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Old 03-22-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Chrome siding pulling away from car

Hey everyone. Thanks to a keen eye by ralck, I found that the chrome that runs along the top of my door isn't firmly placed and it is peeling off. It can be easily lifted, and when you look from above or below, it's obvious that it doesn't sit flush. I was looking through some of the Mk3 picture threads and it does appear that there may be other cars who have this same issue. It doesn't look like it's as common for those whose trim is black, but I think it's worth a look for all owners anyway.

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You can see that in between my front and back passenger doors, the chrome on the back door is pulling up. I showed this pic to my dealer who said they'd have it taken care of. Just something to watch out for.

Anyone else see this on their cars?

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Old 03-22-2013, 12:47 PM   #2
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Nope.

Take it in. It's under warranty.
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like in the window tint thread, it's only guys like us who would notice those things while the car is still under warranty haha
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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its not "peeling" away. There is likely a clip that was not seated during assembly. It is easy to do, the clips are easily bent and occasionally come bent from the supplier. The sad part is that it wasnt picked up during production, or at the dealer before delivery. I am assuming that this was always like this. It should be an easy fix, but jsut check it out close... not all techs at the dealerships know how to correctly install these.

I had an issue with mine. The factory one got dimples in the rubber part that would not lift and every time i looked in my mirror thats all i could see. I went to the dealer and they ordered me a new one and isntalled it. i picked up my car and went home, only then to notice that the front edge wasnt fully seated. I went back and the looked at it and said they would have to disassemble the door to try to fix it. I made an appointment and went back home. I decided to roll down the window and noticed the clip was only partially clipped. I pushed down, "very" hard and heard it CLICK in. been fine for the last 4 months or so.
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I removed all the chrome trim except the ones under the mirrors and the small rear windows. I think it looks better
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:57 AM   #6
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Could you post a pic, Senayski?
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Okay I started on the back and worked my way forward. When pulling the back off gently pull up the chrome (between the chrome and weather stripping) but be careful to not bend the chrome trim, it's held in by these clips:


The same applies with all chrome. Except I bent the chrome trim on the 4 big windows,but I like the weatherstripping look:


The one under the mirrors just slide in like the back ones but without the clips so once again be careful.

The rear ones are the most important because if you bend them or snap them it will look like this because of the clips:


Haven't got around to putting mine back on yet. Hope this helped, I did my best explaining it as its tough to explain without good pics and mine kind of suck lol
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