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dirsh 08-06-2008 04:11 AM

How does BMW's rust warranty work?
 
Just found a tiny spot on my pillar next to the windshield and the paint is bubbling a little. It's barely noticible but I'd like to fix it before it gets worse. How does BMW's rust warranty work? My car's an 02 and I think the warranty will be up soon if it there is one.

gripen 08-06-2008 04:13 AM

12 yrs/unlimited mileage for the new ones
i cannot remember if it's the same or not for e46s...

C4RLOS 08-06-2008 04:16 AM

Wouldn't rust be the result of a rock chip? If so, why would bmw take responsibility? Just skeptical. :popcorn:

tturedraider 08-06-2008 04:23 AM

Rust coverage is limited to perforation. My '04 booklet says the coverage is 6yrs/unlimited miles.

C4RLOS 08-06-2008 04:28 AM

Perforation? Please do elaborate... :)

Trip6 08-06-2008 04:39 AM

I would call BMW and ask them. Don't call a dealer.

rsjean 08-06-2008 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by C4RLOS (Post 8338782)
Perforation? Please do elaborate... :)

Perforation means that coverage does not kick in at first sight of cosmetic surface rust. It only covers when the rust actually penetrates the 'skin' and eats a hole. Then BMW will step in and try desperately to find a million reasons why it is your fault and not theirs.

tradingflare 08-06-2008 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by rsjean (Post 8339266)
Perforation means that coverage does not kick in at first sight of cosmetic surface rust. It only covers when the rust actually penetrates the 'skin' and eats a hole. Then BMW will step in and try desperately to find a million reasons why it is your fault and not theirs.


Correct. A relative of mine has a Chrysler Town & Country Minivan. It had a rust spot on the rear wheelwell. Chrysler said that, "Unless there is a hole, there's nothing we can do about a rust spot". After months of arguing, my cousin used a drill bit---Chrysler now sees a hole---the paint has since been fixed.

uncsuperman 10-12-2008 09:05 PM

does the warranty cover underbelly components??

e36-2.0 12-02-2009 12:56 AM

where cani find more information regarding this rust warranty?

zero assault 12-02-2009 12:59 AM

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Originally Posted by e36-2.0 (Post 10972730)
where cani find more information regarding this rust warranty?

I'm also curious, I'll have to take some pictures and show you guys. My rust is horrible... On the hood, right on the doors below the hinges, the entire door sill on the rear passenger side.

Sucks :bawling:

weareweird69 12-02-2009 01:28 AM

anything below I think 2006 has a 6 year corrosion warranty, and everything 2006 and newer has a 12 year corrosion warranty. And yes, its a perforation, meaning it must 'break' through the panel.

You can call them if you like, BMW NA, and ask them to maybe help pay to have it repaired, but dont cross your fingers.

WRX2BIMA 07-22-2010 09:07 AM

damn, both rear wheel fenders are showing signs of rust.. what garbage

dmax 07-22-2010 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by WRX2BIMA (Post 12023440)
damn, both rear wheel fenders are showing signs of rust.. what garbage

No...lack of rinsing off salt from underneath car and dirt caught up on top of wheel well lips...and clogged drains in door, rocker panels, hood, etc.

Lots of that has to do with who owned it before and what they did or didn't do to it.

I don't have any rust that I know of...and rinse often, more in winter, especially underneath.

Might be a good time to try some abatement.

Doug

golf_234 07-22-2010 09:30 AM

im guessing if you took an '02 into the dealership they would laugh at you. but if you were savvy enough you could prob somehow pull the strings through BMWNA and get it done.

M3KeatoN 07-22-2010 09:47 AM

im now thinking about my 02 m3...rust is scary
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...edforumsig.jpg

GoingNuts 07-22-2010 09:55 AM

For the cover to work, you must have you car serviced at the dealer for the duration of the cover. Basically, none of you are covered.

thefrog1394 07-22-2010 02:29 PM

LOL I rarely see a 8 year old car without rust. Unless its something agregious thres no way they'd cover it :loco:

barcode148 07-22-2010 06:03 PM

rust is inevitable especially in the northeast. ive had all four fenders done, the panel just under the trunk boot and its going in on monday to get other touch ups on the sides.

akhbhaat 07-22-2010 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by weareweird69 (Post 10972862)
anything below I think 2006 has a 6 year corrosion warranty, and everything 2006 and newer has a 12 year corrosion warranty. And yes, its a perforation, meaning it must 'break' through the panel.

You can call them if you like, BMW NA, and ask them to maybe help pay to have it repaired, but dont cross your fingers.

My 2005 has a 12 year rust perforation warranty.

Something that has not been mentioned in this thread is the fact that you need documentation showing that an Inspection II was performed at the proper time (i.e. ~60-65k miles) or the warranty is null and void. This is at least the case for the 12 year warranty.

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LOL I rarely see a 8 year old car without rust. Unless its something agregious thres no way they'd cover it
My 323i was nine years old when it was crushed and didn't have even a spot of rust.

FL (especially if you're away from the salty coastal air) FTMFW, OH FTMFL.


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