fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
36,200 miles
Total Complaints:
14 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (11 reports)
  2. replace hood (2 reports)
  3. buy a Dodge Durango (1 reports)
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problem #14

Jun 112019

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

This paint blistering problem started shortly after the 36000 mile warranty expired. The ford service people would not do anything. This should not be occurring on a vehicle of this age and needs to be addressed by ford. Its a disgrace.

- f1shrman, Fontana, US

problem #13

Oct 162019

Explorer Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

Paint bubbling and peeling at the front of the hood...what century are we living in?

- Dave E., Port Charlotte, FL, US

problem #12

Oct 062016

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles

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paint flaking on hood paint flaking on hood paint flaking on hood

I purchased my car brand new in 2015. I noticed after about a year, that the paint was bubbling up on the hood. I contacted Ford, and they stated that I would have to pay to have it fixed myself. I have since learned that this is a problem for other owners as well. I keep waiting for Ford to issue a recall, however I'm beginning to wonder if they ever will.

- Jan L., Griffin, US

problem #11

Jan 012017

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

My experience is identical to other hood flaking complaints. Ford won't fix. This issue will definitely lower my trade-in or resale values. My feeling right now is don't buy another ford vehicle.

- Kenneth E., Round Rock, TX, US

problem #10

Mar 072018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

I contacted Ford dealership, at the time several people were there with the same complaint. Was told the next day that there was nothing they could do. I then contacted Ford directly they said to bad so sad. This is a vehicle that spends nights and most weekends in a garage. NOT VERY HELPFUL. I have had 4or 5 Ford Explorers and Expeditions. My next car will not be a Ford.

- Pamela A., Brooktondale, NY, US

problem #9

Aug 012018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Never had a Ford before always bought a Chevy. Never in my life have I ever had a problem with paint flaking on a hood. You would think paint would be under warranty. Needless to say i will go back to Chevy. Way to expensive to drive a car with paint chipping and quite embarrassing.

- Sheryl K., Bay City, MI, US

problem #8

Nov 042018

Explorer LXT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

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paint flaking on hood paint flaking on hood paint flaking on hood

I just got done washing my Explorer and noticed the hood is peeling and flaking off in some parts. Very dissatisfying especially for how much I paid for the SUV its only 3 years old! Not sure if a bug shield would protect it from pealing more off. But damn we pay this much for a car and the paints starts chipping off. UGH!!!!!

- Christina M., Longford, US

problem #7

Feb 102016

Explorer 385

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,459 miles

The hood is peeling. Asked Ford about it and they said they could not help. Ford does not care.

- Lawrence B., Amarillo, US

problem #6

Sep 302017

Explorer Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

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paint flaking on hood paint flaking on hood

Ford 2015 Explorer started bubbling within a year of purchase. Ford said it wasn't covered until chipped. It just chipped at 37,000 miles and Ford now says it's not covered because we are past the 36K warranty and the extended warranty (which is the highest level you can get) would not cover. Took the car into a very reputable auto body shop who honestly told us we need to fight against Ford, as this is a rampant issue and a manufacturer's defect.

I looked online and saw there are a huge number of complaints against Ford, with the same paint issue. A class action suit has even been filed and (I believe) still in court. Why doesn't Ford acknowledge and rectify the situation? This is my first American car and I was proud to purchase it (very pricey!) and am never buying a Ford again if they do not fix this issue.

- Susan S., San Jose, US

problem #5

May 082017

Explorer 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,466 miles

2015 FORD EXPLORER paint peeling off the hood so I went back to my dealer Lawrence ford of Lawrenceville NJ service advisor looked took some pictures told me that needed to go to ford for approval.. There body shop person said the hood needs to be replaced because it is problem and ford should cover this under warranty I have extended bumper to bumper for 125,000 miles great ok leave dealer get a call the next day sorry Mr Meyers ford WILL NOT COVER THIS UNDER WARRANTY well my contract says differently ford motor company you are in breach of contract there fore I'm opening a legal case against you for the value of the monies paid out for which is 2015.90

Update from May 15, 2017: Update FORD IS IN BREACH OF CONTRACT Fords District rep unless a smart ass and basically said your problem. I wonder what my lawyer is going to say about this cost to repair 2600.00 Im coming ford rest assured see in court.

- Edward M., Levittown, PA, US

problem #4

Oct 012016

Explorer Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

My 2015 Ford Explorer Sport has significant paint bubbling all across the front of the hood. I took it to the dealership and they told me to pound sand. Anything paint related is not covered after 36,000 miles.

I was a loyal Ford buyer but NOT ANYMORE! DO NOT BUY AN ALUMINUM FORD!

- phillipwilson, Valleyford, US

problem #3

Jan 182017

Explorer XLT 3.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

My wife has a 2014 Explorer and I liked it so much I traded in my Ford Edge for a 2015 Explorer. My Edge had a lot of chips on the hood from the highway so I took my new Explorer in and had a protective film put on to protect it. My Explorer is only 2.5 years old with 30,000 miles and the leading edge of the hood is blistered with corrosion. My wife's is 3.5 years old with 38,000 miles and is doing the same thing. I now find out that Ford has known about this issue for years and will not address the issue. The consumer is not safe anymore. We have $70,000.00 worth of vehicles in our driveway that are rusting away. I wonder if the corrosion gets bad enough will the hood latch fail on the highway someday and kill us?

- Charles H., Brockton, MA, US

problem #2

Jun 142016

Explorer Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

I purchased a 2015 Ford Explorer Limited and after about a year I noticed some bubbling paint around the front edge of the hood. I took it back to Apple Ford in Columbia MD and they gave me the number of person who would take care of me. Well, after several messages with no call back, I decided to try going to the dealer again. Unfortunately, the person was unavailable. It took me several months to follow up on this due to being active duty military. However, when I finally returned, the dealer referred me for an estimate. The estimate was about $1100 to fix the hood. The dealer representative then said they would submit a claim to Ford. He did tell me that Ford would not cover the entire cost of repair if at all. WHAT?! You have a known problem affecting a Ford product and Ford says that they won't cover the repair?! He said that Ford knows that it is an issue affecting a lot of customers, but this how Ford is handling the issue right now. Meaning, Ford knows this isn't a safety or design issue so legally they're not worried about a class action lawsuit. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER FORD VEHICLE EVER.

- Mark W., Ellicott City, MD, US

problem #1

Sep 282014

Explorer Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,209 miles

2015 Ford Explorer, not even 2 months old and the paint is flaking on my hood. Ford will not own up and recall this paint, and the dealer told me my problem is "unheard of and caused from misuse of cleaning products."

REALLY? If you wax your car with Coca-Cola, it should not start flaking... A Dodge Durango (a.k.a Jesus Mobile) will not flake like a Ford Explorer (a.k.a Satanic Man Van with a Receding Hairline) will.


- roydodge, Lincoln, NV, US