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Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« on: September 18, 2007, 08:39:15 AM »
As a few of us on here have had some problems with corroding road wheels, personaly i am on my second set with my warranty expiring in Feb next year, the current road wheels are showing the same corrosion pattern when the the car is in for her second service i will get them changed.

I presume once once our warranties have expired mazda will start charging for corroded wheels, I have read that if this happens then payment will be on apro-rata basis which i think is not acceptable. I may ask mazda to fit the new type  ;)

if anyone's wheels start corroding out of warranty maybee we should take this matter to BBC Watchdog
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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2007, 03:29:20 PM »
You make a good point. I'm aiming for a replacement set within warranty and then a refurb for each wheel there after.

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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2007, 05:43:56 PM »
Had a word with the C.A.B today, explained the problem to them and they reccomend taking the matter to mazda UK before any other party are involved, one point in particular was there is no harm mentioning that your intention would be to take this matter further should you get an unsattisfactory result from the manufacturer.
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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2007, 05:46:38 PM »
Had a word with the C.A.B today, explained the problem to them and they reccomend taking the matter to mazda UK before any other party are involved, one point in particular was there is no harm mentioning that your intention would be to take this matter further should you get an unsattisfactory result from the manufacturer.

hmm good point indeed... So what's your next move? Mazda?
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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2007, 05:52:36 PM »
Yes, but i think safety in numbers here, give me a few days so i can come up with a letter template, then we should all send the same letter to the same person at mazda, a few months ago i sent mazda UK an email, to date we are still awaiting the reply?

We also need to make this topic more noticable somehow? also if you see another mazda3 owner inform him/her about the corrosion problem and point them to this forum.

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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2007, 07:07:56 PM »
Yes, but i think safety in numbers here, give me a few days so i can come up with a letter template, then we should all send the same letter to the same person at mazda, a few months ago i sent mazda UK an email, to date we are still awaiting the reply?

We also need to make this topic more noticable somehow? also if you see another mazda3 owner inform him/her about the corrosion problem and point them to this forum.



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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2007, 09:53:28 PM »
Hi

I stumbled acroos the forum a few weeks back and i'm glad i did.

My 3 TS2' warranty expired on 28.4.07.

I hadn't thought about the wheel corrosion until seeing others having the same problem (i didn't have the car from new so prsumed the previous owner had not cared for them).

 I ahve been into my dealership ,they have contacted MAZDA and my wife took a call today from them.

Not good news ,as a gesture of good will they will replace the wheels at a cost to me of only £300.00!

I am not happy as the wheels haven't suddenly started to corrode since April.

Does anyone else have any advice.....

I ahve to call the dealership back to let them know my answer (needless to say it's not polite).


 

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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2007, 10:06:41 PM »
Hi

I stumbled acroos the forum a few weeks back and i'm glad i did.

My 3 TS2' warranty expired on 28.4.07.

I hadn't thought about the wheel corrosion until seeing others having the same problem (i didn't have the car from new so prsumed the previous owner had not cared for them).

 I ahve been into my dealership ,they have contacted MAZDA and my wife took a call today from them.

Not good news ,as a gesture of good will they will replace the wheels at a cost to me of only £300.00!

I am not happy as the wheels haven't suddenly started to corrode since April.

Does anyone else have any advice.....

I ahve to call the dealership back to let them know my answer (needless to say it's not polite).


 
Contact mazda again, threaten them by saying you're gonna take this to the OFT if they cant replace them for you.

You have the backing of everyone from the forum :)

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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2007, 10:27:20 PM »
Thanks for the welcome,

I've only just come over to the 'dark side'   :recently after previously always owning two boards and a floor =FORDS


I will try this and also point out that in recent years i have had 3 cars from the dealership (2 Focus') and now a Mazda 3 and i'm hardly going to be looking to have another Mazda if not entirely happy.......

Thanks again.......

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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2007, 06:47:15 PM »
here is a draft of a letter to be sent to mazda, it's the first draft and needs tinkering with, any suggestions?

As an extremely happy owner of my (the model & spec of your Mazda) I feel I must bring one negative point to your attention.

It has been reported on several internet forums across the world that there appears to be an ongoing problem with Mazda & Lexus road wheels corroding, from a personal point I have had two sets fitted with fresh corrosion now evident on the latest set of wheels.

Several forums have posted photographs of this corrosion in various states ranging from blistering on the inner road wheel to blistering on the inner rim (which seems the most common form of corrosion), as your dealerships are replacing the problem part under warranty there are some very serious concerns regarding the state of the replacement road wheels are still corroding.

I am extremely concerned that once my warranty has ended what will happen should the corrosion return where would I stand financially?  I would not expect to have to pay for replacement road wheels.


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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2007, 07:14:47 PM »
I've got the newer 15" design wheel and so far (15k - just over a year) no sign of corrosion. Will keep track of this for anyone interested as to whether they are better than the old ones.

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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2007, 10:28:21 PM »
here is a draft of a letter to be sent to mazda, it's the first draft and needs tinkering with, any suggestions?

As an extremely happy owner of my (the model & spec of your Mazda) I feel I must bring one negative point to your attention.

It has been reported on several internet forums across the world that there appears to be an ongoing problem with Mazda & Lexus road wheels corroding, from a personal point I have had two sets fitted with fresh corrosion now evident on the latest set of wheels.

Several forums have posted photographs of this corrosion in various states ranging from blistering on the inner road wheel to blistering on the inner rim (which seems the most common form of corrosion), as your dealerships are replacing the problem part under warranty there are some very serious concerns regarding the state of the replacement road wheels are still corroding.

I am extremely concerned that once my warranty has ended what will happen should the corrosion return where would I stand financially?  I would not expect to have to pay for replacement road wheels.



Mike just some ideas:

Other 'Mazda3forum' members have also expressed their concern with wheel corrosion and will be interested in your response. Generally the Mazda3forum members are car enthusiasts and enjoy driving and maintain their cars to a high level.

Also - I don't know how Neel feels about this but perhaps make it look a bit more official by using a Mazda 3 forum letter head. It might make them take it more seriously. Perhaps sign it as Mike and in brackets your username??? You need to include the URL at least.

Thanks for taking time to draft a letter Mike
Anymore suggestions???

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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2007, 10:36:41 PM »
here is a draft of a letter to be sent to mazda, it's the first draft and needs tinkering with, any suggestions?

As an extremely happy owner of my (the model & spec of your Mazda) I feel I must bring one negative point to your attention.

It has been reported on several internet forums across the world that there appears to be an ongoing problem with Mazda & Lexus road wheels corroding, from a personal point I have had two sets fitted with fresh corrosion now evident on the latest set of wheels.

Several forums have posted photographs of this corrosion in various states ranging from blistering on the inner road wheel to blistering on the inner rim (which seems the most common form of corrosion), as your dealerships are replacing the problem part under warranty there are some very serious concerns regarding the state of the replacement road wheels are still corroding.

I am extremely concerned that once my warranty has ended what will happen should the corrosion return where would I stand financially?  I would not expect to have to pay for replacement road wheels.



Mike just some ideas:

Other 'Mazda3forum' members have also expressed their concern with wheel corrosion and will be interested in your response. Generally the Mazda3forum members are car enthusiasts and enjoy driving and maintain their cars to a high level.

Also - I don't know how Neel feels about this but perhaps make it look a bit more official by using a Mazda 3 forum letter head. It might make them take it more seriously. Perhaps sign it as Mike and in brackets your username??? You need to include the URL at least.

Thanks for taking time to draft a letter Mike
Anymore suggestions???

Yep thats fine.. i have no problem.. its about time that mazda starts recognising us as a forum community.

I can prepare for you a template letter head with the forum logo(s)..

you can give them a url which directly addresses the alloy corrosion issues. or even pictures for that matter. ermm not sure if the username in bracket will have any effect.. best to just put ur full name which they have on their database.
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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2007, 06:45:35 PM »
yep... a letter template is great will PM you my address shortly, Trouble is though i'm off to canada next friday to drive from Toronto to Vancouver  :o yes i know it's a long way..... ;D so will pickup on the latest info from here when i return, i will check the forums when i can and post accordingly when internet access is available. Will be back around the 20th October.

If anyone is dying to get a responce from Mazda the use the ideas we have in the templates and the suggestions and fire a letter of to mazda.



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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2007, 09:35:15 AM »
My 323 Sport alloys corroded about 3mths out of warranty and even though the car was an import they changed them under warranty and the replacements havent corroded after 3 yrs.

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Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
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