A cosmetic crack may develop on the plastic liftgate trim panel. Ford has released a service procedure to replace the applique without damage the the liftgate glass.
Car Problem Reports
Ford Explorer A Cosmetic Crack May Develop on the Liftgate
Ford Explorer Problem
Average Mileage: 86,737 mi (11,100 mi - 180,000 mi)
Visitor, 2002 Ford Explorer, 75,000 mi
Cracks in rear liftgate panel, is there a factory recall for this since so many explorers have this problem? Seems like a manufacturers defect to me (common sense)....
Visitor, 2005 Ford Explorer, 75,000 mi
A crack suddenly appeared on the plastic area of my tailgate next to the Ford symbol. It nicely contrasts the paint that is beginning to bubble due to the iron contamination per Ford Tech Service Bulletin 04-25-1 which should have triggered a recall. But ny favorite thing is the AC diverter that was made out of plastic and has broken so I am unable to defrost or change AC settings. I can replace the part which costs about $75, but labor is around $700. Why bother using the same poorly engineered part that Ford obviously did not use proper materials to make. Unless they pay for all repairs, I will leave the crack on the tailgate to advertise Ford's commitment to quality!
Visitor, 2004 Ford Explorer
there was not a crack on the liftgate then all of a sudden one day it was there
Visitor, 2003 Ford Explorer
One day I noticed the lift gate outer panel was cracked. I was so upset. I knew it wasn't anything I did. I am the only driver of this vehicle. I bought it brand new. I took it to the Ford Dealer in Eureka, Ca. where I purchased the vehicle and they were going to charge me to replace and paint it. I looked online for recalls and none, but many many complaints about the same problem. I am disappointed with Ford and won't be buying anymore vehicles from this corporation. I am a loyal customer and expect loyalty in return. Its the American way. But not with FORD Motor Corporation. Now the Door ajar and airbag bells are ringing arbitrarily.
Cracked beside the Ford emblem. Ford realer fixed it free of charge
Visitor, 2005 Ford Explorer, 62,000 mi
8" long vertical crack next to the ford logo. Estimates so far are about $1000 to fix. Have not had it fix yet. This is on the Ford Explorer Limited model.
During this past winter , I observed a big crack around the lift gate.I thought it was just my vehicle, but recently I have seen a lot of the same crack on other Ford explorer models around my neighborhood and on the expressways. What is the probem and I will like a solution.
Visitor, 2003 Ford Explorer, 59,000 mi
A crack developed in the plastic panel for no apparent reason after seven years. Ford won't pay for it... repair/replacement is about $500 at the Ford Place. Very Disappointing.
Visitor, 2002 Ford Explorer, 89,765 mi
Crack appeared around Ford emblem..Cost to replace 450.00
Visitor, 2004 Ford Explorer, 60,000 mi
crack in liftgate.