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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,000 miles

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2005 Ford Escape seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 292012

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 97,500 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact moved the vehicle to the shoulder and was able to restart it after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the ignition coil, spark plug, and the power control module would have to be replaced. The parts were replaced but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The PCM was replaced a second time along with the battery. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 97,500. Updated 02/26/13 also, the air bag light illuminated. The dealer cleared the cods for the connection on the drivers side seat belt buckle

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 202007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,500 miles
Starting approx. December 20, 2007 the drivers side seat belt began to "stick". when the driver tries to unbuckle the seatbelt it will not unbuckle after the first, second or sometimes third attempt. This could be a potential threat to the driver in the event the driver must unbuckle quickly.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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