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 (!!)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,850 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 152008

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


Cruise control would take over without warning and without the switch being depressed. The engine would accelerate. At times the cruise control would drop out for no apparent reason. The cruise control could be engaged by merely sliding the thumb across the switch without depressing it. Vehicle was taken to galpin Ford in dewey, AZ for repair. The problem was explained to the service department. The vehicle was returned without repair. The service rep said they had taken the vehicle for a test drive and found no problem. When I got home I read the invoice in detail and found a notation from the mechanic that stated the switch needed replaced. I visited the service manager of the parent dealership, galpin Ford of prescott, AZ and indicated my displeasure with a dangerous problem not being corrected. He stated the defect had not been recalled yet but promised if it did get recalled in the future, they would reimburse the cost of the repair. The switch was replaced 1/15/08 at a cost of $69.34 parts and $133.58 labor.

- Black Canyon City, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 072006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,700 miles
The cruise control on the right side of steering wheel of 2005 Ford Escape has a very sharp cutting edge on it resulting in injury.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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