Doors Not Aligned & Paint Chipping
Howdy folks; I haven't posted in a while as I was frantically prepping for some trips. I've since logged 5,700 miles on the van, a lot of it in snow/ice in OR, WA, ID, MT. I love my van AND my Nokian snow/ice tires.
The reason for this new post/thread is that I now have several spots of chipped paint as a result of the doors not being aligned properly (assumption). To get your attention, I'll tell you that most of the vans at my local dealership have the same problems. I spent a while today going through the 6 transits on my local lot. See pictures attached of my van.
On my van:
1. The forward edge of the body, above and below the sliding door's external track, is making contact with the sliding door as it goes into the body to shut. In other words, when I shut my sliding side door, it hits the body of the van. Walk up to the van with the door shut and put your finger in the vertical crack between the sliding door and the body...mostly at the top, of the main painel, just below the window, near one of the changes in angle there's paint missing on the body AND the door. The points line up and has to be coming from contact between the door and the body. On my van there are a couple spots on the door jam. The vans at the dealership had either the same paint missing or a trashy touch up job where they've already seen this and are trying to cover it up. I don't want touch up paint; I want the problem fixed.
2. In the same style crack between the rear doors, right at the bottom of the windows there is a distinct angle in the metal. A few of the vans on the lot had a plastic/tape piece over this point as a cheap way of preventing the problem. That being said, most of the tape pieces were already falling off and the paint was beginning to chip.
In my opinion; this needs to be a recall or fix by Ford. I didn't buy a $45,000 van to have to pay a body shop to paint my doors every year.
Is anyone else having this problem? How do we get Ford's attention and get this solved?