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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.

1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,665 miles

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2004 Ford Escape engine problems

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Nov 012016

Escape

  • 72,000 miles

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

ABS light and engine light came on while driving and vehicle shut down completely. Towed to shop to have replaced the alternator and battery bad. Since then 3- alternators, 2- batteries, 3- O2 sensors, and an airbag light that blinks on and off and illuminates when you honk the horn on the steering wheel. Also when turning on headlights, all dash lights and stereo console lights dim to almost invisible. Took to 4 different Ford dealerships and no one can figure out the problem!!!! this company should realize this car is a lemon, and back their workmanship. And blow this car up !!!

- Jackson, CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 292016

Escape

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 35 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the brakes malfunctioned and the vehicle would not stop. The contact also indicated that the check engine light illuminated during the incident. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Granby, MA, USA

problem #23

Jul 222016

Escape

  • 169,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While servicing the vehicle, it was observed that the engine cradle was severely corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 169,000.

- Hart, MI, USA

problem #22

Oct 012015

Escape

  • 120,000 miles

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

At intermittent times vehicle will stall and die. After driving at 45mph and stop car will die in the intersection. Driving at 70mph on the highway vehicle will stall woth cruise control on. When it stalls at highwau speed it jerks so violently that kids in the back seat get bounced around. It doesnt stall when idling. Only in drive when start to take off from a stop or if your maintaning a steady speed. Then try to speed up or speed down.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #21

Apr 032004

Escape

  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while attempting to start the vehicle, the rpms increased. In addition, the contact stated that the head lamps and interior lighting dimmed intermittently and there was a noise coming from the steering wheel. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the steering fluid was leaking. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V165000 (structure). The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 12,000. Updated 11/01/16

- Cottage Grove, OR, USA

problem #20

Feb 062014

Escape

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, there was a hesitation when depressing the accelerator pedal and the engine stalled. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic was unable determine the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Telephone , TX, USA

problem #19

Feb 132015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles

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

I purchased this vehicle 11 months ago, on Feb 13,2015 as I was driving my car began to make a very loud noise as well as causing the vehicle to drive unstable. The mechanic report stated that 3 separate spark plugs had blown out and ejected causing extensive damage to multiple mechanical mechanisms to my vehicle. My vehicle is currently un drivable, also the check engine light did not come on the dash board or the machine. Also prior to this incident my vehicle would accelerate while driving and also in park.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #18

Jan 012004

Escape 6-cyl

  • 67,180 miles
Vehicle brought into repair shop and found that the engine cradle and was rotted considerably. A recall notice on this problem was sent to the customer and customer took into bright Ford, Inc for the recall. Repair was done several months later and returned to customer May 16, 2004. Three months later we again have this vehicle in the shop and upon inspection the lower control arm bracket rotted off of the cradle and caused the lower control arm to be only mounted by the rear bolt. This car is considered a hazard to drive due to the right front tire movement not being controlled by steering. Brighton Ford on their invoice #19744, found the front sub frmae rusting through on right hand side. Sent quote for new sub-frame and were denied and they were told to put this cross brace on the vehicle. This repair is not in line with the repairs that were needed. The vehicle cannot be driven at this time and brighton Ford says it is your responsibility to determine repair. This was not a safe repair and knowingly told customer that it was repaired.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #17

Sep 192009

Escape

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving around a turn about circle, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The contact stated that the failure recurred multiple times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times and they were not able to replicate nor diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure several times to no avail. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Gardner, MA, USA

problem #16

Mar 232014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 123,359 miles
Had speed control on, when to slow down, stepped on brakes cruise control light came off but the car didn't slow down it speed up! I did have a recall call done on the car for this. But the fix didn't work. The car speed up to 90 mph. I had to take it out of gear to slow the car down. I did everything I could think of to stop the car from speeding up. Stomped on the brakes, push the cruise control button on and off. Towed the car and the repair guy said there was snow in the cruise control casing, that was causing it. He disconnected it.

- Coralvilee, IA, USA

problem #15

Apr 152014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 108,496 miles

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

I have a 2004 Ford Escape (6 cyl., front wheel drive) that now has over 110,000 miles. At 108,465 miles, the #2 catalytic converter blew and was replaced (along with all 6 ignition coils). A second mechanic found debris in the #3 catalytic converter, cleaned it and the exhaust system. (the engine was not getting enough air passing through the exhaust system and would barely make it up a hill.) then he discovered the right rear wheel well was rusting out posing a severe threat that the shock absorber will punch through into the body of the car making the Escape totally inoperable. A recall is already out for Ford minivans for the same issue but apparently not for the Escapes. Why not? this can be repaired at a cost of nearly $2,000. With the catalytic converter and ignition coils, I've already spent over $2500 and don't have the $2,000 for this necessary repair due to poor materials used to make this vehicle.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #14

Oct 152008

Escape

  • miles
Transmission broke in the year2008 and then again in less then 18 months later. The car we as not even 5years old. Two transmission job. Ford need to do recall on the transmission. Spoke to other owners and they had problems too. I will let themknow where to file complaint. Ford knows their is problem with the transmission but won't admit to it because it is a so costly for them to fix it.

- Peekskill, NY, USA

problem #13

Sep 012012

Escape

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 55mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The check engine warning light illuminated after the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed, which located a failure at the catalytic converter. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 130,000.

- Plattsburgh, NY, USA

problem #12

Jan 072014

Escape

  • 155,000 miles
Driving down road and the rpms on my 2004 Escape jump up. So I try to slow down and car keeps accelerating. Throw car into park because brakes wouldn't slow it down. Ever site I read says it is the accelerator cable. Supposedly this was replaced by dealer while in for air bag indicator light repair in December 2012. Under recall. Now when I start vehicle rpms jump, and get burning smell from motor. Cars rpms jump while driving down road also. Battery and alternator were replaced in May 2013 but since they were replaced battery indicator light is dimly lite upon accelerating. I have spent a fortune on this vehicle and every time I turn around it needs more work. I also after getting battery and alternator replaced had to put a new throttle body component in because motor was racing to 3000 rpms while in park or while foot was on break. Please help. I am scared to death to drive this vehicle like it is. Can not afford to put anymore money into it either.

- Milford, DE, USA

problem #11

Dec 162013

Escape

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated while traveling approximately 80 mph, the vehicle continued to accelerate although the accelerator pedal was not depressed. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall campaign number 12V353000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #10

Nov 022013

Escape

  • 19,500 miles
At approximately 65 mph on a crowded interstate highway, the vehicle lost power and the "check engine" light illuminated the vehicle slowed and I was able to pull off the highway. After switching the engine off and waiting a few minutes, I was able to start the car and move forward for about a mile when the same thing happened. After the third time this happened, I decided the car was too dangerous to drive in traffic and pulled over to call a tow truck. The car has less than 20,000 miles on it. The local Ford dealer indicates no recall has been issued for this specific problem. Losing speed in fast-moving highway traffic is extremely dangerous; thankfully there was no accident or injury in this case.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #9

Oct 012012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Could not turn car heater on as the interior filled with engine fumes especially when idle. Took vehicle to 2 different Ford dealers and they could not locate the problem. Now, summer of 2013 when the ac is turned on the same thing happens. It is a safety concern that myself and 3 year old son are breathing these fumes in just driving to the grocery store! also, took the car to an independent repair shop without any positive results! I have been driving with no heat and no ac for almost a year now. What can solve this problem?

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

Feb 132013

Escape

  • 129,790 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that after driving the vehicle a small distance, she smelled a burning odor from under the hood. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 129,790. The VIN was not available.

- Wakefield, KS, USA

problem #7

Feb 102013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Car's engine vibrated violently and completely stalled going 45 mph down a highway, accident avoided as car behind me slammed on the brakes. Car would not start, check engine light on. Towed vehicle to Ford dealership who fond two engine coils defective and all spark plugs replaced. This vehicle has repeated issues with defective coils and dangerous to travel on a highway when engine abruptly stops. This is poor engineering on Ford's part and demand the us government force a recall!

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #6

Dec 272012

Escape

  • 215,198 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph downhill and the contact depressed the brake pedal repeatedly however, the vehicle failed to decelerate until the gear lever was shifted into neutral. The failure occurred only after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign id number 12V353000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 215,198.

- Union, SC, USA

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