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 18 of 19)

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problem #29

Mar 262013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Ford Escape 2005 rear right wheel well rusted out. I noticed slight strut sounding noise in the rear right wheel for a week. I checked to make sure nothing was rattling in the trunk or where the jack mounts. After opening the plastic access compartment to the jack, there was a hole straight through to the ground. I inspected the rear right wheel well and saw the entire thing rusted out clear above the shock/strut mount. I contacted the manufacturer and there was no recall yet the vehicle can essentially be deemed un-drivable and a safety hazard for the road.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #28

Mar 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 192,360 miles
There was banging in the right rear. The shock mount rusted off the inner fender. The inner fender has severe rust and part of the frame is rusted through. The inner fender had to be replaced. A portion of the frame had to be replaced. A new shock was needed. The floor in the rear of the car had to be repaired from the shock hitting into it. All in all $1,373.55 in repair. I have pictures. I contacted a local Ford dealer who explained that the car is 8 years old and we have salt on the road in winter. I also contacted Ford customer service who explained there were no recalls for such an incedent. After looking on line I found numerous similar experiences which leads me to believe this is not caused by normal use. The affected parts must not have been properly treated or coated or sealed or something.

- Freedom, PA, USA

problem #27

Mar 082013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 184,180 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds he heard a loud noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact inspected his vehicle by removing the rear passenger tire. The contact discovered that the shock absorber mounting plate was rusted and had detached from the body of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 184,180. Updated 04/30/13 the consumer stated after he filed the complaint, the vehicle was taken to a local body shop, where it was deemed unsafe to drive, in its current condition. The body shop repaired the affected area.

- Greenfield, IL, USA

problem #26

Mar 092013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


Right rear shock tower completely rusted out, causing the rear shock to become unattached from the body of the car.

- Imlay City, MI, USA

problem #25

Mar 062013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
As I was driving over the weekend with my husband and 2 young children I noticed a loud banging noise in the back of my vehicle. When I checked the right rear wheel area I noticed the inner and outer wheel house were completely rusted through, so much so that the shock was hitting the inside of my vehicle as it had nothing to attach to anymore. I noticed road debris inside my vehicle when I pulled up the carpet. I looked at it with several co-workers who have been in the insurance industry for 10-15 years, stating they had never in their lives seen something like this. I started to do some research online and found a shocking amount of the same complaints for this year/made/model, most of them recent. I am extremely upset with Ford for not recognizing this as a manufacturer defect as it is clear that it is. My family and I could have been killed if the shock went straight through the floor. I called tousley Ford where I brought the vehicle and the woman simply said, "well, there isn't a recall on it so you have to pay for it". this is going to cost me thousands of dollars, thousands of dollars for a manufacturer defect that is not being recognized by Ford. Astounding.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #24

Feb 142013


  • 128,000 miles
I heard a loud noise coming from passenger rear. When I looked to see what the noise was I saw the shock mount was coming threw the inside. Upon further inspection it was found that the wheel well was all rusted out, which included the shock mount. I took it to a emerling Ford only to find out that it will cost me around $1500 to have this repaired. This is the 4th vehicle that needed this repair at their shop.

- Springville, NY, USA

problem #23

Feb 112013


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being serviced, the contact was informed that the rear passenger side of the suspension was severely corroded. The contact was also informed that the sub frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Laingsburg, MI, USA

problem #22

Feb 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The rear passenger wheel well corroded completely through the metal and encompasses the entire upper shock absorber mounting point. Nothing is holding the upper shock absorber attachment in place.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #21

Feb 042013


  • 73,028 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being serviced, the technician stated that the passenger rear shock mount had rotted and the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The technician advised that there was no remedy for the failure and recommended that a new vehicle be purchased. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 73,028.

- Broadalbin, NY, USA

problem #20

Oct 012012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Passenger side rear shock mount completely rotted off of vehicle.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #19

Nov 212012

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


Inner and outer wheel houses, and quarter panels on both sides of the vehicle were rusted/corroded to the extent that the shock was pushing through the inside of the vehicle on the passenger side. Loud banging noises and water inside the vehicle led to inspection by professionals. Visible holes in the wheel house area were discovered at this time. Upon inspection, it was realized that the driver side was just as badly rusted/corroded. All parts listed above needed to be replaced, as well as both shocks, which were also damaged due to their detachment from the rusted areas. All were replaced at my expense, immediately, due to the danger of driving the vehicle any further, thus avoiding a potentially serious accident. The expenses were $3402.08. Ford will not cover these expenses because the vehicle is out of warranty. The car only has 69,000 miles, and is otherwise in top condition. The damages seem excessive at this mileage and age. Photographs are available of the vehicle before, during, and after repairs.

- Penn Yan, NY, USA

problem #18

Nov 202012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
My daughters 2005 Escape started making a pounding noise when going over bumps. Not being a mechanic I thought it was a shock absorber. After a closer inspection I saw the top shock mount was rusting away from the frame. I could actually move it slightly by hand. The structural damage is a hole on the inside of the storage area inside the vehicle. After checking the driver side upper shock mount there is also a hole in the body in the rear storage compartment right next to the gasoline filler neck tube. This is a potential tragedy waiting to happen.please do something to remedy this unheard of problem before someone gets hurt.this type of damage surely took a few years to progress this bad.saw a lot of owners of same vehicle with similar complaints.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #17

Dec 052012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Took Escape to mechanic after loud banging heard. Right wheel well has large hole in it and the shock mount has rusted through, source of the banging. Mechanic stated that this problem most likely began prior to purchase of car. Ford failed to inform us of this problem after multi-point inspection 5 months ago. Car has had two owners within same family. Ford quoted $2500 repair will not reimburse and stated that the repairs would not even be covered by factory warranty, because it is not the "body" of the car.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #16

Jul 032012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 57,500 miles
My 2005 Ford Escape has had a loud banging in rear passenger side for several months. I has assumed that the strut needed replaced. Upon further investigation my mechanic and I noticed a terrible amount of rust and corrosion to rear passenger wheel well that has bolts attached to strut. You can see into interior of vehicle from outside. I researched recalls of these problem and found none, although there were several other complaints for the same issue. This seems to happen only on the rear passenger side although has me worried about other complications that could arise. This is a very serious issue that the Ford Motor Co. Should address post haste. I fear that my families and others lives are at stake if this problem is not taken care of soon.

- Cambridge, OH, USA

problem #15

Oct 292012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 185,000 miles
The passenger-side rear wheel well has completely rusted through to the point where you can see into the cabin, and the shock/strut is mounted to nothing and is poking into my trunk. The metal all around the mount (or where it should be mounted) is completely corroded and rusted to the point of being completely detached, and the surrounding metal is stamped so thin to begin with that it is pliable. The shock is completely ineffective, and my car is a ticking time bomb of safety issues. I have contactedford several times, and Ford Canada is denying that this is a safety or quality issue and have taken no responsibility; they refuse to fix my car. I cannot find a recall at present, however there are numerous people reporting the same problem with their Escapes, 6 alone on [xxx] and 5 on [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Amherstburg, MI, USA

problem #14

Oct 262012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Right rear shock absorber mount is rusting prematurely making the vehicle unsafe to drive.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #13

Oct 242012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 57,911 miles
Started hearing loud rattling sounds from rear of car, looked and saw passenger rear wheel well/shock mount rusted out and separated from rest of vehicle.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #12

Oct 082012


  • 109,000 miles
Hi- I have a 2005 Ford Escape. I bought it used. Just recently I started to hear a banging in the back rear of the cab part of the car. I found out the shock mounts are rusted out, and I feel like this is a safety issue due to the fact that the car could fall apart while driving or catch fire. I researched this and found it a common problem.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #11

Jul 252012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 106,880 miles
Driving my Ford Escape 2005, 35mph, heard a thump/bang then very loud rattling from the back of the vehicle. Arrived home, found that the right rear shock, shock mount, and a dinner-plate-sized chunk of wheel well had punched up into the back of the vehicle. Opened the liftgate, saw the shock mount flopping around inside the car and a dangling cluster of wires that had been shredded by the jagged metal. Entire right side of the rear compartment had been shoved up 10cm. Husband was shocked, sure I must have hit something, but I had not. Right rear wheel well had completely rusted out underneath the undercoating. Could not see the rust from the outside, so did not know it was happening. Checked left rear wheel well, saw no rust, but undercoating lifts right off to reveal terrible rust underneath as well. Vehicle is not safe to drive, no shock, water and road debris would fly right up into the car through the huge hole. This kind of damage is incredible. Estimate for repair from dealership (brondes Ford, toledo) was $5752.34. Certainly can not afford that. Researched online for repair alternatives and found dozens of other people with the same type of damage to the same vehicle make and model. Reported the damage to Ford customer relationship hotline, was informed that no recall has been issued for this vehicle, and that they were unaware that this was a common, frequent, or widespread problem. They did not consider it a defect. This is extremely dangerous. My children were afraid we were going crash. Easily could have lost control if this had happened while turning a corner, merging into traffic, driving 65mph on the highway, etc. I am certain, however, that once Ford Motor Company realizes the potential harm this defect can cause to life and property, they will be determined to do right by their loyal customers.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #10

May 012012

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 161,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated the vehicle made a loud noise while driving. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the failure was located at the passenger rear well area, which was severely corroded and caused the bolts and struts to corroded and separate from the well. The contact stated that the front and rear wheel bearings were replaced but was unaware if the replacement was due to corrosion. The vehicle well was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 161,000. Updated 07/27/12 updated 08/02/12

- Machias, NY, USA

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