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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,452 miles

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2006 Ford Mustang body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #16

Apr 012010


  • 66,000 miles


My paint id bubbled on my hood and it's ugly, it was manufactured that way and I think they should fix it.

- Woodland, WA, USA

problem #15

Jun 222011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that the hood and latch were corroded. The contact mentioned that the rust has spread to the edges around the hood and towards the back near the windshield. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #14

May 152015


  • 28,000 miles
Front hood bubbling from contaminated welds at factory. This problem seems to be very common and devalues the car considerably.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #13

Nov 302014

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 65,358 miles


My son-in-law bought a used Mustang convertible for his son. I had the car inspected and fluids changed as soon as I could and during the time on the rack, it was noticed that the frame stiffeners on both side showed severe rust to the point one was rusted completely through. The stiffener has an opening in the front that accumulates water, salt and road slop over time, but no method to let this member flush itself or be cleaned on the inside. The shop installed two new stiffeners with the same problem, but they closed the front opening entrance to the stiffener with a sealant and gave the bare metal exterior two coats of corrosion resistant paint.

- Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

problem #12

Feb 012014


  • 67,000 miles
I came to a stop, looked to my left. Saw no car, and proceeded to leave to make a left. Car struck me on the left fender. Heard a long sound with white smoke all in the car that came from air bag, my face was struck so hard by the air bag that it made a large bump on forehead and eyes black in blue swollen with a headache that I've had for some days now. I've had to miss work all week, it also made me neck N side hurt.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #11

May 072014

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Paint is bubbling and chipping on top of hood and underneath from poor design. Water has no place to go resulting in corrosion to paint.

- Brushton, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 202013

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


The paint on the front lip of the hood has been bubbling up and the dealership (kearny mesa Ford, sunroad) said that the primer was not applied correctly when the car was assembled at the plant. Therefore, the hood is rusting through and considered a 'cancer' to the car.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 112011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • miles
The paint on the front lip of the hood is bubbling. This will reduce its future value.

- Parlin, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jun 242013


  • 14,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Mustang GT had only 14,000 miles on it when I noticed while hand washing my Mustang the hood had bubbles in the paint. The aluminum hood was showing signs of corrosion. My Mustang is in mint condition (other than the corrosion of the hood). My Mustang has less than 20K original miles, lives in the garage at home and at work. I still have the original tires on the car, and holding the Mustang to be a classic; without a corroded hood! I contacted Ford Motor Company and told them my story. They (customer services) told me they had no complaints and no knowledge of this issue and could not help me, since my Mustang was way under the miles limit, but over the years. I asked for corporate and was denied the contact information. I did some research and later found out that Ford Motor Company out and out bold faced lied. They at that time were being sued, "March 15, 2013 nytimes - judge allows suit over aluminum corrosion in Ford to move forward." Google, "Ford Mustang hood bubble or corrosion" you pull up many complaints. Google, "lawsuit against Ford Mustang hood", you pull up many complaints. 89 Ford Mustang complaints: on December 27, 2004 Ford issued a technical service bulletin. Issue: Some vehicles may exhibit a bubbling or blistering under the paint on aluminum body parts. This is due to iron contamination of the aluminum panel. Background: Ford's scientific research laboratory has performed a number of tests on vehicle body parts returned for corrosion related concerns. 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. Ford still denies this! attention Ford corporate or customer service do the right thing here and replace these hoods!

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #7

Jan 252014

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Driving 40mph kn the right lane of a 4 lane highway with a cement median separating the East and westbound lanes. I hit some black ice, spun 90 degrees across the left lane and hit the median almost head on. Airbag did not deploy.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #6

Aug 132013


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Mustang. The contact stated was driving through a rain storm, when she noticed water seeping from the dash board. After reaching her destination, the radio would not turn off. The contact disconnected the battery as a temporary remedy. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 60,000.

- Vineland, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 012008

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Bought car new in 06, hood oxidation causes paint to flake off hoods. Notified dealer in 08 and was told it's not a warranty issue they wanted me to pay for it. Since learned it was a common problem due to improper treatment of aluminum before painting.

- Hudson , NH, USA

problem #4

Aug 282011


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that there was a leak in the trunk, which was saturated with water. In addition, the front passenger side floorboard was also soaking. The contact mentioned that the leak could have been coming from the glove compartment area. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 37,000.

- Hogdale, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 042010


  • 75,882 miles
Water leakage caused a failure of the computer and wiring harness due to corrosion. Water was trapped in the door sills which was released whenever the door was opened. On the day of the failure a short had completely drained the battery. Dealer replaced the computer and harness outside of warranty and at extreme cost. Dealer states that there were leaks in the cowl and bulkhead seams.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 062009


  • miles
The paint on the hood on my car is bubbling and starting to chip off. There are at least five patches of this on my hood and they are very noticeable.

- Levittown, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 232009


  • 24,000 miles
2006 Ford Mustang is leaking excessive amounts of water onto front floor board area, beneath dash. Water is saturating electrical components, including fuse boxes and other electrical components, causing what I believe to be a serious hazard. An internet search of "Mustang leak" will produce multiple hits of many other owners experiencing the identical problem. Ford has released tsb 08-26-7 detailing the problem for model years 2005 - 2009. Considering so many year models involved, this is obviously a design flaw in the manufacturing of the vehicle. Ford has yet to recall this issue and according to the local dealer, Ford does not consider this problem related to safety, which explains the lack of recall. Excessive amounts of water pouring onto the interior electrical components should be investigated as a possible safety concern. There were no events leading up to this incident. It began 5 months after the expiration of the bumper to bumper warranty. Currently, vehicle is scheduled to be repaired at a local body shop for an undetermined cost at this time. Again, there were no events, crash or any other type of damage to the vehicle which could have caused this problem. Thank you.

- Sulphur, LA, USA

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