Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2004 Ford Escape looks pretty good compared to other Ford Escape model years, but still has a trend of transmission problems, and engine problems from the NHTSA complaint data — so it's not a model year we can recommend.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,650 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 132004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,650 miles


After 5000 mile service, which include inspecting brakes and rotating tires. I started hearing sound from the rear brake while applying. The noise was a type of thump which seem to catch on the drum. I took the vehicle back to the dealer the following day. Mechanic rode with me and did hear noise. Said that it sounded like the drum brake was catching. Dealer machined drums and tapered ends of rear shoes. Noise was fixed but I have never heard of this before.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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