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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,790 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 102015

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I own a 2004 Ford heritage 4X4 and the frame is literally rusting away on or about the 10th of March the bracket that holds the rear driver side leaf spring rotted away and punched through the bottom of my bed. I was only going 30 when it happened so everyone was safe. I also had to replace the trailer hitch last year because the frame was so rotted away. I stopped at a stop sign and when I went to go I saw my trailer just go up and slam back down on the ground. Luckily I was not going 65 mph otherwise I would have had a accident. The back of the frame now is paper thin. Ford should do a recall on these frames. I have owned many Ford and never had rust this bad.

- Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 012014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My truck is only 10 years old and the frame is all rotten out I think it is a very serious thing if you are driving along and it breaks.

- Swans Island, ME, USA

problem #1

Sep 292014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 148,369 miles
I took my truck to a garage to have the oil changed. While up on the rack the rust was noticed by my mechanic who said it would not pass inspection better have it fixed. I contacted a professional who came to my house and looked at it with the bed off. Upon his inspection he found it was unrepairable there was not enough original metal left to weld to. I have contacted Ford customer relationship center only to be told there is no warranty, no recall, sorry for your luck and got hung up on. While researching online I have discovered that Ford has a recall on 2004 escapes for this very same reason "the frames are rusting out" it would make sense to me that there must have been a bad batch of metal used in the building of these frames. I would like to know if any more 2004 vehicles from Ford have reported similar problems and what can we do about this?

- Chicora, PA, USA

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