Cracked Rear Panel
Own a 2002–2005 Mountaineer? Chances are your lift-gate is cracked. Complaints about cracked rear panels in that generation of Ford SUV’s including the Mountaineer, Lincoln Aviator, and Ford Explorer is one of the most commonly issues repor…
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Where Body Complaints Happen
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- 2004 Mountaineer cracked rear panel 58 (100%)
- 2002 Mountaineer cracked panel below the rear window 21 (36%)
- 2005 Mountaineer cracked panel below the rear window 18 (31%)
- 2003 Mountaineer cracked black plastic panel at base of rear glass hatch 13 (22%)
- 2003 Mountaineer cracked liftgate 8 (14%)
- 2006 Montego paint is peeling on hood 5 (9%)
- 2007 Grand Marquis paint flaking off 5 (9%)
Cracked rear panels might seem like a cosmetic issue but owners know there's more than meets the eye.
The split panels let water seep in and corrode underlying components. The inevitable rust and swelling can damage the rear wiper motor and lead to shattered rear windows. It's a mess that Ford should try to clean up, not just sweep under the rug with semantics in court but that's exactly what they're doing with a new class-action lawsuit.…keep reading
The affected SUVs named in a new cracked tailgate lawsuit are the 2002-2005 Ford Explorer, 2002-2005 Mercury Mountaineer and the 2003-2005 Lincoln Aviator.
The lawsuit alleges that even though Ford sold millions of those SUVs, consumers might not have purchased the SUVs if the defect had been known.keep reading