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:
Average Mileage:
56,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced the cruise control deactivator switch (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 242007

(reported on)

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles


This is the second time that I had to replace this switch. The first time was under warranty with approximately 22000 miles on the vehicle. This time, I had to replace this on my own with 56000 miles on the vehicle. There must be a problem with the cruise control switches that keep going bad. The deactivator switch allows you to set your cruise at a consistent speed and when you touch your brake pedal, the switch kicks the cruise off.

- , Haysville, KS, USA

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