Last post on Jul 23, 2011 at 2:09 PM
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#33 of 38 Re: Ford Motor Company Small Claims Lawsuit [gorgegirl]
May 08, 2011 (12:25 am)
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.
#34 of 38 2003 Escape Manufactured by Ford
May 20, 2011 (3:48 am)
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.
#35 of 38 Re: Ford Motor Company Small Claims Lawsuit [norcalphotoguy]
May 23, 2011 (9:19 am)
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.
#36 of 38 Re: Ford Motor Company Small Claims Lawsuit [nvbanker]
May 23, 2011 (11:15 am)
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.
#38 of 38 Re: Ford Motor Company Small Claims Lawsuit [gorgegirl]
Jul 23, 2011 (2:09 pm)
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?