ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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 (!!)


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,584 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Ford Escape suspension problems

suspension problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 162012


  • 30,167 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, she heard a grinding noise coming from the wheels. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the front driver's wheel bearing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,167.

- Lineville, AL, USA

problem #1

Apr 042007


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 30 mph on normal road conditions, the contact heard a loud grinding noise coming from the front driver's side wheel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to a defective wheel bearing. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. On a separate occasion, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for identical failures involving the front passenger wheel. The vehicle has not been repaired again. The failure mileage was 23,000 and current mileage was 37,800.

- Barre, VT, USA

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