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Larry LGT 165 said:
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Is this just cosmetic or does it advance to a structural issue around suspension attachments prematurely?
If left unchecked it can get real bad. The good news is if you get down on your hands and knees and give the wheel wells a good look see it's pretty easy to spot. Check the tailgate as well, another rust-prone area
Thanks Max, I have seen other vehicles where the front towers have rusted right thru, from moisture trapped between the multiple layers of thin metal that were impossible to undercoat, so reading about issues on the escape concerned me.

My '06 Ranger has been undercoated 3 times over the years and shows no sign of rust despite our heavy roadsalt usage here in Ontario.

We are retired and only put on about 10k / 6000 miles a year so probably will end up finding something in the 150,000k /90,000 mile range.

All vehicles have areas of concern, that is a given. How would you personally rate a used '09 to '12 E overall as a potential purchase?

Thanks again, Larry
The closer to '12 you get the better the Escapes get. By the time the 2012 came out Ford pretty much got it all sorted out and they are among the best :thumb:
 

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I am the 3rd owner of my 09 escape. Would this still be covered from Ford? I assume we have to take care of this ourselves and ford doesn't do the work?
Ownership isn't the important factor - but that it's way out of its standard bumper-to-bumper warranty is.
 

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I just noticed a small bubble on the lip of the rear passenger wheel well today on my 2011 Escape, not impressed as I've treated this car with Rust check prior years. I can't find this TSB 15-0157 on the NHTSA or other sites. Does anyone have official documentation that this TBS exists that they could share?.
 

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I actually have this issue on my Escape. Ford continues to ignore the issue and note want to address it due to the fact that it doesn't appear to be perforated. So I'm going to have to deal with it myself.
 

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I actually have this issue on my Escape. Ford continues to ignore the issue and note want to address it due to the fact that it doesn't appear to be perforated. So I'm going to have to deal with it myself.
I would, you'd just end up with a pile of red dust waiting for Ford to do anything about it :cuss: To be fair, Ford is no worse then any other car company when it comes to dealing with rust issues
 

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I just dropped my 09 off at my local body shop to have the 2 rear wheel well cases of cancer fixed...

He told me the problem is so common that he has full replacement parts from a third party body parts vendor:



Otherwise I really can't complain about my Escape... with only 70,000km (43,495miles) this is the only "major" problem I've had with the car.

Pat
 

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It's costing me around $1600, he's replacing the 2 panels as well as fixing a lot of dings and scrapes and some rust on the bottom of the tailgate and then repaint the rear.

Pat

edit: BTW it's not just surface rust. The rust is popping out from the inside, pierces the metal and then causes the paint to bubble and then peel.
 

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I'll take my 2011 in for the rear passenger patch panel repair at Fords bodyshop $900. Also sent off an email to Ford Canada and received the standard reply of Sorry about your problem. We'll work with your dealership to find a resolution, but really you're SOL. This is my 4th new Ford vehicle and 2nd escape, never had a vehicle rust out in 5 years.
 

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I'll take my 2011 in for the rear passenger patch panel repair at Fords bodyshop $900. Also sent off an email to Ford Canada and received the standard reply of Sorry about your problem. We'll work with your dealership to find a resolution, but really you're SOL. This is my 4th new Ford vehicle and 2nd escape, never had a vehicle rust out in 5 years.
Well, started the conversation with Ford Canada re the rusted quarter panel back in May and today was told by the FSM that after exhausting all avenues in her quest to find a fair judgement, She said Ford gave me a big FU!. Get the car fixed keep the receipt and if Ford decides that this is a real problem they may issue a customer goodwill assistance program... :horse:
 

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I'm pist. My wife and I bought the extended warranty in 2010 for our MY 2008 MARINER. The wheel wells are as rusty as a Taurus. The dealerships said nothing over the years. We brought it in last year for a look over by the dealer before the warranty expired.

Now I know why they said nothing, my model year isn't included, even though chucks are missing.

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If left unchecked it can get real bad. The good news is if you get down on your hands and knees and give the wheel wells a good look see it's pretty easy to spot. Check the tailgate as well, another rust-prone area
Thanks Max, I have seen other vehicles where the front towers have rusted right thru, from moisture trapped between the multiple layers of thin metal that were impossible to undercoat, so reading about issues on the escape concerned me.

My '06 Ranger has been undercoated 3 times over the years and shows no sign of rust despite our heavy roadsalt usage here in Ontario.

We are retired and only put on about 10k / 6000 miles a year so probably will end up finding something in the 150,000k /90,000 mile range.

All vehicles have areas of concern, that is a given. How would you personally rate a used '09 to '12 E overall as a potential purchase?

Thanks again, Larry[/quote]

The closer to '12 you get the better the Escapes get. By the time the 2012 came out Ford pretty much got it all sorted out and they are among the best :thumb:[/quote]


Thanks, took your advice and spent several months looking specifically for a good 2012. Just picked up a silver 03/2012 with 100KM / 62,000 miles. Basic 3.0L XLT, nothing fancy, just cloth interior. In service 04/2012

So far, no sign of rust around the wheel wells and the lip of the tailgate and hood are pretty clean too, but unfortunately never undercoated when new. All the same I'm really pleased with it, in spite of the fact I had to let my '06 Ranger PU go.

First thing I did was take it in and have it KROWN RUSTCHECK sprayed. Counted at least 10 drilling plugs where they sprayed inside the panels. I wiped the door seals down with silicone in advance and have had to wipe off the excess drip several times. Small price to pay if it slows the rusting down. $129 CDN and I will be doing it every year in the fall.
 

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My 2009 Ford Escape rear passenger wheel arch lip is badly rusted. Has anyone had success attaching plastic wheel fender flares to cover over the rusted out section? I cannot find anything specific for this Gen of Escapes.
 
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