Originally Posted by baktech
My 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Laramie has rusty bumpers. Six months ago I advised my best friend (who I eventually bought the truck off of) to get it checked out under warranty because I know some Tundra owners going through the same problems.
The truck now has 93,000km (3yr-60,000km has expired) but it is only 1.5 years old and has only seen two winters. This is unacceptable in my opinion and the bumpers should be replaced. There is a TSB out on this problem (see below). My dealer has filed a claim to replace the bumpers regardless of the mileage. That was last week.... I will let you know how I make out.
Description: DODGE SERVICE CAMPAIGN: SEE DOCUMENT SEARCH BUTTON FOR OWNER LETTER. MOPAR CHROME FRONT BUMPER CORROSION. THE MOPAR REPLACEMENT CHROME FRONT BUMPER ON CERTAIN VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE A CORROSION CONDITION ON THE CHROME SURFACE OF THE BUMP
- Date Reported OCTOBER 01 2010
- NHTSA Reference #10034710
- TSB Reference #CSN-K23
Repair Information for NHTSA #10034710
Not to my surprise, Chrysler denied my claim due to "Out of warranty Mileage" despite the vehicle only being 1.5 years old.
This in my opinion is unacceptable. Most modern day chrome is "eye-candy' and is made like sh*t. To be environmentally friendly they have bastardized the chroming process. What's the point? Both bumpers are going into the landfill.
Well I can't stand the thought of rusty chrome. If it looks bad now it will look worse in 2 more years. So the only option I have is is to replace them... however:
1) I DO NOT want to order a Mopar replacement for fear of getting the same defective supplier.
2) Labour is going to cost about $230 to replace the bumpers (sensors and all that crap) so I don't want to do this again in 2 years.
Do any one of you know an aftermarket manufacturer of the front Chrome "bezel" (I don't need to replace the "guts of the front bumper")? How about the rear bumper? (this is one unit)?
Any and all help is appreciated. Stuff like this just pisses me off!