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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,942 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 F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,335 miles


I drove the truck home from the automatic car wash (with underflush) and I parked it in my garage. I left for a 10 day vacation an hour after I parked it. When I came home 10 days later I found the truck hood and cab covered in black soot. The entire garage also had a thin film of black soot. As it turns out, the antilock brake control module caught on fire some time after I parked the truck. It caused $4000 damage between the brake control module and other related components. I have a full extended warranty which covered the repairs (initially the dealership told me the warranty would not cover the repair, but I challenged that decision, and the esp people agreed with me).

- Laurium, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 012006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,548 miles
Defective B. F goodrich long trail ta tires (265R60 18) Ford F150 lariat appear to have a design defect causing a very harsh ride & shuddering upon stopping. When attempting to stop in the rain, the shuddering caused the anti lock brake module to malfunction and resulted in loss of control of the vehicle. Ford is aware of the tire defect (a letter was received) yet has declined to replace the tires.

- Soddy Daisy, TN, USA

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