Ford Escape owners have reported 470 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).
Went change the shocks and the whole bracket system had rusted out on the passenger side rear. They have recalled these from 2001-2004. It is fine on the drivers side but the passenger side it totally rusted thru it is going to cost 3000 to fix. I have only had this vehicle a year. It made a clunk noise twice so I took it in to the shop, I am driving two kids around I am a single mom suck crap.
See all problems of the 2006 Ford Escape.
The passenger side rear wheel well rusted out causing the strut to break through the trunk of the car . It also have bad rust on the other side wheel well. This happened while I was driving on the hwy. Upon taking it to an auto body shop was told the vehicle was unsafe to drive.
See all problems of the 2005 Ford Escape.
Vehicle steering has become unstable and wobbly. Took it to the shop to check on the alignment, and was told the entire subframe has corroded. I found a recall for this issue, but apparently my VIN was not included in the recall, even though it has the same issue.
See all problems of the 2004 Ford Escape.
The rear passenger-side shock mount (where it mounts to the unibody) has rusted completely away. The top of the shock is no longer attached to the vehicle.
2005 Ford Escape 4x4 v6 passenger side rear wheel house rusted significantly enough to cause rear wheel shock connected to wheel house to forcefully separate and begin colliding with the inside plastic moulding in the trunk of the car. Damage was initially found while in motion, noticed by a rattling noise in the rear of the vehicle. Upon further inspection and removal of the plastic trunk housing, the entire top of the wheel well was very clearly rusted. The shock was still connected to a piece of the wheel house. The rear passenger shock had forcefully disconnected the piece of the wheel house it was attached to because of the overwhelming around of rust. Auto-body shop quoted a $2,000 repair (for a car bought for #3,600) to order a new wheelhouse and install it. Professional auto body shop teams quoted that the issue wasn't something you could patch or lightly repair, and the shock would need to be reattached to the body of the car to be driven safely. Ford was contacted twice and replied with their apologies that the customer was experiencing this issue, knowingly aware that the 2001-2004 models of this vehicle were recalled for the exact same issue and that hundreds of other customers have seen this issue around 120,000 miles. The issue seems to always be on the rear passenger side with no significant rust or damage on the drivers side.
The shock mount on the right rear rusted out detaching the shock from the body and piercing through the upper plastic cover in the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle was moving at slow speeds when this happened. Ford should have been a recall on this because had it broke and separated at highway speeds the vehicle could have lost control! second, Ford does not have the replacement parts available even though there are a lot of 2005 Escapes on the road. Also auto bodyshops are unwilling to do any modifications or wielding due to the liability of the location and importance of that piece. So the vehicle is un repairable at this time!.
Shock tower completely rusted and hitting wheel making clunking noise while driving. Took to shop and cost will be upwards from $1200.
See all problems of the 2007 Ford Escape.
Right rear wheel well is totally rusted through, left side slightly started rusting, causing shocks to break free from frame.
The wheel well on the right rear side of car completely rusted out causing my shock to be free in my car. Ford will not fix it and it is a serious issue. A quick search will reveal at least 96 other complaints of the exact same issue in the exact same area of the vehicle.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving 35 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The dealer diagnosed that the rear shock tower had severe corrosion, which caused the rear shocks to fracture and separate from the subframe of the vehicle. The contact also stated that the rear hatch window support was severely corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.
Front sub frame is cracked and wheel is woobling.
See all problems of the 2002 Ford Escape.
Rear passenger wheel well completely rusted out. Suspension not mounted to vehicle now, and hammers bottom of interior when going over any bump in the road. Every other wheel well is fine. All mechanics I have spoken with, including a Ford certified body shop will not touch the issue and advised me to scrap the vehicle.
My rear shock mount tower is rusted out and baning it is ready to come up through the interior.
Controller arm broke off left rear. Dealership thinks we ran something over. We saw nothing in the road. It has been turned in to our insurance CO. For the repair cost. At the time we were traveling 70 mph on the freeway. It was 1 pm clear weather and light traffic. The cars in front of us did not break or swerve to indicate they saw something in the road.
See all problems of the 2015 Ford Escape.
Engine cradle, part of the frame is under recall,is broke. Dealer applied "band-aid" manufacturer declines to replace broken cross-member, even though it is under recall. Recall #14v165000.
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle had a recall on the frame and was repaired. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle shook and the steering wheel wobbled. The front driver side wheel was straight while the front passenger side wheel faced outward. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the subframe was completely fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,000.
See all problems of the 2003 Ford Escape.
Rear passenger wheel well rusting out around shock attachment. Just discovered this today but through online research it appears to be a very common problem and should be a know issue to the manufacturer - they had a rust recall for 2001 - 2004 models.
I just purchased a used 2004 Ford Escape XLT with only 45,000 miles on it (12 years old, 45,000¿what I thought was a diamond in the rough). It had undercoating to protect from rust when it was new. Very well taken care of, like new inside! so imagine my surprise after driving it 2 months when the passenger side rear wheel well started falling apart (wasn't like that when I bought it). Within a 3 week span it was almost completely destroyed. Again it was protected with undercoating and still rusted out all those years in a garage being barely driven!!! I asked about getting both sides done while it's in the shop and mechanic said the driver side rear well was fine and in good shape, almost no rust at all. Ford stocks only the passenger wheel well, not the driver side. This is obviously a known manufacturing failure/substandard part that Ford doesn't want to own beyond selling you the replacement part. I'm losing appreciation for "american made" values. This one is especially upsetting because it's a brand I previously held in high regard. This easily could have been dangerous at high speeds on my trips.
Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle rear emitted a loud snapping noise while he drove at 60mph. The contact inspected the vehicle and found the rear passenger struts corroded causing rear passenger shocks to fractured separating from the wheel well. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for further inspection. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 180,000. Li.
Loud banging coming from right rear of vehicle driving down city street. Brought vehicle in for repair and was told the right rear passenger shock tower was completely rusted through the vehicle body to the point of entering the vehicle interior. I am told that the rear axle can tear away from the vehicle resulting in accident and possible injury or death.
The frame around the rear suspension is rusted out (through) the rear shock is not connected to anything. Is there a recall on this ? I know the vehicle is old but I have never heard of this on even older vehicles.
Tl-the contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. The contact stated the vehicle was placed into the reverse position, and there was an abnormal sound. The contact also stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle shifted independently from second position to third position. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000. Mf.
See all problems of the 2014 Ford Escape.
My son was complaining that the back end of the car began rattling and "jumping" while driving in the city in Nov of 2015. We had it checked out in Dec and was told and shown how unsafe the car was to drive,due to the entire right rear wheel well and strut was completely rusted away. The only thing that was holding the wheel to the car was the plastic molding of the trunk area which was also melting away from the heat. I could not believe a car could disintegrate and deteriorate so badly. In good conscious the auto repair owner would not allow us to drive the car anymore. Nor would I want to. Plus, the cost to fix it was not worth the price of the car,and he couldnt fix it. He told me to list it on craigs list to sell the car in parts. The rest of the car is in great condition , after I spent $6000, to buy the car in Aug of 2014, then another $2000 for 4 new tires, brake lines, and oil leaks!! who knows what else would have come up. I just glad my son did not get hurt driving home from college 21/2 hrs on the highway. I wish I knew about this exact common problem of 1000 other peoples complaints. Ford needs to be accountable of the particular problem of faulty material. I do not know how many people have gotten hurt, and how many more need to get hurt before something is done,.
The passenger rear wheel well and shock tower is completely rusted away and the body is coming away from the frame and the shock tower is loose from the frame. This is a common problem with the Escape and should be addressed by Ford before someone is killed or injuried.
The right wheel well of my 2006 Ford Escape (limited) is completely rusted out. I can no longer drive this vehicle because the shock is about to break through the interior of the vehicle. The rust has caused exhaust to pour into the vehicle. Before knowing about this, I took my vehicle to several different mechaincs because I could smell exhaust. They couldn't find anything. A canadian auto body person (I love on the border) told me that it was coming from the holes in the right wheel well and showed me the large hole where exhaust is leaking in. This is a serious safety issue that all Escape owners (2006 at least) need to be made aware of!!! I can't take and attach photos at this time due to the weather but can provide them another time, upon request. I should note that I live in northern michigan and that I have taken meticulous care of this vehicle.
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|Front Suspension Control Arm problems||
|Rear Suspension Shock Absorber problems||
|Suspension Noise problems||
|Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problems||
|Rear Suspension problems||
|Front Suspension problems||
|Front Suspension Lower Control Arm problems||
|Sway Bar problems||
|Front Suspension Hub problems||