really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,447 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 windows / windshield problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 11)

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problem #147

Aug 212010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 63,335 miles


I purchased a used 2004 F-150 truck 3-months ago and it was parked in the driveway for 2-days. Upon opening the driver door I noticed the passenger window was in the down position and would not raise. My Ford dealer indicated the plastic parts on the regulator had failed and dropped the window inside the door. I don't understand why. Noone was opening or closing the passenger door or attempting to raise or lower the window. Had this happened while the vehicle was moving or next to a passenger, the results could have been catastrophic. When I park and lock my truck, I don't expect the windows to fall out or down into the doors. This then becomes a personal safety issue and provides an opportunity for theft or vandalism of the vehicle. The plastic parts are obviously cheaper to use and not engineered for the stresses on them or the weight of the window. I'm out $458 in repair bills for a single window repair. Two Ford service advisors I spoke with said they had never heard of the problem on a Ford. It's all over the internet but they have no knowledge of the problem? there should either be a formal recall or Ford should make the repairs at no cost and substitute metal clips and parts rather than using plastic. Reimbursement for past repairs should also be included. I'm thankful my vehicle was neither robbed or vandalized and that I discovered the problem before the storm hit my area. Undiscovered, there could have been serious interior water damage in addition to the window repair.

- Brooks, KY, USA

problem #146

Aug 232010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 93,564 miles
My window regulator gave out for the 3rd time this year I cant afford to pay $200+ dollars to replace a part that wont be sold with out motor so that they can charge more on my 2004 Ford F150 supercrew.....

- Porterville, CA, USA

problem #145

Aug 182010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
2004 Ford F-150 driver's side window popped loudly and snapped down to fully open position.

- Evergreen, CO, USA

problem #144

Aug 142010


  • 28,000 miles


2004 Ford F150. Electric windows will fall down into doors. Passenger and driver side window have fallen within 5 months. 32,000 miles. Have to replace cables that hold windows.

- Montezuma, KS, USA

problem #143

Mar 202006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 36,600 miles
Recall 2004 Ford F-150 power window regulators - the 4 windows on my 2004 F150, in all 4 doors have fallen down. For 4 years, I have tried to get the Ford dealership to repair the window regulators, but they will not replace the regulators as being defective, or under warranty. According to the Ford parts person I spoke to the other day the window regulator part# has changed now 3 times and he stated that Ford never changes the part # unless there is a physical change to the part and he stated they have had "issues" with these regulators thus the change, he stated that the newest version has been beefed up around the plastic clip that keeps breaking off, hopefully the newest versions have corrected the problem but as you can see just by the fact that Ford has changed the part # 3 times they know about this problem and now they need to fix this safety hazard on all of our windows. I am requesting from Ford that they replace all 4 window regulators in my vehicle. My windows should not be inoperable! here are links to a few other owners of Ford F150 who are having this problem. 2004 F-150 problems & complaints www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/F-150/2004/ testimonials 2004 F-150 www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/F-150... door.shtml www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/F-150... L_up.shtml 2005 F-150 problems & complaints www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/F-150/2005/ testimonials 2005 F-150 www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/F-150... lure.shtml www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/F-150... erly.shtml www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/F-150... door.shtml.

- Boswell, OK, USA

problem #142

Aug 042010


  • 95,000 miles
Driver & passenger windows fell down into the door while driving on 2 separate occasions. Just heard a loud crack when the window gave out and dropped with full force into the door. Was on a trip driving through rain/hail storm when passenger window gave out. Ford will not replace as it is out of warranty and new parts ordered and replaced.

- Elizabeth, CO, USA

problem #141

Jul 272010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


2004 Ford F-150 super-crew. I was turning left on a major intersection. Heard a loud crack and my driver-side window fell from sight. It startled me enough to make me swerve. Window regulator failure. Incident date - July 27, 2010 repair is expensive. Searching for a cheaper option than the dealer. I have concern of this happening again.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #140

Jul 242010


  • 65,000 miles
2004 Ford F-150 drivers door window regulator suddenly failed and window fell down inside the door without any way to put window back up while driving down the road. Of course it was raining. After taking door apart I was able to get the window 3/4 of the way up but could not get it to go all of the way. 65K miles on truck. After doing research on this I guess that I was lucky that it lasted as long as it did. Looks like that Ford has a design problem with this part and should be recalled. Definitely a safety hazard when it fails and you can't get or keep window up.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #139

Jul 272010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
2004 Ford F150 window falling. On July 27, 2010 I attempted to roll down my rear driver side window while driving, upon doing this there was a loud pop. I attempted roll the window back up but when I pushed the up button nothing happened. I was able to push the down button only to hear a grinding noise. My truck mileage is a little over 87K.

- Farmington , AR, USA

problem #138

Jul 262010


  • 77,531 miles
Rear window failure- 2004 F150 there are thousands of these complaints on the net and Ford does nothing. 115 in Arizona and air can't keep up with a window that won't stay up. If my young sons dies because of the heat then it will be to late, then Ford will be paying big time.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #137

Jul 142010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


I have a 2004 Ford F150 lariat super crew cab. In the past 2 years I have had to have the power switches and regulators replaced in three doors on my truck. The latest being Friday, July 16, 2010. I have looked on numerous sites on the internet and see that this is a common problem with this truck. I called Ford and they say it is not a problem from their standpoint. This is a very costly problem to repair and should be considered a safety hazard.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #136

Jul 072010


  • 67,000 miles
The drivers side window of my 2004 Ford F150 fell out due to a faulty regulator.

- Brownstown, MI, USA

problem #135

Jul 032010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Passenger side window regulator failed, causing window to come crashing down in a rain storm with children in the rear. Upon research I have learned that this is not an isolated problem, yet Ford chooses to ignore it.

- Dupont, CO, USA

problem #134

Jun 292010


  • 67,190 miles
Failed window regulator. Actually the third over 1 year. First the drivers side window regulator failed, plastic slide became brittle, cable broke away and smacked the inside of the door hard enough that it scared me...I thought I had been shot at by a gun! did not lose control of the vehicle but if I had been in congested traffic, I might have. That was May 30, 2009. Exactly one month later on June 30, 2009 the passenger side front door window dropped out of sight while driving along. Today 6/29/2010, the third window drops out of sight on the driver's side rear door of my FX4. This time, it was raining. I had to drive home and cover the vehicle to avoid more water damage.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #133

Jan 152009

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
2004 Ford F-150 side windows fall down. I have owned this truck less than 1 and a half years and have replaced two regulators to fix this problem. My concern is the danger of these windows when you are traveling along and they just fall down into door. Concerned that a child will be hurt while in the vehicle because there is no warning, the window just falls and no more window. At that point you have no protection from the elements, how do you get safely off the road in a bad rain storm with no driver window or if a child would be in a child safety seat in inclement weather and you would be on a major highway. I know Ford has remade this part several times but is not informing the public of this hazard.

- Sharpsburg, MD, USA

problem #132

Jun 172010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 147,850 miles
I have now replaced both the front driver and passenger side window regulators on my 2004 F150 lariat. The driver-side window fell in June 2009 @127K mi. The passenger-side windows fell today (6/17/2010) @ 149K miles. The costs of replacing the regulator in each case were as follows: Passenger side: $$539.47 driver side: $500 given all the reported incidents of this that I am seeing reported on various websites and forums, I strongly recommend that the NHTSA. Demand a manufacturer's recall for this obvious quality defect that is: 1) costly to repair 2) creates a dangerous in-car situation when it occurs during operation of the vehicle. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #131

Jun 062010


  • 80,000 miles
Driving and heard a "pop sound" then notice that the window had completely fell into the door panel. Power window regulator motor going out, 2004 Ford F150. Now all window motors (4) have broken within the last 16months. Taken the truck to the dealership all times due to the difficult work that needs to be done by a trained mechanic. Cost for a single window $389.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #130

May 292010


  • 31,500 miles
Driver door power window fell into door, will not come back up. Motor sounds as if it's running, but window does not come up, also some noise from inside door panel sounds like parts rattling around when window motor runs.

- Jeffersonton, VA, USA

problem #129

May 152010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
I have had all 4 window regulators fail in my 2004 F-150 super crew. One of the 4, fell slowly, but the other three dropped suddenly and violently, causing a me to be startled while driving. Thankfully no accident occurred in any of the 4 incidents. However, two of the incidents occurred in below freezing weather and a rain storm, creating unsafe driving conditions until I could get the vehicle to the dealership for repair. Ford is aware of this problem and refuses to accept responsibility for the defective regulators. They claim it is not a safety issue and there has not been a recall. I beg to differ whether it is a safety issue. The window has dropped suddenly while I was driving, sounding as if the window was shattered. Being startled while driving is a safety concern as well as possibly having to drive with the window dropped in adverse weather conditions.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #128

May 122010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 48,450 miles
The 3rd window regulator in my Ford 150 has failed. All have dropped while driving down a road. Two on a freeway. I have small children and don't need them that close to an open window. I have had two regulators replaced in the past 1.5 years and now need to have another one replaced!

- Roswell, GA, USA

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