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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
122,500 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 152014


  • 220,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape equipped with goodrich tires, tire line: Long trail, tire size: P235/70/R16, and dot number: Unavailable. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the front tires slipped across the road without warning. The contact stated that he observed that the treads were completely worn down. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 220,000 and the tire failure mileage was approximately 5,000.

- Hustisford, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 162005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Consumer has 26,000 miles on the vehicle and the original tires are on the vehicle. The tires are hydro planning. He called the tire company and was told to take it to a dealer. They told him that one tire was slightly cupping, and another was wearing out. Consumer was not told which tires these were. Consumer rotated tires every 2,500 miles. This problem started during a rain storm going approximately 50-55 mph last week.

- Hazleton, PA, USA

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