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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,500 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 092008


  • 66,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While driving at an unknown speed, the front air bag warning light illuminated and blinked three times. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that there was a shortage in the seat belt sensor. In the event of a crash, the air bags would not deploy. The contact would be responsible for the repair costs. As of August 12, 2008, the vehicle has not been repaired and remains at the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 66,000.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact believed that he may have passed out while driving. He did not remember crossing the intersection and crashing into a four foot pipe filled with concrete, and then flipping the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy, and the contact sustained a ruptured left lung. The vehicle was destroyed. The current and failure mileages were 87,000.

- Glencoe, KY, USA

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