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#1 kewi

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 06:10 PM

Hi Everyone,

Just wondered if anyone else had had the same problem as me, I have lost all 4 of the plastic door mouldings and have lost these travelling down motorways.
They start by flapping and then they disappear :0( I have spoken to ford about this and they said they have seen other cases but apparently they have been 'stolen'!!!

I have only ever seen these missing on other 03/53 plate fusions and fiestas, anyone else out there thats had the same problem?

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#2 paul-eb

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 09:13 AM

Hi Kewi,

Yes these cars have that problem, mine is a 57 plate. My drivers side trim started to come away, so i looked behind where it started to peel and noticed NO mechanical method of fixing!!! These items are only glued on.
I went to see a car body specialist who confirmed what i had found. He offered to fix the problem, so for 5 he re-glued the offending part.
He used something like bath sealant, he said the area needs to be totally clean before applying the sealant, he then used masking tape to hold in place for 24 hours.
Obviously he cleaned the excess sealant off. But be careful if you do it yourself, make sure you do not get any on the trim.

Mine has been done nearly two years now and still totally secure.

I have noticed another trim starting to peel, so will get that repaired too.

Hope this helps you.

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#3 Dan62

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 10:23 PM

Yup, my rear offside one fell off (03 Fiesta 5dr), think the new one was about 17.

Bad glue bond between the trim and the retaining clips.n85236.jpg

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 01:25 AM

Yup, my rear offside one fell off (03 Fiesta 5dr), think the new one was about 17.

Bad glue bond between the trim and the retaining clips.n85236.jpg

Same here, I lost two of them on the motorway. First I thought I ran into a plastic bag or something got stuck to the car. Then the flapping noise stopped and I forgot about it. The next day I saw the trims missing and thought someone stole them.

I went to the Ford dealer, and asked them if them if it was common that the trims give away. They told me it is here very rare, and probably it was vandalism. I asked them how much replacements costed, and the guy answered, without hesitating, or even looking at a catalog or hos computer, "36,90 each".

I learned two things. 1- It is definitely a common problem, for both the Fiesta and Fusion (the replacement part is the same). 2- I am not going to the same dealer again.

I got the replacement parts. They are just a bunch of plastic glued together. Not even moulded together. The bad thing is that one needs to break away the remaining clips before inserting the new ones. After that I used an epoxy glue to join the new replacements to existing rubber or plastic in the door.
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It's just a case of bad design.

If you notice that yours are starting to come off, just get them glued as soon as possible.

#5 paul-eb

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 03:02 PM

Hi Everyone,

Just wondered if anyone else had had the same problem as me, I have lost all 4 of the plastic door mouldings and have lost these travelling down motorways.
They start by flapping and then they disappear :0( I have spoken to ford about this and they said they have seen other cases but apparently they have been 'stolen'!!!

I have only ever seen these missing on other 03/53 plate fusions and fiestas, anyone else out there thats had the same problem?


Hi All.
My earlier quote was to do with the Horizontal trims on the outside of the doors, it is those that had come away from the door skin.

#6 LoneWolf

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 10:26 PM

Hi All.
My earlier quote was to do with the Horizontal trims on the outside of the doors, it is those that had come away from the door skin.



mine started to come away again on my drivers door and this was reglued by ford. think its the bonding glue that they use

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:04 AM

Had the same issue on my 53 plate Fusion.
I had already re-glued them a few years ago, but the glue deteriorates, hardens and cracks in the sun/heat.
A replacement cost around 18 from a Ford dealer on ebay.

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 04:25 PM

Hi Everyone,

Just wondered if anyone else had had the same problem as me, I have lost all 4 of the plastic door mouldings and have lost these travelling down motorways.
They start by flapping and then they disappear :0( I have spoken to ford about this and they said they have seen other cases but apparently they have been 'stolen'!!!

I have only ever seen these missing on other 03/53 plate fusions and fiestas, anyone else out there thats had the same problem?


Yes - me too! My Ford Fusion has had trim falling off on the motorway since I bought it two years ago! it looks awful and its dangerous, so when the trim starts to flap I remove it before it can cause an accident. Shoddy gluing I suspect. Its far more common than my Ford Dealer will admit.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 04:31 PM

I had exactly the same problem with my 03 fusion.

Had to replace them in 2007 and again recently. Seems that the glue fails after about 4 years!

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:07 PM

I just bought a second hand fusion (52) and one flew off on the M6 on the way home. Shouldn't this be a recall from ford as if these are flying off on motorways, it could possibly cause an accident?

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 11:46 AM

I just bought a second hand fusion (52) and one flew off on the M6 on the way home. Shouldn't this be a recall from ford as if these are flying off on motorways, it could possibly cause an accident?


you would of thought so but i dwt very much ford would ever do it

#12 shoonstu

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:10 PM

I thought I was just unlucky when front passengers fell off. Rang Ford to find out a price (20 odd) so was going to get it sorted when lo and behold the rear passenger one blew off due to extra wind from not having a front one!!!

Tried some breakers but it's looking like t'ebay is the way forward.

#13 Ceebie

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 03:54 PM

Yes, a clear problem which my Ford dealer parts chap admitted; this on an '03 bought new and still have. Had to replace driver side pillar trim having failed to 'catch it' in time on a motorway - not a difficult job to 'click' the replacement in place; no glue involved. Managed to catch the passenger side when it wanted to go walkies ...also on a motorway, but secured it with black insulating tape which barely shows. Because of that I forgot about it and it's still fine!

#14 Krose

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

Sorry to rehash this old topic, but can someone tell me what glue to use, my rear passenger plastic window trim has come off, clips are still there so i guess i just glue the 3 little squares on the trim but what glue do i use and where to get it from?


Tiger Seal I been told but at £12 a tube it might be best just getting new trim
Am trying some german equivalent mipa pu 400 polyurathan am told its virtually the same but half the price, hmmmm

#15 Giffer2

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

I gave up with the glue route and now screw them in! Not come off since!

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