienced this problem. However the problem is the driver !! if you are large person or have large feet. During braking the brake pedal goes lower than the gas pedal and your shoe toe catches the gas pedal and accelerates the engine, this has happened numerous times. The gas pedal has very little resistance and you are not aware that your shoe is pushing it down. It appears also that the pedals are closer together than normal. I have other vehicles and have had many cars and this is the first I have experienced this dangerous condition.

- Timonium, MD, USA

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