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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
47,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace defective relay (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 022006

(reported on)

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


Purchased vehicle in 2004, later that year had problem with the radio coming on and draining the battery. Took to dealer who under warranty replaced radio. In 2005 brought vehicle back to dealer with the same issue. This time they could not duplicate the problem and did nothing. In 2006 brought vehicle to dealer again with the same problem. Dealer diagnosed defective radio and offered to replace for $390 plus tax. Vehicle was no longer under warranty. Plus incurred $80 diagnostic fee. Declined the Ford radio and had an after market radio installed. Problem persists with radio still coming on with the ignition switch off. Brought vehicle to another mechanic who located a defective Fuse Panel Accessory Control Relay, replaced it and solved the problem. So much for the Certified Ford Technicians.

- , Enfield, CT, USA

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