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Seam/Weld Quality

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Hadn't really thought to inspect the welds/seams of my van that closely before taking possession, but I was looking at the seams that run from the roof down to the back of the van (on either side above the rear doors). The weld/seam seems a little large and not real clean, so I stepped up on the rear step and noticed even worse welds/seams about a foot from the back of the van. Images below.

Curious if others have seen similar type welds/seams on their vans/wagons and if anyone thinks this would be problem long term? I don't like the roughness inherit in these seams/welds as they seem (no pun intended) as places where water/dirt/grime can get trapped and cause issues if not routinely cleaned.

Left side, roof to back side seam/weld:

Left side roof:

Right side roof:
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That looks more like body caulk than a weld. Are you sure it's a weld?
Ford could probably save money by training workers to do a better job using less caulking.
Given the straight lines and the swipe back, it appears to have been done by robot. That would be my guess. I doubt they have much invested in the caulk on each car.
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