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Typical Repair Cost:
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

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 19 of 31)

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problem #253

May 112009

F-150 XLT V8 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,950 miles


Just like everyone else here the window regulator broke at the plastic/nylon piece that the cable end connects to. The window was being rolled up and bang glass dropped got lucky in that I was at a stop and caught glass on way down and wedged a leather glove finger in to slow/keep it from dropping fast. Pulled the information from an online dealer for a regulator but the only after market at this time is for Heritage not Supercab. Of course did not find that out until I had all disassembled and on drive. Called many sources and finally was told only Dealer Part called dealer and was quoted $182 for the part they would install for 188 labor, NOT! found a dealer online in Branford, CT that would do 125 L and 110 R. Called Ford corporate and was given the brush off by a kid that should really go into politics, he told me to take it to the dealer and have an advisor check it out, DUH! the part is BROKEN wake up Ford. I figure if I have to repair all 4 windows with the same crummy part I will shell out about 1K for each in the next 6 or so years before I can look at another truck. Called local dealer back and he agreed to match the CT dealer so at least I can fix it today. And to think are to pay this one off in 2 months and were looking to buy a new Ford car for my wife. I think Ford had better get with this issue NOW!

- , Norman, OK, USA

problem #252

May 122009

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

3rd bad window regulator on this truck in under 35,000 miles. Ford needs to refund or recall all of these trucks. It is a very common problem; these regulators are defective from the factory! P E R I O D!

- , Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #251

May 062009

F-150 Larnet 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,294 miles

Ford should put out a recall on this problem. I've talked to several f150 owners all have had this problem. I will fix it my self and post what the parts cost later. Its a lot of work just taking door apart so you can get window up and tape into place so you can drive while looking for parts.

- , Watseka, IL, USA

problem #250

May 052009

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles


Love my truck but very disappointed I had this problem as it is not that old and has fairly low mileage and after seeing how many others are dealing with the same issue, I'm very disappointed Ford hasn't stepped up to do more on such a common issue. Repair cost me $417 @ Sun State Ford in Orlando (they replaced the window regulator) which was a bit higher than others reported.

Started with a sudden loud popping sound, then window just slid inside the door.

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #249

Apr 292009

F-150 FX4 V8 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Bad design on these regulators, way too complicated compared to previous years. My driver's side failed at 80k. I rolled window down and attempted to roll it back up when I heard a loud pop. The window slid into the door and I couldn't roll it up. My dealer charged 127 for a new regulator, some wanted over 200. It's an easy fix if you're "handy." This article covers how to replace the regulator (read the comments, others have improved upon the original article): and here's a link to how to take the panels off:

- , Walnut Grove, MO, USA

problem #248

Apr 252009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,029 miles

Bought this truck used with no warranty. Within 1 year, 3 of the windows in my 2004 Ford F150 have slid down into the door with me being unable to roll it back up. The first two times it cost ~$350 each. I am now saving up money to fix it a third time.

This third time, it happened to a window that was fixed last year, making this the second occurrence for that window.

I am broke and driving around with a shower curtain wrapped around my car window in a red neck southern town! I cannot see out of that window! I can't afford to keep fixing this window with the economy the way it is and I'm out of a job! $1000 on windows in 1 year is a lot of BS money!

- , Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #247

Apr 252009

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


I was driving to work at 5 in the am, and my window started to go down all by itself. and then it fell completely. I tried to roll it back up and it wouldnt go up. It just made a crunching noise. I was pissed. The weather forcast was rain. So now i am even more mad.... and to top it off i had to let my truck sit in the busiest damn parking lot in town. So when i got home from work... i decided to to take my door panel off to see if the window fell off track or what happened. It was such a pain. i had to take everything from the door handle to the speaker off just to remove the panel.

This happened to be on a saturday, and the ford dealer was closed. So i had to go all the way until monday to even talk to someone. I called all the parts places in town, and no one sells the regulator for the year of my truck. So i called ford and they told me that just for the part it would be 254.00 and that didnt include labor. So now i am pissed. This should be a recall, and i am going to visit the website to see if there is a petition for this. At the moment i have my driver side panel and all my controls and everything still off becuase this is a pain in the ass, and ford should have to fix it. I have a piece of wood wedged up in the door to hold the window up, it looks a lot less ghetto than the bag i had to have for 3 days. Yes i am pissed, and i think you all need to go to and sign the petition.

- , Cedar City, UT, USA

problem #246

Apr 282009

F-150 XLT 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

Well it finally happened to me I've a been a loyal ford owner since I started driving. But now I pissed My wife drove my truck to work and called me and told me the drivers window fell in the door and shattered. Luckily she gets to park under a carport But she had to drive it home in the rain Boy was she pissed. I took the panel off of the door to see what the problem was and I found it. The cable that operates the window looked like a birds nest. So I go to web to figure out how to fix it and I'm not the only one. Looks like I've got three more to go. Class action I'm in. The regional service manger from Ford will be getting a phone call so will the local TV station. There always looking for a "good consumer getting ripped off" story.

- , Edmond, OK, USA

problem #245

Apr 032009

F-150 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

I have owned many ford trucks, I thought Ford was built tought, like gum it breaks in the middle. I called the Company with no help then only told me it's not on recall I think every one on this site should make a point to send these complaints all at the same time to let them know how dam mad we are and how it would jam up the e-mails and make it inconvenent for them . Would they care most likely not but just think of the hassel. Fair is fair don't you think. Power windows are a safety matter and I can assure you I willl also send this complaint to the BBB and to the Goverment, OPPS!! should I do that considering the fact our comander and cheif did even no his plane was being used. SORRY!!!! couldn't help myself.

HOLD these company's responsable they would like our help with bail out money then help us to make it worth our time to think of helping them. I guess Ford would rather the window fall out of the dam truck and have some one hurt or cause a fatel reck and kill someone , them they came go to court with the lawyers they keep on retainer and fight against the very people who help pay there salaries. Look out Americans and I do mean Americans the plane is about to drop another load of crap on us. Stand up and fight send your complaints to you local goverment and to Washinghton DC the more they get the more possibllty they will get up off those cushionie seats and do somethhing. We the People by the people. GOGOGO

- , Crisfield, MD, USA

problem #244

Apr 092009

F-150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

We had left out F150 at the airport parking lot for 4 days while we left town. we came back to a windy day and our front passenger window down with nothing but dirt in the truck..... we can not roll the window down so no air comes in for the passenger and of course as everyone else is complaining about FORD will not cover it and we only have 30,000 miles on the truck. When I asked the dealer if they had a recall on this they stated this is normal on cars and the girl I was speaking with (the parts secretary) said oh its not a big deal she had to fix one on her car so it happens to everyone... yeah that made me feel better.

It was going to cost us $369 to fix a problem that ford should be fixing as it is a big issue. when I told that to the service guy he said yeah probably but he couldn't do anything about that and to complain if I wanted and hopefully if there was a recall I would get my money back...

We have not fixed it and just put some tape on it but this is a real big pill to swallow when it is not even something we did.

- , Orange, CA, USA

problem #243

Apr 232009

F-150 Lariat 4x4 Supercrew V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


I am really mad now. All 4 windows have now fallen into the doors. I'm sure I will have to pay for the new regulator out of pocket the same as the last 3 windows. Ford should recall that. I'm now in over $1,150 for repairs that should be done by Ford. Quit putting cheap sh*t in your trucks, you sure as hell don't sell them cheap!

- , Redvale, CO, USA

problem #242

Apr 202009

F-150 XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I agree with the others on this website. Ford needs to step up and fix the damn problem !! It was only down-pouring when mine decided to let go!! Lucky for me I was close to home and a carport.

- , Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #241

Feb 082009

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

When my daughter and I came out of church I noticed the window was down. At first I thought I forgot to roll it up. However when I got in the truck and hit the button to roll it up, all I could hear was a crunching sound. I got home and took the panel off and could see I was _ _ _ _ _ _. I put a pair of vice grips on it until I could get it to the dealer. Once I got it to the dealer they said $240.00 dollars to fix it. I called a local part store and the said a regulator is $40.00 dollars. I purchased it and have yet to put it on. So I still have the vice grips hold my window up. This is the first Ford Iíve owned and it will more then likely be my last.

- , Covington, GA, USA

problem #240

Apr 162009

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

This Sucks it should be covered under Ford even thought the trucks is 5 years old and out of warranty. I guess I will have to take it up the ass and try and take it apart this weekend before the rain comes in!

- , Bluffton, OH, USA

problem #239

Mar 282009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles

I parked the truck in front of the house after taking the dogs for a hike. A few days later I noticed the window was down. This seemed especially odd since it had been raining really hard ever since I used it last. I got in the truck to roll up the windows and all I get was a crunching sound. After searching the Internet for a while, I've found that this is a very common problem in these F-150's... VERY UNHAPPY! This sounds like a recall defect to me. I filed a complaint at

- , Fruit Heights, UT, USA

problem #238

Apr 132009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Just another incident to go along with the other 137 items at ""

Less than one month ago, I bought a Ford F-150 Lariat XLT. So far, the drivers window had problems rolling up, driving home from work, the left rear window fell about 4 inches down. Drove one mile home. Now the window will not go up.

My problem is just like all the others that I read on this site.

I agree with the post #133. He said:

"Call Ford Customer Care and Demand they FIX this Safety Issue! and File your complaints here with NHTSA! Remember you will need your VIN #"

- , American Fork, UT, USA

problem #237

Apr 112009

F-150 XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,700 miles

When I rolled the window up, I heard a loud "pop" and window became inoperable. I removed the door panel to see if I could find the problem. It wasn't evident but after checking this website, I found the descriptions of problems that sounded exactly like my problem. I will see if I can fix it. I have no intention of letting the dealer get the revenue from something that should be a recall!

- , Shipshewana, IN, USA

problem #236

Apr 082009

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

So ya I get back from Iraq and find this Ford being a big Ford fenatic I fell in love with it, Center shifter, 5.4, Rear sliding window. This was my dream truck. Well anyways yesterday I climbed into my truck shut my door and heard my window fall to the bottom of the door. So I jumped on line to see how many times this has happened or if it was just my truck and to my surprise I am not even close to the first, when I looked last I was going to be 100. This is pathetic knowing ford will not stand behind their product and not willing to do anything about it. I think ford should recall this part and save some customers because I can guarantee that when I go into get this repaired and I have to foot the bill I will never own a ford product again. As of right now I have a board wedged in my window to keep it up. This is a temporary fix to what should be a temporary problem. One this is for sure they are really lucky that it did not break my window, because I do not feel like paying to have it re tinted. That and I will be selling both of my fords and buying something that might be worth my while. Built Ford Tough, But will not stand beind them. Fords new Moto.

- , Culbertson, NE, USA

problem #235

Dec 222008

F-150 Supercrew Lariat 4x4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

I had my RF window fall down on Dec 21, 2008. I live in San Diego and rain was in the forecast for the next day. I read about doing it myself and then decided to just take it to the dealer. I was charged $363.05. I picked it up about 2 hours later and drove home in the rain. I felt like I just got taken advantage of because of the info/complaints on the internet, but soon got over it. Yesterday, April 05, 2009 it happened again. RR window this time. I was in Orange County and about an hour and a half away from home and had my pregnant wife and 2 dogs with me. Not a real fun ride home. The wife was in a pissy mood because of the noise and wind and I thought I was gonna lose one of my dogs out the window. So today, I'm pissed! I took my truck to the dealer and am having them fix the window again. I'm here to tell you that I'm gonna make some noise! Wish me luck! This is some serious BS and it's more than just an open window that won't roll up, it's a serious safety issue too.

I got this website link from this page and I plan on contacting NHTSA too!-200243.html

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #234

Mar 092009

F-150 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

First time was about a year ago... I was driving down I-4 out side of Orlando going 70mph when I hit a bump and the driverís side window fell into the door. I hit the button to roll it up and all I could hear was a crunching sound. It cost about $400.00 because of a cheap piece of plastic. The second time was last month...We are now living in Texas and we went to Colorado for Spring Break. It was the last day of the trip at 10pm and I had just finished loading the truck during a heavy snow storm and about a 5 degree wind chill. I closed the passenger door and watched the window drop. Having dealt with this in the past I knew what just happened. Luckily I had tools with me and was able to remove the door panel and jam the window up for the trip home. I have yet to get it fixed and I going to try and do it my self. Iím just pissed that Ford is not stepping up to the plate and fixing this.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

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