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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,500 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.

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #10

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 #9

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 #8

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 #7

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 #6

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 #5

Oct 212014


  • 78,000 miles
My back wheel well housing has rusted away on my Escape 2006 I have been waiting two months for Ford to send the part they raised the price from 160 dollars to 707 dollars in those two months how can they do that when the part was faulty to begin with why is the government not protected the consumer from this type of fraud from Ford.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 022014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles


Excessive wheel hub corrosion, shock freed and damaging interior and exterior wheel hub area. Not driving vehicle at this point, too dangerous. Advised by several mechanics to contact Ford motor with complaint. Ford motor call center took information and hung up on me. Would not direct me to supervisor. No recall at this point for 2006, but many complaints in former years regarding the same issue. Very dangerous situation and may have caused a tragic accident. If Agency would like pictures, please contact me.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

problem #3

May 302014


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, a loud noise was heard from the rear of the vehicle. The contact discovered a hole in the rear passenger wheel well. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the wheel well was corroded and caused the shock absorber to separate from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Highland, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 162014


  • 156,000 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that both rear wheel wells were completely corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician verified the failure and stated that both wheel wells needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 156,000.

- Polk, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 152009


  • 46,000 miles
I own a 2006 Ford Escape XLT. I am having a problem with the rims, not the tires. It seems that on every single rim, the paint on the rim is bubbling up. All 4 rims have bubbling all in the same exact spots.the paint bubbling is forming in the center of the rim, right around the Ford center cap. Under the bubbling, it appears that rust is forming. This is a 2006 Ford Escape with only 46,000 miles on it. It is only 3 yrs old. I have no idea if it is due to the NY weather. I have contacted my Ford dealership. My Escape is still under warranty. They even took a look at the rims and have no idea why the paint is bubbling on all rims, all in the same spot. There has not been any recalls on the rims. Therefore, I would have to purchase new rims for my 2006 Ford Escape, which will cost thousands of dollars.

- Farmingdale, NY, USA

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