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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

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 25 of 31)

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problem #133

Sep 272008

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

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

Going to Oakland tomorrow what a great place to have a window that doesn't work

- , PAcifica, CA, USA

problem #132

Sep 292008

F-150 XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

So I guess I get to add my name to the list. Driving downtown to a convention today only to have the window fall in the door...came home after hoping my truck was secure in downtown Nashville, and found this site. Looks like I'm in for a fun couple days.

- , Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #131

Sep 012008

F-150 FX4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I have a 2004 Ford F150 Fx4 - rear passenger window fell down into the door - had it fixed at the dealer for $400. Two weeks later, front passenger window did the same thing. Apparently it's the window regulator again. Called Ford - the lovely woman said "Well, you had the opportunity to buy an extended warranty" %$^$##@% No recall is intended - she said we could go to the dealer and have the window fixed and then try to submit the cost - but she wasn't sure exactly where to send the papers - "check with the dealer" - whatever!!! We're trading for a Dodge Ram - Ford's are just too much trouble!!

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #130

Sep 152008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,681 miles

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

A beautiful truck that I really love and I have never had a problem with a window before. I lowered it on my way home yesterday and it would not roll up. I stopped by Joe Cotton Ford in Carol Stream and asked them to take a look. The "look" cost me $110 and came with a $438 quote. I was surprised to see so many window problems with this truck on the web site. If this may repeat, which it appears, then I'm going to fix this myself. If anyone has tried to replace please let me know the pitfalls. Thanks, Jerry

- , Winfield, IL, USA

problem #129

Sep 132008

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles

Well, my truck has a whole 13,XXX miles on it and I'm already having to deal with window problems. Same story as usual, hear a loud pop and the window retreats into the door. At least I have a regular cab, so only two windows can go out on this thing, right?!?!

I really love my truck, but hate Ford for not acknowledging an obvious problem that many owners are having. Also, the window regulator that I'm replacing has the exact same cheap plastic tabs, but who knows, maybe they'll last a whole 13,XXX miles more, woohoo!

After removing my door panel, I was able to pushl the window up by hand. I then attached a set of Vise-Grips to the door frame, which is keeping my window up in the meantime. I'm able to order the replacement part for $110 online which is a whole lot better than the $380 that my local dealership wants to fix it, but I'm still pissed. Not to pimp a website, but go to F150online.com and use the search function to learn how to fix this problem yourself. I'm pretty stupid when it comes to vehicles, but if you have a basic set of tools it looks to be a fairly easy fix.

- , Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #128

Aug 312008

F-150 Supercrew 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,338 miles

Well it looks like I have joined the fallen club. The rear drivers window dropped inside and shatter. It figures, it would happen on a Sunday and the next day is Labor day... Had to buy a new window $145.00 and when the shop replaced it, they said the regulator cable was broke and it would be another $158.00. Well the just figures.. HEY FORD,,, WHERE IS THE RECALLLLL ON THIS ????

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #127

Sep 112008

F-150 XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

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

I found this website by looking for answers on how to remove window motor/regulator. I noticed alot of complaints about the powerwindows on newer and older ford F150's. So I had to join and post what CHEAP F***ing BULLSHIT FORD is pulling. I pulled motor/regulator out and disconnected motor from regulator pulley. I noticed that 3 plastic nobs/tabs that interlock motor to pulley WERE SNAPPED OFF. Is Ford being cheap or what? It will be to the best of Fords interest to recall or fix problem ASAP! The truck only has 63,000 miles on it, and windows are not over used.

- , Ocean, NJ, USA

problem #126

Sep 102008

F-150 Larait Supcrew 5.4lV8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,117 miles

I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY AND DECIDE TO RAISE MY WINDOW AS A 18-WHEEL WAS PASSING. AS THE WINDOW CLOSED I HAD A LOUD POP. I DIDN'T REALIZE WHAT IS WAS SO I WENT TO LOWER THE WINDOW TO INVESTIGATE, AND IT JUST WENT STRAIGHT DOWN. AFTER TAKING APART THE DOOR, I FIGURED OUT A SHORT CUT. REMOVE THE SPEAKER COVER, AND SPEAKER, THAT WILL GIVE U ACCESS TO THE WINDOW. FROM THERE I LIFTED THE WINDOW WITH MY HAND AND PUSHING THE SWITCH UP/DOWN TO GIVE ME THE SLACK I NEEDED TO GET IT UP. I THEN TOOK A PAIR OF VISE GRIPS AND CLAMP IT TO THE BRACKET JUST UNDER THE WINDOW. THAT WORKED FOR SECURITY PURPOSE BUT

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #125

Sep 052008

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

My window also stopped working I had to go to the local auto part and order the part from Illinois all the while having to hold my window up and drive hoping that it wouldn't fall and wait a week for the part to come. Now my switch is going bad

- , McAlester, OK, USA

problem #124

Sep 052008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

Yesterday, I added a complaint under the "Window fell in door" section because I had recently experienced the second window regulator failure on my 2004 F-150 Super Crew. Well, today I had the third failure and now face a repair charge of about $700.00 from my local Ford dealer. I think it is time to sell this mess of a truck and visit my local Toyota or Honda dealer. Ford Engineers Suck!!!

- , Hilmar, CA, USA

problem #123

Sep 172007

F-150 XLT Triton 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,705 miles

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

It was a nice weekend ready to go to a family reunion and all of the sudden i hear this loud pop and then the widow just slides down so we had to pull over and figure out what the problem was. Had to pull out the door panel and put a stick to hold the glass up, in order to take it to ford on Monday. It cost me 50.00 as deductible and late to the family reunion.

- , Laurel, MD, USA

problem #122

Sep 042008

F-150 XLT Triton 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

It was Wednesday i had an afternoon class i was going to buy some school supplies and run some errands before school when i hear a popping noise and sure enough again my window but this time the passenger side. i only had time to run the errands that i had, . i went home took out the door panel and put a clamp to hold the window up the whole night in order to take it to ford dealer next day plus i get late to my classes again.

- , Laurel, MD, USA

problem #121

Sep 032008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

I have had 9 fords, my last f150 before this one was a 99 lariat, 202,000 miles and then someone slammed into her, totaled it......still ran though....this truck has 102k on it and the damn passenger front window just fell down when I backed out of the driveway. This is caused by some crappy design, and cables clips made of plastic.....from what I can tell. I have a parts hookup and can get this probably fairly cheap...but I have not bought one yet, it is sunday and they are closed THis sucks. Good thing I have a bike to ride.....I have the window held up with a pair of vice grips....for now..

- , Justin, TX, USA

problem #120

Sep 062008

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

In Early August the Driver's side front window regulator failed. Had fixed for $387.00 at Plaza Ford in Bel Air, MD. Out of warranty and they made no mention it was a rampant problem. Two weeks later both rear window regulators failed SIMULTANEOUSLY. Yep you guessed it, almost $800.00 to repair. Plaza Ford said they have not heard of any issues with the window regulators and that it was "unusual".

- , Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #119

Sep 082008

F-150 EXT CAB 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

Just adding my complaint to the list. My wife and I were about an hour into a 7.5 hour road trip from Vegas, when we heard this bang, which we thought, something hit the door from the outside. Well we had never seen anything, and checking the mirror, I couldn't see any damage, so we decided to pull off the road to check it out. I got out, and again, didn't see any damage, so we decided to get lunch and fill up. Just as I was getting back onto the highway, the window just fell down into the door. We called information and got the phone number to a dealer in Barstow, CA, he was familiar with the problem and said he could fix it, and quoted a price of three something, but the big thing was, he said it would take a couple of hours to do, so like fools, we decided 2 hours would get us back too late, so we decided to pushed on. Just a note to everyone, if you find yourself in this situation, take the couple hours, write a nice long letter to Ford or something, don't drive 6 hours in 100+ degree heat, it's not worth the couple hours of sleep you'll loose, you can sleep at work the next day. I hope Ford is big enough to do the right thing and fix this problem, but until then, I guess I'll be taking my truck to the local dealership today, to get it fixed. I only wish I could hear out of my left ear.

- , Modesto, CA, USA

problem #118

Aug 242008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

The window pulley design is so horrible on the Ford F-150. It explains why so many people are buying Toyota's and Nissan's instead of Ford's and Chevy's. If our American designers cant get the freakin window regulators right it doesn't say much for the rest of the vehicle. This is my second window failure in less than 2 month and I am ready to sell and buy an Import. I just recently sold my 2001 Ford F-350 because the electrical system had a reoccurring problem that the Ford dealer couldn't fix. I was a die-hard Ford Guy but they just continue to let me down along with so many others.

- , Hilmar, CA, USA

problem #117

Aug 302008

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Well, it obviously looks like we aren't the only one inconvenienced by Ford's inability to build a truck right the first time. Our window just short of fell in the door, only because my husband is quick handed and caught it, drove all the way home, HOLDING the window. This is not the first issue with the 2004 truck so unfortunately this is just icing on the cake! FORD-GET A CLUE!!!!

- , Brighton, CO, USA

problem #116

Jul 012008

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

I was driving to work and my driver side window just dropped into the door. I tried to roll it back up but it didnt respond. I turned around and went back home. I called my boss and told him the problem. 1 day off work. I took the door panel off and found the problem. the redesigned, built ford tough, piece of crap, cheap ($160.00) window regulator, was a tangled mess of cables.. the plastic drive pulley was trash. Apparently one of the cables came loose from its plastic holder and the window just fell into the door. When i hit a pot hole in the road it let go. I replaced it with an identical piece of crap. I hope it holds....Sept, 1st 2008. 2 months later, I was driving down the street, when I crossed some railroad tracks my passenger window fell into the door. OH CRAP! not again. I went home and removed the other door panel, called Joe Cooper Ford, this time its $189.00. OMG they went up! did someone mention class action law suit? count me in! This will be the last Ford Truck I buy, I already swore off their cars. Now, Toyota or Nissan will be my next truck.

- , Shawnee, OK, USA

problem #115

Aug 302008

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles

I had rolled my window down after coming home from work at 4am so that i could fold in the mirror to be able to park under our carport. When i tried to roll it back up i heard a loud bang and then the window was suddenly gone. It had fallen inside the door. Of course it had to happen at 4am Sunday morning on a holiday weekend and i don't know how to fix it and i cannot take it to Ford to have it fixed until Tuesday. I can't wait to see how bad they try to screw me over on the cost of this one. After reading all of the other complaints with the same problem i do not feel very good about this situation at all.

- , Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #114

Aug 292008

F-150 XLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

well here we go! Back in June of this year my drivers side power window decided to fall down into the door and because of Fords expert engineers I had to purchase the whole inside assy to fix the power window. Well August 29 the drivers side decided to do the very same thing. So I guess that will be another $330.00 to fix. I am really upset with Ford. I was a loyal Ford truck fan also. I have purchase the last 5 trucks from Ford but if they don't take care of this problem I am switching to Toyota. One other little thing, the hodd around the head light is rusting though also. If you have one of these truck be prepared to fix the windows every now and then. This was Motor trends truck of the year too. Blaw!!!!!!

- , Martinsville, OH, USA

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