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pretty bad
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 24 of 31)

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problem #153

Sep 192008

F-150 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,421 miles


While my truck was again parked I noticed the driver side window missing. Further investigation showed that the window without cause or aggravating circumstances fell into the door. This would make the 2nd window that had done this within only a couple of months. 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

problem #152

Sep 212008

F-150 Lariet 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,705 miles

We were just riding down the road when the passenger front window slowly started going down into door. No loud pop was heard and there was no bump in the road as in other listed complaints. I reached for the switch to press for the window to go up/down and it fell quickly down into the door. My husband has taken the door panel off to look to see if it was off track. We then decided to look on the internet & found this site. Apparently, Ford has major problems with the window regulator motors. As we are a "Ford Family", like many others that have complained on this site, Ford needs to recognize there is a problem and issue a recall. I realize this is not a safety issue, but it is indeed very irritating. We have owned a 1994, 1997, 2000, and 2004 Ford F150. These vehicles were all traded before they reached 50,000 miles. I never had any problem with the other truck parts and feel that at 42,000 miles, I shouldn't be having trouble with this one. FORD.....WAKE UP!!!

- , Perry, GA, USA

problem #151

Oct 012008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

window regulator problem just like everyone else. I have a supercrew and my 4th window went out a couple of weeks ago. 4 for 4. 100% Actually my rear sliding window also had problem (I don't recall if it was also regulator), so it would be 5 for 5. I told Ford that they should either consider this a defective part, or they should include this as a scheduled maintenance item. Every 30,000 miles, replace window regulator or something. The dealer actually tried to charge me diagnostic charge when I told them I will fix it on my own (the previous three were covered by warranty). They did wave the charge. I mean, I did not need them to tell me for the 4th time that the window regulator went out. I knew exactly what the problem was. I know there is little the dealer can do. Ford really should do something about this.

- , Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #150

Oct 182008

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Hey I thought Ford was suppose to be built Ford Tough? I thought I was going to get through this problem fairly easy now it looks like that I will have to just wait and worry when the other 3 windows will fail me now and where and when. I think its sorry that Ford isn't doing anything to help its customers. I have been a loyal Ford owner for over twenty years, I have bought 7 Fords in those twenty years. I don't think I will be buying the eighth. If Ford can't help the people who are experiencing this manufacturing flaw, I don't think I will help Ford by purchasing there product anymore. Winter is starting, temperatures are falling, Stocks are falling, economy sucks, last thing I need is to drop $400 on this problem.(then have to wait on dropping $1200 on the other 3 windows when they fail). Thanks Ford for nothing, that's the way to treat your customers. I mean Ex customer.

- , Surgoinsville, TN, USA

problem #149

Oct 192008

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

WTF this is my second 2004 F150 FX4 and the window is broke again! This is bullshit!

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #148

Oct 132008

F-150 Lariat

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

I was amazed to see that failing windows was such a wide spread problem and that my anger at FORD is not alone. One window I was mad when I learned that a small plastic part could cost me so much. Then when the second window failed I was pissed when I learned that side was more expensive. Before window number two was repaired window number 3 dropped and now the rear window is not working. I have one window left anyone want to guess how long it will last. Does anyone have any idea how many times the same part has to fail before there is some sort of action that can be brought against the manufacturer.

I have found several hundred examples of this same problem on just a few websites. FORD should make some sort of restitution, 'We let you pay for 3 cheap broken windows, we'll fix the 4th for free'. Old saying FORD - Fixed Or Repaired Daily rings true. I checked and no recall from Ford has been issued on my VIN, if anyone know of one or a class action suit, please post it on this site.

- , Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #147

Oct 172008

F-150 Lariate 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,135 miles


Ya so I was leaving Walmart yesterday and i rolled the windows down to let the hot air out. when i rolled them back up i heard a loud pop come from the passenger side. I thought i smacked into a grocery basket. it scared the crap out of me. when i tried to roll the window back down it just fell into the door!! What the heck!!!

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #146

Oct 122008

F-150 Super Crew 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I can't believe all this problem is because of a broken plastic clip on the regulator. I can't even try and repair the clip because the cable got bent when it broke and is no longer usable. I didn't realize it was such a major problem with the F-150 until I came to this site.

- , Columbia, MD, USA

problem #145

Oct 142008

F-150 LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

This is the second window on this truck and the 5th window on a Ford Vehicle that

has had to have the motor for the windows replaced. There should be a recall because I

know this has happened to others

- , Monticello, AR, USA

problem #144

Sep 132008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

OK after reading through all the other complaints I'm really really pissed off. All four of my window clips are broke -- this is not normal wear and tear it is definitely an issue with the product. Thanks to post number 108 here is the number for Ford to complain -- I got the number from them..1-800-392-FORD. Please call and complain!

- , Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #143

Sep 132008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


All four of my windows have gone out within the last month. Same issue, loud pop and the window will not roll up. I am very interested in a class action. I don't have the $1,400 to fix all four windows. WTF!!! Please email me if you know anything about a class action. My truck only has 38,000 miles on it.

- , Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #142

Oct 052008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

Well, I was driving down the freeway and I began hearing loud road noise. When I looked back I realized that my passenger rear window was beginning to fall down. I quickly remembered hearing what I thought was a rock hitting my window the day before. Obviously it was that stupid cable popping yet again. Why in the hell has Ford not recalled the power window mechanism? I now live in a different city and I am curious to see what this dealership says about this issue. It is obviously a huge problem, not to mention a major inconvenience!

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #141

Feb 202008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles

So this was the second time that this had happened to us. Coming home from church, my wife and I thought we heard a large rock hit her passenger window. Sure as hell it was the stupid window. She actually grabbed the window to keep it from falling all the way down. Since we had experienced this before we knew what would happen. I used Duck Tape to keep the window up over night until I could take it in the next morning. Again, Ford had not heard of this being an issue. Weird since it was my second f-ing window to fall down. The first time was a pain, this time really sucked and wouldn't you know, it has happened AGAIN! Yes, that's right, this has happened to me 3 times!

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #140

Oct 012007

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

This was the first of 3 times that our window fell down. We were going to dinner, pulled into the parking lot and heard a loud "Pop". The driver's window started to slowly roll down. When I went to try and roll it up it made an awful clicking sound. It took two days to repair and the dealership in Houston had not had any other complaints.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #139

Oct 062008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,750 miles

Just read about this window problem here on this web site about a month ago.

DAMN if it didn't happen to me this morning!

This must be a fleet problem as it is reported by so many on this web site.

Ford should have to do a recall on this issue!!!

- , N Charleston, SC, USA

problem #138

Oct 102008

F-150 XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

I get out of work and go to power my driver side window down and it falls in the door. What the Heck is that all about. What kind of incompetent goofball designed that system.

- , Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #137

Oct 102008

F-150 XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

I get out of work and go to power my driver side window down and it falls in the door. What the Hell is that all about. What kind of incompetent goofball designed that system.

- , Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #136

Sep 292008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,500 miles

OK Well guess what Ford gave me an awesome B-Day present. I was on my way home to celebrate when I hear a huge WHAM! I thought something hit my Truck. I stopped and looked no damage. Well as soon as I get into the truck and close the door. POOF! The window falls down. I now see all the reports about this problem and am REALLY PISSED. Ford does not really seem to care about fixing this problem. Well folks I will never buy a FORD again!!!

- , Rayne, LA, USA

problem #135

Jan 152008

F-150 LX 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


- , Angier, NC, USA

problem #134

Sep 272008

F-150 Supercrew 5.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

Ridiculous. I don't need to add anything to the other 120 complaints.

- , Kansas City, MO, USA

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