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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
131,700 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. have Ford repair the paint at no cost (2 reports)
  3. repaint (2 reports)
2004 Ford Mustang body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #7

May 202016

Mustang GT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,006 miles


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clear coat peeling clear coat peeling

I am a 38 year veteran car salesman. Now I'm retired and in the four decades I was in sales and sales management, if I learned anything, it was this. Trying to get a manufacture to back up a paint issue is like trying to put butter up a tiger's ass with a hot knife. It's not going to happen. And thats unfortunate because Ford is a good company. They make excellent cars and trucks. But like all company's they make an occasional mistake. Like the one they made when they painted my 2004 Mustang GT.

Always dreamed of that little red hot rod I could get older with. And roll out on weekends and surprise all the youngsters. But never imagined I would have to put a complete paint job on a car that was maintained so well. If it were just one or two cars with this problem, that would be it is what it is. But every Mustang owner I know in this year has the same issue with peeling clear coat and degrading paint. Ford should step up and show what kind of company they are. And repaint these cars.

- Rick S., Fair Oaks, CA, US

problem #6

Nov 012015

Mustang Deluxe Convertible 3.9L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,565 miles

Clear coat peeling on rear bumper and rear drivers side quarter panel. Car has been garage kept throughout it's life, but started noticing in late 2015 around 120,000km.

- beatlecanuck, Langley, BC, Canada

problem #5

Dec 012015

Mustang GT Convertible Anniv Ed V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

I bought this special 40th Anniv Edition of Mustang Gt with only 12 miles on it. Approx 1 year ago, I noticed clear coat peeling on rear spoiler. It has since started peeling on the truck, also. Paint jobs are expensive and I don't want this car looking like CRAP! It is interesting to note that many others are experiencing the same problem. This was a very expensive car and I think to maintain the future value in their anniv edition, Ford should recall and repaint at no extra expense. Please help my once beautiful car. She has only 71,000 original miles and is in great condition having never been wrecked, and no repairs!

- Donna R., Germantown, TN, US

problem #4

Aug 012013

Mustang 40 year anniversary

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


The car is in near perfect condition and have never had real trouble with it; just the usual brakes and tires. But now the clear coat on the front bumper is peeling and I'm afraid my beautiful car is going to start looking like junk if I can't fix it. Help!

- Susan H., Natick, MA, US

problem #3

Apr 012009

Mustang GT

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,000 miles

I bought my My 2004 Mustang 2 years ago and the paint on the hood is peeling. As much money as I have paid for this you would think the paint would at least stay on until I have finished paying the car off. I think Ford should act like the men they think they are and allow a recall and repair the paint on the hoods of our cars. It was their people the did the crappy work. What does it take for Ford to admit there is a problem and do something about it?

FORD unstead of Found On Road Dead I would have to say Found On Road Looking like Crap.

- Sheri B., Riverside, CA, US

problem #2

Jun 012009

Mustang 40th Aniversary V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

My 2004 is Red and the Clear coat on passenger panel started peeling off. I had the car since 2004 and after taking delivery immediately clayed the car and used a sealant and wax. The car was always garaged and very well maintained. This is just happening on the panel and hasn't spread - but its a few peels. What I did was take fine grit sand paper and feather the edges lightly where the clearcoat is peeling and then use a polish. this seems to have either stopped it or slowed it down.

- mustangaltitude, Aspen, CO, US

problem #1

Jun 032008

Mustang Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 473,000 miles

Having clear coat peeling and paint coming off my mustang. Bought off dealer lot!!! Had It detailed by a excellent detail er that 3 different big auto dealers use to try and get everything buffed out, everything stood out worse. So I took it to a Ford dealer and was first told it was my fault because someone probably hit me from behind in a parking lot shattering my clear coat, that sent me fuming. There is no evidence of my bumper being hit. So I took it to a body shop. They told me that because the clear coat was peeling so bad on the hood, side and rear of the car the only way to fix it is to sand it down and repaint, because not only is the peeling happening but bubbling and this sand grit feel is going on.

I then when to the original Dealer I bought it from, their body guy agreed that yes it does need to be repainted but wouldn't say if it was factory related. I then asked the sales department to get the district manager on the line, explained the situation and am suppose to be getting a phone call back.

Is their anyone else with a 04 or 05 mustang having this problem????


- quarzacc, Rochester, WA, US

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