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Can anyone advise me on how serious an issue the seemingly universal wheel corrosion is? Is it just an aesthetic problem that I can try to make peace with or could it become a safety issue further down the line? I know the wheels have been discussed a lot, but I can't find a definitive answer on this particular point, so any help would be appreciated.

My car will be 6 years registered pretty soon, but I gather that after 3 years I've not much chance getting this fixed without paying someone. Has anyone experienced otherwise?
 

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I had my wheels replaced last autumn under warranty, but I am pretty sure it would have been the 3 year one not the 6 year.

My damage was just flaking of the lacquer and I don't see how that could become anything other than a cosmetic problem but I don't mind being proved wrong.
 

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The implications is that Vauxhall have poor quality control and even worse customer regard. They refused my claim as it was over 3 years old when I realised what was happening, and some dorkoid from an 'adjustment' company came along after I made a claim to the finance company, on the basis of several liability and the fault present at purchase, who claimed it was entirely normal and most 3 year old cars are like that.

Fortunately, at least, from the experience I was able to raise the alarm to others here, and some then did get their claim in on time.

I bought a second set off one of the forum members here who had upgraded to other alloys of his choice, but had that not been the case I would have got a specialist company to rework and recoat the rims. Yes it is money gone, but it is less of a hardship to shed a few quid than deal with those scallywags at Vauxhall and lose a part of your soul.
 

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The implications is that Vauxhall have poor quality control and even worse customer regard.

Nothing to be implied there. Been a fact for decades. I can recall a similar issue with the availability of replacement Speedline wheels for owners of a rare Vauxhall model that found their special wheels were prone to cracking. Vauxhall customer service were washing their hands of the issue until Auto Express contacted them. Only then they agreed to pay 50% towards the cost of any replacement wheels. Given that the OEM wheels were out of stock, and they wouldn't order new ones us owners had to improvise.
 
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