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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
86,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 012012

Escape LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


When turned heat on in winter of 2012. Constant fuel and exhaust fumes fill the interior making it impossible to use the heater on the car. Took vehicle to 2 Ford dealerships repair shops and neither could locate the problem. Also, took to independent car repair shop who had no luck as well. Now when I try to drive with the AC on the fumes come into the interior as well! This problem makes it impossible to use the heat and Ac in this vehicle! I cannot expose my 3 year old grandson to the constant fumes the invade the interior of the car while driving. Any one else have this problem?

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

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