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Frame Rust Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 35 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 10/29/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while having the vehicle exhaust serviced at an independent mechanic, the mechanic would not lift the vehicle to do the exhaust servicing stating that the frame was rusted and there was a chance the frame would fracture. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacture was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 10/19/2016

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the front subframe was rusted and affected the control arm. There was a recall for the front subframe rust; however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The contact requested that the VIN be included in the recall. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The failure mileage was 111,255.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 10/13/2016

The vehicle was moving at 35 mph, the front passenger side wheel started making noise and got wobbly. I took it to a Ford dealer. The service department took a day to diagnose the problem. They indicated that the sub frame has rusted out and the lower control arms are not secure in the sub-frame and may separate anytime. They refuse to fix the problem as per the recall saying that they put a cross brace and the recall is fixed. The cross brace that was put, is a band-aid fix and does not address the failure of the defective sub-frame. The sub-frame will fail even after installing the cross brace that Ford seems to think will fix the problem. The lower control arm will separate and the cross brace will not prevent any accidents that could result from lower control arm separation.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 07/16/2016

Rust frame on wheel wells and other frame issues . . .

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 07/04/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact heard an unusual noise near the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the frame was rusted out. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not safe to drive. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 109,475.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 06/15/2016

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. While inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the subframe was severely rusted and contained holes bigger than a golf ball. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who pointed out the same issue. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 133,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 03/08/2016

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While pulling out of the driveway, the passenger side control arm suddenly separated from the subframe. While inspecting the vehicle, the contact discovered that the failure occurred due to rusting of the subframe. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure), although the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 160,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 02/12/2016

The frame of the vehicle has rusted and the suspension broke free while it was being driven. Ford has recalled up the model year of 2004 because of frame rust through in the northern states . In speaking with the repair shop he said he has seen a number of these problems. I called Ford customer service and was told my car has no known issues.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 11/01/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while turning into the driveway at approximately 2 mph, the contact heard an abnormal sound and the contact began to loose control of the vehicle. The contact got out of the vehicle and discovered that the front lower control arm and the sub frame had excessive rust and fractured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure). The approximate failure mileage was 177,000. Sw.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 10/30/2015

Last year I returned my vehicle to the dealer for the sub frame recall. I had the new support installed. This year when I went for my annual vehicle inspection I was told to stop driving the vehicle as my subframe was so badly rusted that it could break at any time. Why was the subframe replacement not included in the recall?.


 
car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 09/05/2015

Ford's 14s02 recall was to deal with excessive rust on a subframe unit. If the recall inspection of the subframe did not result in characteristics warranting replacement, Ford instructed dealers to install a cross brace. Approximately 13 months after our 2004 Ford Escape had the cross brace installed the subframe unit failed while we were driving. The car violently jerked to the side and if there had been another car or any obstacle on that side of our vehicle we would have hit it. I contacted Ford several times and on each occasion was told Ford would not cover the cost of the repairs because they had already installed the cross brace - which was not the part that failed and was not the part for which the recall was initiated. The repair cost over $800. At the time of the incident the Escape had fewer than 60,000 miles. During each on my calls to Ford, and after being told Ford would not cover the repair costs, I asked to speak with a supervisor. Each time I was told they could have a supervisor call me 1 business day later, but they would not give me a time when I could expect the call so I had to be available at any time throughout the day. To summarize, the band-aid Ford put on to deal with the subframe problem (the cross brace) did not fail. The part for which the recall was initiated did fail even with the cross brace. Ford is denying coverage for the repair costs.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 08/29/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, a loud bang noise was heard from the rear end of the vehicle. The contact parked and observed that the rear driver side tire well was rusted. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rear frame was severely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000(structure). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,719. Jo.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 07/07/2015

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. While driving over a bump in the road at approximately 10 mph, the front passenger side wheel well fractured and damaged the suspension. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the subframe was rusted. The failure was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 05/15/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact observed that the rear passenger side tire well was rusted and there was a hole that led from the outside of the vehicle to the inside. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the entire frame was rusted and the rear passenger side of was severely rusted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact indicated that there was rust on the front end of the lower control arm and the subframe. The subframe rusted through on the front passenger side. The contact stated that while traveling less than 25 mph the front lower control arm fractured. The wheel detached due to extensive rust and corrosion on the subframe. The vehicle was not able to be driven. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop who replaced the front lower cross member and the front subframe. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14v165000 (body). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 139,145. Dyd.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 10 mph on uneven pavement, the steering wheel suddenly turned approximately 45 degrees to the right. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that the passenger side subframe was rusted and corroded, which caused the lower control arm to fail. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,900.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 08/08/2014

I discovered that my rear passenger wheel well has completely rusted through. It is also rusting the frame of my Ford Escape. Rust seems to be a common problem with the Escape and there was a recall on the 01-04 models. Not sure why 05 is being ignored. This is a very very dangerous situation. My shock does not appear to even be connected at this point. There is nothing that I did to cause this problem. I took pictures and can send them to the proper person. I took it to a body shop and they told me the car is very dangerous to drive. I really have no choice at this point. If something terrible was to happen then I guess my next step would be to talk to a lawyer. I hope that this matter is looked into on the 2005 Ford Escape and the proper recall is placed immediately. I am not sure what is causing the rust and corrosion issue on the Escapes, but I can assure you that the 2005 models are just as damaged as the 2001-2004 models. I am very nervous to drive my car, but I also have to go to work to make a living and pay for the car. I hope this message gets to the right person and I hope immediate action is taken. A wreck, injury, or fatality can be prevented if something is done about this now. Please contact me for pictures of my wheel well and rust on the car. I hope to hear from someone soon.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 08/06/2014

Tl * the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving 55 mph, the rear of the vehicle began to shake. A local mechanic stated that the subframe was rusted and had detached from the fender. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 121,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 06/27/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger wheel weld rusted through the frame. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,600.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 06/19/2014

(case# 652370) (Ford Escape 2005 sub-frame defect) I wish to report an extremely unsafe condition that has occurred with my 2005 Ford Escape. The past several months, while driving the vehicle, I have noticed a loud metal-sounding banging noise whenever the car goes over even a slight bump/crack in the road. I have taken the vehicle into our local Ford dealership twice to have the problem checked out. First time, Ford replaced the links (?), which did not resolve the problem. The second time, I pointed out to service technician that the rear wheel well was rusted through. Service technician removed interior covering to further inspect damage, and discovered the shock absorber was sticking up into the vehicle. Service technician referred vehicle to their (Ford dealership) body shop, who's technician informed me that the sub-frame is rusted out and would cost at least $6000 to repair. I declined their repair offer, and brought the vehicle home. Upon further research (vehicle safety and recall websites), I was shocked to discover that many other owners of 2005 Ford Escapes are experiencing and reporting this same problem, and are frustrated and angry that a recall has not been issued by Ford. These vehicles are only nine years old, are now totally worthless, and are extremely unsafe to drive. I have been forced to find alternative transportation, which is a major inconvenience and expense for me.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 06/17/2014

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the sub frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

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Failure Date: 06/12/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the frame was rusted. The contact mentioned that she felt her vehicle was unsafe to be driven. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000.

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Failure Date: 06/10/2014

The front sub frame is rusting out, could break & cause vehical to lose control. There is a recall to replace sub frame for 2001 thru 2004, my veh. Manufat. Date is 12/2004, I called the dealer & Ford motor corp. They stated my car did not fall under the recall, I have the exact problem as the cars under the recall, they need to extend the year to cover there mistake. I ask Ford motor customer relations for assistance they said there was none,.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, a loud banging noise was heard from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The contact discovered that the panel that attached the rear passenger side shock absorber was rusted and became separated from the frame of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed the defect as a rusted frame but no repairs were performed. The manufacturer was notified but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 129,000. Kmj.

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Failure Date: 03/10/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing, who stated that the sub frame had rusted out and detached from the fender. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

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