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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 202005


  • miles


I have a 2005 Ford Escape that I purchased on February 19,2005. I have been having continuous problems with the passenger air bag light. The salesman at future Ford of roseville(which is where I purchased the vehicle) told my husband and I that the car had a safety feature that would turn off the passenger air bag if some one fifty pounds or less was in the vehicle. Now having kids that really peaked our interest. Went on to purchase the car. Not soley based on this feature but it was a deciding factor. Ever since we have had a problem with it. The light indicating that the airbag has turned off comes on even when I am sitting in the seat and I weigh over 120 lbs. I have taken the car back several times and they have witnessed the problem them selves several times. The company has even called out an engineer from Ford Motor Company and he seen the problem happen when someone was sitting in the seat. However they can not figure out why it is doing this because the factory tests that they run are sowing that the car is working properly. It is obvious to everyone that this is not true because the light comes on as soon as I sit in the seat. They told me that they would put me into another car and take back the Escape. I chose a 2005 Ford freestar. Which has the same safety feature but it works when I am in the seat. I have had the car for over three weeks and now they have called us and said that we have to bring it back because they cant find us someone to finance us due to the negative equity from the Escape. I do not know what my rights are in this case. They want us to return the van and I am really upset because that means that I have top take back the Escape which is the very car that I am not safe in. Two of the service employees told me that they have had this problem with the Escape and the Explorer before. I just need to know what my rights are. Please get back to me as soon as possible. Thanks you for your time.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 142005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There has been a problem with the airbag warning light coming on and off. The problem started around 7-14-05. The consumer has taken vehicle to dealer for repair multiple times. It will be fine after the consumer has taken it to a dealer. They have replaced the sensor, and reprogrammed the computer. The repairs are only temporary.

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 262005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
New vehicle that has a weight sensor on the right front passenger side air bag. This allows the air bag to be active or disabled with the weight of a person. The sensor is calibrated between 115-120 pounds. Therefore, if the passenger weighs less than 120 pounds the air bag is disabled. Spoke to manufacturer, and they spoke to engineers, who indicated this was a normal calibration, and could not be changed.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #1

Jan 272005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70 miles
Vehicle experienced a problem with the air bag disabled light. Passenger of the vehicle weighed 120 lbs. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer, and the cause of the problem was undetermined.

- Brookings, OR, USA

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