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Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:41 am

Don't ask me why I'm only just seeing these, after 10 months. I guess the sun is just hanging in the right place in the late afternoon sky now. But, for whatever the reason, I just last evening noticed 4 very shallow dents in the pillar panels on my car - 3 on the passenger side and 1 on the drivers side (the pillar panels are either side of the roof panel and hold the A, B, and C pillars).

Could they have happened since I got the car? Possible, but doubtful - I've been so careful with this car it isn't even funny. So I gotta think it came out of the factory that way. And if it did, you can add this to the list of issues I have with the overall quality of the body and paint on my car - in my opinion it really lets down what is otherwise an excellent vehicle.

There is no point in trying to photograph them...they are just too shallow to show up on a photo. But now I know they're there, I (of course) see them every time I look at the car. Maybe I'll bring in a paintless dent removal guy and see if they can be pushed out.
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:17 am

I have to take my car to walmart and every time I go its another dent no matter where you park. Just a part of life. Its a car and other people will just tear your stuff up. I dont know how anyone with a 100,000 car could drive it anywhere.

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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:27 am

mksE55 wrote:I have to take my car to walmart and every time I go its another dent no matter where you park.


But these is in the roof. They aren't door/fender dings.
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:50 am

People leaning on car to look inside, etc?
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:11 am

I just took a very close look at mine from a number of different angles under flat light (which is the best to see such things)... Yep, I've got them too! They are very subtle but there.
mwalsh wrote:But these is in the roof. They aren't door/fender dings.
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:16 am

body flex? weld or reinforcments inside the roof panel A pillar distorting the exterior sheetmetal?

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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:48 am

kmp647 wrote:body flex? weld or reinforcments inside the roof panel A pillar distorting the exterior sheetmetal?

????


My first thought was weld points. But the one on the driver's side isn't in the same place as any of the ones on the passenger side.

I'm going to check some of the other guys' cars out at the next breakfast, to see if it's an endemic problem or limited to my car. This is not the first observation of poor paint and body that I've seen though, and not even on my car - another member's black car had such bad scratches on the roof behind the antenna that I would have probably refused delivery.
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GT-R map lamp lenses.
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:39 pm

mwalsh wrote:Don't ask me why I'm only just seeing these, after 10 months.
I don't think I'd be very worried about cosmetic defects I didn't notice for 10 months. My mud flaps have an ugly gap of at least 1/4". I just don't look at them which keeps me :D

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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:44 pm

Mike, which pillars are the dents on< A, B or C?
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:16 pm

Boomer23 wrote:Mike, which pillars are the dents on< A, B or C?


Not on the pillars but on the top of that whole panel. Here are pictures with a general indication on where they are. I can only find two on the right side as of right now (yes, they are that shallow):
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2015 pack under warranty 12/30/15.
Tinted windows.
Michelin MXV4 tires.
L1 EVSE upgrade.
FIAMM horns.
Superbright LED lighting.
2013 sun visors.
LED shifter.
Heated seats.
GT-R map lamp lenses.
AV L2 EVSE.

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