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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,924 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 10 of 19)

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problem #189

May 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles


My 2005 Ford Escape began making a rattling noise in the back passenger side of the vehicle. When I went over bumps, the noise became louder. I was unable to determine the problem until I noticed that the wheel well of my vehicle completely corroded away. Quickly the shock tower has gone through my trunk leaving a hole in my trunk into the wheel well of my vehicle. I learned of this when I was walking to my vehicle and saw some clothes from my trunk hanging out of the car through the wheel well. Through my research I have found that the Escapes from 2001-2004 have had these same issues, but have been recalled. I am confused as to why the 2005S have not yet been recalled. I have children that could literally fall through the vehicle from inside. This website,, describes the same issues I have encountered.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #188

Aug 082014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
I discovered that my rear passenger wheel well has completely rusted through. It is also rusting the frame of my Ford Escape. Rust seems to be a common problem with the Escape and there was a recall on the 01-04 models. Not sure why 05 is being ignored. This is a very very dangerous situation. My shock does not appear to even be connected at this point. There is nothing that I did to cause this problem. I took pictures and can send them to the proper person. I took it to a body shop and they told me the car is very dangerous to drive. I really have no choice at this point. If something terrible was to happen then I guess my next step would be to talk to a lawyer. I hope that this matter is looked into on the 2005 Ford Escape and the proper recall is placed immediately. I am not sure what is causing the rust and corrosion issue on the Escapes, but I can assure you that the 2005 models are just as damaged as the 2001-2004 models. I am very nervous to drive my car, but I also have to go to work to make a living and pay for the car. I hope this message gets to the right person and I hope immediate action is taken. A wreck, injury, or fatality can be prevented if something is done about this now. Please contact me for pictures of my wheel well and rust on the car. I hope to hear from someone soon.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #187

Aug 022014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The vehicle had excessive rust especially in the wheel wells. This rust was so excessive that it caused the shocks and struts to break away from the car body itself. Multiple body shops and car dealers informed me that there was no way to repair the card since the rust damage was so severe there would be no way to correct the damage.

- Darien, IL, USA

problem #186

Jul 152014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles


Passenger rear wheel shock support and uni-body frame has rusted out to the point that it is unsafe to drive and needs to be replaced. I see that there are many complaints showing up on this all in the last 6 months, and at the same mileage range. This is design or manufacturing defect and should be fixed by Ford before deaths start happening.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #185

Jun 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
After stopping at a stop sign, I slowly accelerated to around 25mph as I usually do when leaving my home. My vehicle, which normally quietly glides over small dents in the road, was now making a very loud noise with every bumpy encounter, and it felt as though there was no shock absorption whatsoever on the right rear side. At the time, there was no visible damage to the exterior of the wheel well, just undercoating, so I drove on thinking it may be a strut in need of replacing. The noise never stopped after that day, and I realize now after researching the problem, that this is a common complaint with this vehicle, and that previous year models of the Escape and the Windstar have been recalled by Ford Motor Company for this very reason (defective material and assembly, involving right rusted strut mount) but for reasons unknown, Ford has not yet placed a recall on this issue for the 2005 Escape. I spoke about this defect with my local dealership service department, the same dealership from whom I purchased the vehicle. They acknowledged this issue as a known issue, but agreed that Ford has not yet put out an official recall, which means I must pay for the repair. What's more upsetting is that my vehicle is now in need of inspection and I understand it won't pass without this repair being made. I feel that Ford Motor Company should pay for this repair as it is a known issue and it is also a dangerous one.

- Clairton, PA, USA

problem #184

Jul 212014


  • 145,000 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Escape. The right rear wheel well shock mount support has rusted away and now there is a loud banging noise coming from the back. Same issue that it appears many individuals are having. $2200 is the estimate to get this fixed. Back left wheel well is just fine.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #183

May 012014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


Cpsc: I1470151A. 2005 Ford Escape. Consumer stated the vehicle has completely rusted through the right rear wheel well and the shock fell off. The other wheel well was rusted and appeared to be falling off, as well.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #182

Jul 142014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 187,750 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Escape. The right rear wheel well shock mount support has rusted away and now there is a loud banging noise coming from the back. Was curious as to if Ford was doing anything about this problem. I have approximately a 188,000 miles on it now.

- East Troy, WI, USA

problem #181

Jun 252014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
A few weeks ago we started to hear a faint noise coming from under the right side wheel well of the vehicle. As the days went on the noise started to get louder and it sounded like the rear passenger door wasn't shutting. After taking it into the shop the mechanic had told us that wheel well was rusted out and that the shock was going up and down pretty much shaking right through the wheel well. The shock had come through the inside plastic of the trunk (now we have a huge hole) and we had to park it until we can fix it. The first thing the mechanic told us is that this is a known problem with this vehicle and it going to cost hundreds to re-fabricate. This should defiantly be on the recall list as we have read several people have had very similar problems.

- Hurley, WI, USA

problem #180

Jul 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 129,700 miles
While driving, loud bang sound heard when going over bumbs. Review of the right (passenger side) rear wheel well indicated severe rusting. After taking to dearlership and body shop, it was determined that right rear wheel well was completly rusted through and frame was detached from shock. Body shop indicated that repairs are estimated at $5,000 to the sub frame. After conducting research, this appears to be a common problem with this model year Escape. Contacted Ford customer service and since 2005 model was not part of April 2014 recall notice (2001-2004 only), there was nothing they could do. They also indicated no customer satisfaction programs existed for this issue. Escape mileage is 130,000.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #179

Jul 022014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 250,050 miles


While driving my Escape I noticed that if I hit even a small bump in the road there was a very loud noise coming from the rear end. I stopped to check it out and seen that the rear passengers side wheel well was almost completely rusted through leaving my shock with very little support. It seems to be a flaw / safety issue with these Escapes with numerous complaints but no recall. Truck parked no safe to drive.

- Manitou Beach, MI, USA

problem #178

Jul 042014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Found rust hole in inner fender on passenger side wheel..then heard noise such as door not shut.reinspected to see shock not attached as rust ate away the support.all Escapes of this year have the same problem..Ford should be held accountable for this and any damage that occurs.very dangerous.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #177

Jul 042014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 111,427 miles
While driving along I noticed a little rattle when I rode over bumps, assumed it was regular random noises from uneven asphalt. Make it to the corner of my street and the rattle is annoying now. I pulled over to check it out didn't notice anything so I continue on home as soon as I pull in I hear a big clunk. Get out and what is apparently my shock mount is lying on the ground. Look under car near where its laying and the complete wheel well at the rear passenger side is rusted out so bad that the mount had nothing to hold to. I can completely see through to the inside of the hatch. With 3 kids, 2 under 6 yrs old I can not Transport my kids safely and im stuck because I just bought car this Feb,4 months ago and im still paying a car note. To expensive to fix when someone actually says they can fix it. Checked online and you wouldn't believe how many people have this exact problem same side and all. This can not be a coincidence and Ford had a recall for this very thing for years 2001-2004 so they are aware of the problem however they a certain amount of complaints before a recall can be issued. If you have this problem please file a complaint.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #176

Jul 092014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Passenger rear wheelhouse totally rusted through. No support for shock mounting. Vehicle is not drivable.

- Ada, MI, USA

problem #175

Jul 062014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 103,852 miles
Passenger side rear shock absorber upper mount broke loose due to a corroded wheel well.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #174

Jun 232014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 73,700 miles
I just purchased this 2005 Ford Escape at the end of May 2014 with only 73333 miles on it and it was running great. Then a month later I started hearing a loud bang under the rear passenger seat area after going over a few normal little bumps in the residential streets.(like cracks or sewer lid) I check it out there was some excessive rust in the wheel well area. I drove it for another week with this annoying sound then it got worse making loose clanking and squeaking noise constantly with the banging noise. I searched under the vehicle and in the wheel well, it's completely rusted through. The shock/strut? are mounted to nothing but crumbling rust. It is just free from the wheel well now. I can't even drive it. From the other complaints I can see this will not be an easy fix nor does Ford company recognize this is a faulty issue with this vehicle and should take responsibility for the early corrosion in the wheel well areas with this vehicle.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #173

Jul 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The entire wheel well is rusted out and the shock is sticking into the rear of the back of the car. It is dangerous and Ford has a recall on 2000 - 2004 for this issue not the 2005.

- Gwinn, MI, USA

problem #172

Jun 242014


  • 124,714 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, the vehicle made a loud thumping noise from the rear passenger side. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the rear passenger side wheel well was corroded and the shock mount had completely separated. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate mileage was 124,714. Pam

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #171

Jun 232014


  • 113,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 10 mph, the rear passenger side of the vehicle rattled as the vehicle crashed into an unknown object. There were no injuries. The dealer stated that the struts housing was decayed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- Willow Springs , IL, USA

problem #170

Jun 202014


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the vehicle started to make a loud banging noise. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the rear shaft was corroded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer had not been notified about the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Canton, MI, USA

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