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2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,507 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Ford Escape body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

Jul 152013

Escape

  • 68,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the front end exhibited a loud noise as the front passenger's side front wheel separated. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic for inspection. The failure was located at the front sub frame and lower control arm, which were both determined to be corroded. As a result, the front passenger's side wheel separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 68,000.

- Pittsburg , PA, USA

problem #12

Feb 092010

Escape

  • miles
My Ford Escape is rusting above the back wheels I also noticed the same rust on similar models and years of the Escape is there a recall there should be.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #11

Oct 012011

Escape

  • miles
The exterior paint is peeling off in large pieces. Starting to rust.

- Fairview, OR, USA

problem #10

Nov 162011

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On both sides of my car just above the tires the paint has peeled off and has started to rust.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #9

Feb 012010

Escape

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that she noticed a leakage on her driveway. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and they informed her that the brake hose fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. In addition, the contact mentioned that the lift gate would not open. The vehicle had not been inspected by a dealer nor had it been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 109,000.

- Riviera Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 052011

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
Paint of Ford Escape 2003 peeling on the front. There are two large spots about 1 square foot each. I have called Ford in greenville, SC few times but to no avail. This problem started about 4 years ago with two 3/8 of an inch size flakes. The SUV has been garaged and has been taken good care of however now the paint is flaking with sections at a time. I have researched and have seen the exact same model with the same problem. At one point I have attempted to enter another Ford Escape assuming it was my car because of the similarity with the paint. There are several discussions about this problem: www.edmunds.com/Ford/Escape/2003/consumer-discussions.html my concern is that Ford has failed to remediate this issue with its active customer base and I believe it should be noted as gross negligence.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #7

Jul 162010

Escape

  • 114,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Paint defective on 2003 Ford Escape with gold ash paint. Peeling around back window and 3 large patches, over 6" in diameter, on roof.

- Trumansburg, NY, USA

problem #6

Apr 012010

Escape

  • 113,000 miles
The paint is peeling around the wheel wells and has started to rust; causing possible instability to the body of the car. I did some research online and this seems to be a common problem in 2003 Ford Escapes. Can something be done? there were some claims that Ford improperly prepared the Escape for painting. Please advise.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #5

Mar 102008

Escape

  • 70,000 miles
My Ford Escape is a 2003 model and was purchased certified used in 2007 by us. Within a year the paint on the roof and rear hatch started peeling. Two years later, it is rusting where the peel is gone and still continuing to peel. We have not had any accidents or inclement weather that caused the damage. I have done research and seen where this is common in Ford my vehicle's age.

- Gassville, AR, USA

problem #4

Nov 252009

Escape

  • 66,000 miles
Paint is peeling from the roof and two spots on the tailgate. The service manager at sloan Ford in exton, pa wouldn't even look at it. A rep from Ford advised that a dealer should look at it. The service manager at kennedy Ford collision in conshohocken pa was kind enough to look at the vehicle and confirm that it is defective. Ford declined assistance. The Ford rep would not admit that there is a defect despite advising me that Ford service managers have superior expertise in evaluating failures.

- Exton, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 242009

Escape

  • 98,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2003 Ford limited gold Escape paint peeling and bubbling on hatch and above front window. Ford will do nothing when I called since there is no recall on this paint issue.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #2

Jun 012008

Escape

  • miles
1) the events leading to the failure are unknown 2) 2003 Ford Escape has an issue with its exterior paint. The paint is peeling away from the car and the exposed metal is rusting. This rusting leads to the compromise of the structural integrity of the car. This compromise can be detrimental in case of a collision. A google search revealed lots of 2003 Ford Escape owners complaining of the same issue. 3) nothing has been done to correct the failure.

- Safety Harbor, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 312008

Escape

  • 78,000 miles
Paint peeling -- delaminating -- from roof of 2003 Ford Escape XLT, color code C2. Area is above junction of roof and windshield. Body shop verified condition a result of bad primer. Ford notified as well as two Oklahoma city-area dealers -- overall Ford and bob moore Ford. No resolution from Ford as of yet.

- Edmond, OK, USA

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