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:
128,756 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 152015

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


Problem started with the headlights dimming when I would accelerate. Then the dash lights would dim all the lights were acting as if there was a loose wire somewhere. Had the battery checked and recharged. The problem started again and got worse. My wife was driving the car home from work and the car just died while driving down the highway. Major safety risk, had the vehicle towed to Pep Boys and they tested the full diagnostic. The problem ended up being the alternator. Had a new one put in and have not had a problem since with it. Everything is working as new again.

One note on the Ford's, too replace anything under the hood is $$$ since the parts are made hard to access. The part normally is 1/3 the cost of the whole bill, the remaining 2/3 is the labor to gain access to the part.

- , Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #1

Feb 132015

Escape XLT 4WD 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,511 miles

I stopped at a traffic light and the SUV's motor cut off without any noise or warning. All dashboard lights remained on and looked normal. I tried to start it but had no crank and no start. Managed to get it off the street with a little help.

We smelled something like a burned wire/electronic smell. Buddy has two different car diagnostic computers/analyzers (handhelds) but the SUV will not communicate and both diagnosers come up with an ERR value. He thinks it may be the THEFT device locking out, but that indicator on the dash display panel will light up when the key is turned and then go out, so it doesn't look like that is an issue. Battery/alt all look good. He has a contact at the Ford shop so will update when I get more info.

- , Kapolei, HI, USA

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