Hello all. I have a '01 Jetta Wolfsburg. I like it pretty good as far as
interior fit and finish (never mind that center console latch that keeps
breaking). The thing that really gets me worried as my car ages is the
appearance of all that rubberized plastic trimwork. If that stuff gets any
kind of scratch on it watch out. It peels like crazy. I had the dealership
replace the driver's door pull and trim around the headlight switch a while
back under warranty. I know they won't continue to do so. Does anyone else
have these issues? Are there any fixes? It's beginning to make the
interior look pretty bad. Thanks for any input.
VW and BMW are both suffering from this sort of thing. There isn't a fix
except to peel off all of the "soft touch" coating when it starts peeling
and then just have plastic that has a harder feel to it.
The drivers door pull is rubber isn't it? And around the headlight switch
there is some hard plastic to protect the area near the soft coating
plastic.... Just take it easy on the interior... I don't know how you would
get scratches on the dashboard, what is touching it that frequently? The
last time I touched the dashboard was to clean it; the radio, lights, etc
are all made out of hard plastic.
My 4.5 year old car is almost mint inside (two little scuffs from knees
rubbing against the centre console) and it was a company car (ie, the people
who drove it didn't care about it) for 3 3/4 years.
You gotta treat your interior with some care... Same goes with your console
latch, go easy on the bloody thing, it doesn't take much effort to open...
again the 2 A4 VW's (two golfs) in my family, and the 2 that are owned by my
friend (golf and a jetta wagon) haven't had any peeling problems, or latches
breaking... What more can I say, take care of it, and watch with sharp
BTW, the other three company cars which mine was originally a part of didn't
have problems with the interiors, and they were the more abused examples.
Both door interior handles were replaced on my Eurovan due to peeling and both
are peeling on my wife's Jetta. In both vehicles, the passenger side doors were
almost never used, rather clearly indicating the problem was not excessive wear.
I agree with taking it easy on the parts, but there are some issues that are
arising independent of wear and tear.
Jetta Wolsburg 1.8T 2001 model - same problems as others reported -
lots of plastic peeling.
While under warranty the air conditioning hatches started peeling off
by themselves and were replaced under warranty. The driver side door
handle and panel peeled off and was also replaced. Middle console
plastic closing latch broke outside of warranty so I haven't replaced
it also some peelage on the back door handles is becoming noticeable.
I am thinking that this might have to do with VW's "customizable" trim
features - they just use a tiny film on top to create the color or
"effect" desired. I've been looking on some aftermarket trim parts
that seem more sturdy than the offered by VW but still it hasn't gone
so bad that it all need redoing.
On the dealer loaner cars I also noticed the same problems with
plastic pealing as I had on mine and the middle console latch is
broken on any friend with a VW that I know so those are definitely
desing flaws in my opinion.
The Eurovan actually has a fix (sort of). When you're no longer covered by
warranty and you're footing the bill yourself, tell the parts guy at the
dealer you have a '96 Eurovan. They don't have the handles with the peely
stuff on them but yet come in the "flannel gray" color that most later
Eurovans have for an interior color.
Older '93 Eurovan handles will work but the gray that year has a different
name (and therefore might be a different shade).
I guess it's something we'll have to just deal with. Peeling it off isn''t
the best option b/c it won't come off that well where it isn't peeling
already. Luckily, with the door pulls, the underlying plastic is the same
color. I don't know about the black on the dash pieces. On my headlight
switch, however, it was white underneath. That'll look real crappy if I
peel it off.
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