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:
94,825 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replaced throttle position sensor (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 192016

Escape V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles


Purchased this car from a used car dealer, test drove it and it drove fine, I was even told by the rep that Engine and Transmission was good so okay, I bought it, after pulling out the dealer with the car, it decided to act up. I ended up taking it back and they managed to change 1 Coil that was bad, problem probably stopped for maybe 2 days but went back to acting up...

a month or so later...

Still with the misfires. Mileage is now 113K. Changed all coils, same problem. I reach 40MPH and it stutters. I had someone take out 1 coil and it was covered in Oil. I also changed gaskets, and air filter. Gas economy is bad. lol.

Just now i took the car back to the dealer so they can check it out. Car was bought as is however they were willing to work something out. Let's see what the results are... Sigh.

- , Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 032012

Escape ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,300 miles

The sudden surge in acceleration in my 2004 Ford Ecape has persisted since 205, however, the local Ford Dealership denie there is a problem. I would like Ford to step up, take responsibiltiy and fix the problem. It is extremely dangerous esp. when driving in very heavy rush hour traffic aroun 25 mph.

- , Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012009

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

started very occasionally while stopped, eventually it started surging while driving.

- , Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #1

Mar 292005

(reported on)


  • 10,000 miles

sudden acceleration / surge in speed while driving

- , Bridgewater, NJ, USA

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