A Cosmetic Crack May Develop on the Liftgate on Mercury Mountaineer

A cosmetic crack may develop on the plastic liftgate trim panel. Our technicians tell us the Ford has released a service procedure to replace the applique without damage the the liftgate glass.

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Average mileage: 86,753 (10,504–200,000)
8 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
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About a year and a half ago I noted that the plastic panel on the liftgate started to crack around the Mercury symbol. It developed into a full crack of the piece running top to bottom. I have also noted the same crack on several vehicles in town. I also noted that the newer models of Mountianeer don't have this cover on their vehicles. So my thinking is that Mercury knows about the problem but isn't willing to fix it.
2003 Mercury Mountaineer 129,000 mi,
Yesterday 1-14-2013 noticed huge crack down and around the emblem. I also thought someone tried to break in. Had oil changed today and the guy at the garage heard of this problem. Googled when I got home and see all these same complaints. Ford does need to address this
2002 Mercury Mountaineer 10,504 mi,
Jus purchased my 2002 mercury mountaineer, a month ago. Was shopping day before put grocery in bak, there was no damage to my tailgate. my daughter stopped by to visit pulled up behind mine and noticed the crack under my emblem on the tailgate. At first,thought it was vandalism but no other vehicles were damaged.There's other mercury mountaineer that live at other that's got same damage. THIS IS REALLY MESSED UP! WE PAY ALOT OF GOOD MONEY TO HAVE A NICE VEHICLES.THERE'S GOT TO BE SOME KIND OF JUSTICE! WHATEVER,THE CAUSE!FORD COMPANY SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THERE DEFECTED PRODUCTS AND FIX! NOW THAT I HAVE THIS DAMAGE MAKES I WONDER WHATS GOING HAPPEN NEXT.
2005 Mercury Mountaineer 131,005 mi,
Same here. I noticed the crack a few months ago. It doesnt seem to effect the operation and I cant find any leaking. It just looks kinda crappy.
tailgate plastic cracked all the way across at center by logo
2003 Mercury Mountaineer 97,000 mi,
I have been noticing this problem on the lift gates for several months now. I just thought it was from people slamming the hatch shut. That apparently isn't the problem, since noticing this I have been very careful not to slam my hatch. I walked out on the driveway a short while ago and found mine has done the same thing and I know now it's not from slamming the hatch shut. The weather has been really cold the last couple of nights. I am now wandering if this might contribute to the problem. Whatever the cause, Ford should take responsibility and fix the problem. Apparently it's a manufacturing problem.
2004 Mercury Mountaineer 43,908 mi,
At 43908 miles noticed liftgate crack. Contacted dealer who worked with Ford and agreeded to fix it and charge me only $200. That was 1-19-2009. Today is 12-1-11 and the crack is back. Contacted dealer and they offered to fix it again for $800. Ford needs to address this issue!!
2005 Mercury Mountaineer 33,000 mi,
Noticed a crack a few months ago. It runs through the center of the Mercury emblem from top to bottom.
2004 Mercury Mountaineer 60,000 mi,
Got the same crack in my rear tailgate by the Mercury symbol.
Our liftgate cracked to the left of the emblem a few years ago. I've seen several Mountaineers and Ford SUVs exhibiting the same defect.
2004 Mercury Mountaineer 68,000 mi,
I have a 2004 mercury mountaineer, that I have taken really good care of, one day there is a crack on the lift gate. There was no good reason for it, so I did a search and found out that it is a manufacturer problem. My SUV would be in excellent shape except for that crack. It is so upsetting because Ford does nothing for it and they don't take responsiblity for it.
2004 Mercury Mountaineer 40,000 mi,
Liftgate crack appeared around Mercury symbol from top to bottom of panel.
2005 Mercury Mountaineer 100,000 mi,
Growing crack right at the Mountaineer emblem.
Crack around emblem at tailgate panel
My window down to my end of hatch. In the middle of the plastic. It even touched the emblem
Also have the crack on the back lift gate
2003 Mercury Mountaineer 186,000 mi,
Rear Lift-gate body panel split above and below the Mercury emblem.
2003 Mercury Mountaineer 48,000 mi,
Crack around the mercury appliqué on a 2003 mountaineer
2003 Mercury Mountaineer 115,000 mi,
tailgate panel cracked. lost half of panel.