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 16 of 19)

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problem #69

Dec 262013


  • 110,000 miles


2005 Ford Escape. I have noticed rust on rear fender wells in the past. In summer 2013, I found a hole into the passenger area from the rear passenger side wheel well. Filled hole and attempted to undercoat to prevent additional rust. December 26, 2013, while driving I hit a bump and heard a loud banging noise in back right hand side of the vehicle. Driving became difficult after the bump, so I stopped to investigate the issue. The shock had separated from the uni-body/wheel well due to corrosion. The noise was the shock hitting the plastic interior of the vehicle. I did some research on a replacement panel and I found this is an ongoing issue with the Ford Escape with numerous examples of this same issue. It appears that the right passenger side wheel well of the Ford Escape has a design flaw causing the shock to separate from the uni-body. Driving become difficult during this failure as the vehicle is riding on the spring and the shock is not able to reduce the tire bounce.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #68

Dec 192013


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that after driving over a pothole, the vehicle began to sway and the contact heard a crack. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the passenger rear wheel house panel had separated due to rust. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 93,000.

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #67

Dec 012013


  • 150,000 miles
When I opened the rear hatch on my 2005 Ford Escape I noticed the plastic molding was cracked, after looking at it closer I noticed that the whole right rear shock mount was rusted out ant there was a hole in the top of the wheel well. I have contacted many body shops that say the problem is fixable but do to liability they can not fix it. After researching it online on the Ford forum I found out that this a common problem with this vehicle. One post on the forum says that the engineers of the Escape said it is a design flaw causing the problem but they won't put it in writing for fear of losing their jobs. This is a major safety issue and there should be a recall issued for it. If the shock would have came off while I was driving and hit the road or something under the vehicle it could have caused a accident. I would to know why there is no recall issued for this problem ?

- Plano, IL, USA

problem #66

Aug 012013

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles


2005 Ford Escape...the right rear fender well has rusted out around the shock mount, ready or close to breaking free. First body shop wouldn't even quote a repair. Googled issue and found 100's of other owners of 2005's with same on facebook matched my cars situation exactly. Why no recall?

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #65

Nov 222013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, he noticed a loud knocking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the rear passenger's side inner quarter panel and wheel house panel were corroded. The technician also stated that the shock had become completely detached from the frame. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000....updated 01-10-14

- Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #64

Nov 122013


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, a knocking noise was heard from under the vehicle. The contact stopped the vehicle and upon inspection, noticed that the rear passenger's side wheel well was corroded and the rear shock was no longer mounted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Yorkville, IL, USA

problem #63

Nov 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


2005 Ford Escape limited has a safety issue so bad that it's unsafe to drive. The right rear fender well has rusted out around the shock mount, ready or close to breaking free.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #62

Oct 012013


  • 126,000 miles
The right rear upper shock mount and inner fender well rusted not safe to drive and the part is on back order. I have no other vehichle and rather frustrated.

- Fremont, MI, USA

problem #61

Nov 032013


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving over an uneven road surface at various speeds, he noticed a loud banging sound. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the rear wheel well shock tower was corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

- Deerborne Heights, MI, USA

problem #60

Sep 302013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the passenger's side rear shock assembly was corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #59

Sep 052013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 100,500 miles


After a recent road trip, I heard a clunking noise coming from the rear passenger side of vehicle. Checked items in cargo area, spare tire, jack and even checked to make sure back seat was secure. Clunking noise was the shock hitting the underside of vehicle. The shock assembly was no longer attached, it was rusted under the wheel well around the shock assembly. So with every bump in the road, it was clanking around. Vehicle was not safe to drive for fear that the shock would break and cause a tire blow out or worse cause an accident. I took it to a private auto body shop which cost me $900 to repair the damage. The drivers side wheel well is doing the same thing and I may not have a fuel tank eventually. This needs to be addressed and taken care of. I love my vehicle and love not having a car payment too.

- Blue Grass, IA, USA

problem #58

Oct 012013


  • 86,000 miles
A loud, startling bang occurred. The right rear shock absorber mount had rusted out, leaving the vehicle with no right rear shock absorber. There is also a gaping hole produced that exposes the interior of the vehicle to dangerous accelerated road debris.

- Berkley, MI, USA

problem #57

Oct 072013


  • 145,900 miles
Right side (pass) shock mount/inner fender area completely rusted out. Upper shock mount disengaged with the vehicle causing loud banging noise while driving. Unstable driving as shock is no longer attached to vehicle.

- Tarentum, PA, USA

problem #56

Oct 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 205,900 miles
Thumping sound from right rear of cargo deck. Upon interior inspection, no loose items in cargo area, no loose panels, and jack was not loose. Upon exterior inspection noticed rusted out portion of wheel well. Can see into interior (back of interior panel, carpeting, etc.). seems that thumping is due to wheel or suspension parts being improperly supported due to corrosion of/in area of wheel well. Specifically, shock and/or large coil spring are hitting interior panel(s) of vehicle.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #55

Sep 022013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The right rear wheel well has rusted out. This makes it a huge safety factor because at anytime the shocks can break free and bust upward into my truck. I took my 2005 Ford Escape to my mechanic and he said that in the last 2 months he had seen 4-5 2005 Ford Escapes with the same problem. It is all the same right rear wheel well. There is a facebook page with 195000 members following it so I know that I am not alone. Problem is that half of the country is not in an area that has rust. So southern Ford Escape owners are not going to be affected by this. This cannot be ignored because not all 2005 Ford Escape owners have this problem. Environmental conditions would show you that all 2005 Ford Escapes would have this if put to the same environmental factors. This needs a recall. It is an easy fix. Ford already fixed it with the newer models. Just weld in a new right rear wheel well. This is frustrating because I know it is a real problem with this model, but the environment is what is saving this from being a national issue.

- Amherst, OH, USA

problem #54

Sep 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
This safety issue requires immediate attention by both the NHTSA and Ford: 61 NHTSA complaints filed to date: '04- 16; '05- 45. Vehicle taken to Ford dealership for service. Service notified that a forward lower ball joint was failing, no other defects were noted in the detailed visual inspection. It was replaced two days later. The following day of the repair, on a daily commute between tol to dtw, the right rear shock tower separated while driving at 70 mph. Vehicle began dog-tracking. Initial inspection did not reveal the hidden damage caused by corrosion at the welded seams of the inner wheel well due to an underbody coating. Upon removing the undercoating, very easily by hand, two large sections removed, revealed the shock was penetrating the interior of the vehicle and was no longer being structurally supported by the vehicles uni-body frame. The large sections removed would have caused tire failure at highway speeds by puncture or hazard to other following vehicles. The separation of the shock tower from the body, did cause the vehicle to jerk at the time of failure, creating a loud popping sound and causing potential hazard as the vehicle steered into other lanes of traffic at highway speeds (70 mph). The vehicle is rendered inoperable due to the catastrophic nature of the failure. Local Ford dealership states they are uncomfortable repairing the structure and not aware of any manufacture recalls. In contacting their sister dealership, they have previously repaired this defect, and continued on stating this failure is a known issue with 2004 - 2006 Escapes. The failed panel is available, P/N:part 7L827827886A. A reinforcement piece is also available. See example picture here: facebook site concerning this safety issue:

- Luna Pier, MI, USA

problem #53

Sep 052013


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated excessive rust on the shock mount on the rear passenger side tire was causing the wheel to knock against the frame. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer who stated the entire quarter panel and inside wheel well needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #52

Aug 242013


  • 50,000 miles
As we are driving along we hear a very loud banging coming from the rear of the vehicle.when we get out to inspect the area we find the rear pasenger side wheel well is extremely rusted thru and chunks of the well are actually falling out. We took the car to the Ford dealer and they said it cannot be repaired!!!! by the Ford dealer....then we took it to several auto body shops that said they cannot fix this! several places said Ford used faulty metal or undercoating and that is why it rusted so badly.the car has only 50000 miles on it and has been highly maintained...I finally found an autobody shop that will replace the entire wheel well and theer will be no guarantee it wont happen again or to any of the other wheels!!! I feel totally ripped off! I read online that several other people have had this same problem.

- Bridgeview , IL, USA

problem #51

Aug 222013


  • 111,000 miles
The left passenger rear fender well has rusted out around the shock mount, ready to break free.

- Rossville, IN, USA

problem #50

Aug 222013


  • 74,000 miles
Right rear wheel well completely rusted out around shock tower and shock punched through into interior of vehicle nothing else rusted on vehicle Ford said there is no recall and everyone seems to have the same problem with the Escapes and said body shop would be $1300 to fix.

- Niagara Falls , NY, USA

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