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#7 of 8 2006-2007 Vue Rusting around liftgate handle
Jan 06, 2012 (1:30 am)
2006-2007 Vue Rusting around liftgate handle. This commonly seems to be occuring on the models with the chrome handles, & not the Redline versions with painted handle. Seems Saturn engineers did not properly isolate the handle from the painted metal liftgate, either vibration or there is a nasty reaction between the paint & the chrome handle. Paint bubbles & rusts around the handle. I have also seen rust on the same year along the length of the lower back window.
Has anyone had any satasfaction from GM on this & got a straight answer to it's cause & effect?
My body shop repaired this for around $350, & also did a nice job on insulating the handle from the paint. Although my car was just over 3 years old GM considered it surface rust, then said the car had too many miles for repair to be covered (70K).
#8 of 8 Re: 2006-2007 Vue Rusting around liftgate handle [bismarck318]
Jan 06, 2013 (5:06 pm)
I caught my paint bubbles around the license plate light housing assembly early.
I used a tube of clear silicone and ran a small bead all around the assembly to seal out any additional water/salt that could get behind the piece and cause more paint to work loose.
I believe the paint originally worked loose from the piece vibrating causing the paint to chip.
Moisture gets behind the loose paint and causes it to loosen more.