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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,274 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 windows / windshield problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 31)

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problem #497

Sep 172010


  • 100,693 miles


Power window regulator failure on both driver and passenger side windows of 2004 Ford 150 super cab. A total of 3 failures have occurred in the past 2 years (2 driver side and 1 passenger side). The two most recent failures occurred this month within 3 days of each other. The window fails without warning and falls down inside of the door. This can be a problem if the failure occurs during inclement weather. In order to make the window stay up, the door has to be disassembled and something placed in the door to hold the window up until parts can be ordered and installed. I have used a 2 X 4 and zip ties as a temporary fix to hold the window up inside the door until parts are obtained and the repairs made. My temporary fix keeps the window up, but there is no way to let the window down in the event of an emergency. But having the window stuck in the up position is much better than leaving the window down and risking damage to the interior from weather or theft.

- Monroe, GA, USA

problem #496

Sep 212010


  • 57,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 35 mph the front passenger side window fell down into the door panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where he was informed the window regulator motor and the vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The failure and current mileages were 57,500. The VIN was unavailable.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #495

Aug 262010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Window regulator failed and window fell into the door. Caused me to be distracted - actually thought that something had hit me. This is also 2nd window to fail like this!

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #494

Sep 192010


  • 60,000 miles


No significant events lead up to.... 3 out of 4 windows on my 2004 Ford F150 FX4 had to be replaced because out of the blue they come crashing down. I have spent about 700 dollars so far on this defect and have to go in tomorrow to get my passenger side window fixed which will put me over 1000. Ford needs to recall these window regulators and I should get every penny I have spent on these pathetic devices back. Come on Ford, really? I feel like I and everybody else in this same situation have been taken advantage of for Ford to make an extra buck. Who is going to be the one to raise the [xxx] flagged and take Ford to the bank on this one. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Belle Chasse, LA, USA

problem #493

Jul 202010


  • miles
2004 Ford F150 power window regulators have fail 5 times! window falls down inside of door it happened once driving on the highway in pouring down rain!

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #492

Sep 022010


  • 103,000 miles
While driving on the freeway, I hear a loud bang from my drivers door. I thought somebody had hit me or threw something at my vehicle. I lost Focus of my driving to see what was happening around me. Then my drivers window dropped and this scared me and cause me to swerve. I have researched and found that the window regulators on my vehicle are failing all the time. This happened a month ago and I now have three of my four windows with the same problem. I have had to take my doors apart and permanently fix my windows in the up position as I cannot afford the replacement window regulators. Now with my windows in the up position I hope I don't need to get out or them for any unforeseen incident.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #491

Sep 182010


  • 50,025 miles


I came outside to find that my passenger sine window was down. I went to try to roll it up and all I heard was the window motor. After further inspection, it was discovered that a plastic piece that hold the window regulator cable had broke. I am lucky that nobody had stolen my belongings. And what if it had happened when driving down the road and the window were to fall into the door and caused an accident? after researching this problem there have been thousands of complaints.

- New Church, Virginia, VA, USA

problem #490

Aug 242010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 36,500 miles
My Ford F150 2004 power window regulator broke while I was driving. Not only did it scare me because of slamming down so hard, it made me swerve off the road. Thank god I got safely over, but was so shaken I had to wait before proceeding. It was L09 degrees that day and had to drive with the window broken and down. I know many people have had this problem with this model and year, why haven't you done anything about this. It is a safety issue that needs to be addressed to all consumers who own or going to own this auto. I can't afford to fix it now, they want nearly $400. I am so afraid my truck is going to get stolen, but what can I do? I also worry that when I park my truck in a public parking area, that someone may easily take my truck with me in it!!!!!!!!!

- Exeter, CA, USA

problem #489

Sep 172010


  • 65,000 miles
I was driving my 2004 F150 on the highway. At speed there was a very loud pop and the window fell into the door (I found out later). I had thought it shattered. Startled, I swerved. It could have been bad. Later I found out it was the window regulator, come to find out this is one of the biggest failure items on the 2004. F150. This is a hazard and Ford knows about it. They should own up and fix it.

- Lavon, TX, USA

problem #488

Sep 142010


  • miles
The drivers side power window came down on its own and would not go back up, I took off the trim covers and was braided wire all over the place, I ordered a regulator to install but after another 2 days the rear passenger widow did they exact same thing.......I am still waiting on part for the first window but seems insane that the same thing would happen on another window just 2 days apart this is definitely a design flaw and should be addressed before someone gets hurt or something gets stolen because of it.

- Marysville , OH, USA

problem #487

Sep 162010


  • 70,000 miles


3 power window regulators replaced on my F-150 super cab Ford lariat truck...driving down the road on 3 separate occasions and wham the window drops down in the door. Happened in 2007, 2009, 2010. $350 each time to get fixed. I'm sure a major thorough investigation regarding the window regulator issue with Ford would turn up 1000's upon 1000's of incidents and replacements. This is an obvious problem. While I blame Ford Corp, I have a problem with the dealer saying it's not a Ford problem and that Ford has to use the company in Mexico they use to replace the windows per the dept of transportation.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #486

Jun 012007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F150 truck. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph when the front driver side window regulator failed and the window independently opened. The window would not close and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the window regulator was replaced. The failure recurred on the rear driver side window and the dealer replaced the regulator. The failure recurred on the front driver side window. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting a third repair. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 71,000.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #485

Sep 042010


  • miles
The passenger side power window in my 2004 F-150 lariat fell off the track and into the door. I am unable to roll the window back up.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #484

Sep 102010


  • 92,000 miles
Window regulator on my 2004 F-150 broke - luckily it occurred when the window was already down (not closed). I have been told this is a defect in the 2004 models, yet no recalls? I have kids and am afraid something bad can happen in the future if this hazard is indeed recurring.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #483

Sep 092010


  • 86,000 miles
2004 Ford F150 supercrew drivers window regulator broken.

- Avon, OH, USA

problem #482

Apr 152007

F-150 8-cyl

  • 24,350 miles
I own a 2004 Ford F150, three of my window regulators had to be replaced due to poor design from Ford. The front two were still under warranty, & the right rear which was replaced last month 08/2010 I had to pay out of pocket. Reading all of the prior complains, I had similar situations. The windows just simply fall down without any notice. One of the incidents my family & I were on the freeway & when one of the window regulators went out it caused a loud sound, we actually thought someone had hit us. Soon after the sound of the wind not circulating properly was making our ears hurt. This is a safety matter that needs to be addressed by Ford!!

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #481

Sep 102010


  • 77,600 miles
2004 Ford F-150 power window regulator broke on the passenger's side of the vehicle. The driver side broke last year. When the regulator breaks, a loud pop occurs. This is really a safety hazzard.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #480

Sep 102010


  • 108,000 miles
3rd power window regulator failure in 1.5 yrs on 2004 Ford F-150 supercrew truck. When regulator fails, it sounds as though someone struck or shot the window causing me to jump and take my eyes off the road to see what had happened and if any passengers were injured almost causing me to collide with an on-coming vehicle. I have had two of the regulators replaced by a local paint and body shop where I was told that it is a known problem with the regulators. My cost to date has been in excess of $350 and I now have two suction cups holding one window up until I can afford to have it repaired.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #479

Sep 102010


  • miles
While driving the passenger window on my 2004 Ford F-150 fell into the door.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #478

Jun 032010


  • 140,000 miles
While on a 700 mile trip, driving at night in heavy rain, I heard a loud pop on my driver's side door. I wasn't sure what it was, but everything seemed ok. After stopping at a gas station and closing my door, the window fell down into the door. What had happened was the window regulator's pulley had broke causing the metal wire to snap out and the window fall down. Fortunately, I had tools with me and was able to temporarily hold the window in place with a pair of vise-grips until I could get home and replace the window regulator track. My concern is what could have happened had my window fell down while driving at night in the heavy rain. I could have easily been distracted causing a momentary lose of control of the vehicle resulting in a collision.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

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