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 (!!)


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,689 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 112011

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,378 miles


Accelerator pedal freezing up while driving or a stop sign/traffic light. Engine is 2.3L, 4 cylinder with a 3-speed automatic with overdrive, front wheel drive, cruise control, power steering and A/C. the temperature was six degrees and it was snowing with five inches on the ground. Started car and the pedal would not moved, after 15 minutes of warming it up, it began to work, but kept sticking. Got to a stop sign and went to hit pedal to go; nothing, I just coasted into the intersection with cars approaching both ways. Finally, I let go and went. It did the same thing at two lights on the way home. On the way home, which is 10 miles from work, the pedal kept freezing up every time I gave it gas. The speed limit was 65 mph and the road was clear at the time. Got home and pulled the vehicle into the garage where I keep it when not being used and turned the heat on and started to work on it. I cleaned the speed control cable and accelerator at the throttle body connection point. Disconnected both and checked the throttle body and hooked it back up. I put wd-40 on the cable and it started to work like new. I put everything back together and pulled it outside to get cold again. The next morning, I started the vehicle and the pedal was frozen again. This time it was worse than before. After 5 minutes it started to work some, I put the vehicle back in the garage. I arrived home the next morning, and it would not work at all. I checked under the hood and all was ok. This time I went under the dash and sprayed some dw-40 on the pedal bracket assembly. I sprayed a long burst of wd-40 onto the cable and it started to work again. It looks like the cable is fraying on the shield. Updated 02/14/11

- Deepwater, MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 022005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer received a recall notice for the accelerator cables on 2005 Ford Escape. As the consumer was on her way to the dealer, she was nearly killed. The vehicle would not stop even when the consumer had her foot on the brake. The emergency brake did not respond as well. The consumer she believed she was charged for other things that the dealer claimed needed to be taken of. The dealer performed a fuel injection service and changed the fuel and air filters.

- Okeechobee, FL, USA

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