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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry...another wheel peeling thread - opinions requested

Hey everyone,

I have a 2014 GT and just recently noticed peeling on three of my wheels. Of course this had to happen after the warranty expired. I took it into a Mazda dealership and the service manager said to contact Mazda USA as he couldn't do anything about it. I contacted a Mazda CS rep and she came up with the following resolution - I pay 1/2 to replace all four wheels @ ~$850. This includes mounting and balancing. Including an alignment was not mentioned. Unfortunately, I can't keep the old wheels and when I asked if I would be getting the new, darker 2017 wheels, they said that it would be the same/equivalent part number for my year which equates to "I'm not sure".

I'm on the fence. $850 is a good sum of $ but I can afford it. I don't anticipate on selling the car for a while. Two of the existing wheels have little curb rash, and they all have small dings from rocks and other debris (I do a lot of highway driving). The conditions of the wheels do bother me to a certain extent, and I'd rather not go aftermarket. What do you guys think? Thanks for your time and help.
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The rims make this car.

I just bought my 2015 Grand Touring and it has that black overspray that looks horrible. Looks dirty all the time.

The Mazda dealership is going to have them redone to the original OEM color, maybe a bit darker. I had them redo my CX-9 Grand Touring rims too.

If they told me no I was going to pay $800 for powder coating in gunmetal grey.

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I definitely agree that the wheels give the GT that finishing touch. The dealership wouldn't be refinishing the wheels but would be replacing them.
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Why not just plastidip them? I'm considering doing mine in black with the silver metalizer as shown in the attached. Probably cost 50 bucks? You can do them however you want and be totally unique on the road.
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I thought the peeling wheels were only on the 2016 GTs? That's when they introduced the gun metal gray finish.

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I too wasn't aware that this issue existed on pre-2016 models. All four rims on my 2016 started peeling a few months ago. I took it into the dealer right away and they replaced all four free of charge. They said it was a known manufacturing defect in the clear coat that was used during a certain time period and Mazda had informed them to replace the defect wheels when ever the customer starts to notice the peeling.
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As others have already mentioned your better off spending the money on having them painted either same color or something different or powder coating them. Me personally I would just take them to a body shop and have them paint them for me. Not sure where you live but I think painting them should be a lot cheaper than $850


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I too wasn't aware that this issue existed on pre-2016 models. All four rims on my 2016 started peeling a few months ago. I took it into the dealer right away and they replaced all four free of charge. They said it was a known manufacturing defect in the clear coat that was used during a certain time period and Mazda had informed them to replace the defect wheels when ever the customer starts to notice the peeling.
Idk what to say. Three of my wheels have multiple golf ball sized areas where the clear coat is missing. Just my luck I guess.
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My 2015 GT doesn't have peeling rims it has that black paint that has gotten worse in time (see pic attached).

My 2015 CX-9 Grand Touring had this same black overspray from the factory, has to be a defect. The same dealer painted my CX-9 rims gun metal grey, came out awesome.
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My 2015 GT doesn't have peeling rims it has that black paint that has gotten worse in time (see pic attached).

My 2015 CX-9 Grand Touring had this same black overspray from the factory, has to be a defect. The same dealer painted my CX-9 rims gun metal grey, came out awesome.
Wow, I didn't know that the overspray issue existed on our car. How much did they charge? Did they do that in house or have another co. come in for that?
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