A Cosmetic Crack May Develop on the Liftgate on Lincoln Aviator

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 87,474 (10,000–200,000)
3 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005
344 people reported this problem
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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?
I have a crack in the lift gate. It has not been fixed. did linc have a recall?
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?
plastic on liftgate has a crack next to the lincoln emblem
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.
Rear Liftgate cracked in 2 places coming from the lincoln emblem
V shape following along the Lincoln emblem
A crack developed on my Lincoln Aviator 2005 lift gate and its still there. How do I get it fixed by Lincoln?
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
Rear liftgate cracked in the center 3 times
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.
cracks in lift gate below window.
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
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
Cracks for awhile and it finally fell apart
Crack on emblem never fixed
Liftgate crack to the right of the Lincoln emblem
Liftgate crack alongside of Lincoln emblem every Lincoln I saw in this areas dealer defect