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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
119,937 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the catalytic converter (6 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2005 Ford Escape exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 022016

Escape XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,562 miles


I was told the catalytic converter's were bad so they were all replaced. And then I had the same exact problem after getting off the interstate and coming to a stop sign. My car would die when I did stop but if I keep the RPMs above say 1200 it's OK, no engine light comes on, no nothing no warnings, it just all the sudden feels like you're driving over a rumble strip and then lurches forward.

- , Portage, WI, USA

problem #6

Aug 042015

Escape XLT 3.0V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

No reason at all for a low mileage car as it is to always have the check-engine light on due to catalytic converter failure. If it is not the catalytic, then it's the oxygen sensors, but there's always something related to this system that also make my car to start after two or three times attempting, etc. Enough for tonight.

- , Miami, FL, US

problem #5

Sep 042015

Escape ELT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,000 miles

Last weekend, I was driving to Canada from Seattle. I had been driving for approximately 1 hr before I started to feel dizzy and nauseous. I made an assumption that perhaps I was dehydrated or tired. I pulled over for an hr and let my head clear. Got back on the road, and within 12 miles symptoms re-occured. Was taken to ER in bellingham and had blood drawn. Results were that I had been breathing exhaust and had elevated CO levels in my blood system. Still determining next steps as I've already had 1) PCM replaced, 2) wheel bearings; 3) brake system failure 4) transfer case on transmission. This car has quite literally been the worst car one could have.

- , Seattle, WA, USA

problem #4

Jan 162014

Escape V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles


Dec. 2013, PCM goes out. $3800 fix. Jan 2014, catalytic converter goes out. $1600 . Piece of crap Ford.

- , Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 272012

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

The car completely lost power as I was getting ready to merge on busy highway. The ford Dealer said it was the computer board went out and coils burned up 2300 dollars later. 3 days later did the same thing but would go a little bit couldn't accelerate. Took it back then they said it was the exhaust system and catalytic converter 1400.00 later. Not happy. I'm wondering if they misdiagnosed the first time. They tested it on a computer both times.

- , Sherman, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 142012

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

After only 56000 miles I had two catalytic converts fail at a cost of $2100.00. This car has been taken care very well but this has turned my stomach. The warranty was 7 years for the catalytic converter which I just missed. I will post photos of how clean the engine was and the defective converters.

- , Placentia, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182012

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Why would Ford put THREE catalytic converters on the Escape? Even California doesn't have that many!!

why would they go bad at 100000 miles??

Car lost power and limped back to my brothers at 20 mph and had it towed to repair shop. 2 days later we decided to replace the 3rd ( final) converter and hope for the best on other 2- I am so sick of this piece of junk!! last fall it was the entire computer system and now this.

- , Sterling, IL, US

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