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 9 of 19)

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problem #209

Oct 012014


  • 125,000 miles


The right rear wheel well is all rusted out and the mount for the shock is barely attached. This is suspect because no other wheel wells on the car have corrosion like this.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #208

Jul 312014


  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the passenger side rear wheel shock mount was rusted. The dealer stated that the failure was caused by excessive driving. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 139,000.

- Sauk Village , IL, USA

problem #207

Oct 032014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 125,285 miles
The right rear wheel well has completely corroded, and the shock absorber upper mount has almost completely separated from the body, making the vehicle undrivable.. the left rear shock absorber mount looks like sign of rust. Looking online at Ford forums, there are alot of people complaining of this very problem. Furthermore, model years 2001-2004 Ford Escape were recalled for the very same problem.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #206

Jun 192014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 84,557 miles


I had to replace the rear shocks on this vehicle. In doing so the auto repair fatality showed me that the entire center of the right rear wheel well was corroded away, leaving big hole. The garage told me that they had seen this on several of this mode (2001-2007) I talked to a couple of dealers that told me the same thing. One even told me that he thought it should be a recall.

- Berea, OH, USA

problem #205

Jan 292012

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Our 2005 Ford Escape 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 to break free. [xxx] has a co-worker who drives a 2005 Ford Escape and when they took a look in his fender, they found the same problem. [xxx] has a co-worker that has a 2005 Ford Escape and it has the start of the hole. We have talked to Ford, there is no recall or repair campaign for it. They offered us an X plan to trade it in or they would fix it at full price. We have sent pictures to the Ford factory rep. He told us that Ford knows of this problem and that they have installed two new processes on the product line to fix it. He showed the picture to the Escape engineers and they agreed that it is a design fault and Ford is responsible for the unsafe state that it's in. Unfortunately none of them will put it in writing, in fear of losing their jobs. We also wrote an email to the national highway transportation safety department in Washington DC and still have not heard anything from them. We got quotes from different body shops in the area, both at $1200. And they have repaired other Ford Escapes with the same defect. The repair has to be done from the inside to replace the fender well. Thus all the interior trim has to be removed and welding blanket used so they don't burn your vehicle up. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #204

Sep 262014


  • 191,000 miles
I have previously filed a complaint after taking the above car to a body shop when I noticed some rusting in the wheel well area. The body shop (X3) explained this was a known issue with Ford (prior to the 2001-2004 recall). I contacted Ford via E-mail, and filed a complaint here. The wheel wells in the rear of the vehicle were peeling, and I was told the shock mount would eventually punch through to the inside of my vehicle rendering the vehicle unsafe. This weekend, this exact thing happened. Ford has never acknowledged my issue, and I noticed the complaints on differently online forums have increased significantly since I first noticed the issue. My vehicle is well-cared for with all appropriate maintenance completed. The body shops I went to did not want to fix my vehicle because they felt Ford needed to acknowledge the problem.

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

problem #203

Jul 212014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


Right rear well totally rusted out including the area of the shock mount, leaving the shock with no support to stabilize it.

- Delancey, PA, USA

problem #202

Sep 222014


  • 95,000 miles
Passenger side rear wheel well is rusted out an several places to were that strut mount is loose an falling apart, an will cause an accident if not fixed. This is a known issue on that exact tire an the exact year in thousands of Ford Escapes. This is over $2000 and is apparent on drivers side as well. Vehicle failed safety inspection and with 2 small children to Transport and no funds to replace vehicle. I have read thousands of post online of people having the same issues and with recent recalls for similar body/suspension part failures in Ford vehicles of similar years feel this is a recall issue. Please look start investigation and protect the consumers. Thank you.

- Hudson Falls, NY, USA

problem #201

Sep 012014


  • 200,000 miles
Passenger side rear wheel well is rusted out an several places to were that strut mount is loose an falling apart, an will cause an accident if not fixed. This is a known issue on that exact tire an the exact year in thousands of Ford Escapes. This is over $2000 to repair at which the vehicle is not even worth that much. I am a single parent an not good enough credit to get a new car due to having cancer a few years ago having to let my credit go. Nor do I have $2000 to fix this problem. I still owe $4000 on the car as well.

- Blair, NE, USA

problem #200

Sep 132014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
Right rear strut mount completely rusted through to where mount had nothing to mount to. Strut banging on wheel well.

- Frankton, IN, USA

problem #199

May 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles


While traveling in Virginia last summer on I-81, the body end of the rear passenger side shock-absorber came loose from the frame. We stopped shortly after we felt and heard something that was clearly abnormal and a mechanic told us the car was so rusted in that wheel well that the top of the shock had nothing to hold to. We were on a long trip, so we had the shock cut out until we got home. None of the other underbody areas showed significant rust, according to the mechanics we consulted, so we subsequently paid several hundred dollars to have a new wheel well fabricated and installed along with new rear shocks on both sides. We see no recall for this problem but on the web we quickly found several owners of the same model car describing the same problem - the passenger side rear wheel well rusting out. How can this not be a design issue? certainly it's significant a safety issue, especially since the area of severe rust was not apparent from looking at the car. Now the driver side is showing significant exterior rust at the lip of the wheel well, so we will be sending it in to have our mechanic see if the same problem is happening on the rear driver side. Help! thank you for anything you can do.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #198

Sep 052014

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
The right rear shock broke loose as a result of extreme rust in the right rear wheel well around the shock tower.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #197

Sep 012014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Right, rear wheel well is completely rusted out. Shock has become detached. Loud banging noise. Shock poking through to the trunk. Unsafe to drive.

- Campus, IL, USA

problem #196

Aug 202014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles
There started to be a banging noise in right rear area of vehicle. After inspection, I found that the right rear shock had separated its mount from the wheel well due to excessive rust.

- South St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #195

Aug 222014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
Noticed a loud banging coming from passenger side rear wheel well. Looked from outside and saw a large crack in the framework of wheel well. Removed the interior panel and found the entire wheel well had rusted through and around the strut. Strut is only held by lower section of metal but flexes enough going down the road that it bangs on the interior panel which is the only way I knew I had an issue. If I did not stop and look I may have been driving and the strut could have broke completely free which is a huge safety concern.

- New Prague, MN, USA

problem #194

Aug 302014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
My wife was driving her 2005 Ford Escape and noticed a loud noise coming from the passenger side rear of the vehicle. The noise happened when she was hitting bumps in the road. Upon inspection of the vehicle, I notice a hole rusted through the wheel well on the rear passenger side. I removed the interior panel to discover the wheel well completely rusted through around the shock mount. This is an extremely dangerous situation!. I thoroughly checked all of the other shocks on the vehicle. This area is the only one affected.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #193

Aug 222014


  • 89,000 miles
Rear upper shock mount blew through the wheel well and into the vehicle interior leaving the vehicle unsafe to drive, looking at the complaints this needs to be investigated immediately!

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #192

Aug 252014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
I was driving when very loud banging start in the rear trunk area. I thought it was a worn shock. It was much worse than that. The shock mount was completely rusted away from the body. There is a large hole in the trunk area where you can see the tire from inside.

- Poplar Grove, IL, USA

problem #191

Aug 212014


  • 158,000 miles
While driving the 2005 Escape a noise was starting to come from the right rear of the car. Suddenly there was a loud clanking when ever a bump or even slight change in the road occurred. Almost ran off the road it was so sudden. It sounded like something was coming through the back of the car. When I got to work I couldn't find anything, but it continued. Finally I had someone look it over closely and they found that the right rear well was rusted out and the shock was not connected to anything on the car as there was nothing for it to connect to. Took it to 2 different body shops to check on the repairs needed one quoted $3-$5,000 the other said at least $3,000. Both said they had seen this exact same problem on this year vehicle several times in the past month! what is going on? the Ford dealership acted like they didn't know anything about it. Come on! something is up. Very disappointed in Ford. We have always had Ford, all of our vehicles are Ford and until recently we had not had any issues. Now we are questioning our loyalty, big time.

- Morrow, OH, USA

problem #190

Aug 172014


  • 113,238 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 50 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The contact discovered that the upper shock tower was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing, who stated that the failure was unknown and recommended that the entire rear end of the vehicle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,238.

- New Athens, IL, USA

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