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:
21,405 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 282006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,405 miles


My 2004 Ford Escape failed state inspection due to a loose wheel bearing at 21,500 miles. The dealership indicated that I should not drive the vehicle as this was a safety concern. When asked why this wasn't found during a complete suspension check 2 months prior, I was told that this defect may not be detected until there was a failure. When I asked about the other wheel bearings I was told this was an unusual event. I have since discussed this with engineers from detroit and was told these wheel bearings are a major warranty problem. I am concerned that I am driving a vehicle that may loose control without warning should other bearings become loose. Should wheel bearing be replaced every 20,000 miles?

- Bangor, ME, USA

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