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 6 of 19)

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problem #269

Apr 252015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles


I have a 2005 Ford Escape and the passenger side rear wheel well has rusted out to the point that where the shock is mounted has broken free of the inner fender well causing handling problems with the vehicle. I am concerned that this may cause an accident. I really think an area of this great importance should not ever rust out let alone in just 10 years. I feel this is an engineering problem on Ford Motor Companies part. I did some research and found that this seems to be a common problem on this model. Were do I go next and I can see this being a costly repair as well. Help!!!

- Lisbon, OH, USA

problem #268

Apr 032015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
While driving into work my wife heard a loud bang from the rear end. Once I inspected it, the whole passenger rear shock mount has rusted completely off, sending the top of the shock through the fender inside cover. Inspecting the drivers side, it's rusted all the way around the shock mount, only being held on by the bottom weld. It seems like there's a real thick membrane smeared under fender well. Otherwise, the vehicle is in real good shape. I can't believe the poor engineering that went into this vehicle. Oh yeah, we just paid it off in March through Ford motor credit. It'll cost more to fix the problem then what I could get out of it. I can't believe how a Ford dealer could possibly not see this before it was sold to us.

- New Carlisle , OH, USA

problem #267

Apr 192015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
One day I noticed that some of the undercoating in the rear right when was gone, upon further inspection I noticed that there was hole in the wheel well. After researching online, I learned that this is a common problem. Although my problem is not as serious as some of the stories I read, I still feel that it is safety issue and an accident waiting to happen. As time goes by the rust will continue to grow and I'm afraid of the consequences. I called Ford to voice my concern, but they said that they are not doing anything to repair the problem. Just like everyone, I want people to be aware of the issue and hopefully Ford will realized that this is a safety issue.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #266

Apr 172015


  • 135,000 miles


We started to notice a "clunky" noise coming from the right rear wheel hub. Upon inspection, the right rear wheel hub is over 50% rusted out. The left rear wheel hub is intact. We can not drive vehicle fearing a structural failure will result in an accident or injury. After researching this issue on the internet, it seems to be a common problem for this model, and other Ford models.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #265

Apr 162015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 116,543 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Escape took it to a shop today because of the banging from the suspension. When the mechanic put the car on the lift he saw that the entire wheel well around the shock absorber was rusted completely out. The extra stress on the shock absorber caused the bolt on the top to break off. The stress also caused the rear break line to fray almost to the point of breaking completely. This car is no longer safe to drive. I am just happy that my break line didn't break while I was on the road. I do not really know what options I have with the car since it is the only car I own and I have no other way to get to and from work.

- Lees Summit , MO, USA

problem #264

Apr 012015


  • 148,100 miles
I had been hearing a large clunk on my passenger side in the back. At first I thought it was my shovel hitting. However, I finally really took a look at the entire back and wheel and notice it completely rotted under and even broke through my trunk. I took it to 3 different shops and was told it was the suspension/shock that has rusted and rotted away. It wasn't suppose to do that. I have a welder pricing it out because both other garages said they couldn't fix. I feel completely unsafe driving thinking the car could go flat out anytime. The car is in really good condition otherwise, and from the sound of it this is a common problem among 2004 and 2005 Escapes. If this keeps happening someone is going to get hurt. And it should be Ford responsibility to fix.

- Media, PA, USA

problem #263

Apr 012015


  • 180,000 miles


While driving down the road going approx. 40 mph, I heard a loud noise from by back passenger side tired. I immediately pulled over to see what caused the noise. Upon inspection, I noticed the wheel well that supports the back shock was completely rusted. The shock had broke through the rusted wheel well and was pressed up against the inside interior of my car. The rest of my wheel wells are in fine condition. When I researched this problem online, there are many, many customers that have had this exact problem with 2005 Ford Escapes. It is only the rear passenger side. This needs to be researched and corrected before someone gets hurt.

- Clay, WV, USA

problem #262

Mar 032015


  • 78,000 miles
I was driving and began to hear a loud noise I stopped and looked, the fender well had fallen half way off. It was rusted all the way through. I had to call a tow truck and still cannot use my car because I cant afford to replace this part. Shouldn't Ford be responsible for this it is a flaw in the body.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #261

Mar 302015


  • 100,400 miles
I was driving home from school when I started to hear a loud cluncking noise from the rear passenger side. I came to find out that it was completely rusted out and that's what was making all of that noise. I have only had this car for 6 months and I have no idea what I am going to do if this is a problem no one can fix! I've been reading and a lot of people with the 2003-2007 Escapes are having the same issue! this needs to be fixed!!

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #260

Feb 162015


  • 136,585 miles
The right rear wheel well and shock mount is completely rusted out. When I bought the vehicle used, I drove it and heard a slight clunking somewhere in the rear end of the vehicle. I thought maybe the shocks were bad. I continued to drive it, hoping to replace the shocks. Recently the noise became very loud and disturbing. I looked at the shock area and discovered the whole area on the right rear wheel well and shock mount are rusted through and breaking apart. The left side is fine. I am afraid to drive it this way and believe it is an unsafe condition. I looked up the problem on the internet and found a multitude of the same problem with other owners of 2005 Ford Escapes. To my knowledge, Ford will only fix 2001-2004 Escapes, but not 2005. Why not? it clearly is a defect in material and workmanship. It has rusted prematurely and causes a hazardous safety situation. If this was an isolated incident, I would understand. But from what I have learned, it has happened to all 2005 Ford Escapes.

- Melrose, WI, USA

problem #259

Mar 222015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 148,933 miles


Have found the right rear strut mount almost rusted away and the left side is on its way. I hear there is a recall for 2001-2004 for this and from all the complaints I see on-line this should include 2005-2006 and unless they did something to actually stop this, even later years should be included. If a person hits a chuck hole this could cause a bad accident., I see a lot of people can't even drive their vehicles. I have owned many older, vehicles including a 1995 Ford Taurus I traded in on this Escape that didn't have this problem.

- Edwardsburg , MI, USA

problem #258

Mar 172015


  • 150,000 miles
The rear passenger side wheel well rusted out where the shock attaches. The shock assembly is now just loose and rattling. Looking online, many many people are experiencing the same failure on 2004, 2005, and 2006 Escapes. This makes the vehicle unsafe to drive.

- Saint Clairsville, OH, USA

problem #257

Mar 132015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
While driving on the highway, we hit a bump in the road and almost immediately there was a loud banging noise. Upon inspection, I found that the rear right wheel well was completely rusted out. The shock strut is now loose and banging against the car's frame, the tire and the interior of the rear cargo area. I've been researching this online and notice that this is a rather common problem with other Ford Escapes in the midwest. It is always the same complaint, rusted out wheel well on the rear passenger side. Someone need to investigate Ford because this is too common an issue and is clearly a design flaw. Repair for this issue can run up to $2,000.

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #256

Dec 252014


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, a loud noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The contact discovered that the shocks were corroded through to the wheel well. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Mars, PA, USA

problem #255

Mar 022015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 167,344 miles
Driving down street and ran over rough spot in pavement and heard a thump from the back of the vehicle. Next day drove over railroad tracks and there was a loud banging noise. I checked under vehicle at right rear wheel opening (passenger side) to find most of the wheel well rusted and gone from the shock mount location to the rear most part of the wheel well. The bucket or bracket that mounts the top of the shock absorber to the wheel well and chassis is just floating in mid air. When I look through the side compartment in the back of the vehicle I can see the top of the tire and the pavement and shock absorber.

- Egin, IL, USA

problem #254

Mar 102015


  • 135,000 miles
While driving the car, whenever we would hit a bump of any kind the passenger side rear of the car made a horrible rattling/banging noise. I took it to the dealer and they told and showed me where the part that connected the shock to the wheel well had pretty much rusted away and was no longer safe to drive. The service writers and the body man all said this is a very common issue with this year and model. They conjectured that since we get snow in pittsburgh the roads are salted. Since the roads are slanted to the right to help drainage, that side is bathed in salt water. However I am also developing rust on the outside edge of the body panel on the opposite side. Why then is this not happening to other model years" since it is not drivable I have had to schedule the repairs. At the time of the repairs I am going to have the car completely gone over by the dealers mechanics and body man to validate the condition and document any further required repairs. This is a total engineering screwup by Ford and they should be required to recall all of this model and year and either repair them at no cost to the owner or reimburse the owners who already had to have the repairs done. Do people have to die before action is taken? is no one held accountable for their actions in today's society"

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #253

Aug 012014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
The rear right upper shock mount felt off so there is no where we can put the shock. Therefore, it has a big hole on the fender well that you can see the inside this is something that should not had happen plus on the left side you can see rust cracks in the fender well and continues to the upper shock mount. I think this is something that the company has to address and fixed it because it is a safety issue.

- Genoa, IL, USA

problem #252

Jan 152015


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger side wheel well was corroded and deteriorated. Also, the contact mentioned that the shock mount fractured. The contact stated that the failure caused the shock mount to puncture the trunk. The contact stated that there was a loud noise each time the vehicle drove over a bump due to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician performed an alignment and the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #251

Jan 292015


  • 112,000 miles
The right rear shock plunged through the right rear wheel well (rusted away) and rattles at low speeds. Steering pulls to left and shakes.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #250

Feb 022015


  • 75,000 miles
Had rear shocks replaced on my 2005 Ford Escape and was told that mounts for the shocks are rusted out. The shocks are detached from the frame due to poor design by Ford. The car is not safe to drive as the shock bounces into the rear interior when moving. There is a recall from 2001 - 2004 Escapes but not 2005! for the exact same problem!

- Wheaton, IL, USA

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