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I have a graphite iA, it's about 2 months old, and today when I was washing it unnoticed some bubbling paint on the rear passenger side quarter panel, right above the wheel well where the panel meets the door. It's a cluster of bubbles about double the size of a quarter, and once I started searching the rest of the car to see if there were more I found one on the hood near the drivers side headlamp. Anyone else with paint issues yet? I have to bring my car into the dealer Thursday for them to look at it, and hopefully repaint the whole thing under warranty. With such a dark color I don't think it'll look good if they just repaint the quarter panel and hood... dark colors are hard to match... plus there's a paint chip that was caused by the dealer on my rear quarter panel, it was there when I bought it but I didn't notice it until I got home and they said I had no way of proving it was there before so they wouldn't fix it. It looks like it could've originally been another one of the paint bubbles, but it burst and flaked off leaving primer there. Sticker says 05/16 if that helps, it means the car is a month older even though there shouldn't be paint defects at 3 months either
 

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But wouldn't rust this early mean that it was in a flood or something? That's very possible down here... we had bad storms a week before I bought the car, lots of flooding down in that area, but I thought all the dealers down there were on higher ground since Toyota and hyundai lost all their cars in a flood/hurricane in 04. It could've been in a flood though, and they thought it was in good enough shape to fix and sell as a new car. That happened to my aunt, she bought her escalade a month after Sandy up in NJ and they sold it as a new car then told her it was in a flood and rusting and had salt water in the oil and coolant when she brought it in for the 7k service... she got $75k and another new escalade for not taking them to court for it.
 

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I took some earlier and they didn't come out good, I'll take more when I get out of work tomorrow but it's dark out now so pics still wouldn't come out clear enough to see the bubbles
 

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It's definitely possible, but you'll have to go through it and find some more traces that could help your case in it ?
 

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I remember that Sandy we didn't have power for like weeks it sucked. It could of been damaged in transport and rusted and dealer fixed it with touch up paint as well
 

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I remember that Sandy we didn't have power for like weeks it sucked. It could of been damaged in transport and rusted and dealer fixed it with touch up paint as well
I'm going to have my uncle look at it tonight and he'll tell me exactly what's wrong with the paint and why it's bubbling, if it's from rust he'll look it over for more evidence of damage too.
 

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They just told me they don't do paint or bodywork here lol, they have to ship it off to another dealer for paint
 

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...... That's epic. But are they still going to pay for it and all of that good stuff ?
I asked them if I could have an independent auto body specialist (my uncle) do it, then they could reimburse me, and they said no but I could send it to any dealer or certified repair shop. My uncle took it last night and sends it to Toyota along with the bill from the dealership he works at Monday morning, then they're replacing my transmission and giving it back to me.
 

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Any updates on the situation ??
Oops, I put it in another thread but forgot about this one. They fixed everything, and it's been fine since, except I had an issue with traction control but that wasn't a defect, it was due to flooding, leading to water shorting out some electric thing making the traction control very sensitive. But the paint is good now.
 

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Glad to hear everything worked out ! So I guess no Ram ?
Nope! I'm planning on buying one as an extra truck now. Im thinking a second generation 2500 with a Cummins. I mean, I like the car now, but I still want a truck. Plus then I still have the mpg of the car for my commute, and the truck for some weekend fun.
 
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