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I know bumper covers are not necessarily perfect but this looks worse than I think it should. Looks like the there might have been some
kind of touch up that is now flaking off. Along the bottom, there is a sort of 'wave'. And on the right side there is contact between the light and the bumper. Overall, the fit is pretty poor compare to other Cruzes I've looked at. The front bumper cover, while not perfect, is acceptable.

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The other side looks better.
 

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Your car been in a collision before you bought it?
 

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Your car been in a collision before you bought it?
It's GM CPO car with 18,000 miles and a clean carfax, but of course none of those things guarantee a collision-free car. I crawled around underneath the back and everything looked tip-top and unmolested. But, I'm not a bodyman so it's not like I know what to look for.
My guess is that the cover has been removed for replacement and/or repainting. And that would be fine if everything went back together properly. That doesn't appear to be the case, however.
 

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It's GM CPO car with 18,000 miles and a clean carfax, but of course none of those things guarantee a collision-free car. I crawled around underneath the back and everything looked tip-top and unmolested. But, I'm not a bodyman so it's not like I know what to look for.
My guess is that the cover has been removed for replacement and/or repainting. And that would be fine if everything went back together properly. That doesn't appear to be the case, however.
Could be. But you know those composite body panels have a way of reacting to temperature in ways inconsistent with metal.

Mine is also a 2014 - with 51,000 miles and no collisions - and the fit of that part today is not as good as it was when it rolled off the transporter. I'm guessing all the freeze and thaw cycles are not helping.
 
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Mine is right to the twilight unlike shown in the first pic but has all the warps and some kind of imperfections that I've seen in the others including the weird paint chipping


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I wonder if this a warrantable item.
I don't want to be too nitpicky but this seems unusually sloppy. The front bumper cover isn't great either but I can let that one slide.
 

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I wonder if this a warrantable item.
I don't want to be too nitpicky but this seems unusually sloppy. The front bumper cover isn't great either but I can let that one slide.
I don't think so. IIRC body panels are a first year warranty item.
 

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Could hang a picture on it, but is adjustable and is at least a two man job. Can't see the front of the bumper and be underneath at the same time.

A deer ran into our brand new Cruze into the front fender, my bodyshop wanted to straighten it out, what for 97 bucks for a new fender? But comes from the factory primed, what the heck, with computer color matching, can't get one painted? They had to undercoat it and paint it, but did have a first class paint booth. The front bumper has to be removed first, and it wasn't put on correct.

But since the manager is a long time friend, let me align it when one of the guys was underneath, we got it right. But I still check the bolts when I got home. Ha, found some push pin rivets missing, went back and got those.

Carfax never showed this.
 

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It's almost impossible to remove the cover without breaking a few retaining tabs so I'd guess it was removed at some point, maybe to touch-up scratches or dings.
 

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Looks like theres paint over the seam in the pics which is not from the factory.
 

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I suppose I'll wait for the first of my "free" oil changes from the selling dealer (100 miles away) and take it up with them. Maybe we can work something out.
 

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Also noticed that paint in the seam, but didn't comment on it. Ha, maybe Patman drove that corner of that bumper into that rock and they did a cheap repair job using that plastic crap to fill it, not even removing and replacing the bumper.

Seams in my Cruze were perfect, they didn't have to tell me it was totaled when rear ended by that drunk, saw gaps between my bumper and the fenders up to a 1/4", that told me that shock sent ripples clear to the front.

Kid was also rear ended, not as bad, got a quote for all brand new OE parts, culprits insurance company only wanted to pay for a patch job, said, see you in small claims court. He is getting all new OE parts.

Some backed into one of my kids beater cars, even went to the seen of the accident to find piece of the puzzle, darn pieces of crap shatter like glass. Couldn't find anything, so had to remove the bumper, back it with fiberglass, then fill the front with plastic. Looked all okay, but was a heck of a way to spend the weekend. Not the best way to repair a vehicle, but it was a beater, and did last until the rest of the car was a pile of rust with all this stupid road salt.

But not talking about a new vehicle either. Those aluminum pop cans you only use once and pitch use a much higher grade of aluminum you find in your vehicles. SAE had articles on this subject, but your vehicle costs a tad more than a pop can.
 

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A little followup-
The car is at the dealer now. The service advisor said it was a warranty repair since he couldn't see any evidence of impact. I also asked for one of my 'free' oil changes. When I made clear about the need for dexos 2, I got a 'yeah, yeah, we'll put the right stuff in'. Pretty sure he had no idea what I was talking about (and probably didn't care). Maybe this time it won't be 3/4 inch over the full mark.

While I was waiting for shuttle ride home, I looked in the used car section. I was surprised to see about 10 Hyundais out of about 35 cars. That seemed weird for a Chevrolet-only dealer.
 

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When I bought my 13 Eco in 2014 both the front and back did not fit well. Dealer ended up replacing both of them under warranty to get them to fit correctly. Prior to me buying the car the dealer had removed the front cover to install fog lights and front grill they had broke the tabs on the front cover and try to pass it off. Luckily I had really looked the car over well.
 

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Thanks for mentioning that. I'll be sure to look it over carefully when I pick it up. My front cover has uneven gaps and looks pretty sloppy. I figure one fight at a time...
 

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I just got the car back. It does look better. They resprayed the rear bumper cover and got it to fit a little better. I'm not sure how to tell if any of the tabs were damaged during the removal. I don't see anything obvious.

It appears that they resprayed the front one, too, even though I never asked them too. A previous driver had gotten a little too close to a parking curb and made a big scuff on the bottom of the airdam. Looks like they filled that in before they painted it.
But now they they made those look pretty, AND washed the car, I can see the rock chips on the hood that I somehow missed before. It's always something with a new car.:sad:
I have to remember those wise words from my dad; "in a hundred years, it won't matter".
 
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