This Ford Escape is quieter and more comfortable than the model we tested in 2001. IIHS crash-test results improved, as well. The Escape is agile, but had less tire grip than the 2001 version we tested. Because of this it had a relatively long braking distance and low maximum speed in our avoidance maneuver. Also, compared with many competing models, the Escape had slow acceleration times and so-so fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

This Ford Escape is quieter and more comfortable than the model we tested in 2001. IIHS crash-test results improved, as well. The Escape is agile, but had less tire grip than the 2001 version we tested. Because of this it had a relatively long braking distance and low maximum speed in our avoidance maneuver. Also, compared with many competing models, the Escape had slow acceleration times and so-so fuel economy.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 hybrid (155 hp)
  • 2.3-liter 4 (153 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"rear passenger door panel vinyl trim has peeled off"

Warren M., MO (2005 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"the vinyl covering the side door panels is coming off"

L K., NC (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The ceiling fabric is falling off, the window and dashboard vinyl has discolored, rearview mirror fell off and rust in wheel wells. I am the only one who has driven this car and the only one riding in it. I have it cleaned and serviced regularly. I"

Suzanne C., OH (2005 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"flawed paint on rear door, started peeling early on"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"premature peeling and rust with no damage to the vehicle"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"The paint on the roof began flaking off to expose the metal which then rusted"

Anonymous, MS (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rust under the body is eating all the paint. Rust is major problem for this model"

Rokas K., CA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"Wheel wells are rusting and repairs have not alleviated the problem"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Ford Escape XLS Unsure)

"Passanger side rear fender weld complelely rusted through. $1500 to repair. This seems to be a known issue, but Ford has not had a recall"

Warren M., MO (2005 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"It's shocking that Dearborn/Detroit can't (or won't) do a better job rustproofing a car that has much mechanical life remaining. This is my fifth Ford to rust out -- no more! I buy and maintain vehicles to last, but the mfr isn't cooperating"

Christoph B., NJ (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Right rear wheel well rusted out. I thought Consumer reports would have given a heads up about this rust problem! Seems to be a very common problem with the ford escape?"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Passenger side rear inner fender well rusted out around the shock mount"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Excessive rust and rot throughout the rt rear wheel well.Total deterioration"

Maurice J., CT (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Wheel well rust above rear tires"

James P., IN (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rust has accelerated dramatically in the last 10 months"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust began showing in 2011 at rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rear fender"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rust should not develop (in fenders and on liftgate) on a well maintained car, even if nine years old. This is my fourth Ford with rust problems -- no more of my business will go to Dearborn!"

Christoph B., NJ (2005 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

"front edge of sunroof, all wheel wells with rust through, along sides"

Gord R., ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"too much with no reasoning"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"I am unable to pay for body repairs"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Significant rust on the wheel wells of the rear tires. Rusted through the paint above the wheels and pieces fell off. Also a little rust on the bottom of the tailgate"

Carolyn D., MN (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My car has been waxed twice a year and washed through the winter to keep off the salt. I have never had a car rust on me. I have been noticing quite a few Ford vehicles that are rusting, it must be a trait with Fords"

Suzanne C., OH (2005 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Excessive rust in the underbody under the back seat had to be repaired before the whole back seat and floor fell out"

Mark R., MI (2005 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

"rust broke through above passenger rear wheel"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"code c1095 brings abs light on. both front ring gear had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Right front tone ring broke causing ABS system to go off...my mechanic welded it back together but sometimes when I brake when turning right, it causes the ABS to kick in and pulsate my brakes on that side. It would be to costly to replace"

Darryl F., PA (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"Light came on at 89000 mi. Needed to replace a part for $450"

Mary P., NJ (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"I have had to have my brakes serviced that last 2 or 3 times I had my oil changed for wear and rust. Now when I drive at highway speeds (60 + MPH) both my ABS and 4WD warning lights come on. I have not had it serviced yet but will have to soon"

Richard K., NJ (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The sensor for the front passenger wheel failed over the winter caused every stop to feel as though the ABS was engaged"

Julia P., NY (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Had problems on ABS on both front wheels in 6 month interval from first wheel and to second wheel problems"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"AWD and ABS lights came on and resulted in repairs"

Ervin D., ME (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced the token ring on 2 separate occasions only to have the 3rd go shortly thereafter"

Sigmund O., ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Abs light comes on. Dealer gets code. Speed sensor. Estimate is high w 3-4 hrs labour and $50 parts. I check YouTube. Common tone ring problem. Repair on YouTube is moderate difficulty. I buy part $11, a couple wrenches I don't have (broke the breake"

Henry V., ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"This was the second ABS failure due to a fractured tone ring. First the right-front failed, and then the left-front failed"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"There was a "sticking" or seized rear caliper. Both calipers were replaced at the same time as preventative maintenance. Rotors were therefore prematurely damaged and replaced as well"

Paul D., CT (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had a front and rear caliper seize"

Eric C., AB (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"mechanic was sure abs module was the problem but it turned out the master cylinder was defective"

Jim M., SK (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Because lack of driving the rotors all rusted , all four rotors and brakes"

Michael B., PA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Erratic wear on the Rotors as well as backing plates rusting out"

Raymond E., MA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Pulsation felt when breaking. Needed front pads and rotors replaced, had drums machined and replaced brake hoses and wheel cylinder"

SUSn T., MI (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new brake linings"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Drums and brake pads were replaced"

Michael L., OH (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"I had all 4 rotors w/ their calipers replaced. Severe rust on each rotor and grinding and pulsing with each braking. We live only a couple of miles from the ocean and I worked less than a mile from the ocean, so the salt in the air probably added to"

Christopher S., MD (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the vehicle only had 22000 miles on it ,it is only driven occassionally . The brakes completely rusted out the rotors causing the brake pads to wear extensively"

Michael B., PA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Ford certified brake pads disintegrated and rotors were gouged with less than 10,000 km since replacement. Ford dealer made no effort to honour warranty or and compensation at all"

Sigmund O., ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"I have replaced brake pads 4 times and rotors twice"

Mary P., NJ (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Brake line rusted and failed releasing all brake fluid to front passenger side brake"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"The brakes squeak even though the mechanic has looked at the car twice and found nothing wrong with the brakes"

Julia P., NY (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"need alignment twice a year. tires constantly wear out prematurely"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"ball joints wear out within two years"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front end ball joint failures a constant problem in the last 3 years"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Lower front ball joints continue to wear out with low miles driven. The front suspension and steering has been noted on-line by others to be poorly designed"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"This problem is related to the rusting issue indicated above. Replacing stunts trust is a maintenance item -- I have no quarrel with that. But when the anchor point for a new strut is weakened by nearby rust, what's an owner to do? Curse Ford, that's what, and look at Honda and Toyota dealers for my next purchase"

Christoph B., NJ (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rear passenger side shock mount rusted prematurely and detached from car. Ford said would not cover. It has been registered with NHTSA multiple times by others"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"On rough roads, there were frequent loud noises. Had to replace the struts"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Leakage,age"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The left rear strut leaked out fluid in the past year and had to be replaced within the last six months"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"bushings worn out"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace the CV joint twice. Once to replace a leaking boot. The next due to sub assembly failure"

Daniel C., IL (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"Part of sub assembly failure"

Daniel C., IL (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"After 180,000 miles they were worn out, which is to be expected. I replace brakes when they get worn out as well"

Joel K., GA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Excessive wear was described to me during routine service"

L L., CA (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Transfer drive case replacement"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid Unsure)

"All wheel bearings burned out after 5 years old"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I have replaced 3 of 4 wheel bearings due to premature wear. Expecting the 4th later this year"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front wheel bearings replaced in the course of 8 months, on a vehicle with only 85 000 Km is rather surprising"

Marcel T., QC (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"constantly going out of alignment. Tires have been rotated and balanced every 6000 - 8000 miles"

Butch W., CO (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Serpentine belt frayed, replaced it. Was original belt"

James H., SC (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Despite the higher mileage on this car, the pressure trigger on fuel pumps is always going off when in this tank. I have to re-engage the pump and hold it at a weird angle so it will actually fill the tank"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Angle of gas pipe causes automatic shut off of gas"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

"Known issue never recalled. Coils short out and shoot so many errors to computer you have to replace computer. $2000 repair"

Michael R., PA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The PCM failed and it made all six coils to fail costing about $3500.00 to replace at dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"One of few Ford models that when the coil or spark plus fails, the computer ($300 rebuilt) has to replaced in addition to the plugs and coils, or the plugs and coils will fail within a few seconds of starting the car"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Passenger side engine mount wore out"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"engine seals have minor leaks. Cost estimate is $2800 to fix"

Marie M., WI (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Small hole in oil pan. Easily repaired when located"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"timing chain cover gasket"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Diagnosed as rear engine main gasket and oil coolant line leak. I was old the engine had to be removed to repair the rear main gasket leak - too expensive to do on a 2005 car"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Small oil leak with engine face gasket that mechanic says is okay to let go. Repair would be cost prohibitive"

Bruce S., AZ (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It has leaked oil since I purchased it at 14100 miles. The dealership replace a seal, but it didn't stop. It may be a porous casting of the oil pan"

F F., NC (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Minor leak of the front cover gasket. The problem is the oil leaks down onto an exhaust pipe resulting in smoking. Gasket difficult to get to estimates are $1600+ to replace gasket"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"seal around oil pump leaked"

Kurt S., KY (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor oil spots in driveway"

Michael R., PA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"appears to be oil pan gasket leaks"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"Catalytic converter Bank 1 plugged up - was fixed. Bank 2 failed. VERY EXPENSIVE !!! to fix to meet State Inspection criteria (Check engine light). Car runs ok"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Muffler

"mufflers always seem to go when the pipes go"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"We had to replace the entire exhaust system including muffler and pipes at a significant cost"

David A., NY (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The exhaust system was old and rusted and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Escape Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Wore out"

Ray L., MI (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"old car rusted pipes"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Rusty braces failed. Not informed before pipes fell even though dealer did all oil changes and 36-point inspection every 9 months"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"General maintenance due to age and winter wear and tear"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Escape Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe junction rusted out, ended up cutting apart and welding in a junction instead of replacing the whole thing"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Ford Escape Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"vehicle had gotten very loud. Had flex pipe and gaskets replaced"

SUSn T., MI (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Virginia inspection system failed the car due to exhaust leakage. The repair shop insisted that the entire assembly below the engine was faulty or near failure"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"had to replace pipe from exhaust manifold to cat"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace piping in exhaust system"

Aubrey J., NC (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Exhaust leaks into the interior if the vehicle is parked and there is no breeze to blow exterior exhaust away. Have had several garage visits to repair, including changing exhaust pipes and resetting hangers. Problem continues"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"Alternator had to be replaced due to failure. Location of the alternator is such that a major repair expense resulted in excess of $700"

Gary M., PA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Alternator died and we had it replaced along with the battery"

Ervin D., ME (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"had to install a new battery even though the old one was only 2 years old"

Harry M., PA (2005 Ford Escape Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"quickly discharging, poorer gas mileage, and sluggish. Required reprogramming and replacement of the air cooling door motor for the hybrid compartment"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electronic ignition

"Check Engine light - oxygen sensor replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The plugs can fail causing a cascading chain of failures to the coils and ECM"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"4 of the plugs and plug wires failed resulting in a major expense for repair"

Gary M., PA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Coil

"had to replace coil and spark plugs, car quit on fwy"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"All 6 ignition coils needed replacement. Spark plugs were replaced at the same time"

Michael B., CA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace all six coils and spark plugs due to wrong spark plugs installed at factory. This also caused one of the computers to fail and had to be replaced. Ford knew about this problem but did not recall and only offered a fix under 75K miles"

William L., PA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Have had to replace 4 of 6 coils in the last two years"

Eric C., AB (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The calaletit converters failed"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"catalytic converters; all 3 needed replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"fuel line was clogging"

Manvydas S., MI (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The two water pumps were changed as well as the thermostat because of engine overheating climbing the mountain pass"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Check engine light came on. Took it into dealership and they replaced fuel sensor and filter"

John F., MN (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"FUEL CAP BROKE AFTER 5 YEARS"

Randy P., CO (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light came on. Dealer replaced the fuel cap and the problem went away"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel injection system

"FUEL CONTROL VALVE BAD MILAGE DROPPED TO 15-16 MPG REPAIRED AND BACK TO NORMAL"

Randy P., CO (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"AC system not cooling for several weeks. Diagnosed problem at car repair shop and had work done to repair the unit"

Thomas C., FL (2005 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

"Weak. Does not develop enough pressure to properly cool"

Dan G., CA (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This component should have lasted, equal to the longevity of other mechanical elements of the car"

Christoph B., NJ (2005 Ford Escape XLT Unsure)

"Dryer froze up and compressor went out"

Stan C., AZ (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"AC works ok; Refrigerant leaks.Internal Seals are worn - AC Compressor needs to be :re-built" or replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"There is a slow leak in the unit in the dashboard which would cost over $2000.00 because the dashboard would have to be taken off to fix"

Alan Y., HI (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Slow leak developed and several trips to shops could not identify source. finally just recently leak was determined to be evaporator related"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"thermostate on heater covered under recall this year"

David W., MI (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Driveshaft hanger bearing"

Misty F., ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Transfer case

"Shaking when driving and noise. Used replacement was 500$"

Eric B., QC (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A very expensive replacement, over $1800 for a rebuilt unit"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Had to be replaced with a good, used one for total $1K, new would be $4K"

Arthur N., WI (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Grinding and cloaking noise started under car. Temperature rose transmission oil leaked. Slowly drove home and didn't drive it until fixed. Ford dealer diagnosed transfer case. Option to buy new or used. New was very expensive so I went with used. S"

Henry V., ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"We had to replace the on board computer"

L K., NC (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"sensor warning lights did not come on. main computer chip failed. ...causing damage to wires and plugs and catalytic converters"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

"A second tone ring has fallen off the inner wheel. This ring and it's magnets tell the 4x4 sensor, ABS and other sensors what each wheel is doing. It's the second replaced in 2 years, maybe related to hitting winter road potholes"

Christopher S., MD (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Weather stripping around doors lets air and water through door jams and interior door handles"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal Wear"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The problems with the water pump, coil and spark plugs were fixed for $733.96. The rubber door seals are no longer attached, and hang loose"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"The motor mounts have worn away. Especially at idle the noise is so bad, you cannot have a conversation with anyone in the rear seat"

John M., PA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Squeaks have developed in rear compartment interior body panels"

Bruce S., AZ (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a squeak when you enter or exit the truck. That is about 90% of the time, and sounds like it's suspension related. The Ford dealership tried to alleviate the squeak but it returned, and hasn't gone away"

Alan Y., HI (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"It is not very quiet. You can hear all the road noise and wind. Only had 40000 miles on it when we bought it 1 year old. Has been like this since we bought it"

Butch W., CO (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"Defective sensor in rear door & dealer says we have to replace entire system. Local mechanic installed kill switch so we don't keep burning out batteries"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"Door look switches showed corrosion wear resulting in car alarm going off constantly. switches were cleaned and lubricated and one switch / door lock latch needed to be replaced. Total Cost ~$900. No aftermarket door latch available"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"horn goes off randomly"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Front interior dome light stopped working. Fuse and bulb good. Problem appears to be in the automatic interior light control system? Have not had it checked out by dealer. I suspect it is not worth the cost"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I went to FORD to get a second key made. They said they couldn't see inside the door that caused the key not to work, and it would cost $115 to just look, not fix. They gave me a second key that could not open the door, but could start the car. I als"

Penny B., CA (2005 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

"had to replace it"

Andrew P., NY (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD player stopped working 3 years ago"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"CD won't eject"

Ian S., NM (2005 Ford Escape Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Some time ago the screen on our radio/sirius went completely blank...we are unable to choose new channels without simply scrolling & hope we hit one. To correct this we will need to replace the entire entertainment system. UGH"

David A., NY (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"VOLUME CONTROL SOMETIMES IS REVERSED TURN VOLUME DOWN AND IT GETS LOUDER DEALER SAYS CANNOT BE FIXED SAID BUY NEW RADIO"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"Door locks are rusted and "door ajar" light is always on"

Rokas K., CA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Seat belts in my Ford vehicle have a tendency to jam constantly. They won't pull out and when they do they won't retract correctly. Poor design by Ford"

Mark R., MI (2005 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)
Sunroof

"It will not close completely by itrself. I have to seal it by hand"

Raymond B., NJ (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Transmission line rusted through and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"It appears to be a slow leak, as the bottom of the housing appears wet. There do not seem to be drips"

F F., NC (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Rough shifting

"I had the transmission rebuilt in 2013 but still have some minor shifting issues"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Escape XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"I neglected oil changes for approximately 20,000 miles and the engine blew. I never knew oil could evaporate. I expected it to be dirty but not gone. When they checked there was no oil in it. The 4 cyl hybrid runs at very high rpm and gets hot"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bent valve in 1 cylinder after 110k miles. Engine replaced with 70k model, $3800"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"Cooling hose blew just after car purchase, covered by dealer"

Richard W., CO (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Water pump

"Recall--replaced by Ford"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"part of transmission froze, cracking case"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Torque converter

"Engine dies when decelerating after traveling at freeway speeds. Will start back up but then dies again when shifted into gear unless the accelerator is floored. was quoted 2000 dollars to replace it after 350 diagnostic fee"

Victor R., MI (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
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