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    Multiple choices available:
    1. Drive the car as is, and complain a lot.
    2. Learn the art of body prep and spray painting - lots of info on the internetz. Cheap but time consuming.
    3. Drive in/drive out at a pro shop, pay the man.

    Your choice.

    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bunkle View Post
    Yes it's a shame so many 380s look crap now because of the poor quality paint. I'm lucky to have a white one although boring at least has no clear coat. Still looks like new.
    Yep. When you buy a new car, make sure it is a solid colour. White is the best for zero paint problems down the road.
    2004 White CH Lancer is still looking good. And no prize for guessing what colour my 2016 Outlander is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax View Post
    Yep. When you buy a new car, make sure it is a solid colour. White is the best for zero paint problems down the road.
    Or buy a German car with ceramic clear.
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    Yes the Germans certainly can produce durable paint finishes. My neighbor had an old 3 series that sat in the sun for 20 years and the silver paint still looked like new when she sold it. Not something you'd see in most Aussie cars. Mind you it had an intermittent fault that nobody could fix and it left her stranded on the side of the road a number of times..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bunkle View Post
    Yes the Germans certainly can produce durable paint finishes. My neighbor had an old 3 series that sat in the sun for 20 years and the silver paint still looked like new when she sold it. Not something you'd see in most Aussie cars. Mind you it had an intermittent fault that nobody could fix and it left her stranded on the side of the road a number of times..............
    Seen less than ten year old BMWs with the same clear coat fade. Neighbor had no end of issues with X5 and changed to ML350 which then blew most of the CANBus ECUs a few month out of warranty requiring $20K to fix so then changed to Touerag. Will see how that pans out in a few years. Modern German cars are no longer made on Germany so their quality isn't the best anymore.

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    Thanks for all your responses. The vibe I'm getting is "spend a bucket load of money or just deal with it" - which is basically what I'd assumed (but hey, wishful thinking right?).

    Would be great if there were any alternatives, but that's just the market for resprays is't it? I'm a bit disappointed though, I've noticed a lot of the earlier 380's and some of the old Magna's with this problem - I wish it was something that would justify an extended warranty, but alas, bad luck!

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    HINT: when buying a used car, look at the same colour in older models to see how they stand up as far as paint goes.

    I bought a TJ six years ago, so 10 years old at the time, with green paint that was dead.
    I was looking for a 380, saw one at a dealer with gold paint. Looked terrible, faded on upper surfaces.

    As far as I know:
    Pearls without topcoats last much longer than anything with clear topcoats, some colours fade easily even if non metallic/pearl, but the best colour for lasting is solid white. No clearcoat, no pigment to fade.

    @ 'extended warranty' idea. A lot of manufacturers would go broke!
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    My KS Verada with metallic green and clear coat had no issues with clearcoat after 10+ years. My KW Verada with sapphire blue pearl with clear coat also had no issues. Seen plenty of green magnas with clearcoat damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax View Post
    @ 'extended warranty' idea. A lot of manufacturers would go broke!
    Can't blame a guy for wishful thinking right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ennex View Post
    Can't blame a guy for wishful thinking right?
    No, but I can tell you the 'I have a problem, who is responsible for sorting it out for me?' type of thinking is just a waste of time.

    Seen a few 380s with peeling paint around. Tempted to get one, just to get back into the bodywork + full respray game.
    Anyone got a 380 going cheap?

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    Mine has just passed 150,000. The clear coat has just started peeling on the mirrors and door handles. Considering how well it is running and the expected longevity (i also have an 80 series Land Cruiser for weekends) i probably won't worry about getting the paint done. I did ring a couple of places when i bought the Toymotor a couple of months ago, asking what the 380 was worth. The best offer i got from a Brisbane 'Cash for your car' place was $600 (...and it needs to be in really good condition mate...). I figure i'll keep it, service it and use it for Monday - Friday. 7l/100km is a helluva lot better than 18l/100km. When i get around to getting rid of the 380 it'll be roadworthy, mechanically sound and the paint might be peeling, but i bet i can find someone who needs a decent car for $500.

    Until then i'll enjoy the comfort and reliability, with a bit of peeling paint here and there.
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