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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
90,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 102011

Escape Limited 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Same problem a lot of people are having with the 05 Escapes. Put a bunch of money into repair of the exhaust manifold and converter only to find out the computer is fried. Approx cost of repair about 2200 on top of the 1600 I paid 6 weeks ago. Ford knew this was a problem and issued TSA's and did nothing. Love the Escape, but will never buy another Ford. Class action suit should be filed. Look at all the complaints for the same issue on the 05 Escape!

- , Chicago, IL, USA

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