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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 202007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


2004 Escape refused to operate starter after being operated with load at slow speeds, found new battery was dead and new alternator was installed while under warranty 6M miles ago last year. Same problem has continued before and after battery and alternator repl. Private auto service shop tested... system charging subnormal below 900 RPM. Will not keep battery charged especially while A/C on, driving in city traffic in phoenix, . AZ. Dealer refuses to look at it or test it now, even though they attempted to repair problem under warranty and problem continued to exist. SUV has 31,301 miles on it as of 10/20/07. They have stalled every time I took it back and just keep saying "it cannot be."

- Sun City , AZ, USA

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