Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2004 Ford Escape looks pretty good compared to other Ford Escape model years, but still has a trend of transmission problems, and engine problems from the NHTSA complaint data — so it's not a model year we can recommend.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced the ac compressor (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 162011

Escape XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


This is my wife's Escape, but when we were still dating she called me up to let me know she was broke down. The engine belt was broke in half, and upon further inspection I found the bearings had failed on the AC compressor. I had a friend tow it home for me and I replaced it my shop. I thought it was a little odd it went out at such low miles. I called a shop to see how much it would have cost and it would have been a little over a $1000. We have had several more problems that I will report.

- , Rogersville, MO, USA

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