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Old 01-05-2005, 04:16 PM   #1
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I just purchased my Quicksilver GTO on Friday. It was a dealer trade, so I didn't get to see it until I picked it up. When I got there, I noticed several blemishes in the paint. These splotches were slightly lighter than the rest of the paint and looked like a whitish liquid had spilled on the areas (around the driver's windsheild sprayer nozzle, under the driver's sideview mirror, around the gas door, and on the passenger's fender). Interestingly, two of them followed along the horizontal ridge that runs along the sides of the car below the windows like a liquid was blown along the groove. The dealer told me to bring it back today and they would have their paint specialist look at it. I am now being told that the splotches are in the actual paint layer and that they want to send the car to the local GM plant to have the problem areas re-painted.

Has anyone else seen this type of defect? Any opinions on letting the dealer send it to the GM plant (where they assemble the minivans)? At least it is on a 24 month lease, so I don't have to worry too much about the longevity of their fix. But I would like it to be taken care of correctly in case I decide to buy it out or so the next owner doesn't run into problems down the road (I don't want to read about this car on this board a few years from now).

-Jim
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Old 01-05-2005, 07:02 PM   #2
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Now they are supposedly flying in someone from "Detroit" to look at it. Doesn't sound good. I can't believe they would fly someone here just for a paint problem. Hopefully, that person was already coming down here.

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Old 01-07-2005, 02:22 AM   #3
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If its not your only car, and they are paying for it then I say let them, if they want repaint it then as long as they match the original quality then I see no problem with it, although I havn't herd of this problem before.



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Old 01-07-2005, 08:05 AM   #4
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The GM rep. believes it is just moisture between the paint and clearcoat layers. Supposedly they have seen this before on the GTOs. They heated the afected areas yesterday and should know today if it worked. I hope so, as this solution did not require removal of the clearcoat or paint.

This problem has taught me a couple of things. One, I really like driving the GTO. I have actually been getting urges to go for a drive since it has been in the shop, kind of like withdrawl symptons. Also, the dealer gave me an Envoy as a loaner which has furthered my dislike of driving SUVs.

-Jim
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Old 01-07-2005, 02:07 PM   #5
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I had virtually the same problem on my Quicksilver. It is top section of the right rear fender. It is an irregular shape about 3" by 1.5".
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Old 01-07-2005, 07:13 PM   #6
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I have seen this only on a few GTO's when they were first released. The worst was a black on black m6, there was a blemish in the paint right by the fuel door. They tried everything to get it out, but it was a factory paint defect. Dealer actually told the customer it would be worth more-because it was rare?? Gotta love these guys.
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Old 01-09-2005, 06:26 PM   #7
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The heat treatment seems to have worked. There are no signs of the splotches remaining. That was a great fix; the finish was not touched at all, just heated up. I guess I was pretty lucky that the service manager knew a GM paint specialist who just by chance was going to be in our area the next day. Otherwise, the service manager would likely had the sections repainted.

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