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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.

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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?

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can we see pics?
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I uploaded 5 picutres; they obviously didn't load. Now, although they're all right side up on my computer, they're showing sideways. Maybe, tilt your head to the left...The first two are standing looking into the crack at the sliding door. One of those is a van on the lot, one is mine (both gray). The third one is inside the trailing edge of my sliding door. The fourth and fifth are the rear doors.
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I looked over all my doors for any signs of touching and did not see anything. Even on the slider where yours hit. I can see how it could if not adjusted properly but mine has ample clearance.
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Phew, I hate sliding doors. Glad I skipped this option on the cargo version

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I checked mine today. Not that many miles on it, but I open it every day for past 2 months while I work on it. I could find 4 spots on door as you describe. All are very small on edge of door its self, none on body. Three are one aft edge of door around slider height. Of these 2 are on spots where door where hard fore-aft edges are. One is on front of door. I had to feel edge to find and then I could see them. I could not find any corresponding damage to body where door may have hit nor can I figure out how door would naturally hit. I could see a possible problem if the aft side of door was being pushed in at same time as sliding forward. I could see someone doing that as my aft side of door tends not so seal if not closed with some emphasis. I will have to make sure I never do that (or at least never again). Sliding it open and closed, I can not figure out what is hitting.

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I just checked mine. No contact areas on my van or tape.

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Since stories of paint chipping/scuffs are floating round, I looked close at mine. Lo and behold, my van has a few on the rear edge of sliding door and some of the marks have a "matching" scuff on the corner of the sheet metal next to door. Dealer said door operation looks good and all they can do is touch up paint. I agree door does not appear to hit but sure looks like it did some time or other. I am not that worried about it, but think under certain conditions the edges hit when door is shut.

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I have a feeling they won't do anything about it.
But if you're up for it, i think if you play around with the bolts on the door hinge that you can align it yourself. But by all means, do try to get them to do it first.
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Mine does look like there might be a tiny touch up on the body edge, can't see it but can feel it. Wonder if these chips happen during assembly or factory adjustments? Perhaps the OP's van missed the adjustment steps.

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