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Corroded Monza 18s....

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The dreaded milky worms have invaded the edges of my Monza 18s. Off to see my VW dealer tomorrow to do a full report and am being totally supported by OliH who originally sold them to me with only 7 miles use - Oli's a top guy 169144-ok.gif.

Anyone know more about the corrosion issue, please?

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Oli's a top guy 169144-ok.gif.

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Here, here, I totally agree jump.gif

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....Yeah, but don't tell him! He's big-headed enough as it is grin.gif

Ta - Got your emailed details 169144-ok.gif169144-ok.gif. I'm confident that my dealer will do all he can (as usual).

Meanwhile has anyone had any experience of this corrosion problem or got any useful info please?

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I've just spoken to a mate who knows about this sort of stuff. In a nutshell, its when the protective lacquer cracks/deteriorates and then water goes behind the lacquer and harms the unprotected alloy metal

Hope this helps and good luck!

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....Yes it helps 169144-ok.gif, and it makes sense. Inadequate protective lacquer is to blame. My next concern is what VW have done to arrest such problems. Ironically, I've been keeping my alloys clean even when unable to wash the rest of the car.

Thanks 169144-ok.gif

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Whoa... That looks pretty bad.

Have you ever had the tyres changed as that looks like damage round the edge where the tyre lever would go.

Mine are two years old now and still no marks on them 169144-ok.gif

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No, they are the original tyres supplied on the wheels (Bridgestone Potenzas).

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Just finished cleaning mine this afternoon and noticed a couple of tiny blemishes on the rim of one of my wheels. I've kept them clean and waxed them every couple of weeks all winter too. My car is a year old

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Sorry about the wheels..... This is just the usual BBS crap we have to put up with on VW's.

I had 4 (yes FOUR) sets of 25th Anni wheels in total during my 3 years of warranty on my MKIV Golf.

Dealer should replace them no worries but good luck anyway.

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What if there is kerbing damage but also some white stains on another spoke?

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Goodness!

Although, an excuse to upgrade again, perhaps to 19" BBS CH's? the_finger.gif

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So is the problem due to the lacquer being too thin? Surely BBS knows better - wheels is what they're about. I can't understand why there is the same problem on these wheels 5 years later as there was on the Anni 25? crazy.gifconfused.gif

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I'll keep everyone informed here as to what happens.

fresco, no I prefer the Monzas - They're very much part of the GTI identity imo and very distinctive. I do like the CH design though.

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Feck me RR EEK2.GIF After 24 months mine were nowhere near as bad as that.

The dealer still replaced them though no questions asked 169144-ok.gif

I just wonder if your dealer knows that they are not OEM on your car if they will try and wriggle out your warranty claim confused.gif VWUK will know the exact factory spec of your car and perhaps they may use this as an excuse to bounce any claim frown.gif

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I just wonder if your dealer knows that they are not OEM on your car if they will try and wriggle out your warranty claim confused.gif VWUK will know the exact factory spec of your car and perhaps they may use this as an excuse to bounce any claim frown.gif

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From what you say RR, you've got a fair & reasonable dealer who will hopefully play ball. If not, your only course of action is to sue the original seller blush.giftongue.gifyelrotflmao.gif

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Yes, my dealer already knows about where my 18s came from - Genuine VW Monzas supplied on Oli's GTI who has been helpful enough to give me full details. I have a meeting with my dealer tomorrow morning - I'm not anticipating any 'wriggling'. My attitude is that the wheels are a genuine VW product still within warranty and I am merely technically the second owner. And no, there's no way I would sue Oli - It's not my style to sue someone I know who has only acted in good faith, but I realise you're joking grin.gif.

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....I'm always an optimist and believe in thinking positive. The alloy's surface has clearly failed through no fault of mine and it's a known issue - It should be straightforward and I already know that, subject to sight (tomorrow), my dealer will support my claim.

Thanks for the well wishes 169144-ok.gif.

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Hi Robin.

I'm having my second new set slotted on next week mate, so I wouldn't worry about being knocked back!

Si.

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Hi 'Daddy Si' 169144-ok.gif - You've still got your GTI? Am I correct in understanding that you've already had two new sets of 18s due to similar corrosion and about to have your third set!? EEK2.GIF

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I have indeed 169144-ok.gif, although it is now minus the AP's and FSD's! frown.gif

Absolutely my friend. The original set were replaced just after I took delivery and this set have lasted 21,000 miles !

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Try a search on a few other forums for polished lacquer wheels or diamond cut lacquer wheels a good place to start would be Audi-sport.net as the older audis suffered it real bad (another BBS quality wheel) or the golf mkIV forum for the anny wheels.

I had two sets on my SEAT replaced in 2 years its a common problem with the lacquer sticking to bare metal.

The sun effects it as does the heat and brake dust.

The edges of spokes and the wheel seem the main problem areas.

Winter Road salt seems to effect them real bad too from experience, Its why my 18s are sitting in the garage to the warm weather and why i did not order or them from new as i know what sort of trouble this trpe of finish can be.

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....I remember you warning us all about the BBS tendency and I preferred to cross my fingers and hope it wouldn't happen to me! Having said that, I still think that the Monza 18s look awesome. As I've still got my 17s I'm wondering whether to do as you do and change alloys every winter. The irony is that I have been washing my wheels and jet spraying the car after bad weather excursions even if I haven't had time to wash the car fully and the weather has set in as bad for a few days.

My visit to my dealer didn't give me much joy....Response to the effect "We'll try but don't hold your breath!" Apparently VW are extremely strict and won't replace a wheel under warranty if there is any other damage such as kerb marks even if it's nowhere near the lacqueur's failure position. I'm not impressed with VW UK about this.

The best course of action is for me to keep an eye on them and when they get a lot worse, get them reconditioned for about £40 a wheel. There are some specialists out there. My dealer suggested I'd probably get a better standard of repair privately.

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I think someone else said they had to have their wheels sent to Germany or something, so they could be inspected by VW or BBS, without any guarantee they would be replaced shocked.gif

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....And what's the betting they won't lend you any wheels in the meantime. Sorry sir, Her Majesty's Customs&Excise has them at the moment. I would have thought that a full report plus photos from the VW dealer in the UK would suffice.

If refurbishing is as good and as cheap as people are telling me, it seems the better option. I am disgusted that both VW and BBS don't stand behind their product - I might write some letters (something I'm good at, though I say it myself). The surface has indisputably failed, well within warranty, and not due to damage or negligence openfire.gif

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