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:
20,500 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.

2005 Ford Escape fuel system problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 292008

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


I am having trouble adding gas to my SUV, it keep shutting the nozel off. I must very slowley add the gas or it will shut off. Today 1/29/08, I added 10 gallons of gas and it took me about 20 minutes to do so. I have taken the SUV to the dealer where I bought it to have it checked out. They replaced the fill tube and told me that it should be ok now, but that I should still add the gas at a slow rate because the new pumps at the stations are more pressure sensitive and will shut off faster. I am still having the problem and need a solution as I like the SUV and would not like to get rid of it just because it takes so long to put in gas.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

May 302005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The contact stated when filling vehicle with gas it spilled over. The gas tank acted as if it was full. The vehicle was taken to a dealership three times. Twice the spider vent was replaced. Also, the filler neck was replaced. The vehicle is still under warranty. Contacted Ford, and they were unable to duplicate the problem.

- Ottawa , IL, USA

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