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:
20,862 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 192015


  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, the engine stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the PCM needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, who diagnosed that the PCM needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 232011

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Letter from senator casey on behalf of constituent re concerns about her 2005 Ford Escape the consumer began having problems with the vehicle. When she took the vehicle to her mechanic, he hooked it up to the computer and it gave him a reading that the cylinder was not firing, but he thought there was more involved. After further examination, it was discovered the PCM was damaged. The PCM was sent to another establishment for repair. The technician at the establishment informed the consumers mechanic that Ford recommended that all six coils and six spark plugs be replaced. The PCM was returned to the consumers mechanic. The vehicle needed to be reprogrammed at the dealership, but the consumer was unable to get an appointment right away. The mechanic called the consumer and informed her, that instead of the original circuit B misfiring, circuit C was misfiring. The PCM had to be sent back to be rebuilt again. All of the coils and spark plugs had to be replaced again. After the vehicle was reprogrammed again, circuits C, D and E were misfiring. The coils and spark plugs had to be replaced for a third time. The consumer stated the problem is due to faulty engineering. The PCM was placed behind the engine compartment where a lot of heat was generated from the engine and it interfered with the frequency of the PCM.

- Williamsport, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 232011


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Email from senator on behalf of constituent re concerns with her 2005 Ford Escape automobile (design of the powertrain control module computer). The consumer stated while driving, all the lights on the dashboard illuminated. When she arrived at the repair shop, the mechanic performed a diagnostics test where it was determined that a cylinder was not firing. After further examination, it was discovered the power control module was damaged.

- Williamsport, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 092006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
New 2005 Ford Escape has numerous issues that are not being addressed by multiple dealer shops: - intermittent stalling, similar to problem causing recall of 2001 - 2003 Escapes. Car will suddenly lose power, resulting in loss of power sterring and brakes. Dealer cannot reproduce, so will do nothing about it. - gasoline smell and loud knocking from engine in hot temperatures. - extremely low gas mileage, almost 50% below advertised mileage. These complaints appear in other reports as well, so this is not isolated. Ford is doing its best not to address any of these issues and telling people to just deal with it.

- Sherwood, OR, USA

problem #1

Dec 172004

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170 miles
Car seized to run on street. Transmission failed at 170 miles.

- Darien, CT, USA

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