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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Ford Escape accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 112006

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


I purchased a 2004 Escape on May 13, 2004 with the standard 3-year/ 36,000 miles coverage. On the June 11, 2006 the cd player started grinding. It gave me a non-descript error message and when I tried to eject the cd it would not comply. I would estimate my mileage at about 42,000 miles. I contacted my local Ford dealer who stated that since my mileage was over 36,000 my car was no longer under warranty and that they could not assist me, unless I chose to purchase a new cd player. It no longer works. I have filed complaints with the BBB and Michigan attorney general office to resolve the matter. Similar problems exist in 2005 models and the technical service bulletins indicates to replace it only if the car is under warranty, telling me Ford has a defective part and is hedging its bet that some people won't figure it out before the end of the warranty period.

- Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA

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