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Old 11-12-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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Hood alignment and body fit

Is anyone else's hood 1/8 inch lower on passenger side than drivers side? It is specifically noticeable at the headlight, where edge of headlight is 1/8 inch higher than top of hood. On drivers side, hood lines up nice with headlight.

I also have an alignment issue with the passenger side doors. The top front corner of the rear door is not flush with front door, and sticks out slightly.

To date, I have held off asking dealer to correct, as I have been concerned that adjustment could cause issues beyond aesthetics.

I would be interested in learning if anyone has similar "fit" issues, and if you had them corrected.


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Old 11-12-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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If it was misbuilt be ready to fight them or just prepare to have to pay to have a body shop fix it.

I had a similar issue, but the hood was perfectly aligned to the fenders (at least visually), however the left front head lamp was too far rearward and down in vehicle to the point where it had been rubbing on the hood. I also have the more common issue where the rear tail lamp rubs through the paint on that same side. However because they claimed to see a tiny mark on the tail lamp they decided to tell ford that it had been in a collision. WTF is wrong with these people. They basically told me through ford that I could contact my insurance about it and told me to piss off otherwise. What would have damaged the lamp but not damaged the bumper cover or the underlying structure? Nothing at all, but they did will me to have an accident, and unfortunately it happened to the other side of the vehicle, and then when it was fixed it was hit again by sheet metal debris on the freeway and now I'm screwed over again.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:48 PM   #3
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If it was misbuilt be ready to fight them or just prepare to have to pay to have a body shop fix it.

I had a similar issue, but the hood was perfectly aligned to the fenders (at least visually), however the left front head lamp was too far rearward and down in vehicle to the point where it had been rubbing on the hood. I also have the more common issue where the rear tail lamp rubs through the paint on that same side. However because they claimed to see a tiny mark on the tail lamp they decided to tell ford that it had been in a collision. WTF is wrong with these people. They basically told me through ford that I could contact my insurance about it and told me to piss off otherwise. What would have damaged the lamp but not damaged the bumper cover or the underlying structure? Nothing at all, but they did will me to have an accident, and unfortunately it happened to the other side of the vehicle, and then when it was fixed it was hit again by sheet metal debris on the freeway and now I'm screwed over again.
I have the rear tail light fitting problem as well just on the rear drivers side on the upper part of the tail light by the hatch door its actually indented the quarter panel by the light and pushed through the paint. I havnt brought it to the attention of ford yet but i will ant 8000 km
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:21 PM   #4
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The rubber stops at the front of the hood screw in and out for minor height adjustments. The hood shouldn't be too bad from the description. (In fact, it may just be DIY, though it might be nice for Ford to get the feedback that there are fit and alignment issues that they need to pay more attention to.)
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The rubber stops at the front of the hood screw in and out for minor height adjustments. The hood shouldn't be too bad from the description. (In fact, it may just be DIY, though it might be nice for Ford to get the feedback that there are fit and alignment issues that they need to pay more attention to.)
Mine was also way off when I bought it. Using the stops I was able to get it fairly close to perfect, but the stops on one side are maxed all of the way out now (a lot of threads exposed), and they don't seem very stable that in that position.

No ill effects yet, just not to my liking.
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The rubber stops at the front of the hood screw in and out for minor height adjustments. The hood shouldn't be too bad from the description. (In fact, it may just be DIY, though it might be nice for Ford to get the feedback that there are fit and alignment issues that they need to pay more attention to.)
I had the passenger side of my hood higher too. Ten seconds of adjusting the rubber stops at the dealer took care of it.
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I've got all sorts of fit and finish issues with mine:

1) hood-to-headlight gap inconsistent - the hood actually sits on the headlight on one side (there's no gap at all).

2) trunk lid not centered - though in Ford's defense, the vast majority I've seen look like that so I blend in with everyone else.

3) rear passenger door sticks out where it meets the c-pillar window causing an unsightly gap. Also the glossy black trim panels between the passenger front and rear doors don't align at the top - looks sloppy.

4) forward top dash panel isn't flush with the drivers-side a-pillar cover - there's a hole there.

On the plus side - no leaks anywhere. Which is why I don't really want my dealer messing with the trunk or the rear passenger door alignment.
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Is anyone else's hood 1/8 inch lower on passenger side than drivers side? It is specifically noticeable at the headlight, where edge of headlight is 1/8 inch higher than top of hood. On drivers side, hood lines up nice with headlight.

I also have an alignment issue with the passenger side doors. The top front corner of the rear door is not flush with front door, and sticks out slightly.

To date, I have held off asking dealer to correct, as I have been concerned that adjustment could cause issues beyond aesthetics.

I would be interested in learning if anyone has similar "fit" issues, and if you had them corrected.
My rear door stick out oddly, I never got around to bring it to the dealer. Its like the hinge is set oddly, it's not flush with the front door.
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Is anyone else's hood 1/8 inch lower on passenger side than drivers side? It is specifically noticeable at the headlight, where edge of headlight is 1/8 inch higher than top of hood. On drivers side, hood lines up nice with headlight.

I also have an alignment issue with the passenger side doors. The top front corner of the rear door is not flush with front door, and sticks out slightly.

To date, I have held off asking dealer to correct, as I have been concerned that adjustment could cause issues beyond aesthetics.

I would be interested in learning if anyone has similar "fit" issues, and if you had them corrected.

I notice the exact same thing. Haven't had anything done to it. I have the titanium 5 door.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:17 PM   #10
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I notice the exact same thing. Haven't had anything done to it. I have the titanium 5 door.
Same here...mostly with doors that don't fit like they should. Might address it at some point...only noticable if you really look (but still, it shouldn't be that way).

Besides my MK1 Focus, all the other cars I've owned have had great fit and finish. I didn't realize you have to worry about that anymore....
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