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 1 of 4)

problem #61

Dec 242016


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 25 mph, the engine, steering, and brakes failed without warning. The vehicle was restarted and driven to the dealer where it was diagnosed that all six emission coils failed and fractured the PCM. The six emission coils, power train control module, and spark plugs were replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Schwenksville, PA, USA

problem #60

Dec 062016


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 45 mph, the instrument panel illuminated and the engine abruptly shut down. The gear shifter was placed in the neutral position and the vehicle was coasted over to the side of the road. The vehicle was restarted and driven home. The vehicle was hooked up to a handheld diagnostic machine and displayed, "bad PCM and bad coils". the manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Muskogee, OK, USA

problem #59

Sep 232012


  • miles
We had a problem with the transmission from 14000 miles, we reported to dealer and they never noted it in there computer.. we complained 6 times with it only got put in the computer at the dealer twice.. finally after it ran out of warranty, it almost killed our whole family.. the trany when we came up to a stop sign coming off the freeway stayed ingaged and through us in to a bunch of traffic, almost causing a he'll of a accident.. we'll it ended up ruining the transmission cause the torque converter locked up and caused it not to disengage.. I ended up spending $3500 and had the dealer put a own rebuilt in. Later I found out Ford had 4 updated torque converters.. why was there not a recall when it almost kills people.. I am very frustrated with everything that has went on with this vehicle.. I am will to join any kind of lawsuit over getting the government to take more avasive move to help and protect the consumer, instead of helping these big companies bend people over.. we pay a lot of money for these vehicles, and we get treated like dirt..

- Alanson, MI, USA

problem #58

Jun 162016


  • 206,194 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger side wheel was rusted and the four wheel drive warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the failure was unusual, but declined to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 206,194.

- Henryville, IN, USA

problem #57

Jan 222016


  • miles
Vehicle jerking 4WD light keeps blinking, power lock light pops on car act like it wants to shut off

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #56

Oct 182015


  • 1,650,000 miles
When driving car shuts off. Car starts in park when put in gear shuts off. Driving on highway when slowed down in traffic car shut off, and would would start in park but shut off when put in gear

- Petoskey, MI, USA

problem #55

Jul 052015


  • 121,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 25 mph, the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power without warning. The vehicle had to be towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the PCM and all six coils burned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 121,000. MA 10/15/2015

- Hillside , IL, USA

problem #54

Feb 062015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 82,319 miles
I was coming back to home from work driving on highway at 55-60 mph and suddenly my car starts decelerating itself and I was forced to pull it over on the shoulder, I was lucky that not one hit me. I completely turned the engine off and then I tried to start again, it started making cranking sound but did not start completely, so I had to call the towing truck to tow the car to my home. It could have been worse, I am lucky to be alive, I am not sure how can the vehicle can stall in the middle of the driving. It was scary.

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #53

Jul 152013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I purchased the vehicle knowing the ECM had been replaced recently... about 3 months of purchasing the vehicle my check emissions light came on...losing gas mileage, car stalled out a few times, and dealership said it was the ECM again... approximately August 2013. One year later August 2014 same issue again... ECM replaced again.. when I turn the key on, not starting it the check emission comes on and the dealership tells me this is normal.. my gas mileage is 12 mpg and im afraid it is happening again soon.. I don't know what to do and I was told it may be the wiring harness causing this issue.. I don't know why no one will get to the route of the problem why the computer in my Escape keeps failing. They wont let me trade it in since it is not any value to them anymore..

- Plattsburgh, NY, USA

problem #52

Dec 222014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 166,000 miles
Started off from a light and the car hesitated concerned gave it gas and it stuttered, I rolled to a stop and had it towed to a repair shop.evidently the powertrain computer module is bad several complaints that Ford put the wrong spark plugs in this Escape which after time ruins the PCM.seriously why hasn't a recall been issued for this problem? had I been traveling faster would have been an accident as I was in morning looking at a $1000 in repair bills.Ford needs to fix this problem.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #51

Nov 142014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #50

Jul 092013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Transmission failed and had to be replaced.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #49

Oct 112014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 84,235 miles
Has I was driving on the highway all of a sudden my transmission fail. It sound like it fail out the bottom of the truck. The truck went into a noise dive and I fault to get it over to the shoulder. No warning signs at all. Never had slippage or nothing. Cars behind me all most crashed into me and my family. The tow truck came and the truck would not move when he tried to pull it up on the tow truck. Will Ford fix there trans problem at there cost and not mind. God is the glory, he was with us.

- Gaithersburg , MD, USA

problem #48

Apr 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 101,245 miles
Vehicle was shipped to germany due to military duty. A week later after delivered, my wife was driving it going down a short hill when the vehicle turned off completely and brakes were not functioning. My wife had to stop the vehicle with parking brake. After that the engine was losing power and the alarm was going off very often. We drove the vehicle few occasions and it turned off couple of times again.I ordered the part and replaced it in 2014. The vehicle is running fine, however the alarm still going off and engine light is on again on dashboard. At this point I do not know if the vehicle is indicating the same problem or something new.

- Ae, AE, USA

problem #47

Jun 022014

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while traveling 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road and turned off. The contact attempted to restart the vehicle on several occasions but it failed to start. The check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel and the steering became difficult to maneuver. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the PCM and the electric spark coils needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and did not offer a remedy. The failure and current mileage was 113,000. CN10/24/14 updated 04/16/2015

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #46

Jun 052013


  • 120,000 miles
Program 13N03 throttle body issues gas pedal locks up, jolts forward.

- Chesterton, IN, USA

problem #45

Jan 232014


  • 104,000 miles
Traveling on the highway at 55 miles per hour and the entire engine stalled and cut off. I had the car towed to a local shop where they told me that 3 out of the 6 coils basically were not working and the PCM/computer was completely shot, they wanted over $1600 at dealership to fix this. Ford had apparently distributed a bulletin about this problem to the dealerships but not their customers - who this problem affects the most. I was lucky that I was able to pull over to the side of the road and not hit anyone or get killed. I can't imagine how many people this has affected because it is all over the internet. The repair ended up costing well over $1000 because of the spark plugs that Ford knew were faulty years ago. A simple changing of the spark plugs instead of six coils. I see no difference in GM having to recall vehicles that shut off on the highway and Ford having to recall these vehicles for basically the same reason and reimburse their customers, our cars are shutting off too.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #44

May 222014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Driving North on hwy 41 when car stalled and I had to direct it off road without power steering or brakes. Was almost hit from behind. Was informed by mechanic that it was the throttle body. Refer to Ford consumer satisfaction program 13N03.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #43

Feb 012014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Escape 4WD manual transmission. I had to replace the whole transmission about 5 years due to transmission failure. I now have a problem with the manual transmission again. I can not get the transmission to shift into reverse. The forward gears work fine. I have seen on the internet a high incidence of transmission problems in the 2005 Ford Escape transmission. There should be a recall on this.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #42

Aug 082013


  • 120,000 miles
The gas pedal was stuck after mashing on it hard it broke loose when approching a stop sign I stopped and try to go again but gas pedal was stuck why is there not a recall. I also have transmission and rearend problems but they both are costly repairs I am concerned about the gas pedal please fix it before someone gets hurt there really should be a recall on

- West Point, VA, USA

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