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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,846 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.

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 172009


  • 52,000 miles


Went to pull car out of garage and found that the rear window had exploded. Found parts of the window more than 20 feet from car. The car has not been driven for a couple of days. Nothing had failed or hit the window to have caused this.

- Bellaire, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 142009


  • 63,692 miles
Reporting an exploding back window issue on a 2004 Ford Escape. Once in 2005 and now again in 2009. The only thing both times had in common was the running of the rear window defroster. Ford has no recalls or bulletins and will not pay for second repair as it is out of warranty. I am concerned for the safety of people driving these vehicles and passengers they may have. There is no reason for this to happen once but twice is not acceptable. I was given nothing for my trouble and they are not researching this defect. Oh wait, I got a free oil change. The dealership I was dealing with was awesome...but the correspondence from Ford motor leaves a lot to be desired! someone needs to check into this issue.

- Evansville, WI, USA

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