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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,700 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.

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2004 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 292013

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the steering wheel seized and the brake and accelerator pedals would not respond to pressure. The contact was able to move the steering wheel after much effort but shortly after, crashed into a utility box. The contact was not injured. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileage was 90,000. Updated 04/22/14 MA when the consumers daughter crashed into the electrical box, it caught on fire, and spread to the vehicle. Updated 04/24/14

- Del Mar, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 232011


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle, she was advised that the brake lines were corroded and brake fluid was leaking. The mechanic stated that all of the lines needed to be replaced in order to repair the problem. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 116,000.

- Powell , OH, USA

problem #4

May 252011


  • 140,000 miles
The driver owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated when the driver applied pressure to the brake pedal at an unknown speed the vehicle would not stop until excessive pressure was applied to the pedal. The vehicle was driven home where the contact noticed the front passenger side brake line had fractured and the front driver side brake line was severely corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 140,000.

- Alliance, NE, USA

problem #3

Apr 092010


  • 97,000 miles


2004 Ford Escape - a B S rings on axel cracked and allowed them to move.result in brake failing -have to let off the brake so it can grab again and a sensor make it pulse the brakes. Using gasket repair to hold the rings in place...both sides have this problem. We know of three Escapes different years that have now the same problem.

- Mishawaka, IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 262008


  • 23,200 miles
The brakes on my 2004 Ford Escape, which only has 23,000 miles on it, started squealing, and I was having to push a little harder than usual. On December 26, 2008 my husband took the vehicle to the shop to have the brakes checked, instead of new brake pads, which were curiously in good condition, we are going to need new front discs, front and back calipers, as well as brake pads. We were able to afford the brake pads as well as the right front disc at cost of 400 dollars but we are going to need to shell out another $400 plus to repair the rest. The wait wouldn't be so bad if I didn't need the Escape to Transport my daughter back and forth to school every day.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #1

Sep 072004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Brakes screech, squeal, and feel jerky. Also when I put the vehicle in park, the vehicle rolls forward a distance of four (4) to six (6) inches. My boyfriend, jody, is an attorney. He says that on occasion when he has driven the vehicle, it rolled forward after he put it in park, and touched the vehicle in front of my vehicle in the parking lot. He also reported that my vehicle rolled forward four (4) to six (6) inches in the wal-mart parking lot, which resulted in the front end being buried up against a hedge of tall thickly woven (weaved[?] bushy limbs which scraped and scratched my front end. Anyway, the paint is now scratched and peeling on the lower part of the front end, where the "cladding" is painted, and the leading edge of the metal hood.

- Prattville, AL, USA

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