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#134 of 255 2008 Ford Escape Seat Fabric
Feb 05, 2011 (9:54 am)
I purchased a slightly used 2008 Ford Escape. The seats looked great when I bought it and some water got on the front seat. It left a huge stain. The car now looks like we are complete slobs and it is all from water. I am so disappointed in the seat fabric.
Is Ford going to do anything to correct this problem? I don't want to have to invest in good seat covers.
#135 of 255 Re: 2008 Ford Escape Seat Fabric [fender112]
Feb 05, 2011 (2:42 pm)
No, Ford is NOT going to do anything! Since I purchased the protective sealer for the seats (can't remember what's its called, but it's like scotch guard) Ford will not stand behind it. So, the company that did the sealer has come out once to clean the seats. They are coming BACK out to do it again since the stains are STILL there! I know it's like beating a dead horse because the bottom line is, Ford doesn't care. The person who cleaned the seats said that even after he cleans the seat, that even if water gets on those seats, I will have stains!! I'm SO upset and disappointed! I will NEVER be able to get rid of this car because of the way the seats look!
Feb 05, 2011 (5:40 pm)
my dealership replaced my stained front seats a couple yrs ago after i bought a slightly used Escape. i haven't had any problems w/stains (something i've discussed on the boards) until this week. i'm looking at the passenger side seat and i see one of those dreaded white ringed stains. could be a salt stain from all the snow we've been having. i haven't tried to get it out. i want to show it to the dealership when i'm in again for service. and i've been telling people on this board that once the seats are reupholstered, no more stains. hahaha. evidently not.
#137 of 255 Re: water stains [mariposa7684]
Feb 06, 2011 (7:37 am)
That's awful that your stains are coming back now. The dealership replaced the fabric on the front seat of our "new" 2011 Escape. No problems yet, however we have to take it back in to be detailed because the headrest has a slight stain on it. I did a water test on the passenger and back seats, and there were no water stains. Hopefully they fixed the problem. Being in the furniture business, I know that they could still be using the 2008-9 fabric. I love the new Escape, but not the idea of using recycled material in the seats. Recycled products should not be used everywhere!!
#138 of 255 Re: water stains [halubdesign]
Feb 06, 2011 (9:06 am)
so...ford replaces the seats w/the same defective material? guess that's how they were able to turn a tremendous profit last yr. it's obviously not costing them enough to stop using that fabric. re the new stain: it's weird how it just turned up even tho i've gotten snow on the seat many times this winter. maybe this was the first time it was salty snow (altho i doubt it). i'm not terribly upset about any stains (not that i won't talk to the dealership about this new one) as, by the time i trade in this car, i don't think it'll make much of a difference. i bought it used, a yr old, w/fairly crappy looking carpet. since you're in the furniture business, what do you now about this particular fabric? and, more importantly, is there a way to clean it?
#139 of 255 Re: 2011 Seat Stains [tlrogers1]
Mar 20, 2011 (11:23 am)
Ok folks here it is. As many of you I had the dreaded seat stains due to water on my 2008 Ford Escape Recycled Material Seats. Seats looked brand new when I bought it. I looked long and hard for a solution. Washing, steaming, cleaning and nothing would get rid of the stains. I thought they were there for good. Then I discovered a solution. What I have used is baby oil gel. I found the dye used in the seats is a oil based dye. Obviously oil and water don't mix so you get water stains. I took a small brush and squirted the baby oil gel on it and worked it into the seats. This did take some time. Then I wiped any exess off with a towel. It has now been 3 weeks and my seats still appear brand new. Hope this helps any one out there that has had this dreaded issue of the water stains on recycled material seats.
#140 of 255 Re: 2011 Seat Stains [hotz78]
Mar 20, 2011 (3:38 pm)
thx for the tip! how did you find out about the oil based dye? during this winter, my reupholstered front seat got one of this white ringed stains. i thought, great, so much for getting the seats recovered. for the heck of it, one day when i was cleaning off the car from the latest storm, i rubbed some snow into the stain. when the snow dried, the stain was gone. evidently, the new upholstery is made w/something other than that oil based dye. i'm going to try getting the stains out of the back seat w/the baby oil gel (the back seats weren't replaced as the stains on them didn't "qualify".
#141 of 255 Re: 2011 Seat Stains [hotz78]
Apr 19, 2011 (1:16 pm)
Did you mean baby oil gel or baby oil gel wash? Baby oil gel is a moisturizer. I tried it and it left a big dark stain on the seat. Please tell us exactly what you used, the brand and everything. Just when I thought the seats couldn't get worse......
#142 of 255 Re: 2011 Seat Stains [mariposa7684]
May 14, 2011 (1:14 pm)
I have 08 Hybrid with same problem....I did not receive any notification from Ford about recall or TSB...checking my dealer now ...let you know how it turns out.
#143 of 255 Don't use baby oil gel!!!
May 14, 2011 (5:02 pm)
Terrible advice. Left a larger, more permanent stain. My seats are beige - or are supposed to be. Every time I brought this issue up with my dealer they blew me off with statements like, "our guy can get them clean, no problem" or "I'll ask and get back to you" and I never heard. Now my warranty is up and I never dreamed it was this serious and unsolvable. Someone please post a REAL solution! Thanks,