really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,274 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 10 of 31)

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problem #437

Aug 162010


  • 72,000 miles


I have a 2004 Ford F150 and the window suddenly dropped and know Ford is telling me that I have to pay $450 to fix my window regulator. The motor still works but they are making me buy the regulator and motor. This is not the first time this has happened to me or my other friends that have Ford trucks. It is a safety problem that Ford needs to step up and take responsibility.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #436

Aug 132010


  • 68,000 miles
All side windows in my 2004 F150 crew cab are failing. A window will randomly fall into door body with no warning. Last failure nearly caused an accident due to the distraction and poor weather conditions at the time.

- Marne, MI, USA

problem #435

Aug 152010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
2004 F-150 3 of the 4 power window regulators have failed. Two within a 5 day period while the vehicle was parked. The windows fall to the bottom into the door, this could be a very dangerous situation if a child or pet had been leaning on these windows. I demand a recall as I understand thousands of these regulators have failed and I want this situation resolved before someone is seriously injured or killed.

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #434

Aug 142010


  • 44,986 miles


Window regulator failure, I have a 2004 Ford F-150 with 45000 miles on it, so far I have had to replace 4 window regulators @ $500 a pop, the 5th one went out today. I wasn't even using the window, just driving down the freeway and bang! a loud noise I thought something hit the truck, then I looked back and the window had fallen. Talk about economic loss. Ford doesn't seem to care. This is a hazard as well, what has to happen do you have to have a small child or pet could fall out and get killed. I looked and there are a lot of complaints about this same issue. Something needs to be done!

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #433

Jul 152010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Right rear window fell down into inside of door and two weeks later the left rear window did the same thing. Both times I had people in the back seat.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #432

Aug 112010


  • 58,000 miles
I have a Ford F-150 that the right rear window and sliding electrical window have failed. The dealership wants to charge me almost $800 to fix it. The biggest cost is supposedly the labor for the rear sliding window. As I reviewed the complaints it is quite obvious that this is a common problem. I have owned four Ford and all have had similar problems. Ford should step up and reengineer these components.

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #431

Aug 082010


  • 87,750 miles


My driver side window regulator starting making noise and failed and my window fell to the bottom of the door.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #430

Aug 012010


  • 99,000 miles
Riding down the road and heard a loud pop. Afterwards, my passenger window began to slide down. My son drives the same model 2004 F-150 Ford Triton XLT truck and it was the window regulator. Approx. Cost to repair was $350. The noise was so loud it caused me to jump and jerk the steering wheel.

- Tallassee, AL, USA

problem #429

Jul 042010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I have a 2004 Ford F150. Recently the drivers window fell to the bottom of the door. After some research I have found that the window regulator has failed. Upon further research I found that this has happened to a lot of other people, so I am reporting this problem to you.

- Commerce, MI, USA

problem #428

Feb 112010


  • 69,670 miles
Back driver side window dropped into the door while driving. A few months later the passenger side window fell into the door while my granddaughter was in her carseat in the back seat while I was driving. This not only scared me but also my granddaughter. This could have caused a serious accident. Is that what it is going to take before a recall is made on this defective part? look at what Toyota is going through now by delaying action on safety recalls.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #427

Aug 082010


  • 24,000 miles


I have a 2004 F150 supercrew. I purchased this vehicle new. I have replaced the power window regulator on 3 of the 4 windows after immediate and catastrophic failure. Without warning, the regulator fails and the window simply plummets into the door. It has been a miracle the glass has never shattered it falls so hard. Once it happened when closing a door, once while traveling down the highway, and a third time while sitting in the driveway overnight. My 4th regulator just failed yesterday while driving in town. It would be very easy to imagine a situation where this would present a very serious safety issue. Inclement weather all of a sudden being blown into the cab. Children or pets sitting next to the window when it fails, materials from inside the cab being blown out, etc. Not to mention the potential theft issue when it occurs just sitting in a parking lot or on the street. Ford should recall these window regulators and reimburse everyone who has had to deal with faulty regulators since the problem first came to light. I am listing the last incident as the "date" but they have been failing at a pace of every 6 - 18 months.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #426

Aug 062010


  • 62,400 miles
Driver's side window fell down into the door while driving. It cost $373.60 to fix the window regulator assembly. Ford would not pay for the repair. Research on the internet proves this to be a fairly common problem with F-150's.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #425

Aug 032010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
I have a 2004 Ford F-150 lariat. I was driving on a highway at 60 miles per hour when the driver side window fell into the door all by itself - I had not hit the window switch. I took the door apart and found that the window regulator was damaged in that the plastic clips holding the cable had broken. Inspection of the clips indicate that they are woefully underdesigned to handle the stress from the weight of the window and the force put on them from the torque of the window motor. As stated, this happened at 60 mph just as it was starting to rain. I was able to get to shelter before the serious rain fell, but had this happened during a serious rainstorm, it would have been a very dangerous situation. Research on-line indicates that this is a very common failure and has been happening since the introduction of the 2004 model. I contacted Ford and was told that they will do nothing to fix as they have not been required to recall by NHTSA. This is a very dangerous and recurrent problem and I implore NHTSA to please do something to force Ford to address the issue before someone is seriously injured!!

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #424

Aug 082010


  • 48,456 miles
Passenger rear window fell down into the door while parked. Pushing the switch to both up and down did not accomplish anything. Inspection of the problem seems to indicate that the regulator has broken. By reviewing the internet, it appears that this is a recurring problem with this vehicle. There was no indication that the part might fail. Its total failure was the first indication of any problem. I will take to the dealer to have it fixed and retain the old parts.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #423

Dec 072009


  • 80,000 miles
Driver side window motor with regulator.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #422

Aug 072010


  • 92,500 miles
My cable just snapped while driving and window came down causing me to panic. Almost hit other car in other lane.

- Kansas City , MO, USA

problem #421

Aug 062010


  • 70,000 miles
2004 Ford F150 power windows (regulator) fail. There is a "pop" and then they simply free fall into the door. 3 out of 4 windows have failed. The first 2 years ago, the other 2 in the last 4 months. A quick internet search shows this is an extremely common problem. The number of failures indicates a faulty design rather than routine wear and maintenance. Ford should cover replacement/repair cost.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #420

Dec 302009


  • 184,250 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While accelerating from a stop, the front passenger side window fell into the door panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the window regulator assembly was replaced. The failure recurred on the rear passenger and drivers side windows. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the window regulator assembly was replaced a second time. The failure mileage was 184,250 and the current mileage was 187,866.

- Independence, KY, USA

problem #419

Aug 042010


  • 38,500 miles
4th power window failure on Ford F150. Windows just dropped.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #418

Aug 042010


  • 80,006 miles
As I pulled out of the parking lot at my job I heard my passenger side window slide down into the door. This is the second window on my truck that this has happen too. Im sure it wont be very long before the back two windows have the same problem. In order to repair the problem (which is the regulator that breaks) I had to take my vehicle to the local dealer to get it repaired. The cost for repair was $350 plus dollars. As I am a hard working parent it is very difficult to have to spend money in these tough economic times on a problem that Ford should be responsible for. This is a very serious problem as it would make it very easy to break into my vehicle if this problem were to occur at night or damage my vehicle if this problem were to occur in the rain. I often pick up my kids from school and if this problem were to happen while they were in the vehicle the my become subject to the elements of the environment an become sick or injured. Please help us to get Ford to issue a recall to repair this problem. Thanks, signed a concerned american

- Opelousas, LA, USA

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