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 27 of 31)

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problem #97

Apr 182009


  • miles


This is the fourth time I have had to replace the window regulator on my truck. Its a major pain when it does happen, and it never fails to happen at the worse times. All four times (once for each of the four windows) it has happened while I am just driving along and the window just falls into the door. It is really expensive to fix at the dealer ($400).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #96

Apr 182009


  • 121,807 miles
Drivers side window fell into door after a loud pop and cracking sound. Window will no longer engage with power switch.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #95

Aug 122008


  • 61,000 miles
Loud pop noise from driver window. Window not wanting to roll back down. Took door panel off can see that the cable in there is broken motor still spins and glass is attached to the track system needs replacement cables if possible or new regulator somewhere around the $300 price range to fix.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #94

Nov 112008


  • miles


I own a 2004 Ford F-150 4 door. I have had to replace all four power window regulators. Two were still under warranty and the other two came out of my pocket. The dealership is aware of the problem but nothing has been done to help the customer. Also, the transmission has a kicking problem at certain speeds.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #93

Mar 132009


  • 43,000 miles
All four windows on our truck have had a motor problem, windows go down and don't come down, the first two were under warranty and the last one was not and it's very expensive and now as od 4/13/09 we have had the fourth one go down and get stuck. Now we have to take the truck in yet again and it's not under warranty but we only have 45,000 miles on it.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #92

May 012008


  • 35,000 miles
Repeated failure of window regulator in late model F-150 (2004). I have heard many other with same problem. My window fell down inside the door while driving, which startled me almost causing a serious accident.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #91

Apr 082009


  • 69,000 miles


I believe that the Ford regulator is a very big safety issue. A window that can just fall down into the bottom of the door with no warning. Here is why I find it a safety issue. I live in Nebraska and I deal with some pretty nasty weather. My wife and I are expecting our fist child and if we go somewhere in the middle of winter and the window falls down in a snow storm this could cause a threat to my new born. I believe Ford Motor Company needs to step up to the plate and get this resolved. I am in the military and have server over seas, I am not a big fan of putting my family in danger. This is a problem that needs to be resolved it could but my family at risk.

- Culbertson, NE, USA

problem #90

Apr 052009


  • 13,936 miles
The driver's power window in my 2004 Ford F-150 suddenly dropped down into the door and will not close. This happened while the truck was parked in my driveway. Had this happened, while on the road, it could have well caused an accident - especially in inclement weather. When using the window control, the window motor runs; however, the window doesn't emerge from the door. This is a known and dangerous defect in 2004 Ford F-150's, yet Ford refuses to issue a recall. Instead, Ford charges $400 for repairs, using the same defective parts! Ford must be held accountable for this!

- Waikoloa, HI, USA

problem #89

Apr 052009


  • 72,000 miles
I own a 2004 Ford F150 and on Dec 21, 2008 my rf window came crashing down and scared me half to death. The window was rolled up and just fell into the door making a loud noise. I was an hour and a half away from home traveling on a 2 lane highway that is very hilly, curvy and usually windy. It is one of 2 hwys that lead in and out of a very popular offroad area called ocotillo wells. Most of the traffic on that road consists of big trucks with trailers full of quads, motorcycles, buggies and family members. I seriously almost flew off the road because I was so shaken for that moment. It was so sudden and loud that I thought my window had been shot out. People do hunt in the area so not a far fetched conclusion. I got home safely and had the window repaired the next day. Yesterday, April 5, 2009 it happened again. I was with my pregnant wife and 2 dogs on our way home. This time it was the rr window. It came crashing down in the same manner and scared us half to death, again. This time one of my dogs nearly jumped in my lap making it difficult to drive. The remainder of the ride consisted of my wife trying to keep one of my dogs from almost falling out the window. Nothing like wind in the face for some dogs!!! my truck is in the shop again today with this same repair/safety issue. I'm writing this because I have read numerous accounts on the internet regarding this same issue. I'm very frustrated that this problem can actually cause someone to lose control of their vehicle and crash. I know this first hand because it has happened to me twice since Dec 21, 2008. I still have 2 more windows that have not broken and have no idea when they will come crashing down. Will my family and I be statistics because of and really cheap part"?? or will I kill someone's family??" I am also not pleased with the fact that they are charging all of us almost $400 per window to fix the problem. Ford should be fixing this problem. A very concerned, jeff shores

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #88

Jun 012008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 64,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving less than 55 mph, the contact heard a loud popping sound from the rear of the vehicle. She thought something struck the window, but minutes later, the entire rear passenger side window collapsed into the window assembly unit and the door. The dealer replaced the window regulator. Previously, the same failure occurred with the front driver's side window. The window regulator was replaced at that time as well. Both repairs cost $450 each. There were no recalls for the failure. The current and failure mileages were less than 64,500. Updated 12/8/09 updated 12/09/09.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #87

Mar 312009


  • 55,000 miles


The passenger side rear window came down on its own and will not go up. This is the third window in the truck to have this issue, the driver window went down and would not go up and the driver side rear window also went down and would not go up. This occurrence is especially troubling as the window went down unattended leaving the vehicle and contents open to theft.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #86

Sep 012008


  • 30,000 miles
Driver side window dropped into door.had to have fixed.this truck should not have this problem, it is a 2004 lariat 4 door. Please do something I bought this truck new at franklin Ford, franklin, mass.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #85

Mar 282009


  • 72,000 miles
The drivers side window regulator failed in my 2004 F-150 XLT. The window popped and then dropped while I was driving down the freeway. It was very cold out. A quick search of the internet will show you this is an extremely common problem with this model, and I believe it to be a danger to drivers.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #84

Dec 232008


  • 71,500 miles
I have always been an avid Ford pickup person and was shocked when my '04 model pickup drivers side window quit working....the more I research this subject the more I see that there is a serious problem that Ford should address and they are offering no help, very expensive repair quotes, and the prices of the repair parts at the dealer are almost twice as high as you can get through internet sources.

- Millington, TN, USA

problem #83

Mar 192009


  • 78,120 miles
I have a new body style 2004 Ford F-150 and just the other day my passenger side front window just dropped into the door while I was driving about 55 miles an hour down the interstate. There was a sort of popping noise and then the window just fell into the door. The situation startled me a great bit, but luckily there was no accident. Upon further personal investigation I found that the failure of the window regulator was the reason for the window dropping. The cable driven window regulator is made up of cheap plastic parts that are obviously not strong enough to hold the weight of the large window over time.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #82

Mar 122009


  • 59,000 miles
I have a 2004 Ford F150. December 28, 2007 a thousand miles over warranty the passenger side window fell. No buttons were touched. It just fell. Now a little over a year later the driver side window does the same thing. This time the same dealership, duval Ford 9043876541 wants over $500 to repair the window. If this part is continuously breaking then why is it not on recall? it is not normal for a window that is barely put down just falls and break. That's not even considered wear and tear. That's just poorly made and assembled. These are just a few of the websites that I found with other people complaining or trying to solve this problem: wiki.answers.com/Q/what_causes_ford_F150_truck_windows_to_go_down_at_whim www.fordf150.net/articles/idx.php/0/019/article/how-to-repair-the-power-window-regulator--motor.html www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/F-150/2005/windows_windshield/power_window_regulator_failure.shtml I just think this is ridiculous and needs to be looked into further. This should not be happening. Not twice in a year and the same thing on separate sides. Unacceptable.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #81

Mar 052009


  • miles
My 2004 F-150 electric windows keep failing. They fall into the door while I am driving and it happens with no notice and at highway speeds. When it happens it is quite distracting because of sudden there is a loud noise and a huge force of air coming into the cabin. When it first happened I thought someone had fired a weapon at my truck. The first time it happened the dealer fixed the problem under warranty but would not fix the other windows even though they admitted the problem was common with my type of vehicle. It happened again just after warranty expired and the dealer split the cost with me. The third time it happened I was on my own. It is a several hundred dollar repair. The problem appears to be a simple piece of plastic with a pulley that allows a cable to wind around a motor shaft. Although the cause is simple, the repair is not and the entire door must be taken apart. The biggest problem is that the failure will scare the driver and significantly take your mind off the road. If a child is sitting next to the window, the event could even have more several consequences. Ford apparently knows of the problem based of Ford mechanic comments about the issue being common to the 2004 F-150 and the number of repair kits they go through. Below the date is the most recent occurrence.

- Henderson , NV, USA

problem #80

Mar 132009


  • 84,000 miles
The cable that operates the automatic window in my driver side door broke and the window rolled itself down and would not roll up. The same thing happened to my dad's F-150.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #79

Feb 182009


  • miles
I think Ford should do a recall on the window regulators. Mine in particular is broken in all four door. It is a safety hazard. The latest one made a loud bang and got my attention and almost distracted me. And its not like its only happened to me. Almost every F150 owner is suffering just like I am.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #78

Mar 082009


  • 42,000 miles
Window regulator in my 2004 Ford F-150 FX4 failed while attempting to roll up window. After a loud pop, the window fell through and will not roll back up.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

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