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Hi all, had my ID3, a whole 6 days now, gave her a clean inside today and noticed that both front door hinges, well ones attached to the car have corrosion as per the following pics? Surely not normal? Will VW address this? I did spy a similar post on the wing mirrors but couldn’t see anything related to this. 😔
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Hi all, had my ID3, a whole 6 days now, gave her a clean inside today and noticed that both front door hinges, well ones attached to the car have corrosion as per the following pics? Surely not normal? Will VW address this? I did spy a similar post on the wing mirrors but couldn’t see anything related to this. 😔 View attachment 145815 View attachment 145816
Should be greased up: that would stop any corrosion.
 

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I’ve never known the bits shown with surface rust to be greased up on any car. You can see the grease on the area that should have it.
 

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Mine are the same on both front doors they are being replaced under warranty as soon as they get the parts in.
Thanks @njm106 I’ve emailed my local dealer, hoping its the same, no big rush, however for a car that is a week old! 😔 thought I had rid of paintwork demons getting shut of my M3. 👍
 

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Good grief that is nothing...
Just a few tiny breaches of the black phosphate coating, it's not going to rot away - a few tiny bits of surface cosmetic corrosion is a place unseen 99% of the time. You can buy a 125ml bottle of "rustins" or similar for about £3. Those hinges should be greased at any sliding or pivoting points.
 

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Not the point though, you shouldn't expect this when you pay 30k+ on a car.
Do you think that an Audi S3 or Golf R uses a stainless steel door hinge whereas the old SE trim of the same car gets phosphate coated steel trims? I cam tell you that is definitely not the case. My 2015 Golf R had a tiny bit of surface rust on these pivot and slide hinges, gave the grease a slightly orange tinge. I kept that car almost 4 years and the hinges operated as well at month 46 as it did at month 1.

Wait until you look under the bonnet and see a lack of clear coat on the unseen bodywork.

Everyone is doing this - Nissan, BMW, Honda, Mercedes etc. £30k doesn't buy a hand-built Rolls Royce.
 

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Wait until you look under the bonnet and see a lack of clear coat on the unseen bodywork.
Tesla owners discovered this early on. To complaints of 'I expect all internal panels that I never see to be fully painted on my £70k motor!'.

Weird they never noticed on the previous 10 ICE cars they owned.
 

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To be fair to them I never actually asked for them replacing I just mentioned it in passing when I took it in for an update and the technician said it wasn't right and they'd get it fixed I was expecting they'd just put some grease on or something like that, next thing I know they're booking me back in to get them replaced apparently it'll take several hours per door 🤷‍♂️

More worrying is the water leaking inside the rear windscreen every time I wash the car or it rains heavy again they're fixing that when they do the door hinges.
 

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Do you think that an Audi S3 or Golf R uses a stainless steel door hinge whereas the old SE trim of the same car gets phosphate coated steel trims? I cam tell you that is definitely not the case. My 2015 Golf R had a tiny bit of surface rust on these pivot and slide hinges, gave the grease a slightly orange tinge. I kept that car almost 4 years and the hinges operated as well at month 46 as it did at month 1.

Wait until you look under the bonnet and see a lack of clear coat on the unseen bodywork.

Everyone is doing this - Nissan, BMW, Honda, Mercedes etc. £30k doesn't buy a hand-built Rolls Royce.
That's not the point I'm trying to make. If you pay good money for a car, any car, you don't expect bits to show corrosion. Parts are dipped in phosphate, not painted. This should not happen, if it does VW have a problem with production. The entire car body is phosphate dipped, if there is corrosion on the hinges, will there be corrosion on the bodywork in a few years because that phosphate did not coat properly?
 
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