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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
197 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 022006

(reported on)

Escape 4WD

  • miles


2005 Escape lost traction, skidded and became uncontrollable. This occured while dring in snowy conditions in a chain control area and resulted in and accident. The consuemr feels that the manufacture/owner's manual was unclear about it's recommendation on tire tractions devices. The consumer signed a document at the time of purchase which stated, as equipped, this vehicle may not be operated with tire chains but may accomidate some other type of tire traction device.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 222005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while driving at 50 mph there was vibration in the front end of vehicle. The dealer made numerous attempts to correct the problem. The repairs consisted of: Balancing the tires on two different occasions, replacement of the tires and wheels, balancing of the new tires, and replacement of the driveshaft. After these attempts were made, the dealer came to the conclusion that the vibration was normal for this type of vehicle. Updated 12/27/05.

- Smyrna, NY, USA

problem #2

May 302005

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 788 miles
Rubber pegs are falling off the inside rear hatch door of our 2005 Ford Escape XLS 4-door.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 222005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a 2005 Ford Escape on January 22, 2005. I drove it home and noticed that it had a vibration (very noticable) and it had a noise in the rear end. Called the dealer and they said it must be the new tires and after a few miles it would go away. It did not go away. Called again and they said bring it in a we will balance the tires. So I did and it still had the vibration and noise. Called again and they said it must be the differential. Brought it back and the vibration and noise are still there. Called again and they sid it must be a dampier problem. Brought it back and it still is doing the same thing. It is now almost four months later and it still has the vibration and roar in the rear and I am concerned that this vibration is causing damage to the car and I will have worse problems.

- Chateaugay, NY, USA

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