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:
24,000 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 - interior problems

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 072008

(reported on)

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles


2004 Ford Escape with gear selector and airbag warning light issues. Consumer states that mechanic determined that there was a faulty wiring harness for the front seat belts. He gave the ok to replace the wiring harness. The gear selection at the base of the steering column did not light up at night.

- Maryville, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 072006

Escape 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that when the weather is wet or when sand has been placed on the ground due to snow, the instrument panel gauges fail to illuminate. He stated that when the weather is nice, the dashboard illuminates as it should. The failure has been ongoing for one year. He currently has an appointment to have the vehicle diagnosed. The contact was informed that safety recall number 07V56000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module) does not apply to his VIN. The purchase date and speed were unknown. The current mileage was 56,175 and failure mileage was 48,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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