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 (!!)


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2005 Ford Escape fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 022007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


TL *- the contact stated that the gas gauge failed. The contact stated that if the vehicle may have 3/4 tank, but the gauge would move around from 1/2 to empty before she would refuel. The contact took the vehicle to dealer for repair, and she was told that they could not find anything wrong with the vehicle, and thought it could be a computer glitch. The contact continued to have problems with the gas gauge and the dealer diagnosed the failure as a faulty gas sensor. On Dec 30, 2006 the gas sensor was replaced. The mileage at that time was 34,000, the present mileage is 34800. On January 2, 2007 the gauge read a 3/4 tank. The driver was traveling at 55 mph and the vehicle did not slow down or hesitate it just stopped. The vehicle ran out of gas on a busy highway. The driver was able to coast off to the shoulder. The contact stated that the fuel light did not come on. The vehicle was towed to a gas station and once gas was put in the vehicle it was fine. The contact stated when they put gas in the vehicle the gauge never went above 3/4 tank. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who told the contact that the fuel sensor they replaced was faulty. The contact stated that her vehicle should beeps when the fuel is low and the computer also lets the contact know how many miles is left before the tank is empty. The contact stated she is still having problems with the vehicle's gas gauge.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

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