really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,798 miles

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2012 Ford Expedition body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2012 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 202016


  • 70,000 miles


Paint is bubbling on tailgate. Common problem. Ford dealer knows about it, Ford knows about it. Ford will not repair as there is no metal perforation. Aluminum tailgate is corroding under paint. This should not happen on a 3 -4 year old vehicle.

- East Northport, NY, USA

problem #7

Jun 072016


  • miles
On looking at the rear tailgate I saw what looked like rust spots ( 4 in all ). the paint is bubbled to the point I think will break soon. When I took it to the dealer today (6/7/16) they said it was a big problem with Ford. The dealer gus johnson Ford spokane, wash said it is a Ford problem and not there's. I feel if I would of be told of this problem I would of never bought any Ford car. I feel this problem was keep from just to make a sale. We are going to look at other cars but surly not Ford

- Otis Orchards, WA, USA

problem #6

Dec 032012


  • 46,382 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Expedition. Upon inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the rear of the vehicle was moderately corroded. The dealer confirmed the corrosion. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,382. The VIN was not provided.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 162014


  • miles


Have rust bubbles on inside bottom of rear lift gate. Took to dealer and was told this is common problem where lift gate was not manufactured properly. For a car less than 5 years old, this should not be rusting.

- Petersburg, KY, USA

problem #4

Jan 052016


  • 55,000 miles
Recently, the rear tailgate around the lift handle has become corroded and the paint is peeling. I keep the vehicle stored and rarely use it. I keep it in immaculate condition and very well maintained. This is the only blemish on it, but I can see it is getting worse and will eventually need to be repaired and repainted. I understand the is a problem with all Expedition and believe Ford should be responsible for the repair since it appears to be a manufacturing defect.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #3

Dec 092015


  • 50,000 miles
Paint blisters are starting to appear on rear lift gate where the handle is attached. Dealer has indicated that this is corrosion due to the aluminium material that the lift gate is made of and poor prep work or contamination from the factory paint.

- Shrewsbury, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 182014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Vehicle accelerated unintended and unexpected. Speed was uncontrollable. Driver avoided to the best of his abilities standing workers and unintentionally hit two other vehicles and workers inside those vehicles. 6 injured taken by ambulance two critically hurt!

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152012


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the front passenger side door moved irregularly, making it difficult for passengers to exit the vehicle. The failure recurred numerous times. The contact also stated that while driving 15 mph, the instrument panel and the alert system stated that the door was ajar. The manufacturer was notified and dispatched an inspector. The inspector, who examined the vehicle, determined that there was a gap between the door and the frame, but stated that it was normal. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 3,000 and the current mileage was 12,000.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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