My magic eyes. :lol:Colleen said:Squishy, how can you tell? :shrug:
The grille may be the only thing out of whack then, and throwing off the look of everything else. Otherwise, the bumper cover would not sit flush with the headlights nor the fenders. The top radiator support may still be bent, or they could have used a poor quality aftermarket grille. This is allowed in most contracts, and you can be charged a betterment fee for requesting OEM parts.08ESCAPER said:If you look at the gap between the bottom of the grill and the top of the bumper on the new Escape and our Escape has no gap. Also I need to put a side profile of the front up because the grill is sunken in and does not meet flush with the front edge of the hood.
If they spent that much money, there must have been a whole world of uni-body flex as a result of the collision. I think that they need to make it good, or pay someone that will make it the way God and the Ford Motor Company intended. If there is any difference in the shape form what was designed indicates to me a possible flaw that they are not addressing and it maybe unsafe as a result. Not trying to scare you, but I sure would have the insurance adjuster check it out.08ESCAPER said:According to my paperwork American Family used all new OEM body parts including: bumper support, bumper cover, grill, headlights, and hood. Total cost of repairs was $8,850 so they shelled out a good amount of money. I did a further inspection at a local dealer and body shop today and it appears the the upper and lower core supports were not pulled out enough. It also looks to be sitting lower in the front now. Today I parked it next to an 08 XLT just like mine and took about 50 pictures. I'll try to get you more pictures posted that show my point better. The shop that it was repaired at told me "We did not have another Escape to go off of but I think we got it right." I thought frame straightening was laser guided these days. Am I wrong to say I don't want the first shop to touch it anymore?
Orange peel is never a good thing. Especially if you care about the looks of your car! D'uh!08ESCAPER said:Thanks for the help and advice guys. The Ford dealer that I bought it at won't measure it up for me without paying them $100. No other body shop wants to touch it. I'm starting to think they are all crooks around here. Same answer at every place "without having another Escape to look off of it looks fine to me." It also looks like the new paint has "orange peel" and the shop told me "orange peel is a good thing because you have extra paint on it and since every time you wash it you take off a small amount of paint it will clear up eventually."