Used 2004 Ford Escape

2004 Ford Escape
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2004 Ford Escape

Pros

  • Powerful V6, large cargo capacity, comfortable interior, carlike handling.

Cons

  • Weak standard four-cylinder engine, bland interior design, small gas tank size limits range.

Used 2004 Ford Escape for Sale

Ford Escape 2004 XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
134,853 miles
Used 2004
Ford Escape
XLT
TJ Auto Sales
49.6 mi away
List$3,495
Est.Loan: $72/mo
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Ford Escape 2004 XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
133,645 miles
Used 2004
Ford Escape
XLT
Hinder Ford
77.6 mi away
List$5,495
Est.Loan: $113/mo
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Ford Escape 2004 XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
106,860 miles
Used 2004
Ford Escape
XLS
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Ford Escape 2004 XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
169,169 miles
Used 2004
Ford Escape
XLS
Antrim Way Honda
53.9 mi away
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Ford Escape 2004 XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
86,156 miles
Used 2004
Ford Escape
XLT
Whitmoyer Ford
91.8 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Still one of our favorites in the category, the 2004 Ford Escape is a very capable small SUV thanks to its powerful V6 engine, spacious cabin and carlike handling.

2004 Highlights

The 2004 Ford Escape remains largely unchanged although the price has been lowered on the plush Limited model and certain appearance packages are now available on lower trim levels which, in effect, reduce the final price. Also, Chrome Yellow is no longer a color choice. To eliminate confusion, trim levels and option packages have been consolidated.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2004 Ford Escape.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Catalytic Converter Fail
daveinvirginia,07/12/2012
At 90,000 miles, all THREE catalytic converters failed. Happened to be when the auto companies were having probs so parts makers were scaling down causing us to have to wait 3 months for one of the parts. Three months in the shop and $3,600 to get it fixed. During this, our parts guy was told by Ford that it's normal for the CC's to fail at about 90K miles. Of course this also happened a month before we were planning on taking a camping trip with a couple of friends. Wound up using our Ranger w/trailer and friends bringing their car instead of all of us fitting in the Escape plus trailer.
Good value for the money
ohiodale,04/11/2012
I have a 2004 Escape with about 87,000 miles on it. It has always been a good car for me and its going on 9 years. I had to replace the front axil due to the gear that drives the anti lock brakes cracking. This repair was $350 which was not bad in my eyes. I do routine oil changes and have had all the other fluids changed once, including the brake fluid. I am a firm believer that if you want a car to last you need to put some money into them. I expect I will need to replace the spark plugs and serpentine belts in about a year. I drain the transimission fluid from the drian plag every couple of years and so far so good with the tranny.
Used to love it
dharvs,01/05/2011
My 2004 Escape WAS a trooper even with 2WD and without ABS it drove well all through the year. The V6 powers the car well and the RPMs can really rev up to give you a big boost past 70mph for 2-lane and highway passing. 5 hour drives were no problem, AC/Heater worked well always. I paid $9000 for it in 2007 with 60K on the engine, I put on another 70K and began having engine issues. An airhose needed to be replaced but even after that was done the RPMs would drop to 500 and it would feel close to stalling out, sometimes it did. Even with normal maintenance the rod and bearings seized meaning I needed a new engine. This, after $700 for new front suspension (at 131K not bad).
Not bad but not great
johnny127,12/08/2014
Only have about 98K, but the body is starting to rust out. I've seen Escapes much newer than mine with similar corrosion problems. Engine has been reliable (aside from several coil packs requiring replacement), but it gulps fuel. Transmission has been reliable and shifts well. If we drove longer distances, we would add a separate transmission cooler due to problems others have reported. Car is peppy and feels sporty. Well weighted steering. Upholstery shows stains like there's no tomorrow. The 4 wheel drive is not the best, even when the part time 4x4 mode is selected.
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
201 hp @ 5900 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
201 hp @ 5900 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
201 hp @ 5900 rpm
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
201 hp @ 5900 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Poor
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Marginal

More about the 2004 Ford Escape
Used 2004 Ford Escape Overview

The Used 2004 Ford Escape is offered in the following submodels: Escape SUV. Available styles include XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), Limited Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), and XLS Value Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M).

What's a good price on a Used 2004 Ford Escape?

Price comparisons for Used 2004 Ford Escape trim styles:

  • The Used 2004 Ford Escape XLT is priced between $3,495 and$5,495 with odometer readings between 133645 and134853 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2004 Ford Escape?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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