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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 23 of 31)

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problem #173

Nov 052008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


This is the third window that goes out. I haven't fixed it. I haven't fixed the second one either. I did what some of my fellow F150 owners have done and used vise grips on the frame of the window. It's a pain cause you have to take the door panel off. The first one cost me about $165 to fix and that was only cause I worked at a car dealer and they bought the part wholesale and sold it to me at cost and they didn't charge me for the labor. These other two that are out are gonna cost me about that much each just for the part. I found a website that illustrates how to replace it, which is pretty cool. It gives a very comprehensive description. As soon as I have the money to fix them, I'm going to use this site's instructions. It is very annoying, especially when they happen within days of each other.

- , Downey, CA, USA

problem #172

Nov 092008

F-150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

I cracked my window and heard a loud pop, and window fell down into door. When I tried to push button to put up window, heard a grinding sound and window wouldn't go up. How can this happen to so many people with low mileage vehicles, yet ford has nothing listed about this problem anywhere. No wonder the American car industry is going down the tubes.

- , Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #171

Apr 102008

F-150 Supercab 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

This happened to both Front Passenger and Drivers Windows within 2 months of each other.. Totaling $800 out of pocket to repair...

Update from Jul 21, 2009: Mine Driver side window crunched and fell intot he door shattering at 38,000 miles.. $400 later it was the regulator... Not even 30 days later, Passenger side window fell, although it didnt break it too was teh regulator and was $400.. The truck was barely 2 years old.. Now 5 years old. 89,000 miles. Drive side door rolls up 5 inches then makes a gear grinding noise, with assistance seems like is catches another 4 inches and stops and grinds.. Sounds like a Plastic Gear is stripped or something.. Probably another $400... This is BS I love my truck but Im about done with it.. I cant keep fixing a stupid window.

- , Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #170

Nov 102008

F-150 Lariat V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,600 miles


Had this happen after a really wonderful day at work (sarcasm). Anyways, we have had our truck for 6 months, we bought it used because of the nice condition it's in and the low mileage. I guess I should have done my research before purchasing the vehicle!!!! This is retarded and the people at the Ford dealership here are even more retarded. The motherf(&%ing girl that answered the phone didn't even know what I was talking about, and said I had to bring it in, from the looks of this complaint forum that should be a bunch of bulls(*$. Anyways we have an extended warranty that I still have to pay $100 to get this piece of s)(( fixed!!! FORD GET A CLUE!

- , Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #169

Nov 072008

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

My passenger side rear window fell into the door and would not roll up or down. I took it ot a ford dealership and had it fixed. $400.00. This is the third window I have had the motor and regulator replaced. Ford in good conscience should recall all Fords with this problem.

- , Corona, CA, USA

problem #168

Nov 012008

F-150 Lariat V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

About 2 months ago I experienced this same issue with my driver side was covered by warranty at the time. Last week it happened to my passenger side window. I wasn't even using the window, I was just driving along when the window fell. I am now 4,000 miles out of warranty and I assume I will be paying for the fix out of pocket. Funny thing, I just got the itch to get a new ride. If Ford does not step up and take of this issue they will not be in the running to receive my next 60 payments.

- , Waxahachie, TX, USA

problem #167

Aug 232008

F-150 Lariat CREW CAB 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,389 miles


Well first the passanger window regulator went bad replaced that then the rear passanger door on the right went bad did not fix that one after paying $220.00 for the front window and then just a couple a months ago my window regulator on the driver side went bad, so I decided to get that one fixed so I did that on my self and found out that ford decided to make all the components in the window regulator out of plastic with so much tension the cables have they are bound to go bad there is no way in hell that the plastic clips that hold the cables hold up the window and the torque that the electric motor puts out there should be a recall on these and maybe they should have better engineers developing better equipment!!! I LOVE my Ford F150 Crew Cab but these stupid window regulators are driving me crazy!!!

- , Mm, TX, USA

problem #166

Nov 042008

F-150 Lariat 4.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Wife rarely rides in my truck, but today to the way to vote she lowered the passenger window and BANG- it drops in the door. Ford may have a harder time making up their profitability when turning out junk like this.

- , Corinth, MS, USA

problem #165

Sep 302008

F-150 XL V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

My passenger window sounded like a gun went off and then dropped. Ford wanted 500.00 to fix, went somewhere else for 390.00. 30 days later my driver side window has done the same.

- , Naples, FL, USA

problem #164

Sep 102008

F-150 XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

I have had this F-150 for 4 years and it I drive it on weekends only. First window regulator went out as I was rolling it up when I was getting ready to go into a store. I took it in so my extended warranty would take care of it and it cost me $200 out of my pocket. Then no more than 2 months later my passenger door did the same thing. I purchased a new one for $100 and did it myself. Now 8 months later my Drivers side rear door went out. I think this is a serious problem with Fords new design and when I asked about it they said they have never had a problem. I can say this. With all the other problems with this truck I have had and Ford saying "O we are not responsible for that or that is not covered under warranty" I will not purchase a another Ford Truck.

- , Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #163

Oct 292008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,500 miles


Went to roll down window, pop/crash. The window won't roll-up. It sounds exactly like the same issue everyone else is having. Going to have the costs for repairs checked out and possibly see about fixing it myself. Never been a Ford believer, but thought I would give it a try. Big mistake. Very disappointed.

- , Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #162

Sep 182008

F-150 FX4 SuperCrew 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,250 miles

Tried to roll down the window and it fell. When I tried to roll it back up all I could hear is a grinding noise. I'm going to try and fix it myself but if that doesn't work then I'm looking at $300 to get it fixed by the dealer.

- , Ramona, CA, USA

problem #161

Oct 102008

F-150 FX4 - Crew Cab 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

This is such BS. This is the 3rd time I had to have the regulator replaced on this vehicle. Only once was it under warranty. The next time, just out and now it has happened yet again. Even worse it's a choice between paying for $425 (yep that's right) for a plastic clip problem they should fix!! or paying $189 for a new regulator...nobody has an aftermarket for the rear crew door. This is really pissing me off right now...especially after seeing how many complaints there are just on this site!

- , Temecula, CA, USA

problem #160

Oct 212008

F-150 Crew Cab Xlt V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Last week I tried to roll up the window. It would not budge. I called the Ford dealer and they told me it would be $135 to diagnose the problem. The tech automatically knew the problem and told me that he could "save me money" by telling me to tell the shop to order a new motor and regulator for the window. That way I would not have to pay the fee to diagnose the problem. The parts and labor would be only $400. Wow!! What a bargain. I'm no mechanic. How do I really know what is wrong with the window. Seems like they are trying to make money off of chumps who don't really know better. P.S. the dealer is in San Leandro, CA on Marina Blvd.

- , Hayward, CA, USA

problem #159

Sep 182008

F-150 Lariat V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles

Just had the passenger side fall two months ago, just had the drivers door fall today! This is ridiculous!! Truck only has 13,000 miles on it!!!

- , Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #158

Jul 242008

F-150 Lariat V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

My husband has had nothing but problems with his truck!!! In July the passenger side window fell on his F150, after we had taken it in several times to have fixed while it was under warranty his truck only had 12,000 miles on it! Shouldnt have to pay anything!!! A class action lawsuit and recall needs to happen PRONTO!!!!

- , Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #157

Sep 162008

F-150 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

September 08 rarly driven 2004 Ford f-150 rear right window drops with a bang, take to dealership they tell me this happens all the time! 3 hours of labor plus part = $500.00 repair bill!

October 23rd 08 same truck right side front same thing! I can just imagine what the dealership is going to say with second repair another $500.00, think I will do repair myself there is enough web information on how to repair!

Ford was right this does happen all the time, two down two to go.

Last Ford I will EVER buy!

- , North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #156

Oct 212008

F-150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,159 miles


Four windows have now fallen in my F-150....I think that covers all 4 doors. I really don't know what to say anymore. If this isn't crap engineering I don't know what is.

FORD, this repair better be for free! (I'm not holding my breath).

Anyone out there know of a replacement window regulator that will do the job? This is beyond ridiculous.

- , Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #155

Sep 232008

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Typical Ford problem with windows. The fault is an engineering defect. This is a problem that Ford should correct and pay for. The problem is not isolated to the pickups.

- , Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #154

Jul 012008

F-150 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,518 miles

While my truck was parked, I noticed the passenger side window was missing. Further investigation showed that the window without cause or aggravating circumstances fell into the door. Ford stated the problem was a failed window regulator; however, instead of Ford accepting responsibility for this, it was fixed at my expense. I notified Customer Relations without success. I even went further to write the Board of Directors of Ford, Investor Relations, and any other groups whose address I could find. The Board of Directors Office contacted me back to state they still would not be able to help me out. Anyone having this problem needs to write Ford's main office, the Board of Directors, Investor Relations and the dealership where you purchased the car in order for them to finally see there is a problem with this model and the window regulators.

- , Frankfort, KY, USA

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