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Old March 31st, 2020, 04:41   #16
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Originally Posted by 740GLE View Post
These cheap US branded hitches aren't known for their rustproofing.

The rust in question is on the VW OEM bumper bar.

The hitch is new, and appears (except in dimensions) perfect.
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Old Yesterday, 08:45   #17
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Originally Posted by milktree View Post
Huh... so funny story: (unrelated to hitch install) wen I had the bumper cover off I found one of the tow-rings: you know, the left hand thread eye bolt like thing that screws into the bumper, the thing that tow-truck drivers frequently fail to put back in the car.... I screwed it into the bumper, and it never stopped spinning. The threads in the bumper are completely rusted out so there's no way for the tow eye to grab.
The car is still under its 2 year bumper-to-bumper warranty (CPO, bought in December) so I'm seriously considering making VW replace the bumper with one that's not rusted out.
Is this something I should actually care about, or am I being a "I just got a new car and it has to be perrrrrrrfect!!!" ninny?
If you can get that bumper bar replaced under warranty, I would not hesitate!
It seems like deep rust that would take a lot of work to address.
Seems this spot may be prone to rusting, and is not easy to inspect as it entails removal of the bumper cover.
I'll start looking for the steps required or videos available
Wonder if the front bumper bar is also a spot to check; my next mod is swapping the headlights so I'll most likely pull off the front bumper cover for that job and report back on the condition of front bumper bar.
However, the rust levels may depend on how the car was stored and local exposure to weather/salt.
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