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Paint Problems of Ford Escape

Ford Escape owners have reported 27 problems related to paint (under the structure category).

car image   Paint problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 08/19/2016

Body paint peeling and rust in multiple areas including wheel wells and rear cargo door since 38k miles. Now at 43k miles more rust is visible. At this point the warranty is useless unless rust is through body.

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car image   Paint problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 04/03/2015

I have only owned this Escape 1. 5 yrs. I just noticed this spring that the paint was coming off in the wheel well, now as of 7/7/2015 it has gotten bigger. As well as the rear hatch when you open it you can already see bubbling. My understanding by the paper work I received with it it was suppose to have had some kind of under body protection put on it.

car image   Paint problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 05/01/2013

I purchased a used 2008 Ford Escape in summer of 2010. May of 2013 paint began to chip around the rear wheel wells exposing rust that had been there for what had to have been a lot longer than just the previous winter. I contacted Ford directly to get this response (shortened for space): after reviewing my resources, there are no warranties or programs in effect that would provide coverage of your current concern. I have also verified that your vehicle is not involved in any open recall programs. I understand that you feel that this is a common issue with the same year, make and model of your vehicle. However, Ford motor company and the national highway traffic and safety administration (NHTSA) work together to proactively identify areas of concern through investigation of consumer and dealer feedback. During an investigation Ford cooperates fully with NHTSA. Due to our rigorous safety standards and constant testing, not all issues result in recall or customer satisfaction programs. If a program is announced on a specific component, Ford will notify you by mail. It was further explained to me via phone that since my vehicle was produced 6/2007 it was out of a 5 year warranty and further since I was the second owner of the vehicle there was no warranty. Upon doing research before contacting Ford I found this was an issue as early as the 2005 model Escape. I do not understand how it is possible for a company to continue to sell a vehicle with an issue such as this. I am fortunate that financially I am in a position where getting a better car was possible and has been done, but who resolves this for other owners whom could not see the issue until paint chips, like me and then are told, Ford whom should be responsible for it will not be?.

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car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 02/01/2013

The ash gold paint is bubbling all over the outside roof rear door sides (all over) the car to include the interior. The roof has rusted and Ford won't do anything. I went to two Ford dealers in san diego and called Ford direct. The passed me over to the highway safety admin hotline that told me to call Ford, they will handle the complaint. Everyday more paint peels off.

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car image   Paint problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 04/22/2012

The lift gate on this vehicle has started to rust at the lower seam. Rust is occurring from between the panels of the seam. Paint bubbling up from underneath. Just 2 years old.

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car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 11/16/2011

On both sides of my car just above the tires the paint has peeled off and has started to rust.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 10/01/2011

The exterior paint is peeling off in large pieces. Starting to rust.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 09/05/2011

Paint of Ford Escape 2003 peeling on the front. There are two large spots about 1 square foot each. I have called Ford in greenville, SC few times but to no avail. This problem started about 4 years ago with two 3/8 of an inch size flakes. The SUV has been garaged and has been taken good care of however now the paint is flaking with sections at a time. I have researched and have seen the exact same model with the same problem. At one point I have attempted to enter another Ford Escape assuming it was my car because of the similarity with the paint. . Read more...

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 08/12/2010

We have a 2003 Ford Escape limited. The paint has started peeling off around the hatch at the back. It's just bubbling up for no apparent reason. We have never abused the car and it still has less than 70,000 miles on it.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 04/01/2010

The paint is peeling around the wheel wells and has started to rust; causing possible instability to the body of the car. I did some research online and this seems to be a common problem in 2003 Ford Escapes. Can something be done? there were some claims that Ford improperly prepared the Escape for painting. Please advise.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 12/30/2009

Paint peeling prematurely on 2003 Ford Escape.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 08/24/2009

2003 Ford limited gold Escape paint peeling and bubbling on hatch and above front window. Ford will do nothing when I called since there is no recall on this paint issue.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 07/15/2009

2003 Ford Escape . . . Paint peeling on roof around sun roof opening.

car image   Paint problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 07/01/2009

Rear fenders rusting through, paint bubbling badly.

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car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 03/01/2009

The paint on my ash gold 2003 Ford Escape has started to bubble and peel away from the metal body parts. Doors, hood, rear hatch and a large spot on the roof just behind the moon roof window. This is not something you can touch up. The paint is literally peeling off of the primer which then quickly erodes to expose the metal which starts to rust. There are hundreds of complaints on this spanning several years and several Ford models. In this age where we have to keep cars longer, this is a terrible thing to discover - the company simply can't figure out how to paint a car!!! I am the second owner and bought from the original owner. He pointed out the peeling but we both thought it could be touched up as he had been doing for a couple years. The roof was not looked at until I was working on the roof rack. This is the worst case and is not going to get fixed by any touch up paint.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 09/05/2008

Paint peeling down to bare metal on roof of vehicle with paint blistering elsewhere. Exposed bare metal rusting due to exposure to elements. Attempting resolution via dealer but no help at this time.

car image   Paint problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 08/20/2008

Paint peeling on left side of my Ford Escape 2003.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 07/31/2008

Paint peeling -- delaminating -- from roof of 2003 Ford Escape XLT, color code c2. Area is above junction of roof and windshield. Body shop verified condition a result of bad primer. Ford notified as well as two oklahoma city-area dealers -- overall Ford and bob moore Ford. No resolution from Ford as of yet.

car image   Paint problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 07/01/2008

I bought my 2005 Escape new and just recently (oct 2008) I noticed on top of the rear lift gate where both of the hinges are the paint is pealing off and getting worse all the time. It started out very small right where the edge of the gate is on top. But with time has started to peal off on top of the lift gate as well. I have since started looking at all the 2004-2006 Escapes that I see parked and every single one, regardless of color, without fail has the paint pealing away in the same spot. I have spoken to Ford motor CO. And they refuse to handle it.

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car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 06/07/2008

Paint is peeling off on the drivers side back under the hatch window and on top of the vehicle just behind the sun roof. This vehicle has 74k miles and is garaged. From Nov. 2002 - Feb. 2005 it was even in parking garage while I worked. I take great care of my vehicle and it has never been in an accident. I have read a lot of other people are having the exact same problem in the exact same place on the same make, model and year. I called Ford and they don't care!!! it is out of warranty and there is no recall. . What can I do?.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 06/01/2008

1) the events leading to the failure are unknown 2) 2003 Ford Escape has an issue with its exterior paint. The paint is peeling away from the car and the exposed metal is rusting. This rusting leads to the compromise of the structural integrity of the car. This compromise can be detrimental in case of a collision. A google search revealed lots of 2003 Ford Escape owners complaining of the same issue. 3) nothing has been done to correct the failure.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 06/01/2008

Paint peeling in several spot on 2003 Ford Escape.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 10/01/2007

I have a 2003 Ford Escape XLT,white in color and currently have a problem with the paint blistering and peeling on the rear hatch below the window both sides. Additionally, the paint peeling has started under passenger side rear cargo window. I visited a local Ford dealership and they denied it as a defect. Out of warranty. I have had four autobody shops tell me $600. 00 to a $1000. 00 to repaint. "the problem is factory primer problem" and should expect to see more peeling if not repainted soon.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 06/10/2007

Paint blistering and peeling above the windshield on roof.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 04/20/2007

My problem is not mechanical but rather "physical". The paint has been peeling off the roof and hatch of my 2003 ash-colored Ford Escape limited since 2007. After reading others' blogs I am aware that I am not alone by any means. I purchased the SUV for it's nice appearance and color. I wish I'd known beforehand that this was going to happen, otherwise I would never have purchased a Ford. Apparently Ford is doing absolutely nothing about the problem. Is there anything you can do to help us? can't Ford be forced into a recall for this? these vehicles aren't cheap!! please help.

car image   Paint problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 26
Failure Date: 12/20/2006

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. Three months after the vehicle was purchased, the contact noticed a block of paint chipping off of the hood. Weeks later, the condition became progressively worse. The paint began bubbling and chipping excessively. When the contact attempts to wash the vehicle the paint will come off. She is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 74,000 and current mileage is 100,000. Update 06/10/08 updated 06/10/08.

car image   Paint problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 27
Failure Date: 09/02/2003

Paint peeling of the hood of wife's 2001 Ford Escape. Body shop manager of wayne acres Ford in wpb FL evaluated and states " the finish is coming off and looks like it may be a factory problem. " he also stated that the dealer will only pay 70 % of the repair cost since the vehicle warranty has expired. Why should I have to pay anything if the damage is not my fault ?.

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