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Hi Guys

Anyone else suffering from rust problem on the paintwork on the roof.

Six months back i had a 2mm rust starting to pop up under the paint work just above the front windscreen. Went back to the dealer and they treated it saying that it was not usual for that vehicle to rust. the problem was a tiny stone chipe with a micro hole in the middle. within a few days it had already turned yellowish brown.

Now six month down, I see another rust spot on the roof, a stone chip again but a 2mm scratch this time and it has already gone brown. must not have been there as i wash my car myself and pay attention to the bodywork. I do a lot of mileage for this tiny island, 50k year. however, there are a coupe of stone chips on the bonnet but no rust at all.

I am suspecting a defect on the assembly line as to the primary coating on the roof. Seems to be too much prone to rust on top there.

Anyway, any advice welcome on how to deal with this.

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Seems unusual that the roof has discoloured and yet the bonnet which would surely cop the brunt of most stone chips hasn't. I certainly wouldn't be happy. Perhaps try to seek a second opinion from a paint specialist or a professional detailer. Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the advice acboxer, that would give my arguments more weight if there is a manufacturing defect as i suspect.As for the rust spots, they are happening on top of the roof as the paint is coming off from stone chips, perhaps would be good to have a look underneath as well but how to see without removing the upholstery?
 

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I agree with lousy paint. "Any" stone chip will usually rip the lacquer off and damage the paint. Thus the undercoating will also be broken. I have peeling lacquer just because of lousy stone chips and Peugeot just offering to respray which is not acceptable!

The rust (hope they're not) spots underneath my ceiling upholstery is another lousy production proof. They also can be because of poorly applied "glue".



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I actually have spotted the same issue on my Pug. Its coming up 3 years old and wondered if this was a defect...... this photo is just above the windscreen.
 

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I've approached the dealer to see if this will be covered by their warranty, however the car was registered in Oct 2012 so I think it is out of the warranty
 

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Isn't the paintwork/rust warranty longer than 3 years?

Either way, I think you'd have a case in saying a 3-year old car shouldn't be getting tin worm..
 

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The warranty will only be for complete perforation not surface rust. I believe this warranty is longer than 3 years provided that the car is inspected in line with Peugeots requirements.
This will have been caused by a stone chip leaving the bare metal exposed so I don't think you will have a case but it's worth a try.
 

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I'm certainly going to try - I can't see where the impact is by this particular 'bubble', but either way I'll keep you posted on any news!
 

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i have done 25k miles so far in 11 months and nothing like that happend to me, good change it a faulty batch of paint
 

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Just been to the dealer who have taken loads of photo's of the roof.

Turns out there are also some other patches that I have not spotted, including one right near the centre of the roof!

They are sending everything off to the Warranty Team who will look into it so I shall keep you all posted how this progresses.

The service manager confirmed that this is not as a result of a stone-chip - I have plenty of examples of those all over my bonnet :)

He mentioned that a special treatment is given to the whole car, but strangely not on the roof. This is why when the paint gets chipped, you can see grey primer underneath. To get through this you need to really have a go at it!

BTW - the dealer has confirmed that to take advantage of the 10 year anti-perforation warranty, the dealer has to inspect the car before it becomes 4 years old.
 

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Well - the dealer called me back yesterday and has booked my car into the body-shop.

Looks like they are going to strip the roof, treat it and respray it!

Good news!
 

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The car went into the dealer yesterday - expected to be away for 3 days in the bodyshop.

Been lent a purple 108 1.2VTi Allure for the next few days.......... can't wait to get my 208 back already!
 

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Success!

The roof was stripped back and re-sprayed. Have to say that the service from the dealer was exceptional.

So - moral of the story is, if you spot rust, go back to the dealer asap!
 

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I'm just at the point where I am about to end my PCP deal early (got an M135i lined up) but just noticed half a dozen wee rust spots on the roof. Is this common?? The car will be 3 years old in June this year.
 

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208 GTI By PeugeotSport...

2 months old - Spoiler punctured the N/S Qtr Panel.

7 months old, Rust bubbling on the tailgate.

Car is still only on 2700 FFS
 

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If you are unlucky (like I was) then you will of bought one of the cars whereby the French manufacturing plant thought it perfectly acceptable to spray paint metal body framework and panels in an atmosphere with some form of humidity/water contamination.

A few days ago, I (like some you above) had just washed my 2016 208 GTi and noticed a few paint bubbles forming on the roof panel. Then after crapping myself at the sight of these paint bubbles (soon to be rust), I began to inspect the rest of the car panels.

Almost had a heart-attack when I discovered that not only were there literally 100's of these micro paint bubbles on the roof panel, but also 100's of them on the tailgate, some on the doors, and 100's of them appearing on the the main frame areas between the roof and the top of the doors. Essentially every single metal panel of that damn car is rusting from underneath the paintwork!

When I noticed it that day, I felt physically sick, for what I thought was a car in mint condition 208 GTi is actually a potential write-off!

I sold it today to one of the major motor buying companies, specifically on a rainy day thus to camouflage all the hundreds of little paint bubbles against the droplets of rain coming down. Before selling it, I even had to finely touch-up some of the paint bubbles that had recently burst and formed into exposed rust spots! I was so nervous when he was inspecting it. The guy spotted a few of the rust bubbles, but due to the rainy weather and him being backlogged with clients he rushed the inspection and put them down as a few minor stone chips on the damage report (very luckily for me).

Had it been a dry day, he would have quickly realised that the entire body of the car is rotting from underneath the paintwork and probably offered me scrap-value for it.

A brand new made-to-order spec 2016 208 GTi >> small problems from day one, escalating to shockingly major problems at 3.5 years of age. It's as though the car knew that the 3 year warranty had expired and immediately commenced to cosmetically self-destruct!

Thank god I don't have to see that car ever again, or ever waste another pound on one of Peugeot's cars. My first, and my last, thanks.

I can now, once again, feel calm and collected.
 
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