Common problems with the 2005 Ford Escape include the engine shutting down while driving at speed, rough engine idle, failure of the personal control module, issues with the rear shocks and struts, and gas pedal sticking. These issues have been reported since the 2005 Ford Escape was first produced.
The engine on the 2005 Ford Escape had significant issues with simply shutting down while driving, leading to a recall notice from Ford. Failure of the PCM lead to the replacement of the module and occasionally replacing spark plugs and coils. The rear shock and strut system on the 2005 Ford Escape is especially susceptible to rust, requiring the rear tower to be rebuilt in many cases.