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:
84,220 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #5

May 202011

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles


Nothing let up to the failure. Car died while pulling out in traffic. Was told it was the coil packs gone bad. Replaced them. Then told the catalytic converter burn out when the coils went. Come to find out this is a issue for is aware of on the 2005 Escape. I was almost rear ended when this happened and has a hard time getting off the road. No indication it was going to stall. This is a safety issue on these cars. I have already put out close to $200 and its still not fixed. It also has blown up my computer in the car. I was scared to death and very lucky that I was not hit. Ford is aware of this problem and will do nothing about it. What will it take for some action to be taken? somebody getting killed before Ford is made to do something with this issue.

- Hazel Green, AL, USA

problem #4

May 082011


  • miles
2005 Ford shuts off after long distance or no distance shutter like you are pushing in a clutch but this is manuel drive than shuts down dealer says they can't find problem.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 172010

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
While vacationing in myrtle beach, my 2005 Ford Escape ran sluggish and was missing after a heavy rain. Had it towed to the local dealer where they told me that the casing for the PCM had leaked and water had gotten into the PCM and caused the malfunction. This problem also caused the plugs and coils to need replacing. Parts were not available and had to wait two weeks for repairs. Received a call from dealer saying that it was also necessary to replace the exhaust manifold and the catalytic converter. Another 3 days and the total bill from the dealer was $5,262.38. Along with a rental car for 1.5 weeks and two additional days in hotel made for an expensive holiday. Called Ford customer service when I returned home and they were not even interested in my situation. Needless to say, I will never own another Ford, and am now driving Japanese.

- Ottawa, 00, USA

problem #2

May 122010


  • 118,000 miles
While driving 50 mph without warning the vehicle shut off by itself. If it were not 5:30 in the morning I may have caused an accident or been killed. I was able to restart it, but the engine light came on and it ran very hard. It then gave me a service emissions warning. The mechanic states that all 6 spark plugs and 6 coils need replaced and that the computer system was fried (smv).furthermore, he stated that it was an error in manufacturing in regards to the spark plug installation. I now find that this is a common problem with the 2005 Ford Escapes but no recalls or notices have been made.

- Howard, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 212008


  • 94,100 miles
2005 Ford Escape 94,000 miles, catalytic converter plugged, out of 8yr 80,000 mile warranty, about $2000 to fix.

- Milton, WI, USA

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