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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,777 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace rectifier plate (1 reports)
  2. replaced the alternator (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 242013

Escape XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,750 miles


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battery not charging

So we have been hearing a bit of whining coming from the engine compartment, so while we are on the way to the store I tell my wife I will look at it next weekend. We went into the store and came out and it wouldn't start, it would just click. We tried to jump it and it wouldn't start. I had it towed home, and found the alternator was cracked; i want to add I could only see the alternator through a tiny opening underneath the car. To make a long story short to get the old alternator out, I had to remove a plastic cowl, drop the exhaust, which I had to buy a special tool for because the nuts were so rusted they rounded off, I had to drop the cross member, and I had to pull the axle....that's right I had to pull the axle. This has got to be one of the worst designed cars ever. The exhaust is directly under the alternator so it just cooked it to death over time. Imagine what that would have cost if a shop worked on it. I told my wife to get rid of this car since while I had the alternator off I found several oil leaks.

- , Rogersville, MO, USA

problem #1

Jan 252011

Escape XLT 3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,804 miles

The battery died ON THE WAY to Ford because the battery light kept coming on - during rush hour traffic on a roundabout! - could not indicate, no hazard lights, could not lower my window to signal that I needed to get to the side of the road. I had to OPEN my door, wave my hand.... so dead was the battery. This alternator was 2.5 years old - I spent $1000 US to replace it in 2008. I would love to have a complete explanation from the manufacturer because the dealership and mechanics in my neck of the woods have been patronizing and very, very unhelpful.

- , Pos, --, Trinidad and Tobago

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