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 5 of 31)

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problem #537

Oct 252010


  • 132,000 miles


2004 Ford F-150 crew cab rear passenger window regulator failure and window shattering inside door. Drivers side rear window regulator failed and was replaced several months ago. Unable to roll up rear window. Ordered parts to have it replaced, the regulator iis more expensive than most regulators.

- Flatwoods, KY, USA

problem #536

Jun 152010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
In June 2010 the driver's side rear window made a bang and the window slid down into the door frame. Dealership charged me $480 for a new regulator as I'm out of my warranty period. 2 months later, August, the driver's window did the same thing. This time took it to my mechanic and it ran me $230. Then 2-months after that, October, the passenger's side front window made a bang and it went down into the door frame. 3 windows in 6-months and I'm the only one who rides in my truck so all the windows except for the drivers side get very little usage. Based on the number of complaints registered here, I would think someone would demand Ford implement a recall.

- Scotland, PA, USA

problem #535

Nov 112010


  • 56,200 miles
Power window regulators have a faulty plastic piece in them causing the window to just drop unexpectantly. I have read in some cases the window breaks. I have had two bad regulators go out now in an 8 week period and have a four door truck. I'm sure the other two are soon to follow

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #534

Nov 092010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


I'm not the first to report this problem and surely won't be the last; I was on my lunch break when I pushed the button to roll down my passenger side rear window then pow it happened. Yep, the[xxx] window fell inside the door. I proceeded to roll up the window, but only heard a grinding noise inside the door. Sound familiar?? the window will not roll up and is stuck in the open position. Ford says it will cost 400 or so dollars it costs to fix it. I'm going to hold out 'til Ford realizes they've mass produced a buncha [xxx] parts and has a recall on them! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

problem #533

Nov 062010


  • 32,000 miles
Drivers side window fell while driving.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #532

Nov 072010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 64,330 miles
Passenger side window just fell into the door it appears to be a regulator failure.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #531

Oct 022004


  • 90,000 miles


Window regulator of my 2004 F-150 pickup failed and window dropped down into door while driving down the road. This is the fourth requlator to fail since the truck was new. I replaced the others by buying regulators from a salvage yard. Ford should replace these defective parts.

- Petal, MS, USA

problem #530

Aug 012009


  • 85,000 miles
My window fell down while I was driving. The replacement part is over 350 dollars and is the same unit not a redesigned/improved unit. It's been that way for almost a year now; I cannot afford to replace, so it's rigged to stay shut, but if I need anything I have to open my door: I hope I never get pulled over, the cop will probably shoot me if I don't roll down my window and I open the door instead.

- Ault, CO, USA

problem #529

Sep 292010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
2004 Ford F150 motor regulator failure on all 4 windows over the course of 2 years, after mfg warranty has expired. Window suddenly falls into the door, leaving the glass portion down, and open to weather or theft. I've had 2 fall while driving, and 2 fall at night, while the truck was parked outside, leaving it open to theft of the car or contents. Each window repair exceeds $400. The info in this complaint reflect the most recent window failure, which is window #4 since I have owed this truck. Also, all electric window switches in the car have failed and needed to be replaced.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #528

Oct 272010


  • 44,000 miles
2004 F150 rear window wire failure caused the window to stay down. The wind at 65 mph makes the vehicle vibrate with the window stuck down.

- Doral, FL, USA

problem #527

Oct 282010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


I have a 2004 Ford F-150 and the regulator in the drivers side window went out causing a loud grinding noise and then causing the window to crash down into the frame of the door. The window is down and will not roll back up.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #526

Oct 012010


  • 62,000 miles
2004 F-150 passenger window just stopped working and is now stuck down and makes crackling noises. Also the back glass sliding window works sometimes and other times gets stuck. Ford has claimed no responsibility for this and yet there is over 1000 complaints regarding this issue.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #525

Oct 202010


  • 49,852 miles
2004 Ford F-150 truck window regulator failures. Recently, my driver's side window made a load popping sound, then fell into the door. I brought it into my Ford dealership who informed me that this is a common problem where the regulator fails. The repair cost was $400. After doing some research, I've found hundreds of other cases where the 2004 F-150 model had window regulator failures. Please advise.

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #524

Oct 152010


  • 84,000 miles
I attempted to raise my front passenger-side power window on my 2004 Ford F-150 supercab. I heard a loud pop and the window began to lower automatically. When it was completely inside the door, it stopped. I am now unable to raise this window. I was personally at a stop when the window failed, however, there are numerous accounts of this failure occurring in moving vehicles creating a safety hazard.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #523

Apr 052010


  • 100,000 miles
Three power windows failed on 3 different occasions on my Ford truck. While I was driving I herd a loud pop, it sounded like a gun shot and almost caused me to have an accident as I slowed quickly. Then I found the window had rolled down on its own while it was raining. The window dropped down inside the door and I could not get it out from the door. It was raining and getting in the truck. The other 2 windows broke while rolling them up. Again herd loud pop and the windows fall. I have shimes holding my windows up while I investigate this matter. I cannot lock my truck and you never know the situation when the window breaks ie... weather, how far away from home, the damage to the interior, the danger of others in the vehicle. I found blogs on the net with alot of other people having this same problem. I might fix the problem myself or take it to the shop. I found you cant by the rear window part at retailer.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #522

Sep 172010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
2004 Ford F-150 crew cab windows failed. The first happened while driving on an interstate at 70mph; there was a loud noise like a rock hit the passenger door, and the window fell into the door frame. Cost to repair: $385. Today the driver side window failed in the same manner. I understand from the internet, that this is a failure of the electric window regulator. Apparently, Ford refuses to acknowledge this as a defect.

- Kerrville, TX, USA

problem #521

Oct 162010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 97,993 miles
I own a 2004 Ford F150. Last Saturday we attempted to roll down electric window on passenger side rear. It made a clicking sound and window came crashing down. This left my vehicle vulnerable to rain or theft all weekend. Just two months ago we had same problem with front passenger window when on our way to vacation destination. We had to replace power window regulator for cost of $300 plus labor"!?!" looking online I have found many other complaints of same model vehicle with same issues.

- Cameron, TX, USA

problem #520

Oct 132010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I have a 2004 Ford F-150. Over the last two years I have had to replace three of the four power window regulators. Just this last week the fourth one broke. I have spent approximately $250-$350 each time. I also have a father-in-law with the same year Ford F-150 who has experienced the same issues. He has replaced three of the four, and knows it is just a matter of time before his fourth goes out. I have talked with the head mechanic at the local Ford dealership and he says he is replacing them all the time and that Ford should have issued a recall on them, but has not done so. I have found that several thousand other people have had the same issues with this year model. I am very disappointed in Ford that they know there is and has been a problem with these parts and have not helped out their customers. This will and has already helped in my future discussions on purchasing another Ford vehicle.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #519

Oct 162010


  • 120,000 miles
2004 Ford F150 window regulators. Driving home at night window started lowering itself. No way to secure truck that night. Took apart window and removed regulator. The part of the window that secures glass is a combination of metal and plastic the plastic piece secures the cables that are attached to the power window motor. These plastic pieces are under too much stress and then either begin cracking or break altogether. This causes the cable to be unsecured thus causing the window glass to no longer have support. There are one of two easy fixes for this problem that I can see, or maybe three.the first is to redesign the part without the use of plastic. Number two is to offer this particular piece separate because it actually can be remove without any problem from the window tracks and offer it as an alternative repair part for those who are mechanically inclined to repair it themselves, or have a recall on these regulators. I believe if a recall was offered on these regulators the fix would be the removable alternative part. Too keep from having continuing recalls the part should be all metal or upgrade the plastic somehow although all metal would be better. If a recall is offered, dealers will want the small removable part as the fix I'm almost sure of. In the mean time I will have to search for the complete regulator with or without motor which is becoming difficult because most parts companies want to sell the complete assembly or in my case don't offer the rear window regulator which forces us too have to go too Ford and pay in excess of 200 dollars for the part and labor for those who are not mechanically inclined. Anyway if door glass is falling and shattering this is a safety issue and because this can happen in extreme weather. Also the vehicle cannot be secured causing theft to rise and thus insurance rates too rise also. Tell Ford to fix the problem. Thank you for this link.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #518

Oct 152010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 93,340 miles
2004 F 150 supercrew window came crashing down. After long research many paying Ford customers have this problem, real safety issue. So please recall these vehicles. Ford is gouging us on the price for fixing there problem. Thanks.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

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