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Paint flaking off the front fender

I have a 2003 Golf TDi in otherwise good condition, but the paint has come off in a big flake at the underside of the front fender (in other words, straight up from the tire). The exposed metal is probably 4 inches long, half inch wide.

Some other VW owners tell me there's a "hidden" warranty, and VW will take care of it... but the local dealership has not treated me well, so I'm wondering how I should approach this to enhance my chances of success. According to the other VW owners, it's a common problem and VW usually replaces the entire two front fenders (!) to fix it. That's a repair I cannot afford, if not covered.

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Know the everything before you go in. If you know what the warranty covers, and you are there for that and meet the warranty criteria, it will be a lot harder for them to give you the run-around when you go in.

I looked around a bit, and apparently there is an issue with the TDI front fenders and the paint flaking. Other than that, the warranty is probably like most and only covers corrosion. I'd look/ask around about the problem on your car. There are several online VW/TDI forums that will probably be able to tell you everything you would want to know.

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