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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,270 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 accessories - exterior problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 022009


  • 46,375 miles


Second window drive failure in 6 weeks. Very loud bang from door (sounds like truck is hit by large rock/hard object) which is very startling, then window glass slides down into door. On the freeway this is extremely distracting and dangerous. The first window failure (one month ago) cost me $430 at Ford dealer to repair. I was never informed that this was a frequent problem. After second failure in 4 weeks, I went on the web and discovered that this is happening to thousands of 2004-2005 F-150's, and Ford refuses to address it! I'm waiting to talk to dealers service manager about second failure to try and get Ford to pay for the repairs, as well as inspect the other windows and repair them as necessary. It's only a matter of time before they fail as well. - this is a well-known design defect!!! Ford has already changed the design/part # for the faulty part (regulator/cable assy) three times- and it still fails without warning! these trucks should be recalled and fixed at Ford's expense!!!!

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 292008


  • 36,164 miles
While driving in a funeral processional in the rain my back passenger window just fell. My family were soaked, we did find a trashbag and taped it up but I missed part of my mother-in-law's funeral so my wife was upset beyond words. I thought that it just jumped the track but no such luck. So I ridged it up till I could take it to the shop. A month later my drivers front window fell while driving in 60 degree weather. I took it to the dealer and the warranty had just expired. $860 out of pocket. I went home and looked it up on the internet and found hundreds of complaints on this regulator that Ford should take responsibility for and recall. Other models has not had this problem. So as long as I own this truck I will have to drive around waiting for the next window to fall.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

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