Assume you haven't purchased yet. If you stick to the 2L model and avoid buying a blue or white one you will be fine.This sucks to hear but I'm really being limited to the Ford escape due many reasons. I think after reading a lot of controversy on this vehicle online and on this forum specifically has made me decide that I will try to keep this car for as little time as possible. I am intrigued by the paint peeling issue because I have never heard of it. I hope it doesn't turn out that way for me. As @wiz043 said I think it might be a manufacturing issue in our country.
Very few problems with them overall...☺