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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
89,412 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. bad job on a replacement windshield let unseen water into ca (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 102014

Escape XLT 4WD 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,235 miles


When starting it up first thing in the morning (warm weather) and I drive it about .5 miles, the speedometer, tach, and gas indicators will all suddenly peg out to max then swing to zero. The SUV will shudder for a split second, then all gauges will return to normal.

- , Kapolei, HI, US

problem #2

Jul 052014

Escape V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

This has been going on since July. The car hasn't gone completely dead (yet) but hesitates a lot and does the rpm, & speed needle drops a lot. It was put on two different diagnostic computers, both showed nothing! I don't know what to do next!

- , Panama City, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 152010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Bad part is, I have loved my Escape for most of the time I have had it but I sounded off on this unfixable problem for most of the 2 years we experienced problems and tried to get them fixed. I just wanted people to know that if they had a front windshield replaced and it was done incorrectly, you could experience water leakage that was not visible and have all sorts of intermittent electrical problems.

Began with stereo going out and then interior lights went out. Next the battery would not hold a charge and then the fuse box by the driver's left leg went out (that, we replaced twice!). I know we went through 3 batteries and countless other repairs that were all caused by this leaky replacement windshield. Twice we had to call AAA and have them unlock the doors. They would not unlock even using the key in the actual lock. You never knew if you would come out and find you could get in or not or whether the car would just die while driving it.

Once there was a fire under the hood. When we moved back to Indiana in 2012, our regular mechanic, who is very experienced at working on Fords and Escapes, must have had a bet with his personnel to see who could find the problem. They did. The driver's side fuse box was toast once again but they asked the right question and mentioned they had found water in it. When we had the windshield correctly replaced, they said almost none of the windshield was sealed properly and only air pressure was still holding it in place! We have had zero electrical problems since this time.

I think the transmission might be going least there is a horrible screeching sound with acceleration now but that might just be the heat shield that one mechanic thought would solve the problem and welded on. Still love my Escape and will probably drive it till the wheels fall off! This one was not Ford's fault!

- , Marion, IN, USA

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