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 suspension problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 15 of 19)

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problem #89

Feb 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


I had been hearing rattling from the rear passenger side for about 3 weeks. On around January 28th I was driving home from work and heard a loud noise. I later discovered a large crack and hole on the inside passenger panel. After further inspection I discovered the passenger side rear wheel well had a whole section missing and the shock I can move with my hand. After doing some research online I have discovered that several 2004/2005 Escapes have had the same issue. This is clearly a defect. It needs to be addressed and a recall needs to be done.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #88

Jan 292014


  • 160,000 miles
The passenger side rear panel when the shock attaches to the under part has completely rushed away. We were told that there is over thousands of vehicle that have been affected. We took the vehicle to the Ford collision shop and was told that they have not even started to do anything about this, he started that he has seen several vehicle come into the shop that are Ford Escape that the whole back under suspension has completely rushed out.

- Irving, NY, USA

problem #87

Feb 062014

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, a sudden banging noise was heard from the rear of the vehicle. The contact discovered that the rear passenger's side wheel housing panel was rusted and caused the shock absorber to become detached from the vehicle. The contact indicated that the vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer but not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 77,000. Uupdated 07/08/14

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #86

Feb 032014


  • 115,000 miles


Like many others, the rear passenger wheel well is rusted out so significantly that the strut mount is almost completely detached. This is very unsafe and difficult to detect until it's too late. It's obvious from speaking with body shops and Ford reps that this is a well known issue. I can't reiterate enough that this is dangerous because of 1) the suspension can collapse onto the tire and 2) it's difficult to identify until the strut mount collapses.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #85

Feb 062014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
This is a 2005 Ford Escape with the same problem reported by hundreds of other people on facebook, Ford forums, this agencies own website etc. The rear right inner wheel well has totally disintegrated leaving the top of the shock absorber unconnected to anything. Ford have not carried out a recall for this dangerous situation though apparently the parts involved were modified on newer vehicles to prevent this happening. The problem appears worse in northern states with bad winters where salty water becomes trapped inside the waterproofing sealant and the wheel well accelerating the rusting process. Updated 04/16/14

- Saint Joseph, MI, USA

problem #84

Jan 282014


  • 158,000 miles
I am here to write an incident about my my right rear suspension breaking away from the strut tower support bracket. It was all rusted out. The left side of the car is fine. I have seen quite a lot of these same problems on the internet. When we took our car in to the Ford dealership they called it a catastrophic failure. Car was unsafe too drive. We feel this is a safety concern for owners of this vehicle and, the public.

- Memphis, MI, USA

problem #83

Jan 312014


  • 132,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, a loud noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, who advised that the rear passenger side wheel was corroded. As a result, the housing and rear shocks were corroded and separated from the wheel. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 132,000.

- Twinsburg , OH, USA

problem #82

Jan 272014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Escape 87,00 miles, garage kept. I bought it new from the Ford dealer. So I hear a loud banging noise and take it into a shop to get checked out. Shop calls me in awe" he said that right side inter fender wheel well and shock tower has completely rusted away and is no longer connected to the vehicle?he also said you can see to the inside of the vehicle. He said in all his years, hes never seen anything like it. He said that a 1990 car should not have this damage. So I start to google and low and behold hundreds of complaints of the same thing. It seems to be a major issue with 2004, 2005 and some 2006 Ford Escape models and Ford will not recall or make good on their poor craftsmanship. I contacted the dealer where I bought my vehicle and spoke to a repair manager who said he will call me back"so after a few hours (he googled himself), he calls and says tough luck"have a nice day. There are all kinds of pictures on the net that look like my car".I took my own pictures but this is appalling and Ford needs to be help accountable. This is a structure problem and very dangerous. I will probably have a hard time finding someone to even attempt to repair this as the don't want the liability (especially seeing I have 2 car seats in my vehicle.)

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #81

Jan 292014


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated the rear fender wheel well exhibited excessive rust. The contact took the vehicle to local mechanic, who stated that the vehicle was not safe to drive due to the rear wheel not being secured and could become detached from the vehicle while driving. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- South Field, MI, USA

problem #80

Jan 232014


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph over a road bump, a loud rattling noise was heard from the rear exterior passenger's side. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the contact noticed that the rear shock was completely detached and the brake line had ruptured. A certified mechanic inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that the shock mount and wheel house assembly would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #79

Jan 172014


  • 110,124 miles


Rear passenger side shock tower disconnected to frame. Rusted out fenderwell.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #78

Dec 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
The rear passenger side tire-well rusted out. It rusted where the shock is attached. This entire piece rusting caused the shock to no longer be attached to my vehicle. We later discover the accelerated corrosion was from faulty drains in the vehicle. Ford acknowledges the drain problem but will not take responsibility for the expedited rusting. With faulty drains it is only a matter of time before the other tire-well also rusts out. Luckily I discovered the problem when I did, I had been planning on towing a uhaul cross-country two days out. If I had been towing and the shock gave out, the mechanic at the dealership said my vehicle would have started to roll.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #77

Jan 142014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the passenger's side rear shocks became detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the passenger side wheel housing and shock mounts needed the be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 116,000.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #76

Jan 102014


  • 104,000 miles
My wife and I were driving down the street and hit a bump and heard a very loud noise in the back right rear of the vehcile (rattled very loud). When we got home, I checked all inside the car, nothing was loose, I checked under the check thinking a shock absorber had broken and noticed the passenger side inner wheel well was completely broken through. The following week I took the care to a body shop and the man told me he had seen a lot of this problem on 2005 Ford Escapes where the shock absorber had been hitting on the wheel well until it finally burst through. He further stated that he had only seen it on the passenger side. He checked all the other wheel wells and they are fine.the entire wheel well would have to be replaced and with no guarantee of how long that will hold. He said to get it fixed as soon as possible. There is no rust on the vehicle and this is the only problem we have had with any body/suspension on the car that we have owned since 2006.

- Omahaq, NE, USA

problem #75

Jan 202014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Loud banging sound from right rear wheel sounding like loose muffler upon further inspection I found the inner wheel well with the shock mount to be completely rusted away. Trying to get it fixed and no one can put a price on the repair and most body shops are afraid to do it. Called Ford customer service about this very unsafe problem and they don't want nothing to do with it.

- Southington, CT, USA

problem #74

Jan 182014


  • 146,000 miles
After seeing post from friend that her right rear well on her 2005 Ford Escape was rusted through, it made me go look in the garage at my same vehicle. Upon review I have a large hole into my spare tire tools box. There is significant rusting and cracks in and around the shock as well. Left rear well does not seem to have same issue.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #73

Jan 082014


  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear shocks became detached from the vehicle. The contact was informed that the inner panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 153,000.

- Seven Valleys, PA, USA

problem #72

Jan 062014


  • 153,527 miles
The rear shock mount went through rusted wheel well and into trunk.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #71

Dec 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
Loud thumping noise occurs over any size bump. On inspection repair shop found rear right wheel well rusted out and no mount existing for the shock absorber. No other wheel well has this problem. Definite design flaw that could lead to loss of control.

- Mokena, IL, USA

problem #70

Dec 172013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 153,971 miles
I was driving the vehicle and noticed something banging in the back end of the truck. I thought it as the muffler that came loose. To my surprise when I looked underneath the vehicle I found that the rear passenger inner wheel well was totally rusted out. There was only about an inch of metal left. I just purchased this vehicle on October 15th of 2013. I have never seen or heard of such a problem before. I did research on the internet only to find numerous complaints about this same problem. I tried ordering the part from a Ford dealer and they say it is on back order. I can't wait for the part from Ford so the Mazda tribute is the same so I am ordering the part from them. This is my only vehicle so I have to have it running. I have not been able to drive this vehicle since December 17th, 2013. I have to take it to an autobody shop to have this work done. I surely hope this part works because if it doesn't I can not afford to buy another vehicle. I have called Ford and they said there are no recalls on my vehicle, and I also went to there recall website to check for myself and could not find any listed. I am going to file a complaint with the Ford Motor Company but it is probably not going to do any good. Someone needs to file class action law suit against them but then only the lawyers win. Please help me with this problem which seems to be a regular occurrence according to all the complaints.

- Imperial, MO, USA

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