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#39 of 93 2003 Escape Paint Problems
Jul 16, 2006 (8:26 pm)
I recently found two spots just over the top of the windshield which are now about 5 inches long and two inches wide where the paint is peeling off down to the metal. I also found two spots at the lower corners of the back window. My 2003 Escape has 72,000 miles but is in great condition otherwise. I am waiting for the Ford rep to check it (this week, I hope). The service manager was doubtful that Ford would pay to have it repainted because it is so far out of warranty. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Any help from Ford/Mazda in getting it repainted?
#40 of 93 Re: 2003 Escape Paint Problems [73deacon]
Jul 16, 2006 (9:48 pm)
I just waxed my 2003 Escape which has Black paint. I was amazed how many blemishes and places where the paint appears to have fallen off. I have never seen a 3 year old car with this type of paint failure. I see by the other messages that Ford may have an issue.
I would never by another black car. It looks bad 2 days after a wash.
But I am disappointed with Fords fit and finish. I have so many squeaks and rattles in the car it's more like a 20 year old car.
Next time I will go with a Toyota 4runner.
#41 of 93 Re: 2003 Escape Paint Problems [utahescape]
Jul 17, 2006 (3:56 pm)
black(looking dirty soon after washing)has been that way since the model t.
our '04 has some chips in the hood and the spats in front of the rear wheels have the paint worn off. other than that, it looks new. it's kept in a garage.
#42 of 93 Re: 2003 Escape Paint Problems [utahescape]
Jul 20, 2006 (12:49 pm)
My daughter's 2003 Escape is White. It has a patch of paint the size of a sunroof that is peeling off of the primer on top of the car in front of the luggage rack. She only has 30K miles on it. From looking at the many posts here, I don't think that color is the problem, just poor quality at the factory.. but what else is new? I agree with utahescape... next time I will buy a toyota. Made in USA.. just doesn't mean the same as it use to.
Can't wait to hear the run around I get from Ford.. It took us forever for them to have the transmission replaced when it failed only after 22K miles.
#43 of 93 Re: 2004 Escape [escapenut]
Jul 23, 2006 (11:19 am)
117,000 miles on a Escape 2001 V6 model. Still has original plugs. Still get same gas mileage (21 combo city/highway miles) as the day I bought it. Engine still running smoothly. So why change plugs if things are running smoothly?
#44 of 93 Re: 2003 Escape Paint Problems [tagger2]
Jul 28, 2006 (5:06 pm)
I guess your not up on Toyota quality issues...??
#45 of 93 117K!!??
Jul 28, 2006 (5:07 pm)
Wow!! no issues at that... Keep spreading the word... I no longer have an Escape but it was a great vehicle. Traded for a Fusion SEL V6.. At trade my 01 Escape XLT v6 4WD had about 75,000 trouble free miles..
#47 of 93 Re: 2003 Escape Paint Problems [73deacon]
Aug 10, 2006 (10:44 am)
As a matter of fact.... I have exactly the same problem with my paint....in exactly the same areas. I have a 2003 Ford Escape and when I first reported the paint problems to the dealership, it had about 70,000 miles on it. I was told by the dealership (Pearce Ford Motors in Kentucky)that there was nothing that they could do because it had too many miles on it. I'm not happy with Ford's lack of concern and I will be taking further action. It would be nice to have the paint last longer than the payments!
#48 of 93 Re: 2003 Escape Paint Problems [73deacon]
Aug 30, 2006 (10:04 am)
I have a large spot at the bottom of my back window also. Last year I had it at the windshield, the dealership covered it eventhough it was out of warranty. This year they will not. I'm trying to find out how I can locate the Ford rep in my area. To me mileage doesn't have anything to do with the paint. If anyone knows how to contact a Ford rep in the Northern Virginia area, please let me know