Notes: The 2004 Ford Escape looks pretty good compared to other Ford Escape model years, but still has a trend of transmission problems, and engine problems from the NHTSA complaint data — so it's not a model year we can recommend.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,758 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Ford Escape accessories - exterior problems

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 252005


  • 36,758 miles


2004 Ford Escape hood flew open while driving at 55 mph. ** answer required*** the vehicle's warranty had expired two weeks prior to this incident therefore the dealer would not cover the repairs. The vehicle was taken to a local body shop for repair.

- Versailles, KY, USA

problem #1

Oct 252005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,758 miles
The hood on our 2004 Ford Escape with 36,758 miles on it unlatched and flew up against the windshield on Oct 25, 2005 while driving home from a soccer game. The hood had not been opened in a couple of weeks, and there was no rattling or other signs that the hood latch had been popped from the inside. The car is driven daily to work. There was no accident or injuries, just damage to the hood, which was replaced by a body shop for $695.02 (the latch was also replaced). It took two weeks to repair due to the hood being on backorder from Ford. The vehicle was not driven for this two week period. Pictures were taken of the damaged hood, and the old latch is in our possession. A letter is being sent to Ford, with a cc. Going to NHTSA as well.

- Versailles, KY, USA

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