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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,930 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Ford Escape engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 162015


  • 142,835 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 70 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle began to independently accelerate. The contact noticed that the cruise control was activated and the emergency brake had to be applied in order to stop the vehicle. The failure occurred multiple times. The dealer could not determine the cause of the failure, but disconnected the cruise control cable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 142,835. The VIN was unavailable.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 102007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My cruise control stopped working after I had a 30,000 mile check up at the bob davidson Ford dealership. I email Ford and got a response to take the car to the dealership for a diagnosis test. I took the car to bob davidson and found it would cost me $123 for the diagnose and the cost would not be applied to any repairs. I do not have $123 for them to tell me I have a problem the problem is the engage light comes on, but the speed trotter does not engage to keep the set speed.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

Jul 272007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle surges forward unexpectedly. The contact stated that the cruise control is leaking fluid into the electrical system. The dealer stated that the vehicle is not under recall and informed the contact that he would have to pay for the repairs. The current and failure mileages were 39,000.

- South Ozone Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 172007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,450 miles


I have a 2004 Ford Escape that the cruise control switch (deactivation switch) has gone bad on two (2) occasions since I have had the vehicle. The first time the dealer replaced it and I have not yet replaced it the second time. Is this common and is their a problem with these switches?

- Haysville, KS, USA

problem #2

Mar 262005

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,798 miles
Went to pass another vehicle while cruise control was on our accelorator stuck and we continued to pick up speed. Unable to stop car. Brakes would not work. Able to stop vehicle by eventually slowing enough to throw into park. It took approximately 1 mile to come to a complete stop. Car was towed to dealer. Dealer indicated cruise control cable needed to be replaced. Could not provide reason for cable failure. Vehicle has 33000 miles.

- Palo Cedro, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 072004

Escape 6-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
While driving down a hill with cruise control on, vehicle picked up speed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The cruise control has failed everytime it' S been used.

- Weaverville, NC, USA

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