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

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2004 Ford F-150 windows / windshield problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 24 of 31)

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problem #157

Sep 012008


  • 89,000 miles


There was no warning for the eventual failure of my window regulator on my 2004 Ford F150. One day I went to roll the window down and the whole thing fell down inside of the door. After I was able to get it back up, I had to wedge materials between the window and door to hold it up. I have been unable to use this window for drive-thru and sometimes when it rains, my drivers seat gets wet because the window falls down halfway. I have been unable to have this problem fixed due to the cost of parts and labor, therefore I have gone months trying to just deal with the situation, until I could pay the $400 that it costs to fix this problem. However, upon doing research online, I see that I am not alone and that this is a common problem with Ford trucks, therefore, if I don't have to and I am not responsible for the repair, I'd rather not be! I have also been afraid that someone will be able to get inside my vehicle because if they really wanted to, all they would have to do is roll the window down manually-very easy to do with it being broken.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #156

Jul 292009


  • 93,387 miles
While driving my 2004 Ford F-150 crewcab pickup truck one day, I heard a 'pop' (like a rock hit my window) on the driver side window, and the next day I hear it again. The next night my driver side window fell into my door while out driving and scared me so bad it made me swerve off the road. A police officer saw this and accused me of being intoxicated so I therefore had to go through a field sobriety and breathalizer test. The police officer apologized but it was very nerve racking to go through that. That night I took my door apart to find a jungle of wires in my door that once connected to the tracks that held my window in place. It is not repairable, but replaceable so therefore I am very upset. I have been working on cars since I was fourteen year old, and never have I seen such a horrible idea for a window motor. This should be recalled immediately and should be treated as a serious safety issue. I am very thankful that I commuted on back country roads this night because if I were to be on the interstate or a highway, there is no doubt in my mind that I would have wrecked and been seriously hurt or even killed. The noise was so loud and quick it is impossible to prepare for it and after reviewing the design of these window motors, regulators, and elevator cables, it seems as if failure is inevitable and is only a matter of time before they break. I just hope the other three windows don't give out before they recall them.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #155

Aug 022009


  • 68,764 miles
1. I was stopped at a stoplight, I pushed the button to roll down the driverside window down. 2. I hear a pop and the window dropped. I pushed the button to roll the window up and I heard a motor sound and the window wouldn't roll back up. 3. the window regulator needs to be replaced.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #154

Jul 232009


  • 93,724 miles


Drivers window was up, I heard a loud pop ant the window started to go down all by itself, tried pushing button to roll up window but did not work. I was on my way home from a funeral I was at out of state. Midway between lander wy and austin tx is when the incident with the window happened. There was wind and rain and by the time I got home I could not hear. I believe that this is a saftey issue and there should be a recall onthe window regulator.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #153

Jul 292009


  • 117,645 miles
Window control cables failed to control the window in the drivers door. The window fell into the door. The repair of the door cost 400 dollars to replace the cheaply made cable system inside the door. Ford service person stated "it happens alot to this year of truck".

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #152

Jul 252009


  • 90,000 miles
We stoped to get gas and I went to shut the door and my husband said the window just fell into the door and then he tried to roll it up and it mad a cracking noise and would not work. This is the third window in our Ford F150 that we have replaced and cost $450. This is a problem and Ford needs to do a recall on this window regulator problem.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #151

Apr 152009


  • miles


The window motor is defective on the driver side of the vehicle, cannot find the correct part for replacement without having to pay $500 at the dealership for something that I can do myself.. it started with the window occasionally getting stuck, and now won't go up at all.

- Deforest , WI, USA

problem #150

Jul 212009


  • 10,350 miles
Window regulator failed without any warning.

- Seguin, TX, USA

problem #149

Jul 202009


  • 70,000 miles
While driving, I heard a loud bang and then the drivers' side window fell down into the door with a loud crash. It scared the heck out of me, as I thought someone had hit me or been hit by debris on the highway. This caused me to hit my brakes because I was very confused for a moment looking around for what happened. This made several drivers behind me slam on their brakes and of course honk at me because they could see no reason for the hard braking. After getting home and figuring out what happened, I looked up the problem on the internet an found literally hundreds of posts from other Ford owners regarding the same problem. I also found it will will actually happen to all four of my windows because the plastic piece used at the end of the cable brakes due heat/cold/moisture. The replacement cable is not available as a separate part, but instead must be purchased as part of the whole motor assembly which costs approximately $350/$400 per window after the cost for parts and labor to install.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #148

Jul 122009


  • 70,900 miles
I was sitting in my 2004 F150 on my lunch break when I pushed the button to roll my driver's side window down then it fell. Luckily I wasn't driving down the highway. I refuse to pay $400+ out of my pocket to fix this since it is Ford's responsibility for producing poor quality parts. I fixed it by disassembling the door panel, manually pushing the window up, and now a pair of vise grips hold the window up. The old parts are still in my door and available.

- Farmington, MO, USA

problem #147

Jul 172009


  • 42,300 miles


I have a 2004 Ford F150, in the past year I have had to replace both passenger and driver side window regulators due to the windows just suddenly dropping into the door panel and will not come back up, Ford has charged me $380 both times! I have read hundreds of these same types of complaints and nothing is being done to protect the consumer.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #146

Jul 152009


  • 73,060 miles
Front driver side window fell into door while operating vehicle. This is the third window that has fallen out of this vehicle which has only 75,000 miles.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #145

Jul 152009


  • 76,123 miles
Passenger front window popped and fell down into the door and does not work from the switch. This is number 3 on this truck.

- Breese, IL, USA

problem #144

Jul 132009


  • miles
I drive a 2004 Ford F150 and I am now on my 3rd window regulator replacement. I have talked to many people who have had the same exact problem and we are sick of paying good money for a horribly made vehicle. It is a risk to carry anything in my truck because it could be stolen due to my windows falling down sporadically. I think a recall is definately in order.

- Hobbs, NM, USA

problem #143

Jul 132009


  • 41,403 miles
All four of my window regulators on my 2004 Ford F-150 have gone out I have read tons of other storys about this problem please help me. I know Ford wont do anything can you please fix this im really desperate. Parts had to be change out I need to get my one window still fixed but I really dont have the money. Its really stupid I dont even use my windows usually it either to hot or to cold or rainy or snowy so no chance to even use them..

- Fruit Heights, UT, USA

problem #142

Jul 132009


  • 68,000 miles
The windows on my Ford F-150 truck have a faulty part. I've had to replace 3 window regulators within 6 months. The last two being less than a month apart. The only answer I get from the dealer is that when one goes the rest go. That's unacceptable! this has cost me over $400 each time. There's a noise like a pop and then the window rolls down by itself. I can't secure my car. I have to take all of my personal information out of the truck each night, I.e. insurance card, invoices from repairs, etc.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #141

Jun 302009


  • 66,350 miles
This is the third window in my Ford F150 that has fallen into the door, the last two were fixed by the regulators being replaced. I am getting fed up with this, I looked online, and so far have seen well over 450 other complaints on this same vehicle. The first time it happened to the driver's front door window while I was driving. The window was rolled up, and all of a sudden I heard a loud pop, and the window fell down into the door. The regulator had to be replaced, along with some wiring that was damaged from the window falling. The second time it happened to the right rear passenger door. The window was rolled down, and when I went to roll it up, it made it about half way up, then again the loud pop, and then the window slowly slid back into the door, again the regulator had to be replaced. And just recently, barely a year later, that same right rear passenger window has broken again. This time I noticed it when I went outside to get into my truck, the window was down, and it wouldn't roll up, the motor just spins freely. Now I will probably be forced to spend another $300 or so to fix the problem. I believe from the frequency and number of vehicles affected that this should be a technical service bulletin, but Ford refuses to address the problem.

- Clinton, UT, USA

problem #140

May 102009


  • 84,000 miles
May 20009 front passenger window had loud "pop" noise window slammed down into door and became inoperable. 2 weeks later the rear right side passenger window had a "pop" noise but this time only slid down into door. Window is inoperable. June 2009, truck was broken into from the front driver side lock, & somehow the rear left window popped & slid down on the way home after filing the police report. Unsure if the last window issue is related but when the front driver window was repaired 2 years ago under warranty the dealership worker told me that it was a defect Ford has.

- St. Cloud, FL, USA

problem #139

Jun 172009


  • 79,000 miles
Window on the Ford F150 2004 model. Window fell down and will not roll up, grinding noise. Needs a new regulator but you must buy the motor also. Cannot find a used one because it has happened to numerous trucks and you have to buy brand new. Cost $400 to have fixed!

- O'fallon, MO, USA

problem #138

Feb 012009


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving 55 mph, the rear passenger side window suddenly slipped down into the door. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the window regulators failed and needed to be replaced entirely. The repair work was not performed at that time. Five months later, the same failure occurred with the front passenger side window. He believes that the failure was due to a manufacturer defect, in which they should be responsible for the repair. The failure still persists. The failure mileage was 52,000 and current mileage was 57,900.

- El Paso, TX, USA

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