pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
61,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced rear quarter panel (2 reports)
2003 Ford Escape body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012005

Escape 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


Ford is the worst for body out of a vehicle I have ever bought in my life. Ridiculous is an understatement to the amount of rust on my vehicle. We have fixed it multiple times above the rear wheel well and it has ate through approximately four more times. There is rust around the door handles and so much rust on the running boards it actually ate a hole right through it and had to be completely redone. I take care of my vehicles and wash and wax them and with this body on these it doesn't matter and all of these where I live look exactly the same. I have never ever had a SUV look like such a pile of junk!!!! And FORD doesn't stand by their product so I'll never ever buy another one again!

- , Bradford, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012012

Escape LTD 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

My 2003 Ford Escape developed significant corrosion to the left and right rear quarter panels where they arch around the rear wheels. I suspect that Ford did a poor job of rustproofing these areas, or, didn't rust proof them at all. Very disappointing. The rest of the body is in good condition.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 212006

Escape XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

Bought 2003 Ford Escape new in 2002.In 2006 the drivers side quarter panel rusted out.Ford fixed this ,didnt cost us anything,6,000 dollars worth of damage.Had our car 6 weeks.Got it back,looked great.1 year later,rusted out again.Took back to Ford,told us nothing that they could do.Told us to trade it in.Well we did!!!!!2011.IT WAS A RUST BUCKET.THE WHOLE BACK END RUST!!!!WE BOUGHT CHEVY!!!!! The only thing Ford could say to us that the Kansas City Ford Plant forgot to under-coat it with the rust protection.Well OK then...They lost us as customers.Only got 3,000 dollars for it,guess thats not bad for the condition it was in ,THAT WAS NOT OUR FAULT!!!

- , Pataskala, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 012011

Escape XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles

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corrosion on the body

Corrosion is occurring in this relatively low mileage vehicle around the front edge of the left rear wheel arch.

This type of thing was supposed to have gone away with better design, which prevents dirt/salt entrapment, and fancy metal plating and other coatings that were touted as corrosion prevention materials and processes.

- , Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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