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I don't imagine I'll win many new Subaru faithful friends with this post but it's how I feel.

Is all paint on new vehicles today as fragile as the paint on these Crosstreks?

I purchased a 2016 Limited Dark Metallic Grey last month. I like the car, and the color is gorgeous but I've taken just two longer day trips on Winter roads and the front of the car and hood is now chipped up from road sand kicked up from passing cars. You could barely even hear it hitting the car and it's not like sand particles are heavy.

I feel that given the outdoor, go anywhere image of these cars presented by Subaru that this is really unfortunate and unacceptable. Knowing what I know now, I would not purchase a Subaru again. Are my expectations too high?
 

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From what I've read, the paint on newer vehicles are formulated for reduced environmental impact. Unfortunately, these newer paints have proven to be lacking in durability. Subaru's paint, sadly, has always been subpar in terms of durability. With an engine, driveline, and body that are engineered a bit different compared to most other cars, not everything on the vehicle is going to be absolutely perfect.

Simple solution is to use a hood deflector and/or apply film paint protectant on the most vulnerable parts of the body's paint. Also, if you drive your vehicle out on the road, it is inevitable that it will get chipped unless you keep your vehicle garaged and never drive it.
 

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Shoddy paint is nothing new to Subaru. This is just one of the areas that you have to come to terms with as a Subie owner. Along with subpar interiors and materials. I instantly questioned my reasoning when I bought a black XV.

This is one of the sacrifices you make to have a real AWD drivetrain (non-FWD based) that still gets excellent fuel economy under $30K. Auto manufacturers just aren't going to budge from their bottom line if they don't have to and I imagine paint and plastics are #1 on the chopping block.

You can find Subaru factory touch up paint on Amazon. You'll need the paint code which is pretty easy to find online.
 

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Thank you for the replies everyone. I've heard good things about Dr. ColorChip so maybe I'll do that and have some of the clear film stuff put on the front end.
 

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OMg! So glad someone mentioned this! YES THE PAINT SUCKS!!!
Had the exact same chipping issues with my old 2011 Subie!!! :confused:

Currently mine is really bad down at the fog light area. 2 pretty good size chips. Subaru has known of this problem for years now!!! AUGHHHH! :mad:
 

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I agree, any little scrape or scratch...

takes the paint right off. I've got a white 2014 Crosstrek that was beautiful when I bought it last year. Now there are several places on the rear bumper where, due to inconsiderate drivers where I street park for work, I've got black marks where the white paint is no longer. I've owned Ford, Chevy, Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi, Honda...and these types of scrapes would be scratches on the paint, not removal of the paint layer. It really sucks and I hate how my car looks now.
 

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Carolyn, I know your feels. Black paint on the metal shows the rock chips like no other color, lol. I kinda feel lucky to have black, it's much harder to see the black plastic underneath when the paint gets scratched off the bumpers.

... but dayum does Black shine up nicely when cleaned.


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The first thing I did after bringing the Crosstrek home was to put a good coat of wax on it. You want to do this not only because it makes the car look good but it also provides a sacrificial layer to protect the paint.

Case in point. A couple of weeks ago I took my Crosstrek on a 2000 mile roadtrip. During that trip it got damaged twice. The first was a pebble thrown off a semi in front of me, it hit hard. The second was a blown out tire that I ran over.

The pebble left two large chips in the front bumper, which would have happened with any vehicle IMO. A bottle of touchup paint from the dealership fixed it nicely.

Now the blown out tire left two large black scuffs on the rear, passenger side, door. They looked awful but rubbed right out with a little wax. :)

I'm a strong believer in waxing vehicles. Had the car not been waxed it may have taken a clay bar or buffer to get those scuffs off. Chipped paint sucks but is unfortunately part of driving and can happen anywhere.
 

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AUGHH! Found ANOTHER chip! This is my second Subaru with the same issue; **** PAINT! No amount of wax will keep **** paint from chipping. And that's what we're dealing with. Subaru knows this too. Have rec'd acknowledgements from Subaru Corp., saying that they are looking into new paint formulas.

Has anyone seen the latest Subaru commercial showing a kid learning to drive, and hitting the inside of the garage when backing out? And then, some child and its father throwing a big toy plane in the air that hits that Forester? I was laughing my arse off because in the real world? That would have left some chips and scratches for sure!!
LOVE my car....HATE its paint!!
 

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I think part of the paint fragility has to do with color. I have the Dark Metallic Gray and while it is beautiful, if you even fart on this paint, it will chip.

I've read that all manufacturers have issues with this but I really don't see any reason for it. We now have cars that drive themselves. Can it be so difficult to paint a vehicle so that it doesn't chip as easily?
 

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FYI to anyone who is relying on touch-up paint to fix your front fascia - I was told by my local Subaru dealer veteran parts manager not to bother with buying the touch up paint for any of the plastic pieces of the car, as it will flake off with temperature changes, any sort of flexing of the plastic, or pretty much if a mosquito farts within 10 feet of your car, the touch up paint will come right off. He said it does work really well for any metal pieces though.
 

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My 2014 has multiple paint chips on front and hood. My 2003 Toyota Matrix I had until 2015 and had 286,000 miles on it and drove the same highways that I'm driving today doesn't have as many chips as I do on my subie. Frustrating!


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I think part of the paint fragility has to do with color. I have the Dark Metallic Gray and while it is beautiful, if you even fart on this paint, it will chip.
same color, same problems. i was super careful about snow removal this past winter but still ended up with several scratches.
 

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Yep, what everybody else has said, DGM here and it sucks. That and interior gets permanent marks so freakin' easily it is ridiculous. I traded in a 2006 CRV that was in better shape with 137K than the XV with 25K. I have an 07 Avalanche with 100K and it is in better shape, too. My first and last Subaru.
 
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