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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,457 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Apr 282014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 139,400 miles


I turned a corner and was only going 20 mph when the vehicle went dead. I had no control so luckily I wasn't going fast. I stopped the vehicle. I had to get it towed. One mechanic said my coils and spark plugs were bad because of the fuel rail pressure sensor malfunction. Second opinion - the PCM needed to be reprogrammed or replaced. Third opinion - all of the above. It costs $1900 and two tow bills ($275). The engine light had been on for several months. The only code was the fuel rail pressure sensor high input (P0193 generic).

- Quitman, MS, USA

problem #26

Apr 092014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Two regular ongoing issues......when driving, if foot is taken off gas pedal to ease up speed, gas pedal then sticks as if something is blocking it (nothing is blocking), no amount of pressing will move it, after some seconds or a minute, it will function again. Happens most often when cold, or when just starting out. Car continues to decelerate until the gas pedal begins to function again. Second issue.......engine light with code P0455 is on most of the time, gas cap loose light will also come on, replacing gas cap did not help.

- Union, OH, USA

problem #25

Apr 012014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 183,000 miles
I was driving my Ford Escape 2005 and it completely shuts off, the steering wheel got very hard!!! it was very difficult to steer,

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #24

Sep 012008

Escape 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


We first experienced the sticking gas pedal in maybe 2008. We brought it to hawk Ford in oak lawn, ill and they said there was nothing wrong with our truck.. this problem continued on and off for years. The last straw was when my husband had to drive approximately 50 miles with his foot on the brake and the gas pedal to get to our house. I had previously reported this life-threatening situation to your database a few years ago. I followed up with several letters/E-mails to Ford, all of which were unsympathetic and met with veiled sarcasm and lack of interest. I still wonder how they sleep at night knowing this terrible and dangerous defect is real.

- Bridgeview, IL, USA

problem #23

Jul 042012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I have experienced several cases over the years with the 2005 Ford Escape seeming to idle very-very low and when attempting to accelerate (for instance from a stop sign) the acceleration is very very slow and then ramps up after a few seconds.this occurs intermittently but regularly and despite taking it to several repair shops, none have managed to provide a reasonable explanation but have all recognized it. Recently I have noticed issues, especially at highways speeds, of the vehicle "shuddering" as if the brakes are having trouble slowing the vehicle which im concerned may be from the throttle not disengaging properly when released (almost like its stuck or frozen). We have recently in my region of the country been experiencing a few cold snaps and that brings me to the most recent issue. When attempting to use the vehicle today, I noticed that the accelerator seemed "stuck" or frozen. I depressed it a few times, no luck as it seemed "frozen". I took it to mean that the cold (it got down below 15* F. in Georgia) and let it run for a bit to warm. I pushed accelerator and it seemed unstuck. I put in reverse and attempted to accelerate backwards. I found the pedal would not come off the floorboard. I stopped the vehicle and after looking at the pedal, I was able to move it freely and looking at the connection I thought it had broken or became disconnected. I came back from work after getting ride from wife and went to inspect it. The pedal this time acted as expected although I could hear squeaking and it thumped when I hit the brakes. It seems that the cod had frozen something or exacerbated whatever was causing issues in general. I called Ford and they mentioned something had been done in 06 and then I read article about 17 year old who died after her Escape throttle became stuck in a similar way after having a recent repair.

- Dublin, GA, USA

problem #22

Dec 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 141,565 miles
Backing out of garage car died. Trying to accelerate at stop lights tries to die hesitates jerks theft light cones on. Upon trying to accelerate to enter freeway same thing and when trying to pass a car. Came upon S hill and it almost died N would not go over 50 mph almost causing wrecks very scary day. Earlier in week died a couple times while idling but this accelerating problem is hazardous. If it is throttle body which it probably is from what I'm reading on the internet. Please do a recall and fix this!!!!!!!!

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

problem #21

Dec 132006

Escape 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


From a stop this vehicle has a problem with the throttle. It is intermittent, but when it occurs you unable to press the throttle. It is jammed. It seems if I place the gear shift back into park then to drive it will be free again and drive normally. This started happening once in a while years ago, but seems to be occurring a lot more frequently now.

- Beecher, IL, USA

problem #20

Jul 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,150 miles
Within 1/4 mile of starting and driving from home, the engine began to run very rough, misfiring, idling rough, etc. Pulled over, opened hood, engine was idling very rough. No check engine light. Brought it back home. Total trip was less than 1 mile. Next day, started it up again, ran smoother, but had no power; very difficult to get above 20-30mph. Brought it to repair shop. They determined that all three catalytic converters were clogged up from broken/melted catalytic converter internal parts. Replaced all three catalytic converters, but repair shop could not determine the cause of the initial misfiring and catalytic converter damage. Check engine light never came on at any time. Total repair cost $2350. Car had been in the same shop earlier that week for state inspection and lube-oil-filter. No issues found at that time. Battery had failed two days before the problem, and was replaced the morning of the problem. The issue appeared upon first driving the car after the battery was changed.

- Canton, MA, USA

problem #19

Nov 232011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
#5 spark plug blew out of cyl head causing minor fire from fuel in cylinder when injector fired. Could have been major, have heard many other Ford owners with same problem.

- Trinidad, CA, USA

problem #18

Sep 082010


  • 80,000 miles
Sticking gas pedal. Seems to be more prevalent in the cooler weather. The pedal will lock up and no amount of force will make it depress. Especially dangerous when a big truck is barreling down you. Have lubricated the assembly but this does not help. Only way to fix ( and it doesn't always happen right away ) is to manipulate the pedal with my foot and try different pressure points.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #17

Dec 102010


  • miles


During cold weather conditions the gas pedal becomes stiff and at times difficult to depress.

- Lauderhill, FL, USA

problem #16

Dec 012010


  • 110,000 miles
When weather gets cold accelerator pedal gets stuck when trying to start vehicle and sticky when driving for a time after that.sometimes feels like it doesn't want to stop at stop signs or lights, like its still getting fuel. Dealer wanted to change out throttle body for an outrageous amount. From my research this is a wide spread problem.

- Mn, MN, USA

problem #15

May 152009

Escape 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that when he attempted to fuel the vehicle, the vehicle would accept the fuel but the pump would turn off although the tank was not full. The failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the vent line was the cause of the failure; the vehicle was repaired at that time. The failure continued to occur. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the fuel tank was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure continued to occur. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer again where it was repaired again. The failure progressed after the last repair. The contact called the manufacturer who took a complaint and advised him that someone would call him back. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 50,000. The failure mileage was approximately 36,000. Updated 01/13/11 the consumer stated the problem was intermittent. Updated 04/19/11

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #14

Sep 012010

Escape 4-cyl

  • 83,005 miles
My gas pedal was sticking off and on a few days before Sept, 1, 2010. On Sept. 1, 2010 I was driving and the gas pedal cable went. I have never heard of gas pedal just breaking. I was on busy street and lost all power.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #13

May 112010

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Ford Escape XLT V6. Since purchasing vehicle in 2005 we have had problem refueling. Vehicle takes fuel slowly with frequent shutoffs prior to full. The problem has gotten to the point now that it shoot the fuel back out of the neck almost immediately when you turn on the pump, even as slow as you can run the pump. In the past when I have talked to the dealer they have told me slow filling is normal for these cars. It has reached the point where it will cause a fire and probably injury if not a fatality. What can I do if the dealer won't or can't fix it?

- Milroy, PA, USA

problem #12

Apr 102010


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact started the ignition in the morning on a cold start, and when accelerating there was a delay in the response time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated that there was water in the throttle body which could cause speed control failure such as a stuck throttle. The throttle was replaced for the malfunction. The identical failure occurred on a separate occasion. The contact had concern of a potential safety hazard involving a complete loss of power under acceleration. The failure mileage was 12,000. The current mileage was 76,000. The contact stated there was a complaint previously filed with the identical failures.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #11

Mar 052010

Escape 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Ford Escape 2005 4 cylinder, manual transmission, bought new. At about 40,000 miles accelerator pedal sticks and will not depress unless pushing it several times. Lasted about a month and went away. Now at 74,000 miles it has come back. Has happened about 4 times in the last week. While shifting pedal will stick.

- Linden, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 042010


  • miles
I recently purchased a 2005 Ford Escape from my cousin. As I was purchasing the vehicle he did explain to me how the pedal would stick on cold days. Going into buying it from him I soon realized what he meant. He had taken it in to the Ford dealership to get it fixed. They sprayed a cleaner on the throttle body to remove residue. When I heard of the Toyota recall I called whoolwhine Ford Lincoln Mercury here in ms where I live to see if my vehicle was also one. I was told that this was not the first time he had heard this and to spray stuff in the throttle body until it wouldn't let me anymore. Well, I am very worried about this situation. As a mom with a small child, I worry about the majority of other people and families that my die from this malfunction. What it does is the pedal gets so hard to push until you can not get gas to the ignition to make the vehicle go. I have had this happen to me several times. I can even crank the Escape long before my journey and it still sticks. Well, yesterday was the worst day ever. I am a mom and a student in school. I had gotten to school and finished my class when it was time to leave. I got in the vehicle and started to leave oh boy the pedal worked. I got to the first intersection to where when it was my time to go the pedal was hard. I had to coast through it and pull over. Finally got it soft again and went to the closest place to get a bite to eat. Sat there for at least 5 min letting it run hoping it would fix the problem for that time. When I was leaving it was hard again and I had alot of vehicles behind me so I coasted to the nearest bank. It took 10 minutes for me, while I kept pushing on my gas pedal for nothing. It is so hard you cant make it go. So, in telling you this that is 3 times I could of had a crash. I take my daughter to school and some morning I pray all the way that I make it without anything harming her. It is bad when you end up coasting through an intersection.

- Mize, MS, USA

problem #9

Dec 102009


  • 144,000 miles
Gas petal sticks when trying to accelerate, especially in cold weather. This has left me stuck in traffic, in turning lanes, @ stop lights not able to move my car. Big safety issue.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #8

Oct 252009


  • 42,500 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Escape and the gas pedal sticks in place. You cannot press down on the pedal to increase your speed. Ford states there is no does it no matter what the temperature is, what time of day, etc. You press down and the gas pedal remains in place.

- S Lebanon, OH, USA

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