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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

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 31)

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problem #593

Oct 012012

F-150 Super Crew 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


Ford needs to recall their window assembly. The plastic clip holding the cable is what broke.

- , Acworth, GA, USA

problem #592

Feb 182013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,142 miles

Third repair for same thing, 3 different windows. Each repair approximately $300.00

- , Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

problem #591

Aug 042012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

Second of 3 repairs. Each repair approximately $300.00.

- , Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

problem #590

Oct 242008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,885 miles


First of 3 repairs for same thing. Each repair approximately $300.00.

- , Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

problem #589

May 022013

F-150 Lariat Super Crew 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

This is the third window regulator to fail in the last 3 years. I have had no other problems with the vehicle so, I chalked up the first occurrence to crap happens. The second incident I was to busy to investigate so I just repaired it. Now on this third occurrence I searched the internet to find, to my surprise, that this is one of the most common complaints with the 2004 F150.....and the dealer parts guy said "This is a rare item, we never see it"! Although I am very happy with the truck, this concerns me.

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #588

Jul 272012

F-150 XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

Had just parked my vehicle, and heard a loud bang. Front right window had fallen into door. Had to drive home 45 miles with window down. As soon as I arrived home, driver's side rear window fell into door!!! I was freaking out! How weird for this to have happened to 2 windows on the same day. Googled problem and discovered what a wide-spread problem this is, and NO RECALL from Ford! I really freaked out when I found out how much the repair was going to cost me! $587.00. I am very upset with Ford. Female F-150 driver!

- , Gonzales, LA, USA

problem #587

Mar 092013

F-150 XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles


I am NOW having to change the 3RD OUT OF 4 window regulators within 8 months!!! Highly DISGUSTED with this problem FORD! FORD, STEP UP TO THE PLATE! Living by your motto, huh? Ford saying "tough" about this problem!!! Female F-150 Driver that is extremely upset!!!!!

- , Gonzales, LA, USA

problem #586

Nov 162012

F-150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,500 miles

Sitting in line at the car wash and heard a loud noise looked out my passenger side window and it was gone. The window fell inside the door and would not roll back up. I took it to the shop and they said $260.00 now i see a lot of people with the same problem and no recall. I always liked ford i hope they do people right on this matter.

- , Smiths, AL, USA

problem #585

Nov 112012

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Ford sucks. I'm pissed because this is the 5th (yes 5th!!!!!) time this has happened. All four window regulators and motors have been replaced. This is BS that ford doesn't think this is a problem. Also the ever prevalent door locks being punched in on FORD Trucks!!!!!!!!!! Nothing being done about it. Except FORD making $$$$$$ off selling the parts to fix the $600 door lock damaged by a loser thief. Makes me never want to buy a Ford again.

- , Collierville, TN, USA

problem #584

Nov 022012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Recently had my driver side automatic window regulator break on me. This is a culmination of all 4 window regulators having broke on me in a 7 year period. (all 4!!) . 2 of the regulators simply popped/broke as i was driving (window was not being actuated up or down at the time) i have replaced them myself and they have run anywhere from 150.00 to 180.00 bucks each..... good to hear that someone has a youtube video out there.

- , la Mesa, CA, USA

problem #583

Oct 102012

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,468 miles


Same problem as most other 2004 F-150 owners. Window fell down to the inside of the door on the way home from work tonight. I'm going to replace the window regulator myself. There are some good instructional videos on Youtube. It's crap that Ford hasn't fixed the problem.

- , Altoona, IA, USA

problem #582

Sep 062012

F-150 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

My Ford truck's window regulator went out. Driver side window just dropped into door after rolling it up. After reading how many times this has happened to so many customers, I'm nearly certain to not buy Ford again. Maybe they'll step up and cover the clear design flaw like a responsible and respectable company that they claim to be, and have been on many other design flaws.

- , Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #581

Apr 122010

F-150 Crew Cab 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

This was the first window regulator to go bad on the truck. Cost to fix it was around $400. After researching the internet I discovered what seemed to be a growing problem nationwide with Ford's regulators on the 2004 F-150 model. The local dealer wasnt much help when I explained this.

- , Salem, VA, USA

problem #580

Aug 182012

F-150 Lariat

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Rear window also leaks. I have had this truck 4 years and I am replacing the third window regulator right now. It has been a different window each time. Ford needed to issue a recall a long time ago. If you make a product stand by it!! Just because you outsource the supplier doesn't mean they are to blame! It just shows you put the bottom line in front of the one the consumer has to stand in! I won't but another Ford because of this incredible expensive part that was designed to fail in the first place. Stop gouging the consumer for your incompetience. And yes, Ford this is a safety issue/problem.

- , Topeka, KS, USA

problem #579

Sep 192012

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Previously had to replace Window Regulator for all 4 windows. Today driver rear window failed while down and will not roll up. Very upset as I think this same window was repaired in May 2011 by original dealer. First repeat issue for me. This sucks. Last repair for this cost over $330. Between this, the brakes, and the spark plugs FORD really screwed the pooch on the 2004 F150 version.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #578

Sep 122012

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,300 miles

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window does not roll up

This is the second window regulator that failed within a week...same exact part, different!! As soon as I get this fixed, I guess I just have to wait for the next two to fail....Ford are you listening?

- , Morris Plains, NJ, USA

problem #577

Aug 062012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

I have now had to replace 4 out of 4 window regulators which is completely ridiculous. The Ford service advisers claim this is not a known issue but I knew it had to be as its quite obvious FORD chose to use faulty parts when constructing the vehicle. I emailed Ford to complain only to be told they are sorry but there is no current recall and I would have to cover the cost yet again on my own. Now I see how much of an issue this really is and I should have never invested my money into such an irresponsible company. So much for supporting American made cars...I will NEVER purchase another Ford again.

- , Rosemead, CA, USA

problem #576

Aug 032012

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

This is the second window that has broken and now it is the drivers side window. This is crazy someone has to do something about these windows are we are going to have to get lawyers involved.

- , Carencro, LA, USA

problem #575

Aug 082012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

Was drivng on the freeway when the driver's side window just fell down into the door. The truck only had 30,000 miles. Service rep at the dealer said they see it all the time on these trucks and I was "lucky because another customer had it happen at 11,000 miles." This week, with just over 34,000 miles the passenger side window did the same thing. A different service rep at my local dealer told me they see it a lot. After reading all these complaints about the broken regulator it seems I can look forward to the rest of the windows doing the same thing. Both windows weren't covered because even though my mileage is low my warranty had already expired.

Ford told me there is nothing they can do about it since there is no active recall on my vehicle. There is obviously a serious defect but Ford is putting it on the customer instead of taking responsibility for their faulty product. I have owned Fords for most of my life but will never purchase another one. They were happy to take my money every time I bought one of their vehicles but won't stand behind their product. Terrible business decision as they're obviously losing a lot of customers. A recall is a no brainer but I guess they'd rather lose customers rather than covering the repairs for their defective product.

- , Tracy, CA, USA

problem #574

Aug 182012

F-150 Crew Cab 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,100 miles

Ford needs to recall these window regulators. Today, the third regulator failed and I'm sure it is only a matter of time until the 4th one fails. are really close to losing another customer.

- , Salem, VA, USA

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