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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
78,250 miles
Total Complaints:
12 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace effected areas (5 reports)
  3. repainted myself (1 reports)
2011 Ford Expedition body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2011 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #12

May 112021

Expedition XLT Limited 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


Have the same problem as everyone else, blistering paint on hood and windshield. The blistering paint came off while washing the car, so I took a small hammer to break off the remaining blistering paint, chipped the rest off, sanded the area down, and did a full repaint of the area myself with a factory matching paint and clearcoat. Does not look like new, however looks much better than the eyesore it used to be. Much cheaper than having the entire panel replaced like Ford would want to do.

- More V., Wilmington, DE, US

problem #11

Jun 142017

Expedition XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Corrosion on the aluminum lift gate. Vehicle has always been garage kept and I wash and wax it regularly. I have heard this is a common problem.

- Gerhard H., Galena, US

problem #10

May 012018

Expedition XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Blistering paint. Apparently a MFG defect. Lots of reports on Ford paint problems. Seems like they should step up and fix their process and fix their defects.

- tlindy, Lansing, US

problem #9

Mar 082018

Expedition Limited EL 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,444 miles


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bubbling/blistering paint

Found this problem and had several people from body shops say this is a defect from Ford. Want to know what they are going to do about it.

- mtreed2009, Tampa, US

problem #8

May 012014

Expedition XLT 5.4L 3v V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,125 miles

Blistering paint on hood fixed under warranty. 1.5 yrs later, the paint starts blistering around the lift gate handle on both sides. I have seen several complaints about the same problem on this site.

- David R., League City, US

problem #7

Oct 132016

Expedition EL 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

Mostly occurring on the liftgate. Around the handle area and the bottom of the gate. Exceptionally visible and quite frustrating.

- Darren C., Landenberg, PA, US

problem #6

Mar 012016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


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bubbling/blistering paint

I have owned many Fords Explorers and Expeditions and have never had this issue before. This is the newest Ford I have ever owned and I am very disappointed that Ford will not own up to the problem. My vehicle paint is bubbling all over the hood and the back.

- Lisa M., Cape May, NJ, US

problem #5

Dec 022014

Expedition LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Same problem as everyone else, bubbling paint on rear liftgate. NOT an environmental problem!

- Michael J., Malta, IL, US

problem #4

Jun 192015

Expedition XLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

Paint blistering on aluminum hood and tailgate, Ford kept truck for 2 weeks as they said it was pretty bad. I suggested they replace both but they said it was totally repairable. Six months latter it is re-appearing.

- Richard F., Seaford, NY, US

problem #3

Feb 192015

Expedition XLT 3.51

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I have contact Ford Motor Company several times about the problem, and I just get a generic reply stating there are no recalls for this vehicle.

- Edward K., Pulaski, WI, US

problem #2

Mar 012014

Expedition EL 8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

I have complained, threatened called the press and done everything I possibly can to get Ford to address this problem. They assigned a case number to it but never did anything won't answer phone calls or emails

- tilton, East Weymouth, MA, US

problem #1

Jun 012015

Expedition LS V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

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bubbling/blistering paint bubbling/blistering paint bubbling/blistering paint

We have discovered that our 2011 Ford Expedition has developed a corrosive problem with the paint on the lift gate and hood. Estimates to replace the hood and tailgate are over $4000. The auto body shops indicate this is a wide-spread problem with Fords (and other vehicles). We mailed letters to Ford Motor Company and our local dealer.

Ford denies any culpability even though they issued a Technical Service Bulletin in April of 2004 saying in part: “Testing has revealed that the aluminum corrosion was caused by iron particles working their way into the aluminum body part, prior to it being painted.” This would appear to be an admission of an obvious manufacturing issue. We have researched this issue and there are numerous complaints with Ford and other manufacturers with the same issue. The Center for Auto Safety is a great resource. We are in the process of filing a small claims suit.

The Center for Auto Safety also states: "that the “discovery rule” on the Statue to Limitations (SoL) should apply. He further states: “This legal concept “tolls” (suspends) the SoL as it was impossible to discover the matter being sued over within the statute of limitations time period. As a consumer, you could not have known of Ford's latent paint defect until the paint started peeling/flaking off of your vehicle.” Our local dealer is also ignoring this problem.

- James S., Glens Falls, NY, US

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