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2003 Ford Escape / pealing paint

1 United States Review updated:

We own a 2003 Ford Escape with light gold/beige paint that has begun to peel off in large sheets on several areas/panels of the vehicle. There is no obvious cause, and the vehicle has not been subjected to any unusual environmental or chemical hazards.
Dealer & Ford Motor say there are no recalls, service bulletins, or other actions to cover this, and that given the age and mileage there is nothing they can do.
A quick internet search reveals hundreds of other complaints for the same problem, same model/year, and same color, with similar descriptions of the damage and the response from Ford.
This is an obvious flaw that Ford shown own up to.

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  • Ge
      30th of Jun, 2009
    0 Votes

    You are not alone. There are several sites documenting a slew of current model Fords with paint peeling off.

    My 2003 Gold Escape has the typical chips on the hood but on the roof, just behind the sun roof there is a huge patch that has started peeling away in one to three inch chunks. You can't fix it by painting it since the old paint is not bonding to the undercoat and just peeling off - it will take the new paint with it.

    Write Ford even if you know it won't help - you need the documented response. File a complaint with the FTC and your BBB.

    These comments on the Internet, while they make us feel better by sharing our pain, will have NO effect on getting Ford to stand up for this manufacturing issue.


  • Da
      1st of Apr, 2010
    0 Votes

    For pAint peeling issues call Janet at ford the number is 313-322-3000
    please call and complain so we can het a recall going

  • Ze
      7th of Jul, 2010
    0 Votes

    Paint durability data associated with the 2003 Ford Escape is
    documented in the research publication:
    Why your Car Payments are lasting longer than your

    There has also been an independent review done of this publication by

    Automotive paint durability research publication documents vehicles released to dealer and consumer
    below automaker's minimum paint thickness specifications.

    Refer to link for details.


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