Aluminum wheel corrosion - Toyota response
I am seeking information from other FJ Cruiser owners who have experienced premature and excessive corrosion of the stock aluminum wheels. The coating that looks like "paint" to me but that the dealer calls "clear coat" on my stock 2007 wheels started to develop a few bubbles a year or so ago but the deterioration has accelerated quickly. Now all four wheels plus the spare have extensive delamination and peeling leaving areas where the surface coating is gone and the bare alloy is exposed.
My dealer says this would only have been covered under the 3/36 warranty (which has expired), however he did admit there have been occasional problems with this.
I think this problem is evidence of unacceptable quality and should not have happened in the lifetime of the wheel. I have driven under ordinary four season conditions and have taken ordinary care of the wheels and vehicle. I have never used any type of wheel cleaner or chemical.
I have been examining wheels on every other make and model vehicle and have seen nothing even remotely close to this kind of deterioration. I believe that it must be a manufacturing defect in the painting/coating process and would like to know what other owners have experienced in order to strengthen my ability to make my case with Toyota and the dealer:
Have you had corrosion damage (blistering, peeling, flaking etc) on Toyota aluminum wheels?
If so, what was your dealer and/or Toyotas response? At what level was the situation resolved?
Were the wheels replaced? Under warranty? How many miles were on the vehicle when replacement was made? Did Toyota pay the entire cost?
Thanks in advance for any information and suggestions that you can share.