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:
40,100 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 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 072012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 40,100 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact was trying to open the trunk by engaging the key alarm but the trunk would not open. The trunk also could not be opened manually. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they stated that they needed to replace the trunk latch. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacture was not contacted. The failure mileage was 40,100 and the current mileage was 43,000.. updated 07/27/12 the consumer stated that dealer wanted to charger 24,500 to repair the motor and $125 to evaluate. The consumer feels this is too expensive. Updated 08/02/2012

- Atlanta , GA, USA

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