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    Bubbling Roof?!?

    My car has 22K miles on it, never seen rain or any other foul weather and my roof is getting pretty bad, almost all the way across and more noticeable on the drivers side. WTF is this and can it be fixed properly?

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    It's a common problem. It has to do with the glue GM used. You will have to completely replace it from what I understand. GM did repair for a while, but the time has now passed.

    There are a few threads here discussing the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    It's a common problem. It has to do with the glue GM used. You will have to completely replace it from what I understand. GM did repair for a while, but the time has now passed.

    There are a few threads here discussing the issue.
    So.....cut this one off and get a new piece installed?

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    I found this:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremiah View Post
    The best way to remove it is to first remove the T top devider, then mask the surrounding erea to aid against any scratches ect. Wrap some tape a few layers thick around a pry bar to keep from sratching the paint under the roof cap. start peeling it off the roof peice by peice untill you get it all removed. trim the original adhesive with a sharp knofe or razor blade, leave a thin amount on the suface. Last I would suggest having a glass company re attach the new panel to the car. If you preffer to do it your self, buy a tube of ordinary windsheild urithane, same adhesive used to glue the front/rear glass into our cars. Cut a slice in the side of the despenser tip to allow the urithane to leave a bead that will stand up approx. 3/4" to take up any gap that might be between the new panel and the car. You have to have someone help you place the new panel into palce. Re fit your T tops while the adhesive is soft "it takes a couple of hours to start setting up" and make sure the gap to the rear is closed up but not too tight. Make sure your gap between the rear 1/4 panel is equal and square from side to side. Place several strips of tape to hold the panel in allignement and let sit over night.

    The removal process sounds terrible but its the best/easiest way, it doesnt hurt anything but the peice that is being replaced. I have seen other techs try to cut it off with piano wire and they allways end up cutting the ribbon on the top of the rear glass or scratching something.

    Good luck guys!
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    http://ls1.com/forums/showthread.php...t=roof+bubbles

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    Thanks for the post. When my car was bought brand new back in 99 the owner got extended corrosion protection, so Im not sure if this will still apply. I may bring it down to the local pontiac dealer and see if I can get them to do something, with a body shop of my choice offcourse.

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    Good luck.. Hopefully their friendlier in Canada. GM told me since I wasn't the original owner to

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    Do I need to show them some sort of documentation to show that I have the extended corrosion warranty? And also do they fix it at their shop or can I take it to whoever?

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    I went to the dealer and took this along as well. I believe their computer system lists your info by VIN, so they should find that out.

    http://ls1tech.com/forums/attachment...chmentid=30522
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    i didnt read all the other posts, but ill go ahead and say it
    there was a bulletin for the bubbling roof on trans ams.
    GM did warranty that for awhile. but the time has expired on that gracious offer.
    now you will have to pay for a new one.
    ty gm!


    they'll good will a cluster with a truck that has over 100k miles on it..but wont warranty our bubble roofs with less than 50k....thats some crap!

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    So what exactly does GM do when fixing this? Is it a new piece or?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrikerWS6 View Post
    So what exactly does GM do when fixing this? Is it a new piece or?
    clicky my linky... Say open. Has replacement instructions for sail panel

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    Thats cool thanks man, im just so paranoid about handing over the keys to a dealership body shop, and im curious to know how much the roof costs anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckie669 View Post
    clicky my linky... Say open. Has replacement instructions for sail panel
    I'll save that for future reference just in case

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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    I'll save that for future reference just in case
    lol... You posted it first

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckie669 View Post
    lol... You posted it first
    Ha ha... didn't save a copy though. Now I have

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    so this bulletin is from GM? 3-08-98-001?

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    I'd really like to get this fixed, but i kinda doubt that GM will cover anything seeing as Im not the first owner, and im kinda scared to find out what a new roof costs from GM

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrikerWS6 View Post
    I'd really like to get this fixed, but i kinda doubt that GM will cover anything seeing as Im not the first owner, and im kinda scared to find out what a new roof costs from GM
    thats a good question, anyone knows how much a new roof cost? parts, paint, and labor etc...

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    I contacted pontiac customer service and made a complained about the problem. I was very polite to the lady and she set me up with an appointment at the local pontiac dealer, so the service manager can look at it. She said it sounds like they may fix the problem.

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    Good luck. I went and spoke with the guy several years back. After he told me he couldn't warranty it I asked what the cost of repair was. He called back a few hours later with an $1100 quote to replace and repaint the sail panel and small trim pieces that break when removing.

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