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CarComplaints.com 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.

1.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,051 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 #5

Nov 032016

Escape

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact took the vehicle to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the subframe needed to be replaced. The manufacturer did not want to replace the subframe for free. The contact stated that the vehicle could not be driven long distances. There were no recalls for the vehicle. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- South Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 192016

Escape

  • 111,255 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the front subframe was rusted and affected the control arm. There was a recall for the front subframe rust; however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The contact requested that the VIN be included in the recall. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The failure mileage was 111,255.

- Jamison, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 012014

Escape

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at a unknown speed, there was an abnormal noise coming from the passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who determined that the rear passenger and the driver side sub frame and the suspension was rusted and corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #2

May 082014

Escape

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while the vehicle being serviced, it was advised that the sub frame was extremely corroded. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who advised that the vehicle was not worth repairing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V165000 (suspension front) however, the contact no longer owned the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- Cooperstown, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 102013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the sub frame was completely rusted and had become detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the entire front sub frame needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 40,000. Updated 11/19/13 updated 11/29/2013

- Lamartine, PA, USA

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