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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

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 22 of 31)

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problem #193

Dec 292008

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

Add me to the list of pissed off Ford owners! My window fell in my door and now ford wants $450 to fix it. This has been a major problem with Ford trucks. This is the 2nd time it has happened to the same window in the last 12 months and ford will not fix it for free....said it was not covered! I have owned Fords all my life and think it will be the last time I own one.

- , Tampa, FL, USA

problem #192

Dec 072008

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,500 miles

A few weeks back I was going to work and as I approached the Gated access to work and went to roll down my window I accidentally rolled down my rear drivers side window, as I went to roll up this window it made an awful grinding noise and would not roll up again, angry that my warranty has expired and I only had about 37,500 miles on the truck and had only probably rolled down that window 20 times since I bought the vehicle I just figured that it was a fluke and that's how the cookie crumbles, I took the door panel apart and tie wrapped the window in the up position..........now here is the part that made me really mad........I was in my home painting, my truck alarm started going off and I went outside, this is only a week or two after the rear window failure, I approached my truck and saw that my driver side window was down, I expected to find shattered glass from someone trying to break in but nope, the window just collapsed inside the door and set off the alarm, tried to roll it up again and the exact same cable grinding noise as the rear driver side window was making! I could not believe that a truck with less than 38000 miles now has 50% of the windows not working, I had to tie wrap up that window as well until I can figure out what do, I went to ford and the service writer immediately knew what the problem was and quoted me a price nearing $900 to $1000 to fix both windows!!!!!!!!!!! FORD should step up and pay for these window malfunctions, this is just plain ridiculous, I am scared to roll down the other windows in the truck now! and a truck with as little miles and as little wear on those windows should not be failing this early, I fully understand normal wear and tear but this is ridiculous, I am very angry and will be calling ford and anyone else who will listen to get ford to pay for this, I should not have to shell out $1000 for window repairs on a truck that is barely broken in!

- , Littleton, CO, USA

problem #191

Oct 152008

F-150 XLT Super Cab 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,500 miles

Ford Truck, built Ford Tough...hmmm...driving down a road, 25 miles and hour, loud bang, thought someone fired a gun, or hit my door...all of a sudden, window drops quietly and slowly down into the door.

I have had the truck parked in my driveway with plastic sheeting over the window to keep out the rain till I figure out how to take the door apart and fix this. Yesterday, my friend said, just get a pair of pliers and cover them with duct tape (that's a man thing) and use that to pull the window up far enough to get a grip, then use your hands to pull it up the rest of the way. It worked. Window is up...scared to put the key in and see if it will move up and down again, I am pretty sure the window regulator needs to be replace with the loud bang.

So, waiting for a sunny day to remove the door panel, I priced the part, $37. Can't be that difficult to fix.

- , Colfax, CA, USA

problem #190

Dec 162008

F-150 XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

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

Second one in two weeks! Previously had to fix the left rear window regulator and now its the front right! Within two weeks! Sure hope the window mechanism on the newer models is better than this!!!! This is really unacceptable and expensive

- , Sanford, FL, USA

problem #189

Dec 032008

F-150 XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

What a crappy design! It just "broke" all on its own. The part cost me $159.00 and if I had the dealer do the work, it would have been a total of $450! Luckily I took my bother's advice and did it myself. It wasn't very hard, just time consuming. If you are looking for to buy the window regulator online, check out http://thinkpartsguy.com

- , Sanford, FL, USA

problem #188

Dec 122008

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

This is the third window that has fallen into the door and will not roll up. Previous repairs have been around $150-250. Cheap parts. Not built to last. I emailed Ford with my lengthy complaint and I received a general reply from them thanking me for my interest in their vehicles. Most people who buy Ford trucks are hard working people with families that deserve a dependable vehicle. It would be nice if our own American made trucks would be worth purchasing. On each of the three occurrences that the window fell down, we had our babies in the vehicle. One time it was raining, one time it was almost 100 degrees out, and just yesterday it happened again. GRRRR.

- , Tomball, TX, USA

problem #187

Dec 082008

F-150 Harley Davidson 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

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

I bought a mustang and my wife picked up a 2004 F-150 the same day from the same dealer. the very next day, I rolled the driver's side window down in the F-150 and it would not roll back up. The dealer did us right on that one probably because they just made a small fortune on us, but they fixed it at no charge. 6 weeks later both the front and the back on the passenger side went out in the same freaking day. The back window was down when we came home and when we got in the truck and tried to use the switches...the front went down. Took it to the dealer and since it was 2 windows they gave us a deal. We paid and everything is fine RIGHT. Hell no. About 2 months later my wife is driving alone and the driver's side rear falls about half way down. Why only half I don't know, because the others fell all the way. We are batting a 1.000 now all 4 have crapped out. I don't want the dealer to fix it because they are just going to put the same crappy OEM part back in it. We need Ford to make it right.

- , Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #186

Aug 072008

F-150 XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,863 miles

Driving down 5 from Sacramento back home week before my brother came out to visit and out of nowhere the window drops straight down (I had the a/c on as it was over 100 that day). Didn't think much about it maybe just the motor or something slipped and would be an easy fix. NOT the CASE!!! The next day got with my mechanic and tore apart the door and to our surprise found a RATS NEST cable TWISTED and GNARLED around a POS plastic pulley that was TRASHED. NICE, so here I am 4 months later door panel still off and window is being held up by a stick and the passenger has to be let out of the vehicle everytime. I have looked into getting the part for the repair but haven't decided if I want to just yet. Especially seeing now that I am not the only one out there. FORD needs to be a big boy step up to the plate and put out a recall on this!! What is really terrible about this is that it is a safety factor. I could only imagine my son, daughter, wife, or dog sitting there next to the window and the window shattering blowing glass on them or my dog falling out the window. Would FORD step up and cover something like that? Probabbly not which is why the world is full of attorneys. FORD NEEDS TO RECALL THIS PROBLEM AND GET FIX THIS RIGHT AWAY!!!!!!

Only question I have thought of and maybe the thousand other F-150 owners may or may not have thought of this. Is there an alternative manufacturer such as Chevy, Toyota or other out there that has a similar part that will fit to make it work where the problem doesnt continue to happen???? Just a thought.

Come on FORD stand behind your AMERICANS who continue to buy the FORD TOUGH TRUCKS - or is FORD going to hide and not show face on this???? This is America good ole USA where is our support the AMERICAN customers of FORD???

- , Discovery Bay, CA, USA

problem #185

Dec 042008

F-150 Lariat

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,576 miles

This is the 3rd window that has failed on the this truck. Walk out to get in it and the window is down and won't come back up. Mechanic last time blamed it on a small plastic piece that fails, but it is made into the whole assemble and forces you to buy the complete regulator package. One more of these and I'll have a $1000 invested repairing windows because of one little faulty plastic clip.

- , Cary, NC, USA

problem #184

Nov 272008

F-150 Lariat Supercrew 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Looks like I can join the group of window failures. I had no idea this was Ford epidemic, and they need to step up. I was driving down the driveway on Thanksgiving day when I noticed the window was down. I tried to put it back up, but no go. The window has hardly been used! Just another on the list, though. I just had to have the sunroof replaced at a cost of over $1000 due to broken slides. Ford stated it was wear due to use, but I have been out of country almost every summer since I bought the truck, and it hardly got used! anyway- let me know if there is a class action, I'm in.....

- , Temple, GA, USA

problem #183

Nov 292008

F-150 Crewcab 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

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

Ford really needs to take ownership of their Window Regulators...not only is this the third regulator i've replaced in my 2004 f150.....i've also replaced 2 window regulators in my 05 Lincoln ls for my wife. And 4 regulators in my mothers 2002 ford crown vic. It seems fords window regulator problems are not "car specific" but are "cheaply built" and expensive to purchase for consumers.....I've also have a Toyota Camry for my daughter - 1999 model....never had to replace a regulator there and she "rolls" the windows up and down much more than I do. Come on FORD!!! - no wonder your loosing the battle

- , Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #182

Nov 242008

F-150 XLT 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

I'm joining the broken power window regulator club and I'm furious. I drove into work, rolled down my window to swipe my parking pass for the garage and the window would not roll back up. Nice time of year to have to park in a mall parking lot with a broken window. I have also been a die hard Ford Truck fan for more than 20 years. Called the dealership and asked for a quote to fix the regulator. They only had one computer working and the guy said he would call me back in 15 minutes when he could get on the computer. Well 2 hours later I called him back (no apology for not calling me back) and he gave me a quote of $180.00 plus labor. The truck has 42000 miles on it. I wouldn't expect to have to replace this mechanism at this mileage. I attempted to find the part online and fix it myself. I could not find the regulator other than the factory. I saw a beautiful Nissan Titan yesterday in the grocery store parking lot. I talked to the owner for about 20 minutes and he is very happy with it. The Titan looks very attractive to me right now. And I don't have to feel guilty about it because Nissan has factories right here in the USA employing American workers. Well, I just wanted to add to the list just so it is known that this window problem isn't a rare occurrence.

- , Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #181

Nov 172008

F-150 XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

So Im drving home a week and a half ago from being at work for 48 hours and I hear the thud! Oh its the passenger window and it is fallen and cannot be put up. So I call around looking for a better price then about $400 at the dealership and guess what happened today on my way home??? Yes it happened the rear passenger window fell. HA! So know its almost Christmas both windows are broke and guess what we are going to do...BAIL OUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY! Thats what we need to do is bail out the auto industry that sticks it to us all the time. So I called the number that was posted and got a nice lady on the phone who didn't really care about my problems so i wasted my breath and let her know the problems. I have been researching the window regulator to purchase and it appears that you cannot buy just the regulator by itself, you have to get the motor on it to. Which brings the cost to $190...Let us know about the law suit..thanks for listing...

- , Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #180

Nov 182008

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles

Wow, its a new truck.... I can not believe how cheap the regulator looks for a truck that advertise TOUGHNESS . Only 16,000 mi. Very rare do i roll down the windows, so i can imagine as time rolls buy... Thanks

- , San German, PR, Puerto Rico

problem #179

Nov 242008

F-150 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

Second time for this problem was yesterday while the wife was driving to work. I listen to weather report "heavy rain" great. Take my day off to pick up her truck then drive 30mi to the dealer with a good service manager. Got to wait for 21/2 hrs then got to drive home in heavy rain and Los Angeles traffic. Cost out of pocket $50 due to extended warranty but does not cover my 5 hours plus fuel and nice drive of 110 mi round trip. Service Manager told me outside vendor made these cheap POS's. Ford needs to step up and fix at no cost.

- , Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #178

Feb 132008

F-150 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Same as other complaint, but was drivers window for this complaint. This was almost the same scenario even the rain. I will say again Ford needs to take care of this problem for free!

- , Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #177

Nov 202008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,753 miles

Damn, if it didn't happen again!!!!

This past Oct 08 -- I filed a complaint here on this web site about the driver side door window falling down and now the passenger side fell down!!!!!

What in the heck is wrong with this window system?

Come on Ford -- admit when you have a fleet wide problem and own up to it with a recall -- or at least a "re-pay" for the ones that had to pay it out!!!

- , N Charleston, SC, USA

problem #176

Nov 202008

F-150 FX4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

This is now the 5th time this has occurred since I bought the vehicle new. I currently have two (2) windows not working with this being 2nd failure on each window.

- , Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #175

Sep 102008

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

I completely agree with others WTF!!!! First our driver window went pop/crash and sure as sh*t the passenger front window went down a couple weeks later. We pulled off the door panels and re-routed the cable and thought we fixed the problem. Then when we attempted to roll the window down it did the same thing POP! We took the door panel off again and saw that the cable had shredded the cheap piece of plastic they used for the cable drum.

So now we have been manually sliding our windows up and driving around which works until you hit a pebble in the road and then you have instant air conditioning. It sucks because our 14 month old is in the back seat getting wind blown. So we crank the heat and bundle her up when we go places.

We haven't fixed the windows yet because our local dealer has yet to get back to us and because we don't have the money to do it at the present moment.

I am so disappointed and surprised Ford has not done a recall on this issue. If you google this issue it is huge and every single 2004 Ford F150 will go through this sooner or later.

I am sure we will never purchase another Ford after this experience.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #174

Nov 202008

F-150 Lariat 5.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

This is the 3rd Window. One more to go! this is really aggravating in 30 degree weather when your window falls down and you can't do a thing. The you call the local dealership and they are RUDE like it is our problem. Even under extended warranty this makes 300.00 spent out of pocket. The last one is making a noise and they won't fix it until it breaks to get another 100.00

- , Monticello, GA, USA

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