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VW California T5 ONLY Roof Corrosion - General Discussion

Discussion in 'General VW T5 & T6 California Chat' started by rob.wheatley, Jul 7, 2012.

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Where do you have the Roof Corrosion on your VW California?

  1. Front panel only

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  2. Main elevating roof only

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  3. Both Front panel and main roof

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  1. mjrose
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    My 2014 beach was in for a mot a couple of weeks ago and lookers van centre removed the roof seal for inspection without notification or permission.

    I'm pretty annoyed about this as removing the seal won't have helped the very minor corrosion they found. And I had no intention of getting my roof 'fixed' unless the corrosion became disasterous! They are clearly using my van coming in for other work as an opportunity to search for revenue, albeit from vw rather than me.

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  2. Meoncoast
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  3. Dave and Deb
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    My Cali is being collected on the 26/11/18 for a roof repair, I have been waiting 4 years for a date, I have asked dealer several times to email a detailed list of the work they are going to do to my camper and they just say they don't know. Is the new repair they are talking about any good or will it be the same crap.
     
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  4. Tcorf72
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    Hey all! After a 3 year wait and 4 weeks repair I have a VW roof plaster that has gaps you could park a Polo in and wind noise that I can still hear with the stereo up loud. I have emailed customer service as they've devalued and defaced my pride and joy and I'm utterly gutted and fuming. I was happier with a slightly rusty roof. Thanks Audi Glasgow...
     
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    Tcorf72 I really feel for you.
    Luckily we had our T5 repaired with the proper repair before this Mickey Mouse repair was instigated by VW as a cost saving exercise. But considering the amount of aggravation with people that are having to return to have further remedial work done, I can't see that it's working out much of a cost saving. Let alone the ill will that it is causing.
    I would have been far from happy having this repair even if it been done properly, let alone botched like yours appears to have been. As you say, I also feel that they have devalued your vehicle.

    WHY HAVE WE ALLOWED VW TO GET AWAY WITH THIS SECOND RATE REPAIR!

    Quoting the often used phrase, IT'S NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE!

    You need to do some focused complaining, good luck.
     
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    Just got ours back from VW Stockholm, the repair was done by VW Gothenburg by Sweden only specialists on the mattter, ours is 2012 California, amazing job has been done and looks better than the original roof with no horrible wind noise that we had from the front panel, and full 2019 spec roof with taping.

    We submitted the claim 2 months ago too, Sweden you’re the best.
     
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  7. Shiny Rusty
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    I have a 2008 SE that has some corrosion on the front panel. Given that it is out of warranty, I'm looking for some advice on how to get this repaired myself. I'm not keen on trying to deal with VW given all of the horror stories that have been reported here but I am not sure if taking the van to a local bodyshop would be any better.

    Any advice anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  8. WelshGas
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    This Galvanic Corrosion is a common problem on Land Rover Defenders and any vehicle with aluminium body panels.
    Local body shops come in 2 varieties, those that just concentrate on accident repair and those that will do custom paint jobs, classic cars etc: Search out the 2nd sort and have a chat with them.
     
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  9. awayinmevan
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    Just got van back after roof repair any one else had this corrosion on this plate also roof rubber now fouling awning rail this is how vehicle has been returned with both issues

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  10. Bramco
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    Definitely not right!

    Was this a corrosion fix at a body shop or the latest workshop action to fit the tape.

    Get it straight back to them.
     
  11. awayinmevan
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    Body shop repair yes dealing with 1st thing tomorrow do these repairs know what they they are dealing with told them it’s not a 3gand polo
     
  12. Bramco
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    Ours went to claridges in Southport and apart from the fact that they put the seal back on with sealant which then caused a massive mess when the dealer did the recent workshop action it came back looking very good. No issues with the seal.

    It almost looks like they've bent the front corner of your roof. Maybe they didn't realise you could elevate the roof and they did the repair using a tin opener.

    Shocking quality control. Hope you get if properly fixed asap.
     
  13. Loz
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    It looks like the corner of the seal is not hooked over the corner of the roof.
    Its an easy job if you raise the roof 6 inches.. (Wait until the sun has been on it for a few hours )
     
  14. Bramco
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    I wondered if it has just been put on a bit to one side, with a small gap which has become a bigger gap with the force of the wind when driving back.
     
  15. David Eccles
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    My dealer has just informed me...
    "It looks like there may be corrosion appearing above the original repair. We have to take photos of the corrosion that we find and send them to VW for them to decide what repair to carry out. Unfortunately the original photos that were taken we not good enough quality for the warranty team so they asked us to take them again. Hence why we are doing that whilst we have the vehicle with us. We will then have to wait for a reply from VW as to the next step."
    So is this something different from what people seem to be describing here? Our Cali was one of the earlier ones to have corrosion done (front roof panel and roof edges) when they did stuff like new canvas, loan Cali, and even repainted whole roof
    I actually have a copy of the invoice to VW for this work which listed all work done and parts replaced and cost over £3864! in 2015!!!!
    When I get pics from dealer I will post....
     
  16. californiakid
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    Just taken mine into dealers again for more photo's as first ones were not what [email protected] Keynes wanted. So waiting for authorisation and vehicle would probably go to Lookers in Glasgow. They appear to be only ones in country who could have a slot for April. Was informed VW were rumoured to be looking at opening four bodyshops dedicated to the roof repairs. Hope this is right for all of us with the roof corrosion.
     
  17. Kevin Gardner
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    Blistering in the area under the seal is quite common on GRP roofs. This is due to the seal being added as the paint is still curing. Water then sits in the rubber seal and will not dry as quickly as the bodywork. This causes the paint to blister. By bursting a blister you can check if the aluminium underneath is corroded or just the paint.
     
  18. Denzilgts
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    Today taken my 2015 Cali in for major service to Lancashire Vw van centre. Was quoted around 4 hrs to complete the service and check for roof corrosion as per Vw campaign. The service was quite shocking, being told “only another hour” . I specifically asked does the van have any corrosion “no” was the reply.

    Waited and waited then I think they realised my nerves were running thin. Do you want to have. Look, yes . Off I went to the workshop to find the technician had removed the seal and rubbed down the edges of my roof as I did have corrosion... not happy at all .

    I picked the matter up with the workshop manager who said it was a lack of communication on there part and won’t happen again. That doesn’t really fill me with any confidence or trust.

    Technician had rubbed down and applied what looked like silver paint to the edge . Then was going to add tape.

    After waiting another 2 hrs once again the technician turned up and said the workshop manager wasn’t happy about the tape and it had to be re done.

    On recieving my keys back the technician let slip he had some photos of the corrosion. So my reaction was why wasn’t I told considering I was in the showroom all day.

    Really not happy at all about the so called repair. So this is another disgruntled Vw owner.
     
  19. Denzilgts
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    This is after the so called campaign repair at Vw dealer

    So called Vw customer service to lodge a claim, we shall see what happens
     
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    I’m sorry to say that that really does look like a cowboy job!
     
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