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 12 of 19)

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problem #149

May 142014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


My son noticed that sound insulation in the right rear wheel well was gone and the wheel well was severly rusted to the point the upper shock mount was close to separating from the body. I checked with a the body shop of a local Ford dealer who said he has seen and repaired a ton of 2005 Escapes. He hasn't seen this specific problem with other model years (e.g. 2001 - 2004. Didn't ask about 2006 or 2007 model years). The Ford body shop person said the sound insulation/undercoating held in moisture and that is why the area is so badly rusted. The body shop of a Ford dealer bowling green, oh said the repair would be $1,200 - $1,400 and will take three days. I called a Ford dealer on the West side of cleveland who confirmed the amount and length of time.

- Bay Village, OH, USA

problem #148

Apr 072014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
While driving over rail road tracks a loud thud was heard in the right rear wheel well. The first assumption was the tire blew, but upon inspection the tire was fine. The vehicle was driven for a few more days and the thud would continue to be heard getting worse and worse, especially when hitting bumps. The vehicle was taken to a Goodyear auto service center where I was informed that the right rear wheel well was severely rusted and the upper shock mount had separated from the body. The thumping we heard was the chunk of metal and shock mount that was separated from the body but still attached to the top of the shock hitting the rest of the wheel well that was still there. The service tech told me that he was very surprised that this area of the car was rusted so badly and it appeared that it wasn't undercoated properly to prevent the rust. The service tech informed me he couldn't fix it and recommended a welding shop (friess welding). The welding shop was able to cut out the rusted wheel well (they referred to it as a fender well, I don't know if there is a difference in the name), repair the upper shock mount, put on a new shock (the old shock was bent to badly from when it separated from the car), and properly undercoat it. They informed me that this was common on 05 and 06 Ford Escapes and they had repaired quite a few for the same thing. They also informed me that Ford recently had a recall for 01-04 Ford Escapes for a similar issue only on the front of the car. They thought that Ford should do a recall on 05-06 for the back. I don't know if this will help to have a recall done but what the welding shop was telling me seems to be true after doing some research on the internet. I will keep all of my receipts and the pictures that I took and hope a recall is eventually done. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

problem #147

Apr 222014

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
The right rear passenger wheelhouse panel is totally corroded. The 'panel' holding the rear right suspension cracked, nothing holding the suspension. I have seen numerous complaints in the website. This should be treated as a manufacturer's defect as it is the same problem in which the Ford Windstar was recalled for.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #146

May 022014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 100,500 miles


The rear passenger side wheel well on my 2005 Ford Escape has completely rusted through, freeing the shock mount. Vehicle has just over 100000 miles and is not able to be driven in its current condition.

- Shelby, OH, USA

problem #145

May 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Rear passenger side wheelhouse rusted out breaking the rear shock mount causing steering issues. This is a known problem with Ford for this model year. The wheelhouse is simple sheet metal that rusted out, the shock mount has no reinforcement and is simply attached to a cup in the wheel well. When it gave free the vehicle swerved to the right.

- Fairport , NY, USA

problem #144

Apr 072014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving on main road hit some uneven road repairs and started to hear a metal on metal sound. I thought it was the rear passenger door so stopped to check but it was locked. Drove home and noise seemed to get progressively worse. I started to check shocks and tires and saw a crack in the right rear wheel well through the rust proofing.I moved it away from the fender and saw a hole into the side of my car by the top of the shock. I took it to a body shop and was told this is an issue with Ford Escape and the repair is expensive. I will be contacting a dealer for help and parts if they are available.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #143

May 012014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 144,590 miles


Rear strut assembly at frame attachment rusted through and busted into rear storage area. Frame completely disintegrated.

- Pisgah, IA, USA

problem #142

Apr 242014


  • 110,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle down a rural road at about 35 mph and hit a pot hole in the road. Upon inspection after the incident, my husband noticed the rear strut mount for the shock on the passenger side had become detached. There was some rust present in that wheel well around the strut housing. The supporting metal cracked the entire way around the strut housing, detaching it from the rest of the vehicle. The opposite wheel well and strut mount are in perfect condition with the factory undercoating still in tact. There is no undercoating present on the passenger side in the same area. We were told by a mechanic and auto body specialist that the car is unsafe to drive and is only cosmetically repairable, not structurally repairable.

- Brockway, PA, USA

problem #141

Apr 262014


  • 172,000 miles
I happened to notice rust through while checking my tires. It is located at the right (passenger side) rear wheelhouse panel where the strut assembly attaches to the body of the vehicle. The rust has disintegrated in the area leaving a barely attached wheel assembly with massive cracking and holes in the metal. It is the only area on the vehicle with rust. I was told it cannot be repaired and that I have less than 6 months of driving before it will break completely, thus disabling my vehicle or causing it to crash while being driven. I am afraid to drive it further, especially with my 3 year old son in the vehicle. I am disturbed with the amount of people who own this wonderful SUV from a fine company like Ford and the only thing stopping them from driving it is a single panel with such a severe defect. I am fully prepared to join or lead a class action lawsuit against Ford for this problem.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #140

Apr 282014


  • 140,000 miles
Right rear shock mount has rusted out and is unsafe to drive.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #139

Mar 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


Rear passenger side inner wheel liner completely rusted out. Upper end of shock no longer attached to body of vehicle.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #138

Apr 182014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 83,175 miles
Right rear shock absorber upper mount detached from the wheel well because of extreme corrosion and perforation of wheel well sheet metal.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #137

Apr 142014


  • miles
Cpsc: I1440372A. 2005 Ford Escape. Consumer stated the passenger rear wheel well rotting out caused the shock mounts to disintegrate. The consumer stated the price estimates to correct the defect ranged from $2000-7000.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #136

Apr 212014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the passenger's side rear shock mount became detached from the vehicle due to rust. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Bonfield, IL, USA

problem #135

Apr 212014


  • 130,000 miles
Right rear inner fender well rusted completely though allowing the shock mount to tear away from the vehicle.

- Dix, IL, USA

problem #134

Apr 182014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Rear wheel house/ strut mount totally rusted off. I work at a dealership and I have noticed a lot of Escapes with the same issue. We see approx 5 of these a year over the past 3 years. That isn't counting the ones we can't visually inspect die to the thick tar Ford sprayed on the wheel well to deaden sound and prevent corrosion.

- Monticello, IA, USA

problem #133

Mar 242014


  • 101,000 miles
The entire shock tower on the rear passenger side had rusted out. The shock has nothing to hold on to. I am told the vehicle is unsafe to drive. On line there are a number of complaints of the same problem with the 2005 Ford Escape. I think this widespread problem should be investigated immediately.

- Country Club Hills, IL, USA

problem #132

Apr 082014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The right rear wheel well is severely rusted and shock is no longer attached. You can see the interior of vehicle from rear fender well. Frame is also beginning to crack in this area too. At this point the vehicle is not safe to drive. This seems to be a problem for many others with this same make and year. What does it take for Ford to realize this is a defect. Someone is going to get hurt or even a loss of life if nothing is done. Now I have a vehicle that was driven daily sitting in my driveway because it is unsafe to drive.

- West Union, WV, USA

problem #131

Mar 312014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
We were driving the car and noticed a banging noise in the right rear wheel. We took it to an auto body shop and they discovered that the metal in the wheel well is rotting away. The shock mount came loose and upon further review the entire wheel well is bad. The shop tells me they've seen many similar issues in the 04-06 Escapes. Ours is in bad shape and not worth the $5000 it would take to repair. There is very little surface rust anywhere else on the vehicle and the other wheel wells are in good shape. In looking around I've seen many similar complaints regarding the same issue with the right rear wheel well. Why hasn't there been a recall. It's criminal that these vehicles all have the same issue and instead of stepping up and doing the right thing, Ford ignores it and all of us owner's are out a lot of money through no fault of our own.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #130

Apr 012014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
Vehicle was making a loud noise everytime you hit a bump. When investigated found that right back wheel well was rusted so bad that shock had come totally loose. Did investigation and found out that other owners have had the very same problem. Wondering if others have had this same problem in the exact same place why have these models not been recalled? definately a safety issue.

- Connersville, IN, USA

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