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:
Average Mileage:
50,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. keep replacing brakes (2 reports)
2004 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

May 142008

Escape LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


I bought my Ford Escape about 2 years ago, and I have replaced my brakes 3 times..... they will work fine for about 3-5 months and then the noise begins again. I bought my car used and I knew that there were going to be some minor problems but it's becoming a pain to hear that noise all the time. I am going to finish paying for the car and then I will NEVER, NEVER,NEVER BUY ANOTHER FORD PRODUCT AGAIN!!!!

I'm not sure if they do it on purpose but it seems like it. I like the car, it's very nice, but it has too many problems. I get it serviced every 3 months and should not have to go through this. I just spent $700 with some problems it had and with a new battery last month. I want to take care of it until I finish paying for it because I don't want to keep on paying for a car I won't be using.

- , Graham, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 162008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles

Ford has a better idea..... Buy something else..

Brakes started making noises in July. Brought it to Dealer and they told me I needed my Front Brakes done. $$ A month later they are squeaking again. Dealer told me it was now my Rear Brakes. $$, again. Well folks, it's February and I just had my 6th visit to the Dealer for my brakes. Of course, no charge since July-August and the Dealership is on my way to work.. so, I guess I can keep going back every month and get new brakes installed. I don't drive any long distances, only has 32,000 miles and yet the brakes only last weeks.... Won't be buying Ford Again... Toyotas look nice..

- , Burlington, NC, USA

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