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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,889 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 202010


  • 32,390 miles


Has been a loud noise coming from the right front wheel. There was a great deal of vibration on the floorboard of the car. Took it to repair shop and found I needed a new wheel bearing on the passenger side front wheel. The car only has 32,393 miles on it even though it's a 2005. I bought it new and haven't driven it hard. Warranty, of course, ran out 2 years ago.

- Bloomfield, IA, USA

problem #6

Jul 152008


  • 34,330 miles
Noticed a rattling in front end, creaking noise when turning towards the right, after taking it to the dealership and them telling me it was not covered under my bumper to bumper warranty, I took it to a front-end specialist in my town. The passengers sway bar link had to be replaced, now 3 months later, same noise different side. Took it to the same place and they had to replace the drivers side sway bar link. The front end place commented that they fix a large number of these on Escapes, more than any other car. Currently the parts can only be bought from Ford, which means they will go bad again in 2 1/2 years!

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 282006

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
2005 Ford Escape. Noise in the front end while driving down the road at any speed. Has been to the dealer for service on three separate appointments for the same thing. First they said it was due to a recall on the power steering pressure hose. The second time they blamed it on tire rotation need. The third and final time to this particular service department, they said it was in need of a four wheel alignment but the noise would still be present. The vehicle did not pull left or right. I refused their service this time but they didn't seem to care about losing a customer. That was their demeanor everytime I went there.

- North East, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 082006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


While driving home on a clear, sunny day, my Ford Escape pulled to the left, crossing the center line, crashing into a semi-truck twice, hitting two additional cars and flipped onto its side. I had to be cut out of my vehicle and was airlifted to a trauma center. I sustained a concussion, broken ribs and bruising all of my body. Luckily, no one was killed, but my car was completely destroyed. The car had been pulling to the left on occasion, but on those occasions I was able to correct it quickly.

- Elburn, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 242005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
The contact stated while driving vehicle pulled to the left. It felt as if the contact constantly was making a left hand turn. This problem was intermittent. The vehicle was inspected by the service dealer three times. It was determined thhat the alignment was within the manufacturer's specifications. The service dealer completed diagnostic testing and test drove the vehicle but was unable to duplicate the problem. He contacted the manufacturer. They said their engineers were aware there was a problem, and were working to find a solution. No repairs have been made. Update 1/4/2006 -

- Ridgely, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 072005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The front suspension of my 2005 Ford Escape has a tendency to nose dive as the brakes are applied and also have excessive play in the steering. There is also a persistent rattle of the front suspension that Ford says is common to all Ford Escapes and thus far has not fixed.

- Long Valley, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 282004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Bought a 2005 Ford Escape limited 11,312 miles ago. Have had the car into the dealer six times because it keeps pulling to the left (into oncoming traffic). They have aligned, over aligned and replaced the tires. To this day, it still pulls to the left. Since it pulls to the left, a "head-on collison" is bound to happen. The Ford dealer, mac haik, doesn't seem to care or has no interest in fixing this potental dangerous situation.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

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