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 4 of 19)

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problem #309

Sep 172015


  • 96,393 miles


Rear right shock mount rusting through. K-frame rotted through right front side

- Hornell, NY, USA

problem #308

Sep 222015


  • 123,000 miles
Right rear wheel well rusted out so bad the lower control arm to the rear tire is close to separating from the vehicle subframe. Car unsafe to drive

- Pewaukee, WI, USA

problem #307

Sep 182015


  • 76,564 miles
While driving down the road, heard a load bang in the back of the car on the right side. After inspecting the vehicle I noticed that the inner wheel well was rusted out and the shock was no longer connected to the vehicle. Looks like the frame may be cracked under the attach point of the upper strut mount.

- Corinth, NY, USA

problem #306

Aug 102015


  • 128,090 miles


When traveling at 40mph, a thumping noise could be heard in the rear of 2005 Ford Escape. Upon visual inspection, the passenger side rear wheel well was completely corroded, exposing the interior of the car. The mount of the shock suspension is corroded so badly that the shock is nowhere attached to the body and is what causes the thumping sound as it pushes up into the car interior. No other wheel wells on the car have anywhere near that level of corrosion.

- Laporte, PA, USA

problem #305

Jul 312015


  • 165,000 miles
Right rear shock absorber punched through horribly rusted wheel well into passenger compartment. I didn't hit anything. It just rusted through and totally failed. Very dangerous situation.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #304

Aug 312014


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at any speed, the rear of the vehicle made a loud abnormal noise. The contact noticed that the strut was on the inside of the vehicle and the shocks entered the passenger compartment. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #303

Aug 262015


  • 83,000 miles


The sub-frame rusted through causing both front wheels to toe out and also to camber in at the top. The ABS warning light also triggered. The steering now pulls to the left and there is tire squeel even on gradual right hand turns. There is a recall for this exact problem for the Ford Escape model years 2001-2004. It is obvious that this same problem exists for this model year 2005 Ford Escape. I verified that my VIN was not covered in the recall. I then called Ford to see if they would remedy the problem as it was obvious that this was the same problem as in their other recall - they said they couldn't help. This is a low mileage, well maintained vehicle so it should be obvious that the sub-frame is faulty.

- Cockeysville, MD, USA

problem #302

Aug 132015


  • 108,000 miles
Ford Escape 2005 passenger rear tire wheel well rusted away where the shock absorber mount bolts onto frame and now the shock absorber mount has nothing to bolt onto anymore. Shock absorber mount is not attached to frame anymore and now hits the frame of the SUV make very loud knocking sounds.

- Kent, OH, USA

problem #301

Aug 192015


  • 186,000 miles
Right rear shock/strut rusted off the vehicle and is not attached anymore

- Clifton Springs , NY, USA

problem #300

Aug 032015


  • 168,250 miles
Driving to work on Aug 3, 2015, I heard loud rattling and clanking from the rear of my 2005 Ford Escape. Thinking that it was my tools on the back, I remove them the tools, but the rattling persisted. I walked around and did a visual inspection, and saw nothing wrong with the driver side suspension or wheel well area. The passenger side wheel well, however, had a large hole where the shock mount should have been attached to the body. This seems to be a problematic area for many owners of my year make and model vehicle and I find it interesting that Ford will verbally admit that this is an issue, though will not explain in writing why nothing has been done to correct the problem and make their vehicles safe to be driven. Ford will be notified by way of their internal complaint forms of this issue.

- Hilton, NY, USA

problem #299

Aug 162015


  • 85,000 miles


Why is it that NHTSA is ignoring all the complaints about the Ford Escape vehicles from 2003 to 2007 in regards to the right rear fender well and shock mounts that are rusting out in which this is a safety issue where as the shock could hit the inner wheel of the right rear tire" no recalls from Ford or NHTSA on this issue, but you can clearly see from the attached video that there is a major concern for safety of these vehicles on the right rear side. Https:// repairs are costing the consumers on these vehicles nearly $2000 dollars or more at the auto body repair shop. How can Ford do this on these vehicles and current models. I have a 2011 Ford Escape and it is starting to rust out in the same place. Why?????????????????" make Ford recall these vehicle and pay for these repairs. Instead of the consumer having to get raked over the coals from the auto body shops or your local Ford dealer.

- Arnold, PA, USA

problem #298

Aug 132015


  • 216,131 miles
I was driving along the highway on my way to work and hit a bump in the road. Immediately after that I heard a rattling noise in the rear passenger side quarter pane on every subsequent bump. When I was able to properly examine it I realized that the metal that connects the shock tower to the wheel well had almost completely rusted away. In August of 2012, with 154,523 miles on the car, I replaced the rear shock absorbers. There was no indication at that time of this problem developing. The metal on the vehicle seems to have an issue because it is rusting in other areas as well, such as the fuel filler neck, the bottoms of the rear doors, the bottom of the rear lift gate, the outer edges of the rear wheel openings, and at the base of the side view mirror.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #297

Aug 042015


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle would sway slightly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the shock tower on the rear passenger side had completely rusted through to the frame. The vehicle was deemed unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #296

Jul 012015


  • 68,000 miles
Our 2005 Ford Escape in just a matter of weeks developed a basketball-sized hole over the right rear wheel well. It completely rusted through the wheel well, and the you can see through the opening to the shock and the tire from inside the vehicle. In addition, the shock is no longer attached to the frame, which makes this vehicle unsafe for the road. We will not allow our son to drive this truck any longer, and are now unable to provide him with a safe car since the repairs to this truck are very high. This is a major issue that affects a large number of other drivers. We all have the exact same complaint on where the damage occurs (right rear wheel well) and the extent of this damage (the truck is no longer safe to drive). Ford needs to recall these vehicles and fix this problem. Thank you.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #295

Aug 072015


  • 114,000 miles
When driving on bumpy roads I started hearing a loud rattle from passenger rear area. I couldn't find anything loose in the back of the vehicle that would make that sound. I looked up inside the rear passenger wheel well and saw that the upper portion of where the shock bolts to the body is rusted out all the way around the shock connection area. I see there are many other Ford owners that have had the same problem. Come on Ford, we can't all afford to scrap a vehicle every ten years. There is a design problem here and Ford should be held responsible for fixing their shortcomings.

- Monongahela, PA, USA

problem #294

Aug 032015


  • 169,654 miles
The passenger side rear wheel well is rusted through so badly that the shock mount is banging in the interior panel and is about to break lose from the frame. When I bought the vehicle a month ago it still had the original undercoating on it, it was rusting from behind the undercoat. I now have to pay my mechanic to fix this safety hazard because Ford, knowing that this problem exists and is extensive, will not recall the vehicle to fix there poor design.

- Ferndale, MI, USA

problem #293

Jul 312015


  • 120,000 miles
Sub-frame rust problem. There was a recall on 2001 to 2004 Ford Escape for this problem. Ford Motor Company has recalled Escape crossovers from model years 2001-2004 in states that use a lot of road salt. In affected vehicles, part of the car could suffer damage from rust and even lose steering control.

- Ambridge, PA, USA

problem #292

Jul 312015


  • 142,000 miles
Rear wheel wells rusted away allowing struts to move. Very unstable! afraid of an accident

- Cadiz, OH, USA

problem #291

Jul 292015


  • 152,000 miles
I heard a load banging noise coming from the rear of my truck. After stopping to look at it my passenger side rear wheel well and strut were completely crumbled and my strut was no longer attached. I know my vehicle is 10 years old, but the mechanic I took it to said he has never seen anything like that ever on a car that old. He has been a mechanic for 40 years. After researching a little it seems there are thousands of complaints with the same issue. All on the rear passenger wheel well. These complaints range from different states and even other countries. To me if many many of the same vehicle is having the exact same problem then it sounds like a defect in the parts. I just thank god I wasn't going at a high speed and hit a pot hole or something. Something should really be done about this.

- Bremen, IN, USA

problem #290

Jul 282015


  • 142,017 miles
I had my daughter's car in the shop and noticed that the interior of the wheel well on passenger side rear was rotting away. This affects the suspension dramatically. It appears that it will eventually deteriorate to the point that where shock absorber mounts will eventually fail and could have disastrous results. This degradation is very similar to Ford's recall #13-S-01 on select mini vans and where the rear wheel wells are rotting away. In my mind this issue poses just as serious a threat. Upon seeing my daughter's car I've had occasion to look at similar age Escapes and many have this condition on them as well.

- Gardner, KS, USA

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