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:
12,992 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 032007

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,992 miles


In 2006 I experienced the failure of my car to operate one morning. I initially thought that I had made the error since I have a manual vehicle I occasionally take my foot off the pedal; I had no idea why the car had stopped running right after I started it as I began to pull out of the parking space. The car stopped a couple of times which concerned me so I contacted the dealer in New Jersey where I was located at the time for him to look at the car for this problem. He assured me that the parts would work and all was right again as I left the service department, new 5L8Z-2C053-ba and yl8Z-19048-aa parts installed. One year later, November 3, 2007 the same problem began to happen again. I immediately took the vehicle to the dealer and he informed me that the cable and the foot pedal vacuum were no longer operating (5L8Z-2C053-ba and yl8Z-19048-aa) as was the case the previous year and that he had to wait for a new part in order to replace these defective parts. I asked why this had happened again, and what I was told horrified me. The manufacturer most likely had not resolved the problem of the past and that the problem was in the parts. I asked why there was not a more life safety solution to this very dangerous problem and I was told that since this did not happen often it was not deemed a real issue. The rationale is appalling. How am I expected to be safe with this vehicle when the condition is not resolved it is just prolonged, with failure looming over me" how do I drive my child and the other members of my family and friends in a vehicle that can stop operating at any given moment?? my complaint is in regard to life safety and value of reciprocity. Since there is no death as of yet, I must wait for the failure" this is emotionally stressful.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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