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8.2

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$317.00
Average Mileage:
66,996 miles
Total Complaints:
613 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace window regulator (299 reports)
  2. not sure (223 reports)
  3. fixed it myself so I don't have to be ripped off by Ford (24 reports)
  4. replace window regulator with 2006 and newer regulator (16 reports)
  5. replace elevator cable (15 reports)
  6. Ford paid for most of the fix (10 reports)
2004 Ford F-150 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 18 of 31)

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problem #273

May 092007

F-150 XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had three window motor and or regulators replaced in my 2004 F150 double cab. Both front windows replaced under extended warranty which still cost me $115 deductable. The last one earlier this week was a back window and they said it was the regulator. Extended warranty had run out so it cost me $400, won't have the dealer/stealer do any more work for me.

This is an obvious issue. I've owned Fords my whole life and am very disappointed. Friend of mine has two Ford Focus' and they have replaced the window motor or regulator 7 times between the two. How can this not be an issue?

I will seriously think twice before I buy another Ford as much as I hate to say it.

- , Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #272

Jul 032009

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,500 miles

This truck belongs to my husband and has been deployed off and on quite a bit. The back passenger window has probably been let down a total of "FIVE TIMES".

This is really UNCALLED FOR ... my FIVE YEAR old was sitting back there in her car seat, what if the window had SHATTERED when it fell????? This is completely ridiculous! We have THREE FORD ... and have had NOTHING BUT ISSUES, LIES AND PROBLEMS from two of them over the last year!! We will definitely be moving on to TOYOTA OR SOMEONE ... BESIDES FORD!!!!! Someone who is going to stand behind there products! RIDICULOUS!!! I have to fork out 335.00 for something that is there problem ... as their trying to BE CHEAP!!!

- , Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #271

Jul 162008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

Within weeks of the warranty expiring the driver window fell into door. Our local dealer got it taken care of under warranty. Six months later the passenger front window fell out which we had to pay for. I understand that we can expect the back to fall out in the near future.

Also, the truck is missing at idle and I am afraid to have the plugs changed due to the problem with plugs breaking off in the head. It is not in the shop for clunking in the rear end which I expect to get very expensive. This truck is rated to tow 8700 pound. The only towing has been a jetski for a total of maybe 500 miles. Why should we be having differential issues short of Ford selling defective vehicles?

- , Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #270

Jun 222009

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

At 33,000 miles my driver side window fell into the door. The dealer would not warranty it, so I was out $300. Then at 51,000 miles my passenger side window fell into the door. The dealer would not warranty it either and now the window regulator has gone up another $50, so this time I'm out $350. What a piece of s@#%t!!!!!

- , Forney, TX, USA

problem #269

Jun 222009

F-150 Xlt Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,500 miles

On 6/11/09 the right rear window regulator broke. On 6/22/09 the left rear window regulator broke. Ford needs to step up to the plate and recall these regulators.

- , Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #268

Jun 112009

F-150 Xlt Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

Many others have filed complaints but ford will not step up and take ownership of this obvious defect in their window regulators.

- , Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #267

Jun 012009

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My husband, son and I took the door apart and narrowed the problem down to a piece of plastic that secures the cable on the runner. The plastic has stressed and cracked leaving the cable loose. The motor works so we are using out noggins to try and figure out a way to shore up the plastic. My son is looking to fix it with Lego Bionicle parts. I'll let you know if it works!

- , Alvarado, TX, USA

problem #266

Mar 012008

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

This is my complaint about the second time a window failed on this pickup. I HAD TO CANCEL A FISHING TRIP BECAUSE I COULDN'T PULL THE BOAT!!!!!!!

- , Alvarado, TX, USA

problem #265

Jun 012007

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Same story different F150 owner. Look for my post regarding the 2 other times this has happened!

- , Alvarado, TX, USA

problem #264

Jun 152009

F-150 FX4 Supercrew 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles

never saw so many peeps with the same problem...called Ford directly to see if they could start a recall....EVERYONE NEEDS TO CALL FORD! they have no clue how many peeps are reporting up on the web ( nor do they probably care)....its seems my motor is fine but the regulator is the busted...and of course, FORD only sells the motor and regulator together......I am a long time FORD fan...but an considering trading in for an import.

- , Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #263

Apr 092009

F-150 Lariat 5.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Have owned Fords my whole life. No real complaints, until now. Bought my wife a beautiful 2004 Ford F-150 4 door Lariat. Have owned it 6 months and have replaced 3, yes thats 3, window regulators. The windows just fall down into the door. I am FED the F%#@ up with this. My local ford dealer basically told me to pound sand over it. By reading the other complaints this is a serious issue that Ford needs to address. I cant speak for everyone else but they are on the verge of loosing a customer over this!!!!!!

- , Caulfield, MO, USA

problem #262

Jun 112009

F-150 XLT Super Crew 4wd 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,079 miles

Since this appears to be a such a common problem I guess not much explanation is needed. I heard a loud pop as I was rolling up my driver's side window and the window dropped down into the door. Took it to the dealer and bent over. I will call Ford tomorrow and scream and holler.

Update from Jun 15, 2009: Ford offered to split the cost to replace the remaining three window regulators up to 60,000 miles or 6 years. It's not the best case scenario but it could be worse.

Update from Feb 23, 2010: Passenger's side went out last Sunday as the window was being rolled down at 67k miles. Dealer repaired it for $150 after I complained and "they called Ford".

I have a friend who works for Ford and I had him look into this for me. He said the repair rate is very low and is not a concern to Ford. You need to make sure you are complaining to your local dealer when your next one breaks. The cost of the part to the dealer is $98 with a time of .6 hours to install.

- , Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #261

May 282009

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

The third window regulator. I know Ford did not manufacture the part, but you would think they would keep a better eye on their vendors.

Update from Oct 26, 2009: I am now on the 4th window regulator at 53k on hte mileage. FORD should really change its name to POS!!!!!!

- , Thornton, CO, USA

problem #260

Jun 072009

F-150 XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Well this is finally my third window so i only have one more to go! All my windows except for my passenger have broke...i now have over 800 dollars in this ridiculous peace of sh*t. i fixed the first one myself but it was such a pain in the ass that i had ford do the other one...but for double the price of doing it myself i won't give them a chance to fix it again and rape me for even more money. im a diehard ford fan from my work truck to my daily driver all the way down to my streetrods. But this really gets me steamin when i walk out to the parking lot and my window is down... Really makes me think if i want another ford.

- , Grand Terrace, CA, USA

problem #259

Jun 052009

F-150 Laredo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

Rear window fell in to door when driving down the road at 35mph. Took it to auto glass shop and was told it was a faulty regulator and that I needed to take it to Ford dealer for repair. They also said this was a common problem with this truck and that it should have been recalled. Took it to the Ford dealer for repair and was told by mechanic that is was a common problem and the he too felt it should be a recall and that it could happen to all the other windows and there is nothing I can do to prevent it. He said he felt guilt every time someone came in with this problem and that Ford should take care of it.

- , Southlake, TX, USA

problem #258

Jun 032009

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

2004 Supercrew 150. First the driver window regulator failed about two months ago, then last night the passenger rear failed. That rear window has been open probably less than 5 times in the life of the truck. Over $600 in the repair of two windows and Ford dealer acknowledges they are a problem. Then I find out there are spark plug problems where the plugs break off when the time comes to service them. Sad to say this will be my last Ford.

- , Bee Spring, KY, USA

problem #257

Aug 042008

F-150 XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,890 miles

Well for the sake of having to file four complaints about all four windows I'll just list them here. In August of last year, 2008, my front passenger window on my Supercrew decided to slowly go down while driving on the highway. I hit the button to try and bring it up but all I heard was a crackling noise after having a mechanic diagnose the problem, $50.00, to the dealer I hurried to purchase a replacement window regulator. On May 4, 2009 the same thing happened again but this time I was at work. An employee came to my office and asked if I knew that my rear passenger window was down. I jumped up and went outside thinking I might have let it down by accident that morning while backing in to park, but when I tried to let it up all I heard was crackling again. I did not panic this time because I immediately knew what the problem was so off to the dealer to purchase another window regulator.

Well a couple of days ago, May 25, 2009 I go to get into my truck and proceeded to let the windows down and to my total disbelief, that freakin' crackling noise now coming from my rear drivers side window, again another window regulator gone out, so off to the dealers again. Well low and behold I go to get in my truck this morning and yes you got it the front drivers side window starts crackling. I sat there for a moment in utter disbelief fuming from every opening in my body. If someone else had told me this story I would not have believed them. I just got back from purchasing the 4th regulator completing the cycle of misery. My truck just turned over to 45000 miles and I am seriously scratching my head now about Ford vehicles. I guess its true about their acronym Found On Road Dead !!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #256

May 232009

F-150 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

Not once, not twice, but the third time this has happened! Each time i was rolling up my window and it got to the top with a pop! After the second time around i started to wonder if fellow ford owners had ever had this problem. My spidey senses were right on, it seems to be one of the most common complaints with ford truck owners. I havent heard anything about ford owning up to the problem, only ways the common man can fix it themselves. Check out (FordF150.net) it breaks down the whole process in fixing the window regulator, its like a Chilton manual. As for any other help your all on your own, Ford has bigger problems these days!

- , El Mirage, AZ, USA

problem #255

May 192009

F-150 Lariat 5.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Here is another one- Window fell down into door- I will repair myself - I registered complaint with Ford.com and my local dealer- Gray Ford in Deridder, Louisiana- My window did not break but I had to wait a week to get parts. Ford needs to recall these vehicals.

- , Deridder, LA, USA

problem #254

May 192009

F-150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

Yes i see that i'm not alone in the boat. it sounds like this is a problem, a common one in fact. Of course Ford will not cover....it's not a safety issue, but when a similar issue happened on my Volkswagen...even thought it was not a saftey issue they recalled it because it was very common and probable...for customer satisfaction. I hope that everyone checks this website and complains....I spent a lot of money on my vehicle, while those execs line their pocket the whole business is going down, and it's becuase of junk like this......you buy a high dollar item that breaks every year....

- , Ault, CO, USA

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