Notes: With solid trends of engine failure — $4,500 to fix at 85,000 miles avg — AND transmission failure — $3,000 to fix at 75,000 miles avg — we can't recommend the 2006 Ford Escape to anyone except your worst enemy.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,201 miles

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #41

Sep 022016


  • 186,000 miles


While driving my vehicle on a highway, I could here a loud clunking sound coming from the rear. After investigating, it was visibly noticeable that the shock tower on the rear passenger side rusted completely off the vehicle. This allowed the wheel to bounce freely and the shock to jam up into the wheel well repeatedly. The vehicle is unsafe to drive.

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #40

Aug 162016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 40 mph, the rear passenger side shock plate detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the shock plate needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unknown.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #39

Aug 132016


  • 105,500 miles
A few months ago I noticed a thumping noise when driving. The passenger side rear wheel well started to have the black coating flake off of the inside revealing rust. Since then my strut has broken off from my frame & the shock has completely broken. From the research I have been doing thousands of people have had the same problem. There needs to be a recall for this. My car is un-driveable & most likely so expensive to fix that I might as well buy a new car.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #38

Jun 012016


  • miles


There should be a recall on Ford Escape 2006 vehicles. We bought our vehicle used one year ago, 117K miles on it and the wheel wells/shock towers looked fine. After one winter the rear passenger wheel well is rusted through (there is literally a rust hole) and the driver is almost as bad. We had the vehicle inspected at a Ford dealership prior to purchasing it a year ago - they didn't even point out any corrosion. Meaning, within a year it corroded so bad it needed $1300 worth or repair. Our local mechanic told us there was a recall on the issue, but searching online and asking our local Ford dealer we discovered there wasn't. this isn't the type of cosmetic rust of the body, but rust of the structural integrity of the vehicle. It is a design flaw that whoever engineered the body should be ashamed of. I can find recalls online for 2001 -2004 Escapes for similar structural rust, so why isn't Ford recalling 2006 Escapes when the problem is still occurring? the Ford dealer told us, keep the repair receipt in case Ford issues a recall, then we could be reimbursed. This rust isn't just and eyesore, but a safety issue.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #37

May 152016


  • miles
Went change the shocks and the whole bracket system had rusted out on the passenger side rear. They have recalled these from 2001-2004. It is fine on the drivers side but the passenger side it totally rusted thru it is going to cost 3000 to fix. I have only had this vehicle a year. It made a clunk noise twice so I took it in to the shop, I am driving two kids around I am a single mom suck crap.

- Cadillac, MI, USA

problem #36

Feb 212016


  • 215,000 miles
Rear passenger wheel well completely rusted out. Suspension not mounted to vehicle now, and hammers bottom of interior when going over any bump in the road. Every other wheel well is fine. All mechanics I have spoken with, including a Ford certified body shop will not touch the issue and advised me to scrap the vehicle.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #35

May 312015


  • 135,000 miles


Escape wheel well rust caused strut to detatch from vehicle. I was driving down the highway when I heard loud thumping noises, I checked and didn't see anything that it might be so I took it to a mechanic who showed me the excessive wheel well rust that caused the strut to detatch from the body. He said it was not safe to drive and that it must be fixed by a body shop as he couldn't fix it. I got estimates from body shops as well as Ford and they all said it would be around $4,000 to $5,000 this is no other rust on the vehicle other than the excessive passenger rear wheel well rust and is has only 130-140K miles on it. Now I cannot drive it without risk of a major accident due to the problem so it is sitting in my garage. I have photos but am unable to upload them to this site at this time.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #34

Dec 192015


  • 130,000 miles
The right wheel well of my 2006 Ford Escape (limited) is completely rusted out. I can no longer drive this vehicle because the shock is about to break through the interior of the vehicle. The rust has caused exhaust to pour into the vehicle. Before knowing about this, I took my vehicle to several different mechaincs because I could smell exhaust. They couldn't find anything. A Canadian auto body person (I love on the border) told me that it was coming from the holes in the right wheel well and showed me the large hole where exhaust is leaking in. This is a serious safety issue that all Escape owners (2006 at least) need to be made aware of!!! I can't take and attach photos at this time due to the weather but can provide them another time, upon request. I should note that I live in northern Michigan and that I have taken meticulous care of this vehicle.

- Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA

problem #33

Sep 212015


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving at approximately 5 mph, there was a loud bump from the rear passenger side. The contact observed rust on the rear tire. The failure recurred continuously, causing the vehicle to become inoperable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the shock absorber needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000....updated 02/03/16

- Blairstown , NJ, USA

problem #32

Sep 142015


  • 200 miles
Right rear wheel housing completely gone. First indication of any issue was when shock no longer properly supports. Rust and total de-lamination of metal housing supporting shock. Fear of shock punching through - into cargo hold in the area of the jack storage.

- Henryville, IN, USA

problem #31

Jul 022015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Complete rear shock tower failure......updated10/20/15

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #30

May 212015


  • 182,000 miles
My rear passenger wheel well is completely rusted out. This is the only one affected. The strut mount is lose and is going to fall off. I can no longer drive my vehicle. It is very unsafe for my son and I to drive and ride in. There has been numerous complaints and there needs to be a recall before someone is seriously injured or killed.

- Mount Holly Springs, PA, USA

problem #29

May 132015


  • 150,250 miles
There is excessive corrosion in the passenger side rear wheel well and the shock absorber has broken since there is nothing to connect to causing a safety issue. Research on the internet shows this is a common problem with this year and 2005. It was taken to the dealer and they and Ford will do nothing stating the vehicle should be scrapped.

- Hastings, MI, USA

problem #28

Feb 132015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
When driving I started noticing a loud banging sound starting when driving over small bumps in the road. In taking the vehicle to the local Ford dealer repair shop for an oil change we had them check out the sound that I heard. They pointed out the right, passenger side rear wheel well. At this time we were told the repair was not an immediate repair that was needed but would need to be repaired. We planned to wait until the local roads were repaired from the pot holes developed through winter. A month and a half later, on March 20, 2015 the sound had become extremely worse and I feared for my safety. We took it to a repair shop and they stated the vehicle was no longer safe to drive. The right side rear wheel well had rusted through and the suspension is barely attached to the vehicle. In researching online this is a prevalent problem through several year models not just the 2005. When I called the Ford customer service hotline I was told Ford was unaware and that they did not know this was a safety problem despite the numerous listings of people online saying they have reported the same kind of issues.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #27

Mar 312014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
We heard a loud bank noise coming from the rear passenger side. Upon inspection by an independent dealer the rear shock absorber had become detached from the body due to body rust. This is a recurring issue with Ford Escapes and a recall was issued on the 2000 to 2004 models. There were several similar complaints noted on the NHTSA website for 2005. Our vehicle is a 2006 model but has the same issue. When will Ford act with integrity, step up and fix this issue.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #26

Feb 132015


  • 120,000 miles
While driving I heard a loud noise then shortly after heard something rubbing then very shortly after my left rear tire blew out. I stopped to look and it looks like the area where the rear strut attached to the body completely rusted away. The car is most likely not repairable.

- Flat Rock, MI, USA

problem #25

Jan 022015

Escape 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
The right rear wheel well of my 2006 Ford Escape has rusted completely away, where you can see into the inside of the car from the outside. It is causing a constant rattling and a horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump.checking online, I see that this has been a problem for some time now and the shock has completely separated from the vehicle. Ford has always been a company to stand behind their vehicles, so I imagine it will only be a matter of time before a recall is issued, but someone needs to do something about this now before there are fatalities involved.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #24

Jan 092015


  • miles
My right wheel well has rusted out completely and the inside compartment is now open to the outside. There is a terrible, constant rattling noise and a horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #23

Jan 092015


  • miles
The right wheel well has rusted out completely around the shock.I can see into the car from the outside. There is a loud rattle constantly and a horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #22

Nov 262014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
The rear shock mount failed due to rust. This appears to be a common problem with Ford Escapes built in the years 2005 and 2006. It seems this failure is a design flaw. Ford refuses to pay for the cost of repair. When the failure occurred the vehicle was no long operable. I had to have the car towed to the repair shop.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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