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:
118,502 miles

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2005 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #41

Dec 132006

Escape 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


From a stop this vehicle has a problem with the throttle. It is intermittent, but when it occurs you unable to press the throttle. It is jammed. It seems if I place the gear shift back into park then to drive it will be free again and drive normally. This started happening once in a while years ago, but seems to be occurring a lot more frequently now.

- Beecher, IL, USA

problem #40

Nov 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle from byers Kia 9 months ago. I recently just made my 8th payment on it. 1 month after purchasing this vehicle I noticed a slight vibration from 15-25 mph. Well on Sunday November 3rd my drive shaft quit working. We installed a U joint hoping that would solve the problem. It only made it worse. I have the dealership working to fix this problem now. I don't feel im responsible for this issue seeing it should have been caught prior to me buying this truck.

- Marysville, OH, USA

problem #39

Aug 302013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
My Ford Escape 2005 was working well without any warning. Suddenly after turning the car shut down. After restarting there was not enough power. Went to Ford authorized repair center and was told this was a known problem with a tsb 10 -18-10, faulty spark plugs make radio frequency interference which make coils on plugs and power train control module (PCM) to malfunction. All six spark plugs and coils were replaced and the problem persists, only solution is to change PCM. This problem can happen at any time, after any mileage, without any notice, these vehicles should be re-called and Ford should pay for these as it is a defect from fabric.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #38

Aug 052013


  • 81,000 miles


Driving 55 mph on highway, car sounded like it downshifted into much lower gear (very loud) with jerky motion, immediately lost power, was climbing large hill, coasted to side of road in heavy traffic, lost power steering, made horrific grinding sound, and then stopped. Idled for 30-45 seconds, all dashlights came on before dying on highway. I have reviewed on this model Escape, they are notorious for PCM computer going with no notice. My mechanic informs me today that is the problem, cost for repair is about $2,000, not covered by the extended warranty I purchased. This is a well documented issue that clearly creates safety issues when driving at high rates of speed, with no warning. The car was "fine" by all other accounts, this happened out of no where.

- Alfred, ME, USA

problem #37

Sep 112012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 153,200 miles
9/10/12, while driving on the freeway my check engine light came on and my car started running very hard and started shaking and I could feel the car loosing power. I turned the steering wheel towards the right to pull over and as I pressed the gas pedal I could feel the car had shut off. I was able to pull off to the side of the highway and my car smell like something was burning. After sitting for about 15mins the car started and I was able to start the car and drove it at about 40 mph until getting off the exit to go home which was about 10 more miles. I had to continuously press the gas making the car accelerate between 30 to 40mph because the car started to repeat the same thing as I stated earlier. I took the car to the shop 9/13/12 (my car had 153224 miles) and was told there was misfire on #2 coil, so I paid to have the coil changed. 2/15/13 my check engine light came back on and the car was repeatedly hesitating, I took it the shop 2/19/13 (my car had 163071 miles) and had the same misfire code, so I paid to have all three rear coils changed, the owner showed me the old coils & the #2 coil look burned and burst open from the top. After changing the coils the check engine light came back on with the same misfire code for #2 coil and I paid to have it changed again 6/18/13 (my car had 171459 miles). The engine light came back on with the same code and I paid to changed it again 7/12/13 (my car had 173095 miles) after I drove the car about 50 miles the light came back on. I had the code read again on 7/30/13 (my car had 173920 miles) and it gave the same code for a misfire on coil #2. the owner of the shop advised me to take the car to the dealer and explain the problem and check if there has been a recall on the 2005 model. I called the Ford dealership and was told I would have to pay for them to do another diagnostic quoted at $140.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #36

Mar 172013


  • 168,838 miles
I bought this used car from a dealer, I test drove it before buying, and it was great. Same day when I got home it showed an issue, the car would stall when put into gear. Either reverse or drive, unless U hit the gas pedal at the same time you put gear to keep it on. And it would also stall at any stop I make. I have to keep one foot on break and one on the gas. And the car might be running perfect for 2 or 3 days, and it goes back to stalling. I sign the car out the dealer as is, so I cant take it to them. I decided taking it to Ford for a $97 diagnostic. They said it needs throttle body or try to clean it. They are expensive, so I went to a mechanic to clean it.. it quit having the problem for almost 2 weeks, but when I got on the road to Chicago, 60 miles from home the problem showed back when I stopped at a gas, I really feel is a factory defect after reading all this posts from other customers having similar problems.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #35

May 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 126,178 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle began to stutter and stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the transmission control module failed and needed to be replaced. The failure also caused fuel to flood the catalytic converter. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 126,178.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #34

Mar 022013


  • 73,000 miles
While driving the car completely went dead. Everything turned off. Had to drift to side of the road. Technician told me it was a PCM problem and needs to replace, coils, plugs and PCM.

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #33

Feb 222013


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph the vehicle began to decelerate and eventually stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they advised her that the transmission would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #32

Jan 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 85,013 miles
Was driving my car at 45 miles per hour the car began to sputter and came to very quick halt in the middle of traffic. I had the car towed to my local garage, it was hooked up to a computer diagnostic tool. The trouble codes came up P0351, P0352, P0353, P0354 which I'm being told it will cost me $ $750 to replace all 6 coils, $1100 to replace the PCM module and I will need 6 new spark plugs. These prices don't include labor or diagnostic costs either. In doing some investigation this is a known issue with Ford Motor Company and the emission warranty only covers you for 8 years/80,000 miles. Not sure what a PCM module is or what coils do. Thank you Ford Motor Company for installing faulty parts in my motor when they built it in 2005. Now this is my problem and at my expense...... Ford sent out a tbs regarding the wrong plugs were installed which leads to this issue. Tsb 09-2-6 and tsb 10-18-10 is evidence enough they new there was clearly an issue with the factory installed spark plugs causing rfi damage to the cop's and subsequently the ECM. It appears they were betting that most vehicles would have issues outside the 80,000 mile federal warranty.

- Reinholds, PA, USA

problem #31

Nov 262012


  • 71,104 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, a rumbling noise was heard from around the console area. The contact merged to the shoulder of the road and shifted into neutral. The rumbling noise then ceased. The contact also stated that the vehicle was shifted back into drive and the rumbling noise started again. The following day while driving uphill, the noise became louder and all of the gears failed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home and was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 71,104.

- Albony, KY, USA

problem #30

Nov 242012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
I was driving to work on us 41 South when my 2005 Ford Escape just started to buck and would not accelerate, I was going approximately 45 mph and the car just shut off. I could not steer or start it again and was almost hit by an 18 wheel vehicle and killed. I immediately put my flashers on and kept retrying to start the car to get it off the road. This could have killed me and others this morning! this is a Ford Motor Company mechanical issue and they knew about this problem with this model vehicle and choose to not recall it!! how many people have died from this problem that we are not aware of"?" I took the car and had it checked out and they said that Ford issued a bulletin on this exact issue and how to fix it! only now, its going to cost me, the consumer $2000 or more to fix!! I am so upset from it, I am almost paid off on this vehicle and I feel that this issue should be looked into by the attorney general and by the transportation department of safety!

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #29

Dec 242011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Prior to the incident in question the car had a few days of abnormal behavior including hesitation and rough idle. The incident occurred on christmas eve while I was driving down a two lane highway. While traveling 50 mph the car lost power and although I was terribly scared, I managed to get off the highway safely. I was told that the computer failed (PCM) which is very expensive to fix hence the reason it has been almost a year. I am a retired widow raising my 12 year old granddaughter feeling stuck between a rock and a hard place; not able to afford the repairs and unable to do things without a car. I see that many many others have had this same issue, please help Ford face their neglect with regard to this issue. Thank you

- Forbestown , CA, USA

problem #28

Nov 022012


  • 131,000 miles
On way home, car shut off while going 35 mph. Coils started to smoke. Towed to nearest dealer and was told all coils, plugs and powertrain module needs to be replaced at $2500. Researched legitimate websites and found many owners with same problem that had fixed more than once at $2500. Was told by dealer that NHTSA only recalls for safety & emissions. This is clearly a safety issue, especially if going a high speed on interstate and car shuts off without warning. Thankfully my kids were not in car.

- Richmond , VA, USA

problem #27

Nov 062012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
While driving 45mph the car just cut off is a high traffic area. The car behind me had to swerve to miss rear-ending me! I had my 3 year old daughter w/ me at the time! our mechanic has informed us that apparently Ford Motor Company is aware that bad plugs were installed in these cars and would cause computer failure! nothing was told to us regarding this issue when we purchased the car! when emailed fmc they informed me that this is not a safety issue & a recall is not required. How can this not be a safety issue when the car completely dies w/out warning"?"

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #26

Oct 312012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
The car stopped moving at the posted speed. The catalytic converter disintegrated, and blocked the airflow. The warranty expired 4 months earlier. Ford did not seem interested in either the issue or/ helping resolve it. Should there be a recall?

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #25

Sep 122012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and it resumed normal function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the power train control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that the vehicle was not under warranty. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Barbourville, KY, USA

problem #24

Oct 052012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
[xxx] 2005 Ford Escape XLS, fwd had issue with throttle body. It got to the point where I would have to stop the gas pedal just to make it accelerate from a stopped state. This first happened back in November of 2011, and now I can feel it start to get to that point again... I was able to clean it last year with B-12 chemtool which took care of it right away. It was completely gunked but worked like new once I had it cleaned. Guess it is time to do this again... I figured I would report this after seeing a news article on abc regarding the exact same things. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kings Mountain, NC, USA

problem #23

Aug 182012


  • 108,000 miles
Was driving down the highway, and the vehicle just shut off. Was able to start it, but it would not run right for the first 5 minutes. After leaving it off for a half hour, worked fine. Also happened on 9/6/2012 and 9/23/2012. Loss of all power steering, power brakes, and vehicle hard to control when it is shut off. Asked Ford dealership about what could be done, and they just want me to bring it in. Now impossible to take any where because it wont even start back up. Read online how this has happened to many people, and all the dealership does is take them for 6000 dollars and the problem does not get resolved.

- Liverpool, PA, USA

problem #22

Sep 032012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
While exiting highway, all lights on dash came on, vehicle started sputtering. Ford dealership hooked up to diagnostic and indicated that the PCM had "blown" and taken all six coils with it. Thus, resulting in upwards to $2500 for repairs for not only a new PCM but also all six coils. Of which, I had 2 replaced less than a year ago. Dealership also indicated that Ford was aware of the problem but it was not classified as a recall. What the heck as I read up on internet and this is indicative to a problem they are aware of and also that occurred in previous years.

- Olympia, WA, USA

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