Ford Escape owners have reported 26 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).
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?.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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,.
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.
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.
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 138,000.
Extreme rusting of the frame on the rear passenger side wheel well above shocks.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the sub frame was rusted and detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that a new sub frame was needed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.
The right front wheel began pulling to the right. Upon inspection we found the sub-frame under the right front was rusted and was sagging. I was advised not to drive the vehicle because the frame could collapse and control of the vehicle would be lost. Upon further inspection it was noticed that only frame rusted out where the air conditioner was dripping condensation. The dealer said it was the road salt used in winter. If that was the case why wasn't the whole sub-frame rotted and not just the section where the air conditioner was dripping? I don't think a 10 year old vehicle should have the frame disintegrate like this.
While driving my vehicle home from work, I heard a clanging sound coming from the rear passenger side. Thinking the shock needed to be replaced, I drove it until the end of the week and made an appointment to get it serviced. While the technician was checking out my car he noticed the inner wheel house and shock were completely rusted. The shock was detached from the vehicle and the frame is rusted and cracked. He recommended me to take it to a body shop to see if it could even be fixed. I then took it to a very reputable body shop in my town and they have never seen anything like this before. They work on all make and models of different years and said this is not normal wear and tear to a vehicle. They said underneath the vehicle is made to sustain any type of condition and this vehicle was poorly made. There is barely anything holding the back end of the vehicle together and for this reason I was told the vehicle is unsafe to drive because if I am in any sort of accident there will be no protection to me and the vehicle will probably be split in two. Due to the location of the defect who knows how long my vehicle has been dangerous to drive and it makes me sick to think about what could have happened if I was in an accident and I have had my two young children in my backseat. The estimate from the body shop was over $13,000 to fix. I have had this vehicle since 2005 and it has been a great, reliable car until all this has happened. It has not been in any accidents or had any other major repairs.
There was banging in the right rear. The shock mount rusted off the inner fender . The inner fender has severe rust and part of the frame is rusted through. The inner fender had to be replaced. A portion of the frame had to be replaced. A new shock was needed. The floor in the rear of the car had to be repaired from the shock hitting into it. All in all $1,373. 55 in repair. I have pictures. I contacted a local Ford dealer who explained that the car is 8 years old and we have salt on the road in winter. I also contacted Ford customer service who explained there were no recalls for such an incedent. After looking on line I found numerous similar experiences which leads me to believe this is not caused by normal use. The affected parts must not have been properly treated or coated or sealed or something.
Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that whenever she would drive the vehicle, she would hear a knocking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated they could not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 98,000. Ap.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that he was driving 40 mph over a road bump when the rear passenger's side of the vehicle collapsed and the tire penetrated through the frame and into the interior cabin of the vehicle. The contact exited the vehicle and noticed that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 169,447.
My 2010 Ford Escape is making a noise that started about 2 months ago. The noise sounds like tools were being stored in the back and when I stopped, turned, or even began to take off again I would hear this rattling sound. I had to pay a diagnostic fee of 150 something dollars. Test-drove vehicle with mechanic but it was very hard to duplicate. They had vehicle 3 separate times vehicle ended up staying by the 3rd time with them from a Thursday till a Tuesday I was told it was rust on the sub frame shocked that Ford had a service bulletin for and that they had to remove some type of bolts. Sound would be gone for a few days but maybe shake back loose. Sound now coming from the front. I called back to the 1st dealership and was told by the service manager basically don't bring it back there it is a waste of their time because they can't find anything wrong with the vehicle he asked me where I purchased it and was told to take back to original dealership. I must say early on into the situation I wrote to Ford because I was very disgusted that I had to pay a diagnostic fee for something that was a known problem to Ford all this time and wanted my fee back. They told me since it was not fixed and the 1st dealership could not really figure out what is wrong take it back to the original dealership of purchase. I found out that again I have to pay another diagnostic fee and I pray that they find or hear something due to the noise is not heard all the time. Again, I am out of more money. I decided not to waste anymore time paying diagnostic fees and maybe hope the vehicle falls apart I feel like I am up against a wall I know this is my last time dealing with Ford time to move on especially with this 36,000 mile warranty crap. The noise is definitely there as others can hear it. I feel stuck I just pray that nothing happens to me when driving this junk!.
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The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the front passenger side wheel well and the sub frame had rusted out. The contact was informed by their mechanic that the vehicle was not safe to drive. The vehicle had not been inspected by the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 160,000. Updated 05/23/12.