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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
126,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace catalytic converter (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 072015

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


I have a 2004 Ford Escape with V6 engine XLT model. The engine would not run after about a mile down the road of back firing, would not rev above 1500 rpm. Then a loud hissing noise. Got to my local shop and found the EGR valve had exploded and a big chunk of it was gone. After replacing the valve, found that the catalytic converters were needing replaced. Replaced, and last hit was the cost of a tuneup.

- , Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #2

Feb 152013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Had two cats replaced and now the 3rd is going out within a month. These are the worse vehicles ever made. STAY AWAY FROM FORDS

- , Mokena, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 252012

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Bragged about this SUV being a workhorse- v. little problems. Then, 1 morning bucked like a bronco, check engine lite flashing. Put hi-test Shell gas in plus additive- no luck. Had to replace 3 ignition coils, spark plugs and 3 catalytic converters- $2450! Hear from mechanic this is a common problem- did 8 so far on Escapes in January! He said Ford should do a recall (and be ashamed). Has shaken my confidence in the vehicle. Have to get it fixed- should I sell it after? What's next?

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

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