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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
55,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. keep paying 500.00 to replace rotors, every two years (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 262009

Escape V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


At 25,000 miles my rotors had worn out and it cost 500+ to repair. At 50,000 miles my rotors were shot again and they need to be replaced at a cost of 500+ once again. If I keep this Escape for 10 years, it will cost me an additional $2,500.00 just to keep the brakes working. I was told by ford that that is how cars are made now, because they cannot use asbestos anymore. Now that's a line of _ _ _ _, if I ever heard one. Oh did I mention that I also needed a tune up and front end work on this visit. Now that's a figure that can impact any economy. Well, maybe that's why Ford has not asked for a bail out, cause they just suck it out of the customer.

- , Kailua, HI, USA

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