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#1 Old 06-02-2005, 10:37 PM
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I have a 2005 Black Hyudai Sonata That I wash evry week.I went 2 weeks without washing it and when I did i noticed little burn marks alomost like someone put a cigerettr Butt out on my car.I took my car to the dealer and they said it was bird poop and the acid in the poop ate through the paint.I have a hard time beliveing after 6 months of having the car that this has already happened .My question is can this happen so soon or is my paint job and pice of junk.
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That is strange, I have a 2001 hyundai elantra GT -black with the exact same problem. It is especially bad on the hood but it is also on the roof. Looking at it carefully I believe it is corosion under the paint, They probably don't have a good paint primer. to fix this problem you would have to sand all the paint and primer off down to bare medal, and then put a good primer on. I know that would be so expensive the car is not worth it.
I am going to the hyundai dealer to see if they are going to do anything about this, If not, I will never buy another hyundai. My car has 59,500 miles on it.
What good is the 10 year - 100,000 mile warranty if your car looks like a piece of junk!
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I have an 01 Sonata. It is dark blue. I also have the same paint problem, and have been told by the dealership that it is the acid in bird droppings.

I asked if the Hyundai rep could give me a call when in the area so I can bring the car in. I was told that Hyundai will tell me the same thing, and it isn't covered by warranty. The car was only a year old when this first happened. Since then more spots have appeared. I have become so paranoid that when I was on a trip a couple of months ago, a bird gave me a gift as I was driving. I went to the first exit and searched for a car wash.

I never had a car that this has happened to before, and I can only come up with the conclusion that the paint is junk. So much for trusting the warranty.

This is my only complaint on my otherwise fantastic vehicle, but it bothers me the way the dealership and Hyundai handled it to the point that I will have to think very hard about
getting that 06 Sonata I really want.

PO'd in PA
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I have the '02 Sonata and do not see this problem. I wash my car regularly but not as frequently as some might. Mine gets washed about 1x per month. The birds do not miss my car. It gets its share of poop too. That's weird! What I do have a problem with is paint peeling around door handles (interesting both on driver side). Fortunately, it is just on the area that is plastic around the door handles, not on the doors themselves.

Oh, by the way, the warranty would not cover paint/body problems unless it was so corroded, that is had rusted through, I think. Correct me if I am wrong. I think this is the same for all car warranties.
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Curious: You guys with the alleged bird-poop acid problem.....Do you wax your cars regularly?
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I've seen bird poop eat through different car's paint. My 2000 Sonata and 2002 Accent have had their fair share of droppings. I do not notice any significant corrosion though.

I wonder if the area has anything to do with it. Maybe the birds are eating/drinking something that makes the droppings more acidic?
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The more acidic bird poop is a recognized problem common to Washington DC especially around the Whitehouse......all the excess stomach acid from the antics that originate from this historic building....

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Originally posted by syncmaster@Jun 12 2005, 05:45 PM
[b]That is strange, I have a 2001 hyundai elantra GT -black with the exact same problem. It is especially bad on the hood but it is also on the roof. Looking at it carefully I believe it is corosion under the paint, They probably don't have a good paint primer. to fix this problem you would have to* sand all the paint and primer off down to bare medal, and then put a good primer on. I know that would be so expensive the car is not worth it.
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How did you make out? I bought a used '02 Elantra a couple months ago and it developed the same problem. I figured it had to be a factory defect. The Hyundai service rep insists it's tree sap. An independent body shop and my insurance adjuster beg to differ, especially since it's also on the underside of the hood. The insurance guy was puzzled by the damage and even though it's not covered, he stayed and took lots and lots of pictures.

The guy (independent dealer) where I bought it said to take it up with Hyundai first and if no luck, come back. I told him what happened and he said he'll try to deal with it. Maybe he'll fight it out with Hyundai.
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I don't know if you could say it's poor paint...I have a 97 and it's also had it's fair share of the birds droppings on it...I've never yet seen any problems with this. I really think what they're saying about the acid is your best lead!

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We have a black '05 Sonata and the paint is chipping/peeling off the driver's side mirror as well as the front bumper around the fog lamps. I've done a search, but haven't found a mention of a similar problem. Anyone else experiencing and know Hyundai's standpoint?

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