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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace with used differential (1 reports)
2005 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 012012

Escape XLT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


On top of recurring coils, plugs, computer failure..............the rear differential is its not related but knowing the other problem is a money pit, black hole that you will never be done with NOT to mention dangerous because the vehicle could just shut off at any given moment without warning ANYWHERE ANYTIME ...........its not worth fixing!!!!!!!! JUST FYI to those who don't know........just like I didn't!!!!!!!

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 012009

Escape 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

Yup, my 2005 Escape is sitting in the shop right now...needs new differential. will cost $1600 for new one...

getting one out of a wrecked vehicle for $350, paying another $300 or so for labor to put it in. Didn't think this was covered by extended warranty

- , Clearwater, FL, USA

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