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 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,109 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Oct 142005

(reported on)


  • miles


Consumer 2004 Ford Escape stalled at slow speeds, especially when turning the steering wheel. The consumer was awarded a repurchase of her 2004 Ford Escape after arbitration due to the stalling problem.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 052005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Complaint received via E-mail."my wife and I purchased a 2004 Escape last year, and we have just lost the vehicle to a fire. Unfortunately, my entire 5,000 sq. Ft. barn is totally destroyed as well, and I nearly lost my home. She parks her Escape in an opening in our detached barn to keep it out of the weather. On the morning of 3/5/05 (4:45 am), I woke to a glow in the window, finding that my barn was totally engulfed in flames. When I first discovered the fire, the flames were contained to the area of the barn where her Escape was parked. The fire spread quickly, and we lost the structure and the Escape. Local fire investigators are looking at the Escape as the cause of fire. They believe the wiring may have ignited while sitting idle (not running). I found many instances on the internet where some Ford models have caught fire while sitting idle, but I haven't found any reference to the Escape. Can you advise if you have history of such fires with the Escape? I appreciate any information you can provide. My insurance company will begin an investigation tomorrow, and I am trying to collect as much information on spontaneous fires on Ford products, especially the Escape.

- Trenton, OH, USA

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