Rust Through Paint on VW Golf Front WingsAlthough the VW Golf MK4 is a very reliable car one common area that is prone to rust are the front wheel arches. Due to the construction and use of padding behind the arch liner water can collect which rusts the wheel arch from the inside as the foam rubs. If you are looking to buy a VW Golf MK4 then this check for rust is a good way to negotiate on price if the front wing is rusting.
|Rust corrosion VW Golf Front wings|
|Corrosion warranty claim for VW Golf Front wings rusting|
The VW Golf has a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty so some of the later cars are still covered. However unlike the claim I had with my VW Passat for rust on the tailgate VW rufused to accept the claim for the Golf wheel arch, saying that it wasn't a manufacturing defect as it was mechanical fault - the fact the fault was caused by VW poor design didn't seem to cut any ice.
This can show as bubbles of rust on the surface of the wheel arch which has come from the inside. It is possible to remove the rust and repair the section but it will invariably come back so I found the best option was to replace the wheel arch & wing completely. The cost was also very favourable as it only came to £250 for a brand new wing including spraying.
|VW Golf MK4 Wheel Arch Rusting|