2004 Ford Escape Consumer Review: Had problems

2004 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

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Limited 4dr SUV (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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By Rob on


2004 Ford Escape Limited Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


I leased my 2004 Escape LTD in Feb. 2004. Two years later, at 20,000 miles, the car had a "complete failure of the transmission" (the dealership's words). The whole transmission had to be replaced. I have also had problems with the sun roof not opening correctly. Also, sometimes when I start the car the treble on the radio comes on but not the bass, and I have to restart the car to get the radio to work correctly. Plus, in cold weather the driver window squeaks horribly when you roll it up/down. I owned a 2001 Escape for three years and loved it so much I went back for the 2004 LTD. The problems I've had with it, especially with the transmission, have soured me to Fords.

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Size, body style, ease of driving.

Worst Features

Build a better transmission!
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