pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
43,367 miles
Total Complaints:
92 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace or repaint hood (43 reports)
  2. should be a factory recall (24 reports)
  3. not sure (18 reports)
  4. repaint (7 reports)
2013 Ford Explorer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2013 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #92

Jul 202016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


blistering around entire perimeter of hood. white powder is under paint. this is the aluminum rusting and popping the paint off. the cause is galvanic corrosion and water. Ford should have understood this mixing aluminum hoods with steel parts.

- , Thomasville, NC, US

problem #91

Nov 252016

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,060 miles

Given how common this issue is, Ford should issue a recall for this issue. I even purchased the additional paint protection when I bought the vehicle.

- , Saint Petersburg, FL, US

problem #90

Jan 092017

Explorer XLT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,279 miles

We purchased the Explorer in Jan 2017. It only had 26,279 miles . Last week I washed it and noticed the paint was bubbling around the front edge of the hood on the right side as well as the left side. I thought that this must be a common problem when I noticed some other Explorers in parking lots had the same issue. So I google Ford Explorers With Paint Problems. Bingo seems like everyone is not very happy with ford. This is a huge problem and it is FORDS falt ! They should all be recalled!!!!!

- , Coulee City, US

problem #89

Sep 012016

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Noticed paint bubbles on the front edge of the hood. No rust on the car, bubbles are from under the paint. I bought this car brand new from a RI dealer 3 years ago and put a claim in with Ford Motor Company. My claim was denied due to out of warranty from Ford. I have been working with the dealer for three months to get some resolution but to no avail to date, but will keep harassing them.

I noticed many other complaints for the same reason on the newer Ford explorers and firmly believe this is a factory defect that Ford needs to take responsibility for. It cost approximately $1,000 to repaint the hood and will not guarantee from happening again.

Obviously will not be buying a Ford again...although the redesigned Explorer is very a nice car. Too bad they can't own up to their lack of workmen.

- , Barrie, ON, Canada

problem #88

Jul 012016

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,800 miles

When I purchased my 2013 Ford Explorer, the sales person pointed out some spots on my hood that he said needed to be addressed before I took possession of the vehicle. The ended up repainting the entire hood. This past summer, my husband noticed the hood paint bubbling up near the front edge. FORD WILL not do anything as my car is 5 months out of warranty AND is not covered by the extended warranty I purchased. The dealership (KRAUSE FAMILY FORD) told me that I needed to return to the dealership where I purchased the vehicle to get this repaired even though they are owned by the same person.

There are a myriad of complaints about galvanic corrosion complaints on Ford vehicles on the internet. This site alone has 186 reports of this issue. There was a class action suit regarding this issue against Ford and they continue to produce subpar products and sell them for top dollar... DON'T BUY FORD PRODUCTS!

- , Marietta, US

problem #87

Nov 012016

Explorer Limited Edition V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

For a vehicle that costs over 50k the paint should NOT be bubbling up causing rust on the hood!! Ford should have this vehicle model RECALLED and should not make their customer who supported their business, pay for such an issue! Please fix this soon,it matters for the future purchases of your vehicles.

- , Denver, NC, US

problem #86

Mar 092016

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


noticed the hood bubbles .took to ford dealer ,was advised to contact ford .did by phone and e-mail. ford will not do any thing.

- , Supply, NC, USA

problem #85

Aug 072015

Explorer ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,069 miles

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paint on hood bubbling around perimeter

Bought a new Ford Explorer in October 2013 straight from the Ford dealership. In 2015, we noticed some chips and rust on the hood and took it to our local Ford rep who told us it was rock chips and therefore our issue. In 2016 we saw places where the paint was bubbling - and peeling off. Clearly not rock chips. Sent emails and pics to Metro Ford (where we get our service done) and they sent it to Ford Canada. Ford Canada's answer was that yes it looked like the paint was defective but hey, we are past our warranty so the best they can do is to cover 15% of repairs.

Now, I get that 15% is better than nothing but I find it really frustrating that basically Ford is happy that their paint is just good enough to make it through the 3 year warranty period. If we had pushed our Ford rep in 2015 when he said it was due to rock chips, we would probably have been able to get it done under warranty. Unfortunately we trusted that a paid representative of Ford who works around vehicles all day would actually know what he was talking about. Unfortunately Ford's response shows that they don't care about quality for either their reps or their vehicles.

- , Ca, AB, Canada

problem #84

Sep 042016

Explorer Sport 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,345 miles

I have the very common problem of paint bubbling on the front lip of the hood on my 2013 Ford Explorer Sport. This is a common issue that Ford doesn't want to deal with, and hides behind a loophole in their corrosion warranty. According to them it's not "rust", or hasn't corroded entirely through the hood. There is also rust on the interior of rear passenger door, a small spot but still. Ford has been taken to task on this with multiple vehicle models, and the 2012 and newer Ford Explorer has had many reports of this exact issue. Many owners, including myself, are fed up with dealers ducking this issue. This is a 4 year old car and should not have this issue. The underlying cause is most likely the aluminum hood, which when applying paint, the process must be precise for the paint to adhere properly.

- , McCordsville, IN, USA

problem #83

Dec 022016

Explorer XLT 2.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,200 miles


- , Worden, IL, USA

problem #82

Aug 262015

Explorer Sport 3.5L Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Paint on hood cracking and bubbling around edges, Ford will not warranty the defect. Local dealership is well aware of the problem but is OK with Fords sticking it to the customer while they figure out how to properly manufacture parts from aluminum. This should be a recall and fixed by Ford 100%.

- , Tampa, FL, USA

problem #81

Dec 052016

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,832 miles

A few months ago I took my 2013 Ford Explorer in for a routine check when the service Manager noticed bubbling in the paint around my hood area. He told me based on my Premium warranty I should take it to thee Ford body shop to be fixed. I immediately left there and went to the body shop the guy supposedly wrote it up and said he'd get back with me. I waited, no response so I went back up there a few days later and spoke with him again, he stated Ford hadn't gotten back with him. I waited again and since no response I returned only to be told by him that Ford said no not covered, I asked for the paper work because I was going to reach out to the Attorney General, the body shop Manager told me that his copy machine wasn't working so he didn't have a copy. At this point I was still frustrated and let is along for a few months, this all occurred originally in June or July of this year when my car had over 50,000 but less than 59,000. Now it's Dec and the spot looks a whole lot worse, just horrible. I went back to the body shop since it's under new Management and Dean has been looking into it but told me again Ford said No. When I purchased my Ford Explorer there were several people in my church and family that folloed suit (Mark Rose can confirm) He's a sales man at Courtesy Ford in Danville. I need Ford to tell me why my next purchase should be a Ford. I switched from GM due to the fact they didn't have the SUV I was looking for at that time and Ford did. I'm considering going back to GM, never had an issue like this I still have my 2002 Seville and no paint issues nor did I have an issue with my Cadillac CTS that I traded for this vehicle. I'm not happy with this and rally wish Ford would take responsibility and pay for this instead of waiting until the issue gets worse and more costly. It makes no sense to me. We have a Taurus, Explorer, Silverado, F150 and an Escape (you see there is some loyalty to Ford) but can't get you all to correct this Factory defect. Wow!

- , Danville, IL, USA

problem #80

Sep 012016

Explorer Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

We have a 2013 Ford Explorer Limited. The paint on the hood is bubbling around the perimeter. We have been trying to work with Ford for over a year and have gotten nowhere. We have gotten absolutely nowhere. Contacted Ford and they denied the claim because of age and miles. This is a $50,000. car and the paint doesn't even last 3 years, absolutely ridiculous!!!! When I called the customer service number, I was told there was no other person or department to speak to. Our body shop won't even paint it because they said it won't last and being the great shop they are, they guarantee their work for the life of the car. We have a 2003 Chevy Impala with 300,000 miles and the paint looks great. Why can't Ford take care of a problem that it their fault. We love our Explorer but I will never buy another Ford product because of this problem. We heard there is a class action lawsuit being filed concerning this issue. Does anyone have any information that they would be willing to share?

- , Steeleville, IL, USA

problem #79

Mar 292016

Explorer Limited 2.0L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Another annoyed customer with a problem that shouldn't be a problem. My explorer is past the point of bubbling and now full peeling. Part of the hood is showing rusted metal at this point. Wish I could fix it soon but don't have that kind of extra cash and really believe I shouldn't have to pay for this.

- , Lawrenceville, GA, US

problem #78

Aug 012016

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

Paint on hood bubbling up on the edge due to aluminum corrosion, and paint on bottom inside edge of doors is worn away and starting to rust from contact with the lower body trim. I received an estimate of $900. Ford refused to pay since the vehicle was past the 36,000 mile and 3 year point. So for the low cost of $900, Ford is losing a lifetime customer with 5 Fords in his driveway. Unbelievable. Why would I buy another new Ford when the paint wears away in less than 4 years!

- , Mechanicsville, MD, USA

problem #77

Aug 272016

Explorer Sport 3.5L Ecoboost

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,880 miles

The paint is blistering around the edge of the hood in several spots. This should not be occurring on a 2013 car that cost $50,000.00. Repaint the hood and extend a warranty on the hood paint or repaint the area of the problem with a trim paint ( Black ) that has not had this problems.

- , Hudson, FL, USA

problem #76

Oct 012015

Explorer Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Just like others the paint on the hood is bubbling and peeling off and Ford won't recognize the problem. Should be a recall. My husband has a fleet of Fords for his company and if Ford doesn't recognize this is their problem we'll start replacing the trucks with another maker. It's unfortunate. I love my Fords (I have a mustang as well) but after this I will probably never get another one.

- , Webster, NH, USA

problem #75

Oct 102016

Explorer XLT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

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paint on hood bubbling around perimeter

Car is less than 3 years old - I would like to file a lawsuit - FORD refuses to fix even though this a known issue and has been for YEARS!! They should recall and fix if there are issues.

- , Hillsborough, NC, USA

problem #74

Jul 112016

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,500 miles

3 years old and only 16500 miles. What a Bummer. And Ford couldn't care less

- , Dedham, MA, USA

problem #73

Apr 012015

Explorer Limited V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,500 miles

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paint on hood bubbling around perimeter

I HAVE OWNED 8 FORDS OVER THE LAST 22 YEARS!!!! Now they want nothing to do with me or the problems they have caused me with their defective hood and paint!!! Never again will I be fooled into buying a ford.

- , Chapin, SC, USA

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