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:
65,926 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 082007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Transmission failure at 65K miles. Trans fluid flushed by Ford @ 30K miles. Car is less than 3 years old and almost every mile is on a flat easy interstate highway. I asked for assistance, Ford told me to go fly a kite. I also informed Ford that they lost an entire family's future purchases of any Ford product / service.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 022006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 66,852 miles
2004 Ford Escape, consumer would like reimbursement for the catalytic converter. Front and rear catalytic converters plugged. The dealer replaced both. The egr valve had a hole in it.

- Dover Plains, NY, USA

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