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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,000 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 Focus suspension problems

suspension problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2004 Ford Focus:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2004 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 152006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


: the contact stated while the vehicle was driven at an undisclosed freeway speed, the rear passenger tire became wobbly. The vehicle became hard to control, and was pulled over to the side of the road. The driver continued to drive on the side of the freeway to the residence. Once the vehicle was at the residence, the contact jacked up the vehicle and noticed a broken weld in the rear and the tire was being held on with the A-arm. The vehicle was towed the dealership, but was not inspected. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #2

May 052004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
When the car had ~ 3000 miles on it, we were driving on the freeway when it suddenly began to vibrate and shimmy like it had multiple flat tires. We pulled off and looked for problems but the tires were fine and nothing was obvious. When we began driving again there was no problem. The following day, the same problem occurred again and we took the car to the dealer. They found feathering on all tires and replaced all 4 tires and rebalanced them. About a week later while driving on the freeway a loud bang sounded in the rear of the car and it again began to vibrate and shimmy. Again after getting off the road and looking it over, the car seemed ok. We again took it to the dealer who could not replicate the problem and rebalanced the front tires. About 2000 miles later again while driving on the freeway, the loud bang and vibration re-occurred. When the brakes were applied, the car almost went out of control, sliding and feeling like it would tip over. We again took it to the dealer who could not replicate the problem. This time they did no work and said there was not an identifiable problem with it. We informed Ford motor of the problems and are working with a lawyer on a lemon law complaint as the car is dangerous to drive.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 242004


  • miles
While driving 25 mph, a loud popping noise was heard coming from the rear. The driver was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem. Please fill ion additional information.

- Oswego, IL, USA

Not what you are looking for?