As a home DIY'er, I'm not sure how else you get 10' lengths of EMT conduit or PVC pipe home from Home Depot without the opening in the rear window? The HOA I live in has a dim view of ladder racks on pickups, so an external rack isn't the answer.
Admittedly, I'm spoiled by the fact that the...
I guess only tell will tell. I've got about 12K on 'er after the short block replacement, and so far so good. I DID purchase a Ford Extended warranty just for some longer-term peace of mind.
Pre-July 2019 1.5 & 2.0 4-cyl EB's suffered from "coolant intrusion", due to the head gasket failing between cylinders. There was a saw cut in the block, that after July 2019 was changed to a drilled hole design. I had a 1.5EB replaced at 25K in my Escape (6 weeks), but I have heard of no...
Yes, I believe so. I never separated the aluminum skins from the "core", but whatever they used was able to absorb and retain water. Whenever I folded it up against the back window, water would just leak out, but never completely dry out.
I had a BakFlip G2 on a company truck for a couple of years, that was always parked outdoors. By the end of my time with it, it had absorbed so much water that it became ridiculously heavy to fold back,,,