A Cosmetic Crack May Develop on the Liftgate on Lincoln Aviator

A cosmetic crack may develop on the plastic liftgate trim panel. Lincoln has released a service procedure to replace the applique without damage the the liftgate glass.

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Average mileage: 87,305 (10,000–200,000)
3 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005
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2004 Lincoln Aviator 127,000 mi,
This has been a fantastic vehicle - have hardly put any maintenance money into it other than oil changes and the like. Will have to replace front wheel bearing now at 127K miles - that's it. Curious as to the liftgate crack as it also happened to me. Is Ford picking up the the cost to replace?
2003 Lincoln Aviator 120,000 mi,
I have a crack in the lift gate. It has not been fixed. did linc have a recall?
2005 Lincoln Aviator 40,000 mi,
The hinge at the top of the rear glass was out of alignment and eventually broke. Because that happened before the 50,000 mile warranty was up the dealer fixed it. Now the car has 125,000 miles on it and the hinge is about to break again and I have the signature "crack" below the glass on each side of the emblem. This is an obvious manufacturing defect. Is Ford/Lincoln going to stand up to fix it? I doubt it. The car is now 11 years old.
2003 Lincoln Aviator 140,000 mi,
plastic on liftgate has a crack next to the lincoln emblem
2004 Lincoln Aviator 125,000 mi,
Rear Liftgate cracked in 2 places coming from the lincoln emblem
2003 Lincoln Aviator 109,790 mi,
V shape following along the Lincoln emblem
2005 Lincoln Aviator 65,000 mi,
Rear liftgate cracked in the center 3 times
2005 Lincoln Aviator 30,000 mi,
Happened twice before and Lincoln dealer repaired it free of charge. Just noticed that it has happened again and I am sure that Lincoln will not replace it for free this time. Is there a recall on this?
2003 Lincoln Aviator 56,000 mi,
The crack on the liftgate was there when I bought the vehicle. I have noticed that it is on almost every Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models same as my 2003 Aviator
cracks in lift gate below window.
2005 Lincoln Aviator 40,000 mi,
A crack developed on my Lincoln Aviator 2005 lift gate and its still there. How do I get it fixed by Lincoln?
I developed a crack to the right side of the emblem the spans from top to bottom of the liftgate plastic molding. It is garage kept and out of weather most of the time.
2003 Lincoln Aviator 53,500 mi,
2004 Lincoln Aviator 95,000 mi,
lift gat cracked on right side of emblem
Liftgate plastic cracked vertically in middle from bottom to top (just under lincoln emblem) - Happened at around 80,000 miles
2003 Lincoln Aviator 145,450 mi,
Crack from top of molding to bottom to the right of Lincoln emblem, appeared yesterday not sure why but it looks terrible , paint is silver and it stands out like a sore thumb
Crack on emblem never fixed
2005 Lincoln Aviator 32,000 mi,
Liftgate crack to the right of the Lincoln emblem
One day I came outside to find a crack in my lift gate door. When I purchased my car used from the Ford dealership, they replaced that panel on my lift gate because it was cracked already. So, I was very careful how I handled my lift gate door ever since I purchased my car, but it just cracked on its own anyway within a couple of years. It is very poor quality.
2005 Lincoln Aviator 60,000 mi,
Crack goes down side left side of emblem.