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.
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There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Lower molding for front windshield has come undone. Expensive replacement part for just a piece of rubber. Have to replace whole molded unit piece. Very stupid design."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"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)

"Interior door panels separating and rotting."

J R., NE (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"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)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"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)

"Bumpers & side trim faded."

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

"paint on 5th door had flaw, appeared too late for warenty, continued to peel."

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

"Fading along fender drip edges under hood and peeling around lift-gate window. Car was originally purchased and used in Livermore, CA from 2005 to 2017 and used in Horsham, PA since 2017."

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

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

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

"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)

"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)

"rust broke through above passenger rear wheel"

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

"rocker panels rusted due to no weep holes in plastic mouldings. Held water and mud inside mouldings."

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

"Major rust damage around rear passenger side wheelwell , amounted to a broken frame, needed major repair"

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

"There are rust patches under the paint in a few areas of the car."

Brian N., VA (2005 Ford Escape 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

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

Anonymous, IA (2005 Ford Escape XLS)

"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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"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)

"Rake abs caliber replacemment"

David Y., MB (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"left front axle need replacement to repair ABS system."

Michael W., WI (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)

"ABS light came on. Next start up it was off, however, within a few minutes during braking the brakes act as if ABS has engaged and the light comes on again."

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

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

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

"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)
Master cylinder

"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)

"had the master cylinder replaced about 5 yrs ago was on my way home from a roadtrip and noticed my brake pedal was getting soft pulled over to inspect and noticed the brake warning light had come on checked master cylinder and saw it was low topped it up and made my way home discovered that the wrong mastercylinder had been installed and the rear seal had been leaking causing the brake booster to fill with brake fluid had looked all over for leaking wheel cylinders and found nothing Now I know why"

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

"rear seal in master cylinder failed allowing booster to fill with brake fluid causing a low brake pedal"

Jim M., SK (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"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)
Premature brake wear

"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)
Rotors

"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)
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

"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)

"ball joints wear out within two years"

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

"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)

"The Shock/Strut in the right rear wheel-well, broke through the wheel-well and rattled loudly. I got a welder to weld a substantial steel plate to properly re-mount the shock, then he coated the wheel well with anti rust treatment. He charged me $150 and it has worked great for 4 plus years. No signed of worsening rust?"

Thomas G., MN (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)

"Two severe issues. The sub frame assembly rusted through and Ford does not even make the part anymore, had to find a used one. Shock tower rear passenger side rusted through. Despite both of these being known safety problems Ford does not support any repair."

Daniel C., IL (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)
Springs or torsion bars

"bushings worn out"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"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)
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)

"The SUV came with three good tires, and one odd tire. It caused steering wheel vibration, I had to replace all 4 tires to avoid possible 4WD transmission damage"

Thomas G., MN (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"Excessive wear was described to me during routine service"

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

"Grinding noise. As with all car repairs it was expensive. There may have been other details besides the 'tie rods' but that's my level of recollection"

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

"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)
Tire wear is uneven

"Transfer drive case replacement"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid)
Wheel bearings

"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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"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

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

Anonymous, OR (2005 Ford Escape XLT)

"When filling up at the pump, the pump sometimes shuts off well prior to the tank being full. This has happened many times over the past few years. It's never happened with any other vehicle we have"

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

"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)
Engine computer

"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)

"engine stopped on main hyway"

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

"All failed and I replaced them"

James H., SC (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

"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)

"timing chain cover gasket"

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

"Leak are rear main seal and oil pan leak. Both started when the car had less than 72K miles on it. Oil levels are maintained properly. Shouldn't have a leak with only 72K miles on the engine."

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

"There is a small oil leak that the mechanic says would be costly to fix and not worth fixing. So I need to check the oil level regularly and be courteous where I park. There is a constant oil smell and once there was smoke when left idling."

Suzanne W., FL (2005 Ford Escape)

"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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"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)
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)

"it has alot of miles so the gaskets do go bad"

Larry O., (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"it had a crack in it from old age n they are made alittle to thin for the motor"

Larry O., (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)
Muffler

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

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

"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)
Pipes

"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 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 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)

"Flex pipe had to be replaced"

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

"Exhaust pipe connecting to catalytic converter rusted through. This is a single piece not able to repair easily."

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

"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)

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

"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)

"Had to have the Alternator replaced. Was over $400 dollars. Placement was terrible as they had to raise the engine to change it. Very poor design."

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

"2 Ignition coils needed to be replaced. The car was stuttering prior to the coils being replaced"

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

"Got two readings from engine. Fouled plug number 4 on startup and running. Could be bad coil"

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

"Check Engine light - oxygen sensor replaced"

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

"I had a short in the wire from the ac compressor to the computer and a short in the wire from cylinder 5 coil to computer."

James H., SC (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
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)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"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)

"sparks plugs caused computer failure"

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

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

4WD/AWD components

"The car indicated I had an engine problem, the check engine light went on. It took the Ford dealer a week, with Ford's help, to determine that a wiring harness, connected to to transmission, was the problem."

Ted D., DE (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
CV joint

"Started experiencing grinding noise around 211,000 miles. Given that this vehicle had been driven mostly on horrible California roads, including 49,000-miles in one year in San Francisco as a Lyft & Uber car, this car performed admirably. Found replacement axles for front with CV Joints and Boots preassembled on internet from Michigan for under $100 and had installed for $500, which included Lower Control Arms with Bushings & Ball-joints. Drives like new now."

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

"extreme vibration in rear."

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

"rear differential needs replaced, causes distinct vibration at highway speed"

John W., MN (2005 Ford Escape 3.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Driveshaft hanger bearing"

Misty F., 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)
Transfer case

"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)

"transfer case became noisy, and then something inside broke, penetrating the case. very impressive damage. Then the replacement started getting noisy. the replacement for the replacement seems to be doing well."

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

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

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

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

"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)

"Dryer froze up and compressor went out"

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

"it died"

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

"The wheel that moves the belt broke."

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

"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 3.0-L V6)
Condenser

"it died"

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

"Dryer and condenser needed replaced at about 190,000 miles on odometer"

Stan C., AZ (2005 Ford Escape Limited 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)
Refrigerant leaks

"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)

"Technicians have tried to find the leak without success. It lasts about 18 months before needing a recharge."

Richard W., CO (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)

"catalytic converters; all 3 needed replacement"

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

"Catalytic converters finally wore out which is no surprise with all the miles on this wonderful vehicle."

Lester C., GA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

"Car was operating normally but service engine light came on. Dealer tested and found issues with air intake, thermostat, throttle body and maf sensors. Throttle body and thermostat were replaced. This is the first major issue I have had with this car. Mileage improved after repairs were done."

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

"The calaletit converters failed"

Anonymous, FL (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)

"Not very mechanical but I know gas was not getting to the fuel system. It seems to be a common problem with the Ford Escape as my mechanic who is not a dealer knew what was wrong from my verbal description without inspecting the car. He also keeps the replacement part on hand as it commonly needs to be replace. A friend with a 2009 Ford Escape had the same problem."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Escape)
Fuel pump

"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 line was clogging"

Manvydas S., MI (2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"I frequently get a Check Engine light with a code of P0193 indicating a high pressure condition on the fuel rails yet the engine performs normally. I manually reset the condition code to see if it's a solid problem and the condition goes away for a couple of months and then returns. The vehicle continues to run normally. Will eventually replace the sensor to see if that clears the problem."

A A., 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"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)

"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)
Interior lights

"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)
Keyless entry

"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)
Warning lights

"dealer unable to diagnosis problem. Engine warning light on and vehicle stalled."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wiper motor or washer

"had to replace it"

Andrew P., NY (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

Air or water leaks

"Normal Wear"

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

"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)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"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)
Squeaks or rattles

"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)

"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)
Wind noise

"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)

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 won't eject"

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

"CD player stopped working 3 years ago"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 3.0-L V6)
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)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS does not always show the correct location of the vehicle. Sometimes it is 1-2 blocks away. Instructions to turn may be early or late. Sometimes it works well. Not planning to fix on 13 year-old vehicle."

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

"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)

"Volume control issues. Trying o lower the volume level and the volume just gets louder."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Escape XLT 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

Doors or sliding doors

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

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

"doors locking and unlocking while parked in driveway when engine is shut-off."

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

"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)
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)
Windows

"Rear passnger window motor failed."

Brian N., VA (2005 Ford Escape 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

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)

"Internal failure, would not stay running at idle"

Harry M., PA (2005 Ford Escape Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Complete failure no output to drive shafts."

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

"part of transmission froze, cracking case"

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

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

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)
Slipping transmission

"At low rpm's (below 2000 while traveling about 60 mph) the vehicle seems to sputter and loses power. i have to step on the gas to go to a different gear and get the power."

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

"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)

"Transmission line rusted through and had to be replaced"

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

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)
Head gasket

"The head gasket replacement was costly and time consuming - although the dealer gave a loner car. The oil pan gasket was also replaced at the same time."

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

"During routine oil change, noticed leaking fluids. Ford mechanics cleaned the area and discovered leaking at the front engine gasket. Service took 2 days (which I felt was reasonable) and the majority of engine gaskets were replaced (due to the amount of the engine that had to be taken apart to replace the problem gasket)."

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

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

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

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

"The vehicle often would not go into hybrid mode, especially after shutting off the engine and then restarting it before it cooled down. The dealer we purchased the car from diagnose the problem as being the throttle body. The repair cost around $1000. It didn't help at all. They did additional troubleshooting (at no additional charge) and contacted the manufacturer. there were several possibilities. We decided to not spend additional money. Months later, we went to a different dealer because the vehicle took a long time to warm up. They did a cooling system flush and replaced the thermostat. Immediately the car would switch to hybrid mode when it should. (Engine temp is one of the factors that determines hybrid mode.) It has been fine since then and we get great mileage city and highway."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Water pump

"Recall--replaced by Ford"

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

"Water pump was for the electric traction motor's cooling system. It had a wear related small leak."

Stewart C., KS (2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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Recalls
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POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:LEVER AND LINKAGE:FLOOR SHIFT
Sep 29 2015
If the shift lever disengages from the transmission, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the gear selection indicator may show that the transmission is in the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not actually be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2001-2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured March 31, 2001, to September 1, 2009. The affected vehicles are equipped with either a 2.3L or 3.0L engine and have had their CD4E transmission replaced with remanufactured one that was rebuilt between June 11, 2015 through July 15, 2015. These service repair part transmissions have a shift lever bolt that may not be properly tightened. As a result, the shift control lever could disengage from the transmission without warning.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmissions and either tighten the manual shift lever bolt or replace the manual shift lever assembly. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on October 23, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S28.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V606000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 57
SUSPENSION:FRONT:WHEEL BEARING
Jun 03 2015
Use of an incorrectly sized wheel bearing can adversely affect the braking and steering of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
The Timken Company (Timken) is recalling certain aftermarket front wheel bearings, part number 510072, sold from January 22, 2015, to May 21, 2015, to be used as service parts on 2001-2012 Ford Escape, 2001-2011 Mazda Tribute, and 2005-2011 Mercury Mariner vehicles. The affected wheel bearings have incorrect dimensions of a 42mm bore, 76mm outer dimension, and 39mm width, instead of a 42mm bore, 78mm outer dimension and a 45mm width.
What should you do:
Timken has begun notifying distributors who will offer purchasers replacement wheel bearings, free of charge. The recall began on May 21, 2015. Owners may contact Timken customer service at 1-866-984-6536.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15E045000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 576
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Sep 03 2014
If the hybrid electronics system overheats, it may shut down the powertrain, resulting in a stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2005-2008 Ford Escape hybrid electric vehicles manufactured October 13, 2003, to June 20, 2008, and 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner hybrid electric vehicles manufactured June 10, 2005, to June 20, 2008. The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail resulting in the hybrid electronics overheating.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the original Motor Electronics Coolant (MEC) Pump with an improved brushless pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 27, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V526000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 70209
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:HEAD RESTRAINT
Apr 07 2006
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, PERSONAL INJURY TO OCCUPANTS MAY OCCUR.
Summary:
CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITHOUT SIDE AIR CURTAINS OR MOONROOFS FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 201, "OCCUPANT PROTECTION IN INTERIOR IMPACT." DURING TESTING, THE FREE MOTION HEAD FORM REGISTERED A MEASUREMENT ABOVE THE PERMITTED LIMIT AT THE LEFT HAND A-PILLAR TRIM AREA.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL MAKE MODIFICATIONS TO THE ENERGY ABSORBING MATERIAL LOCATED ABOVE THE HEADLINER IN THE AFFECTED AREA FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 19, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 06C12.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V111000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 134365
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
Dec 20 2004
IF THE LIFTGATE IS LEFT UNLOCKED, THERE IS THE POTENTIAL THAT IT MAY OPEN DURING A CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN 2004-2005 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES AND CERTAIN 2001-2003 SPORT UTIITY VEHICLE HAVING REAR LIFTGATE COMPONENTS SERVICED WITH 2004 EQUIVALENT COMPONENTS FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 206, 'DOOR LOCKS AND DOOR RETENTION COMPONENTS.' THE REAR LIFTGATE LATCHING SYSTEM DOES NOT MEET THE INERTIA LOAD REQUIREMENT IN ONE DIRECTION.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE REAR LIFTGATE LATCH RELEASE ROD, THE RELEASE ROD ATTACHMENT CLIP AND THE DOOR HANDLE RETURN SPRING. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 31, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 04C09.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V602000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 262113
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