My 5month old GLS1.8T has recently
had the engine cover underneath cracked
and the clamp for the main front screw for the belly pan(directly under the front grill)
broken. I've had the engine cover replaced ($160+tax) but the dealer is saying the clamp and 1/2 turn screw cannot be tightened properly because the plastic fitting for the clamp is broken off and is actually part of the radiator housing. Which would mean extensive work to remove the front end to get to it and repair. The wife says she didn't hit anything (yeh, right) but I could see how a good speed bump might give a good whack.
Interesting thing is, I knew the problems where there and the dealer did an oil change and never brought them to my attention I pointed them out to them. Would they consider it normal wear and tear?
Anyone have similiar situations or suggestions?