Sorry to hear that this problem has risen it's ugly head again for one of our owners.
Many of our owners have gone through this with the dealer visits.
We worry about this problem here on the forum, discussed many times over several threads.
The cracked front quarter panel is in the Top 3 for hazards when owning a Kappa.
WP and the cupholders would qualify for other design miscues by GM with our model.
Pre-work inspection walk around to post work #%@**** . Dealing with the dealer or Factory requires a certain tack when restraining one's self in a moment of anguish over busted quarter panels.
The dealer should own up here, even IF the Tech did use the proper procedure when lifting our cars. Damage is damage.
A good body shop can repair these in a jiffy. 3 days maybe? Quality of the repair is key here.
Re-enforcing the stress area, mounting points inside and out, plus the lip of the panel where it meets the frame rail. Even then it still could break or crack even under normal driving conditions. They should give you a loaner car for your troubles too, not that they will.
New panels... not gonna happen. Replacement panels by aftermarket vendors, few and far in between.
Salvage yards is an option, but a pain.
Using the attachment photo by CT provided here... Yellow & Red highlighted.
The frame rail slot opening (4), where the "pucks " slide into to prevent the arm of the 4 post lift from hitting this vital point on the quarter panel. The pad on the lift of the arm, lifts at a different point than where these puck locations are. There is an
extra welded area down there, beefed up square for just this purpose. I have seen pad marks on mine. Again here look under
your car check for scraps to this area, then highlight it.
Further inboard we see the red areas which are the jack stand points after.. the car has been lifted up. Whether your are using a floor jack in your garage to lift for a tire removal, or the whole car going up, all 4 wheels off check these points first. Painted them a loud color. Lambo Green, fire engine red, a simple grease pencil will do, until it can be lit up for service techs to see without any doubt. IF I could get under my car far enough I would paint..."Lift Here Only" on these points plain white paint/black letters.
A clue for the un-informed. Another insane idea.. would be a sticker with a nuke explosion with the printed words..."Don't even think of lifting my car here" just to see if Fast Eddie the tech wizard is paying attention while under my car, and not.. on his phone
updating Facebook page or planning a night of love with his girlfriend. Little over the top there LAC? Why yes it is, but that's just me.
I hope this a painless fix for our OP. It is the principal of the thing, the attitude of the dealer and not having the Kappa around for your enjoyment, for 3 days while they fix this, that pisses us owners off, and they wonder why sometimes we have no faith in bringing our car back in to the dealers for anything that gets me. Good service, good price, helpful staff, and... no damage. Yes I would recommend this dealer to my friends IF that were true all the time in any case, however we here in the community know better from our past experiences.
Last edited by LAC Sky; 05-18-2019 at 07:28 AM.
Reason: Always gotta fix something... on one of my posts! Never ending battle continues