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Ford Escape Paint



  • My 2003 escape is also peeling around the left side of the back window and between the sunroof and the windshield. There was someone on vacation in our state form arizona that took a picture of ours about six months ago because they had identical peeling and were trying to get their Ford dealer to do something about it.
  • My understanding is that the automakers use film thickness per coating layer as their main criteria to determine if a vehicle is a factory paint defect for paint durability. Has anyone requested that information to determine if the vehicles were painted to the correct specifications? If the data is in specifications, its not a defect.
    If its out of specification, then it would be a factory paint defect.
  • I also have a light gold 2003 Ford Escape I bought 3 years ago. The paint on the roof near the windshield started peeling about nine months ago. Someone suggested I find out if there is a recall. After reading all of these complaints, I am surprised there is not one. Perhaps there will be soon.
  • I'm very interested in hearing your progress with your plight against Ford-- I have a 2003 Tribute Metallic Ash (gold color) and I have the same problem as you all with Fords.

    Of course my issue is with Mazda-- a body shop here has told me that you can visibly see that the sealant coat is missing between the top coat & ecoat and it is a manufacturers defect. Large sections are just falling off-- when it first happened I thought is way a sheet of paper flying out the back of my car. They also let me know that painting even a portion of the car would (the cost is very high for a full strip/paint of the car). I have had both the Mazda dealership review it and a body shop-- but Mazda refuses to correct the situation. I am pleading my case with the dealership, but I'm very discouraged after seeing similar issues like these are widespread.

    This issue seems very large and related as both the Escape and Tribute came off the same production lines in some cases -- I have to wonder if these issues aren't very related and if there is something a group of unhappy customers could do to change this situation if needed. Please see this thread discussion as well (here on Edmunds) link title
  • robnuttrobnutt Posts: 1
    I thought I was one of only a few people having this problem, but after reading this forum, I see there are many more people with the same issue. The paint on my 2003 Ford Escape started peeling a couple years ago between the sunroof and the windshield, and just recently I noticed two more spots around the back window and spots over the doors. I know some of the posts on here are a couple years old, but if anyone out there can tell me if they were able to get this resolved with Ford, I would greatly appreciate it.
  • My 2003 Ford Escape has the same paint problems. On the sunroof between the sunroof and windshield and now on the carrier side of the sunroof as well as around the back hood window. I would really appreciate it if you found anyone who had this problem resolved as well.

  • I have a 2003 Ford Escape and it is a tan or gold color with paint peeling problems. Let me know if you have found any solutions to this problem.
  • I am wondering what your outcome was in small claims court. In my case of peeling paint on a 2005 Escape Hybrid, Ford finally offered to pay 50% to do repairs on the back lift door and 4 doors whgere paint was peeling. However, they inflated the repair costs to $4,000 by saying they had to replace the entire back lift gate! I've given up on them and am having the work done in a body shop for $850.
  • It appears to me that most Escape paint peeling is the gold color like my 2003 Escape. And, it appears most are peeling in the same area. This summer, the paint on the rack side of the sunroof began coming off in sheets. Of course, prior to that the area between the windshield and the sunroof was the first place and then around the back lift door. I had to spray it with some primer because I don't want it to begin to rust.

    I have some of the sheets of paint that came off and pictures of it so I'm going to begin a writing campaign to Ford.

    With the economy like it is, I can barely afford gas and insurance and a new paint job just isn't there.
  • norcalphotoguynorcalphotoguy Posts: 1
    edited May 2011
    Hello. I have a 2003 Gold Ford Escape. I bought the car when it was three years old. I had no idea that peeling paint for that year and model were legendary. The comment that Ford claims they never heard of the problem if ludicrous. Do they live under a rock? That issue is a known and common factor. My dealer -- the largest one in my area of Northern California -- had me pay "half" for the repaint job -- somewhere between $700 and $1,000. I knew I was being reamed, because it was an inflated cost that let the dealer off the hook. This particular dealer has a history with me now of several attempts to rip me off, so I no longer deal with them. Any class action suit is so competely justifiable it isn't even funny. Ford should list the problem as a "Recall" item -- or at least a "Silent Recall" item. Main areas of peeling are top of vehicle, top front (between moon roof and windshield), and back door (especially immediately below the rear windshield). I had several patches that just washed off when the dealer did some minor service and offered to wash my car for free. That free car wash cost me hundreds of dollars. In my case it appeared that the clear coat sealer was never applied to protect the paint. It appeared to clearly be a defect. My understanding is that all 2003 Escapes were manufactured by Mazda. Apparently Mazda decided to cut corners and Ford ends up with the issue, but it is still ultimately Ford's responsibility and they should owe up to it. When a dealer outright lies to you (and they certainly do), it is a huge "red flag" that tells you to take your business elsewhere. Don't even bother to argue with them. If they are willing to lie to you, they are confessing their lack of integrity. Don't subject yourself to them. Let them lose the business that they don't deserve. Any class action suit should involve everyone that owns a 2003 Ford Escape and has had to pay for repaint since 2003 (barring all accidents and chemical damage -- and other unnatural and abnormal causes of paint failure) -- including those who had to pay several hundred dollars or more for "their share" of the dealer's cost. It is preposterous. If Ford isn't happy about being taken for a ride by Mazda they should sue Mazda, but they shouldn't just lie to their Ford owners. I mean really! Give me a break! This is no small issue. It is a breech of trust.
  • mtcarmelfoxmtcarmelfox Posts: 13
    The 2003 Escape was manufactured by Ford at their Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford manufactured the Mazda Tribute in the same facility. I was personally in the facility many times. Numerous owners have been taking Ford to small claims court and winning on vehicles purchased new or pre-owned. The choice is up to the vehicle owner if they want to pursue their rights. Google: Ford/Mercury Paint Peeling Defects or Ford Factory Paint Defects. The information is out there.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Interesting my neighbor has a 2007 Honda Civic SI, dark Blue. The roof is peeling like a snake already. I think that's way to early, but an 03 isn't, IMO. It's 8 years old! Paint doesn't last forever. This is another case of where some people think cars are warranteed forever, and they're not, nor were we promised that when we bought them. You agreed to a warranty period, and that's all the coverage you should get.
  • gorgegirlgorgegirl Posts: 5
    Most people like myself had the paint begin peeling long before now. In fact, the paint on the top of my 2003 is continuing to peel like a snakeskin. And, I'm going to have to get a new paint job. It started when it was 5 years old and that is too new to have paint peeling if it was painted correctly. It also appears that the paint problems begin in the same areas - around the rear door, the top between the sunroof and the windshield. Now, the entire top of my Escape is peeling. I can't afford a paint job, so I sprayed some undercoating on it to prevent it from rusting.
  • gorgegirlgorgegirl Posts: 5
    I would love to provide pictures of it. It keeps getting worse - particularly on top of my vehicle next to the sunroof as well as by the back hatch door.
    Where do I send (e-mail) them?
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