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 2 of 19)

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problem #349

May 202016


  • miles


The right rear shock mount disconnected from the body because of rust...early years were recalled for this problem

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #348

Oct 312015


  • 80,000 miles
While driving on the freeway started hearing a loud sound and the car became bumpy and bouncy. Pulled off the freeway, but could not identify the problem. Took to a garage and told right rear inner shock mount and fender panel had rotted. Ford had a replacement part for this condition, but did not have a recall. Labor cost due to welding was $1300, total cost $1,966. How could Ford have a replacement part, but not a recall? tried 3 garages only 1 (who had a welder) would consider the job. Car could not be driven...condition worsened quickly and had to drive 10 mph to get estimates with blinkers on...hoping no one would hit us. Scary! had to replace inner shock mount and fender panel, install, weld, and seal. Also needed new rear shocks.

- Germantown, WI, USA

problem #347

Jun 012016

Escape 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
The right rear wheel well has rusted completely through; leaving the strut bouncing freely. The car can not be driven at this time. At the time it broke, it almost bounced me into oncoming traffic. This should be a recall as it happens to all 2004-2006 Escapes.....updated 07/11/16

- Coal City, IL, USA

problem #346

Apr 012016


  • 130,000 miles


Entire right wheel well of the vehicle is rusting away. The shock absorber is mounted to this sheet metal, so it is no longer effective, making the vehicle unsafe to drive. I understand this is a common problem with these vehicles and Ford will do nothing to compensate me. Currently hearing a loud thumping at every bump, due to the shock becoming detached from the vehicle.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #345

Jun 152016


  • 120,000 miles
The entire right side shock mount and wheel well totally rusted and hanging on by a thread. My 18 year old son could have been killed had we not discovered it. I have read hundreds of these complaints which is how we discovered that this was the same noise we were hearing and decided to look at right side back door passenger wheel well. We can literally move it up and down. This is a major safety issue and someone is going to get killed from this because the wheel can fall off!!!! thank goodness we heard the noise while driving and investigated it.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

problem #344

Jun 012006


  • 7,000 miles
Rust around quarter panel back end, rust through passenger wheel well area. To the put the it is rusting and eventually the wheel well will no longer whole the strut in. Which puts me at risk of getting seriously hurt. This SUV is located in a southern state no reason for it to rust like that. I've seen and owned older vehicles that didn't rust.bad metal or rust protection. To get fixed I'm looking at $1000 to $4000 who has that to pay for something like that when Ford knows there is a issue and hasn't fixed it yet.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #343

Aug 012015


  • 120,000 miles


Right rear shock tower mount is completed rusted away causing the shock to travel up into the wheel well

- Burlington, WI, USA

problem #342

Jun 012016


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 35 mph, the rear passenger side shock mount bracket rusted and dislodged from the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #341

Apr 142016


  • 113,750 miles
The rear passenger-side shock mount (where it mounts to the unibody) has rusted completely away. The top of the shock is no longer attached to the vehicle.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #340

May 132016


  • 130,000 miles
Rear passenger wheel well is rusted thru to the interior. Shock absorber is about to separate from the body. Unsafe to drive. Quoted $2,200 to repair.

- Circle Pines, MN, USA

problem #339

May 052016


  • 107,000 miles


The passenger side rear wheel well rusted out causing the strut to break through the trunk of the car. It also have bad rust on the other side wheel well. This happened while I was driving on the hwy. Upon taking it to an auto body shop was told the vehicle was unsafe to drive.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #338

Apr 042016


  • 123,000 miles
2005 Ford Escape 4X4 V6 passenger side rear wheel house rusted significantly enough to cause rear wheel shock connected to wheel house to forcefully separate and begin colliding with the inside plastic moulding in the trunk of the car. Damage was initially found while in motion, noticed by a rattling noise in the rear of the vehicle. Upon further inspection and removal of the plastic trunk housing, the entire top of the wheel well was very clearly rusted. The shock was still connected to a piece of the wheel house. The rear passenger shock had forcefully disconnected the piece of the wheel house it was attached to because of the overwhelming around of rust. Auto-body shop quoted a $2,000 repair (for a car bought for #3,600) to order a new wheelhouse and install it. Professional auto body shop teams quoted that the issue wasn't something you could patch or lightly repair, and the shock would need to be reattached to the body of the car to be driven safely. Ford was contacted twice and replied with their apologies that the customer was experiencing this issue, knowingly aware that the 2001-2004 models of this vehicle were recalled for the exact same issue and that hundreds of other customers have seen this issue around 120,000 miles. The issue seems to always be on the rear passenger side with no significant rust or damage on the drivers side.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #337

Mar 222016


  • 137,000 miles
The shock mount on the right rear rusted out detaching the shock from the body and piercing through the upper plastic cover in the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle was moving at slow speeds when this happened. Ford should have been a recall on this because had it broke and separated at highway speeds the vehicle could have lost control! second, Ford does not have the replacement parts available even though there are a lot of 2005 Escapes on the road. Also auto bodyshops are unwilling to do any modifications or wielding due to the liability of the location and importance of that piece. So the vehicle is un repairable at this time!

- Lake Elmo, MN, USA

problem #336

Jan 012015


  • miles
This car has 80000miles on it and is totally rusted out in the rear passenger wheel well and shock tower. I have been quoted 5000 to fix the car to meet safety standards. I can see the tire all the way thru the metal.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #335

Apr 052016


  • 114,346 miles
Rusted out wheel well effecting the shock absorber top mount could break free while driving. I heard a new rattle investigated and found my whole wheel well above the top shock mount is rusted out. Got prices from four Ford dealers ranging from $900 to $4000 to repair it all of the dealers were aware of the problem and herd of many other examples. I am wondering way there hasn't been a recall?

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #334

Mar 012016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving 35 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The dealer diagnosed that the rear shock tower had severe corrosion, which caused the rear shocks to fracture and separate from the subframe of the vehicle. The contact also stated that the rear hatch window support was severely corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #333

Aug 192015


  • 93,000 miles
While I was driving I noticed a banging noise in the rear of my 2005 Ford Escape that was getting louder, when I looked at both sides I noticed that the passenger rear well was completely rusted out. I took my Escape to the car repair shop and was quoted $1000 for the repair and was told that this is a common problem with this vehicle. I started doing some research and found out that this is a very common problem with 2004 and 2005 Ford Escape that they didn't properly seal one side of the car, and that they had only recalled the 2004. I had contracted the Ford Motor Co. And they told me that they have no record of any problems with the 2005 Ford Escape having this problem, I then informed them that there are a lot of people who have reported this problem and she said that they have no records. I feel they should be responsible for this repair since it is the same problem they had with the 2004 Ford Escape. My car only has only 93,000 miles when this problem occurred. This SUV is not safe to drive and you are unable to drive this vehicle when this problem occurs.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #332

May 132015


  • miles
I had finance a 2005 Ford Escape XLT after had the vehicle for two month I notice a strange sounds for the back of the vehicle I track and found out that the rear. Underneath the car panel where the shockwas at is rusted all through. The the front tire is wear and the vehicle is driving bad shocks struct and wheel elignment was all effect with the rust panal from shocks...

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #331

Jul 092015


  • 118,000 miles
In July of 2015 I brought my 2005 Ford Escape to the dealer because of very loud noise in the rear while driving. Noise was the same whether on a street or the highway. The mechanic found the passenger side rear wheel well was completely rusted out. I have a friend with the very same make, model, year and is now going through the exact same issue. There are other areas of rust on the body that seems to me to be coming on prematurely. I see there is a recall for this issue, but only up to model year 2004. Please....the 2005's have the very same issue!

- Lowell, MI, USA

problem #330

Feb 062016


  • 64,000 miles
Rear passenger wheel well rusting out around shock attachment. Just discovered this today but through online research it appears to be a very common problem and should be a know issue to the manufacturer - they had a rust recall for 2001 - 2004 models

- Berkley, MI, USA

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