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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 1 of 31)

problem #617

Aug 072014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


I have had sunroof fixed twice. Keeps jumping off track & now need to get it fixed for third time. Also, all 4 power windows have failed and had to be fixed a few times.

- St Cloud, MN, USA

problem #616

Aug 142013


  • miles
On my 2004 Ford F150 XLT lariat supercab, the passenger rear window regulator has now failed. The driver's one went first (within three years of ownership), then the front passenger one (a few months later) then the rear passenger one ( about a year after the first) and now this. All four regulators have had to be replaced from the original factory installed ones. This latest one occurred while the truck sat parked in the driveway unoccupied; all the others happened on the roadway while the vehicle was in motion.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #615

Aug 132013


  • 57,000 miles
This is my second window regulator to break. The first was the rear passenger window several months ago. While driving on expressway at 60 mph I heard a pop and then air noise. (I seldom use the rear windows.) the mechanic had to replace regulator and motor because that was all the dealer had in stock. Today I had window down about an inch while parked. Got in truck and raised front passenger window and heard pop. I knew what the problem from last time and with talking to other Ford truck owners. A friend has the same model truck and has replace three of the four regulators in his Ford truck. When I began driving the window dropped. This truck has never been driven hard or off road. There has to be some flaw in these regulators. I am 66 years old and have owned many different makes and model of vehicles and this seems to be a common thread for these Ford trucks.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #614

Jun 292013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


I was doing a day trip hauling horses by myself when I was getting ready to head home when I heard this terrible noise and soon watched the rear right window disappear and would not go back up. I took it into Ford today and was told it would cost $300 to fix but they did not have in stock and that it was the regulator that went out. I had them check the right front window as well as it would go down but would not go up using that door window switch and that the switch needs replaced and that would be $130 dollars and again part was not in stock so could not replace. So when I went in to get my truck all of a sudden I find out that other than the oil change which I expected my bill just for them to look at and oil change was over $190 and my windows were not fixed yet and not told ahead of time what the charge might be so the extra $150 was totally not budgets. But had to pay as I needed my truck to get home. I also found out that my brother in laws truck also a 2004 had a VIN number set that Ford did replace the regulator but not for my VIN number. Now that really upset us a lot especially finding out others have had the same problem and that we could have issues with the other three windows. Ford really needs to recalled all 2004 F150 door regulators before someone really gets hurt as it is a safety issue if glass was to break if it had happened while in route. Plus was not covered by my extended warranty so evidently the warranty companies are aware of the problem if they exclude it.

- Garfield, WA, USA

problem #613

May 242013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 39,756 miles
I started up my truck in my driveway and began to lower the driver and passenger side windows when the driverside window just fell down.

- Waverly, MN, USA

problem #612

Feb 282013


  • 179,800 miles
Got into vehicle, started, and immediately loud popping sounds came from under the engine, and worse when put into reverse. Luckily had 2 hobby mechanics, that I work with, come take a look. They immediately determined that one of my spark plugs had backed-out. They took the cover off and determined it was the 1st spark plug, and luckily the threads were in good shape. Put spark plug back in, and vehicle started fine after that. I travel 45 miles one way to/from work. If this happens again, could leave me stranded. 2nd luck, no repair cost. I can only imagine what the dealer would have charged. In addition, 2 weeks later, I had the 3rd (2 previous were in front right & rear driver window) out of 4 door windows fall into the door. This time it was the driver's front door - regulator assembly. Loud bang before they fell. Scared me - thought someone had thrown a large rock at my vehicle. This is the 3rd to fail within 8 months (last 2 on the same day in July 2012). Total repair cost on windows was $900. There is still no recall on the spark plug problem, and the regulator assembly problems, although hundreds, if not thousands, have had the same problem. I contacted Ford for complaint & reimbursement, and received no response. It's very obvious, it's time to do something about this!

- Gonzales, LA, USA

problem #611

Mar 092013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


I own a 2004 Ford F150 4-door P/U. over the past several years three of the four window in my Ford F150 have fallin at different times ( window regulator ). Ford refused to pay for the repair and I was told they know about the problem, however, were not going to issue a recall. This week my 4th window regulator broke causing the window to fall again while in a shopping center parking lot. I advised Ford this was unsafe and how can anyone secure a vehicle with faulty window regulators. Someone could lose control of their vehicle if this occurs during driving and this issue should be addressed.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #610

Oct 242008


  • 84,885 miles
The power window regulator has been replaced on the driver's door, the rear passenger door and now the front passenger window.

- Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

problem #609

Jun 172009

F-150 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
All four of the window regulators have broken in this vehicle letting the windows fall down and sometimes I have been parked at and not around the vehicle, also have been sitting in the truck and they fall down while traveling down road.

- Canon, GA, USA

problem #608

Nov 152012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Driver side power window, this is the forth time I have to have window repair on my truck, previous time before last one, was in July only 4 months ago I had to pay almost $300 to repair window, and now last time paid $425 dollars to repair that very same window and this time is the window regulator. Window will make a loud noise and drop, unable to bring it up or closed again.

- San Ysidro, CA, USA

problem #607

Oct 072012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


Driving on the freeway a loud bang and the driver side window falls into the door and will not roll back up. Rear driver side window fell into the door three months ago while parked in front of our house. Apparently the window regulator fails and the windows fall inside the door. Upon searching the internet there are hundreds of people that have experienced this same problem with the Ford F150 window regulators. Ford is charging between $250 - $500 to fix the regulators per window. Some people have had to fix the same window more than once.

- Murray, UT, USA

problem #606

Sep 202012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Two weeks prior to now I had to replace the whole track assembly for the window on the driver's side. Driving down the highway, the window just fell into the door panel. This could of resulted in a serious accident because of the window just falling! two days ago, the same thing happened to the passenger side window. The windows going down when you are not expecting it is scary. These windows unexpectedly going down can result in an accident. I feel that there is an engineering defect in these window systems. I have both original Ford parts that came out of the door panels. I called Ford, but they told me they can not do anything about this.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

problem #605

Sep 032010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the windows regulators had become inoperable and the contact was unable to close the windows. The vehicle was repaired several times for the same failure and the failure recurred on all four windows. The dealer was notified of the failure and advised that the cause of the failure was the window regulator. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 49,000.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #604

May 032010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
I have replaced 3 faulty door window regulators and a 4th one just broke. This results in the door glass to suddenly fall down inside the door. I feel that these failures could be potentially dangerous. This sudden and startling occurrence can cause drivers to become distracted resulting in accidents.

- Sagamore Hills, OH, USA

problem #603

Apr 132010

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the front driver side window and the front passenger side window had been replaced because both windows opened and dropped into the door panel independently. In order to repair the failure, the window regulators were replaced. The contact stated that the component was manufactured of plastic and could fail easily. The dealer stated that the failure was common but there were no recalls for the vehicle. The contact purchased two window regulators and made the necessary repairs. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 64,000. Updated 08/28/12 updated 08/29/12

- Redding , CA, USA

problem #602

Jul 042012


  • 86,520 miles
While driving down interstate drivers window for no reason just fell down causing a load crashing noise I nearly went into ditch. Two days later the drivers rear window did samething. I was not rolling windows up or down they just fell can Ford admit they have problem before someone gets injured.

- Burlington, IA, USA

problem #601

Sep 162010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The window/motor regulator assembly failed in both my drivers door and rear passenger door within months of each other. Both times I was on highways or toll roads when the windows fell in the door and I was unable to pull off to remedy the situation. After searching for remedies online I have found that this a common problem with Ford trucks. Why hasn't Ford offered a recall for this failure. When my drivers door window fell I was doing 50 mph on a toll road in the middle of a heavy rain storm. I consider this a safety hazard.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #600

Apr 272007

F-150 8-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
I have a 2004 F150 with 22,000 miles on it and every window regulator in the truck has gone out and send the window crashing down. This is the fourth one. Ford will not recall it, it is a know issue. The dealership told me, "lady its you and thousands like you."

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #599

Sep 022009

F-150 8-cyl

  • 53,354 miles
In my super-cab - without warning the driver's side window fell completely down to the bottom of the door and would not raise back up while in route on the interstate. It was loud and shocking! this occurred out of warranty the first time at 53,354 miles. Yesterday (3/4/12), the passenger window did exactly the same thing and startled myself and my wife. This presents an extremely unsafe and unsecured situation, especially in the winter conditions we experience here in the northwest. There are hundreds if not thousands of similar incidents posted on the internet for this model, 2004-2008.

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #598

Feb 132010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the driver, passenger, and rear passenger windows would open and fall into the door panel unexpectedly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the window regulators failed and would need replacing. The window regulators were replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and the contact advised them of the failure, stating that he had been a vitim of theft as a result of the failure. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.

- Laquinta, CA, USA

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