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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,750 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-250 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 052015

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the fuel lines were severely corroded and were leaking. As a result, the transmission failed while driving at 40 mph, causing the contact to use excessive force in order to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact replaced the power steering fuel line, one brake line, and one transmission fuel line. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000. Update 01/13/16

- Yellow Springs, OH, USA

problem #2

May 312014

F-250 8-cyl

  • 72,250 miles
Vehicle experienced catastrophic brake failure while maneuvering in driveway. Rear steel brake line failed due to installation error which caused it to wear through on a frame mounted fastener. I was under the impression that vehicle braking systems were "2 channel" in that if a catastrophic failure was experienced that only half of the system would be affected. My experience yesterday has caused much concern for other owners of this type of vehicle. In my opinion, all brake lines should be manufactured from stainless steel as it appears the fuel lines currently are. I feel this is a serious deficiency that should be addressed. Thankfully, my experience occurred at a slow rate of speed. If it had occurred at road or highway speed, I may not have been able to file this complaint.

- Dutton, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 282013

F-250 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the brakes failed. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact discovered that the frame rail and undercarriage were completely rusted. In addition, the exhaust manifold was corroded and there were fumes entering the cabin of the vehicle. The rear plates for the parking and emergency brakes were also completely rusted. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. There were no recalls for the vehicle. The failure and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Emmaus, PA, USA

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