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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010-2014) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010-2014) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old April 24th, 2010, 13:48   #1
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Thumbs down Check your license plate fasteners

At a Boston area GTG this morning, several of us were shocked and appalled to find that our dealers screwed our rear license plates on with self-tapping screws so long that I'm surprised tightening them didn't shorten the car's wheelbase.

The immediate downside of this bonehead maneuver is that it puts four little dings in the paint, caused by the plate flexing when you close the lid or hit a bump and the tip of the screw hits the body. This is where the hatch or trunk lid will begin to rust.

I just touched mine up and put some temporary rubber spacers between the plastic plate mount and the body until I can get proper fasteners on there that do not dig into the body. Sheesh.

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Old April 24th, 2010, 14:47   #2
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Dan - look at the bright side - they didn't use 1 5/8" sheetrock screws. I think the lag bolts they used on mine keep the plate from rattling!! Great to meet & greet everyone today!
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Old April 24th, 2010, 14:51   #3
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my dealer installed it with what looks like wood screws. There are holes in the paint from it.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 14:51   #4
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lol you should have seen the porter monkeys trying to remove my old plate from my trade in. they bent the plate because they didnt feel like getting the right screw driver so they thought trying to rip it off was a good idea
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Old April 24th, 2010, 15:07   #5
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I had the exact same thing happen with my 2009 JSW. I went back and complained to the GM at the dealer (I just happened to catch him putting a rear plate on a JSW - he was using shorter screws, BTW). Anyway, the end of the story is that I got the dealer to give me a free touch up paint kit. It consisted of a color paint "pen" and a clearcoat "pen". I probably could have made them fix it themselves, but I would rather have the touch-up kit around.

In other words - They caused the damage, they should pay to fix it! Either get them to touch-up the paint or get some free paint out of them. (just my opinion)

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Old April 24th, 2010, 15:43   #6
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Pics? Sorry, I'm having trouble picturing what you mean, and since I don't actually have my JSW yet I can't just go out and take a look.

So if I am understanding you right, your license plate is screwed to the hatch where the plate is supposed to be, so that means there are holes in the body/paint right? So you are saying that in other places it's dinging into the paint? I'm guessing maybe the edges of the plate itself are gouging the paint because it is mounted tightly and flexing?

Geez, whats with the poor plate mounting on these things? I hear its not uncommon for front and rear plates to be mounted unevenly too. That sort of thing would bother me to no end. I really hope my dealer takes some care when mounting the rear plate and will respect my request to not mount the front plate. In CA the front is required, but if I have to have it mounted, I would prefer to do it myself, the way I want, considering they have no correct procedure or method.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 16:06   #7
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there is a plastic mounting bracket on the back of the car. It's attached to the vehicle in the center area. On each of the four edges of the plastic rectangle are holes for mounting a plate. The dealer is using screws longer than the distance from the car to the front of the mounting bracket. The result is that the screws end up being tightened into the body of the vehicle instead of just holding the plate to the bracket.

So as they tighten the screws, it's turning and getting closer and closer to the car till it's turning into the paint!
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Old April 24th, 2010, 16:06   #8
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I don't have any pics, but here's the deal. There is a plastic license plate "bracket" that is firmly bolted to the rear hatch. This is not the problem. The problem is that this plastic piece is less than 1/2' away from the car's body where the mounting screws go in. When you use 5/8" long sheet metal screws the point digs into the paint on the rear hatch. I noticed this the first day I got the car home because I tried to remove the dealer installed advertising license plate frame. It digs into the paint even worse with no frame (it acts as a spacer).

My "fix" has two parts:
1) Buy a TDIClub license plate frame (and support this site).
2) Grind about 1/4" off the length of the screws, you don't need that sharp point on the end (you could also go buy shorter screws, but I'm cheap).

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Old April 24th, 2010, 16:14   #9
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Thanks guys; I got it now. I'll be sure to look for this.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 16:23   #10
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Don't let the dealer specialists do this to you...

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Old April 24th, 2010, 16:33   #11
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One of the first things I did when I got my JSW was to get rid of the dealer supplied screws and replace them with some stainless steel ones from the hardware store. Not only were the dealer's screws too long, they were two or three different sizes and plain old zinc plated steel. At least now mine won't rust away within a year.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 19:27   #12
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Thanks for the heads-up on this... my JSW also had the screws that were just too long. Thank goodness the indent was very minor. I'll grind a bit off and use some washers with my club frame to take up the difference.
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Thanks for the heads-up on this... my JSW also had the screws that were just too long. Thank goodness the indent was very minor. I'll grind a bit off and use some washers with my club frame to take up the difference. At least they didn't screw on the front plate.. I will zip tie the mount on later and avoid the holes.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 20:50   #14
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Don't let the dealer specialists do this to you...

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***? I'll be bringing a screwdriver to take that off before I leave the lot.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 22:06   #15
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Yes, I found two small scratches in the paint behind the rear plate too. Found the issue when removing the temporary plate. I'm continously suprised by the lack of attention to detail on things like this. They are either not real bright, or they just don't care.
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