Sounds like where mine is going. It’s pretty clear that the lower area behind the front wheels have an issue washing out debris and trapped dirt where it would do the the most damage. Once they get fixed I’ll be a lot more attentive to cleaning the crap out at the DIY car wash during salt season (as if that ends in sunny New England ;-) )Yes. I had one fender replaced under the warranty policy -- it had holes in it from the foam rubber inserts VW used. My body guy thought he could repair the other one, so he did... but it didn't last. IIRC VW wouldn't cover the second fender replacement a few months later, but in any case it was also replaced (on my dime), so I've had both fronts replaced at this point.
I'll be taking it to a highly-rated local guy in the next week or two to address the rust around the wheel arches, mostly on the passenger side, but both front and rear wheel wells/arches need some attention. As usual, also the rocker/door junction -- again, mostly on the passenger side.
The plenum cover (at the base of the windshield) drains into that area. I'm not sure sunroof drains do. I thought they drained into the door jam.
Those are the only shops I know of willing to take on this type of work. Collision shops wont or cant handle that type of rework.Subscribed. It is difficult to find someone willing to do this type of work on a car that isn't some "classic" undergoing a six-figure restoration.
Truth be told, on these cars, which are not classics nor collectible, this is a reasonable solution to your rust issue.While this is not "professionally" done, I just repaired my rockers by using some metal mesh and bondo. My entire rocker was gone on one side.... 20 years of driving in Michigan.... not too surprising. I don't seem to have any good before pics, but here's a few of the after. Might look a little rough up close, but you cant even tell any work was done when you look at the car.
I totally disagree on the classics / collectible part. I know the Alh wagons, and two door golfs, are unicorns and exactly that.Truth be told, on these cars, which are not classics nor collectible, this is a reasonable solution to your rust issue.