I think it's quite a good idea and would at least give owners an extended form of warranty for the wheels. I expect the wheels that they are currently fitting as replacements are refurbished by the original wheel manufacturer anyway but unfortunately they are still not giving them enough protection. Another cause for the corrosion around the centre caps could be because the centre cap is steel and the wheel aluminium, the two metals are known to corrode badly when in contact.
Thanks for all your hard work and at least they are prepared to try and correct the problem.
First of all, as the original "corroded wheel replacements...." thread was started by me, I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the work and effort you have put in on behalf of all 300C owners regarding this issue. I am sure that everyone in this forum will be similarly grateful.
As regards the proposition - I do feel a little short changed, as others do, at the prospect of looking back and basically having to recognise that even out of the showroom, my vehicle will never have enjoyed a new set of wheels which have been fit for purpose - but will have had a series of defective corroding wheels which were ultimately replaced with refurbished wheels.
However, I am wholly heartened by the response that you have managed to elicit and the bottom line is that all I want is an end to the constant cycle of taking photographs , sending them to the dealer, getting authorisation, waiting on replacements to come into stock, taking time off work to travel to my nearest dealer (my local one closed down) only for it all to start again a few months later etc etc.
If this proposal solves that issue and the wheels look genuinely good then I am supportive. Also - as devoted 300C owners, we all need to realise that Chrysler need to find an economic solution if their continued efforts to stay in business are to suceed - perhaps adopting this solution might be our way of demonstrating our support for them.
Finally, whilst the pristinealloys website is currently down, there are a significant number of reviews of their service elsewhere on the web - in the main they are all very complimentary, which is promising.
Firstly Thank you very much John for being our spokesperson.
I will second that Startechs are not much better than originals.
I have seen a similar setup on e-bay where they first send you out a set of refurbs (which by the way look awesome) you put your tyres and valves on them (dealers job) and your old ones are sent back.
The refurbs that I have seen were done by a company in Glasgow and you would swear they were brand new wheels.
Stig and fellow Startechies,
see this gramophone effect - the face lacquer has been abraded. The pattern is perfectly centred on the wheel which makes it a driving effect not a washing effect (never been through a carwash either at this stage). The wear was not present when I got the car, so it is almost as though dust in the air is directed onto the wheel by the airstream and wears the lacquer surface and chips the vulnerable leading edges where the sharp edge is.
It's an old picture as I have had them recoated since.
Startech front spoiler, LED sills, exhausts, door lock pins and Monostar IV wheels 20" x 9" with 275/35x20 & 245/40x20 tyres.
Clear corners, Edashkit 82-piece OEM Californian Walnut dash, 22Elite padded console cover & elbow pad, Myrtle wood rim steering wheel.
I dont understand why my startech wheels(apart from kerb rash,oops)show no signs of corrosion and its very rare I clean the car
single led 501's(not crappy flowery multi led,g4y type bulb,lol)
4300k hid main lights
4300k hid fog lights
Massive Brembo Gran Turismo Brake kit upgrade
RS UV-1, 20" alloys NEVER SAY NEVER Immobiliser screwed for the 2nd time in a year
seems that way,the first models of any car always seem to be the best then they slowly start going downhill.I just wished I'd been more careful when I first got her but obviously I wasnt used to the size of the car....scraaawp,bollocks...again,lol
It is excellent that you have taken the initiative to make contact at a high level with Chrysler UK on this issue. Unfortunately it looks like I won't be able to take advantage of this. as my "extended" warranty specifically excludes wheels. Mine were replaced twice within the warranty period, and all bar one are still looking fine.
When I got the first replacement set fitted on the 300C, at least one of the wheels seemed to be buckled, I got vibration at most speeds, even though I re-balanced all the wheels about 3 times. Would you believe, as soon as they were replaced a second time, the vibration disappeared totally!
I have decided I will just wait now until I get corrosion on all 4 wheels and then take them to SEM in Sunderland, a wheel refurbishment company I have used several times in the last 13 years. I still have a set of BMW alloys they refurbished back in 1996 which look perfect to this day.
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Hi Just, I will raise your concerns with Chrysler as it does seem wrong that those recently off warranty are penalised. But first we have to accept that what Chrysler are offering is a worthwhile and reasonable offer. It does seem that we have very mixed opinions. It is my intention to copy these pages into a Word Doc and forward it to Chrysler early next week - I think that makes the point better than anything I could write myself.
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John, This is all great news and well done for your efforts. I have watched the various posts about this issue since before buying my car (ex demonstrator with 9 miles on the clock) last May. Now it's coming due for it's first service and the problem has started to appear. So I'll see what they have to say!
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