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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,732 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 engine problems

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 152015


  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that accelerator pedal was depressed but the accelerator pedal went to the floorboard, and the vehicle failed to accelerate. An independent mechanic diagnosed that the accelerator cable fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 04V574000 (vehicle speed control), but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 182005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact states while driving and passing another vehicle the accelerator pedal stuck. It was difficult to free the accelerator pedal, the plastic shield caused the pedal to stick.. the vehicle has not been to a service dealer as of yet.

- Corry, PA, USA

problem #3

May 162005

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
I was driving in my 2004 Ford Escape and changing lanes. As I had my foot on the accelerator, the pedal stuck. I tried to hit the brakes, but the vehicle would not stop I was on a crowded expressway and the vehicle was going at a speed that exceeded the flow of traffic. I frantically had to use the emergency brake. This incident occurred after the vehicle was recalled and I took the vehicle back, was serviced and still the vehicle failed!

- King Of Prussia, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 212004

(reported on)


  • miles
While being operated on an expressway, the accelerator pedal could no longer be controlled and remained in an open and high speed position. (nar)

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 112003

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 660 miles
While driving on the interstate, I pressed the accelerator pedal to accelerate from 60 mph to 70 mph. When I pressed the accelerator pedal, it went to the floor and remained there until I reached a maximum speed of 110 mph. I attempted to pump the pedal to unstick it and depressed the brake. The only way I was able to stop was to shift into neutral and depress the brake strongly. Even after removing the key from the ignition, the pedal remained depressed to the floor. This was a hertz rental car so I don't have information on it other than the registration. Mo757kfr.

- Asheville, NC, USA

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