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

Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:18 pm

Wife's purse? 1001 dings.
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:04 pm

I found dent 3 on the right side now that the car has dried off a bit - it's just behind the leading dent.
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:20 pm

Extra heavy rain drops? Cricket ball-sized hail?
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:26 pm

Boomer23 wrote:Extra heavy rain drops? Cricket ball-sized hail?


....Large bird poops? Blue ice from aeroplanes? You got me!
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:50 pm

I just backed mine out of the garage for a look-see with a magnifying glass (not really). Nothing there, as far as I can see.

It'll be interesting to compare next time we have our cars near each other.
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:20 pm

Boomer23 wrote:I just backed mine out of the garage for a look-see with a magnifying glass (not really). Nothing there, as far as I can see.

It'll be interesting to compare next time we have our cars near each other.


Yeah, that's what I'm hoping to do. They don't bother me (much), and it's not like I was ever going to go back to Nissan crying over the small cosmetic issues I have found with my car. Those are the breaks for ordering a car that was going to be in short supply for a long time - turn it down on delivery and there are like 10 guys behind you waiting to take it at MSRP (or more). And they could have happened since I had the car.

I am going to get a paintless dent guy to come take a look though. They only charge around $50 a dent (or at least that was the going rate the last time I priced it out).
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:33 pm

mwalsh wrote:I am going to get a paintless dent guy to come take a look though. They only charge around $50 a dent (or at least that was the going rate the last time I priced it out).

Interested in how that works out for you. We went...um...somewhere last week and picked up a rear quarter panel ding. No exchange of paint, no paint loss, so I'm thinking one of those dent popper guys might be able to do the trick...

...but then I wondered "Does their thing work on aluminum panels?"

BTW, I just tried to have a look at the car, for both the ding we got and to see if we have your issue, too, and it's just impossible; the car has water droplets all over it like a sheet of diamonds, having just come in from the rain; that coupled with the directly overhead fluorescent lighting and my sketchy eyesight yields little usable information.
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:50 pm

My leaf has a big dent on the drivers side A pillar. I thought someone punched it or I grabbed the A pillar to help myself out of the car and put a big dent in the car. It could have come like that but i'm not sure. I realized the leaf panels are super thin and should't be touched right after I got the car.

On the happy side of the coin, I really like the blue color. So it all balances out.

Saving weight is why the panels are so thin. Hopefully in the future they will make cars with carbon fiber which is lighter and stronger. Until then, I'll park my Leaf at the far end of the parking lot all alone :)
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Re: Another exterior F&F problem - dented pillar panels

Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:12 pm

Boomer23 wrote:Extra heavy rain drops? Cricket ball-sized hail?


That's just were they stacked up the Leaf's for shipping. Only happens to the Leaf's on the bottom row. The middle and top rows make it through just fine.

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

Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:40 am

it may be a manufacturing issue with the high strength steel they use in certain parts.. for crash and rollover protection. That steel is probably not as easy to form as the regular soft kind.

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