2008 Mercury Mariner body / paint NHTSA complaints: Structure:Body

NHTSA — Structure: Body Problems

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,000 miles

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2008 Mercury Mariner body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Mercury Mariner Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012013


  • 66,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Mariner. The contact noticed that the subframe near the rear tires was corroded. The vehicle was taken to a collision center and the inspector stated that the frame above the rear tires was manufactured with a foam like substance. When it rained or when the vehicle was washed, the substance would absorb the water and caused the corrosion to spread inside out. The inspector also stated that the bumper could eventually separate from the vehicle. The manufacturer was aware of the failure, but would not compensate the contact because there were not enough complaints regarding the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012011

Mariner 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Large rusting areas in back seat doors, rear wheel wheels and tailgate. Concern lies with rust that cant be seen weakening structural integrity of doors and/or wheel wells and/or tailgate. First noticed blistering paint in 2011 and the problem has grown since. Warranty was of no help. Have noticed similar patterns on numerous Mariners of similar model years, so this has to be a manufacturer defect of some kind. Again concern lies mostly with rust that can't be seen.

- Plymouth , MI, USA

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