2013 ATS 2.0T AWD
Just discovered this today. There's no reason why a crack should appear in the plastic covering the driver's side carbon fiber strip on the door. It should last longer. Disappointed. 20
Disappointing - yes, but it can be replaced. There is always a reason for something like this happening. It could be a stress fracture, or as others have said an impact or heat fracture. I`m betting on a stress fracture - maybe a misaligned clip when installed, or the installer did not line things up quite right, or the installer used a lot of force on the install and caused a small unnoticed fracture which over time caused a larger fracture in the same way a window chip can cause a crack in the windshield. You can order a new one. Removal and install is relatively easy with some trim tools.
I live in Texas, where the summers are brutally hot. I have actually never had an interior part crack as a result, but you see it in cars with some frequency. So it is kind of expected after a while.I think heat can cause plastic to crack over time.
I believe it is actually supposed to be real. In the Morello Red interior anyway.Oddly, it is considerably more expensive than the wood and aluminum versions, so maybe it's actually CF.
My (used) car was missing one of those rubber sleeves when I got it. The replacement was super cheap though, and it didn't bother me much. As Rodger pointed out, with the current way cars are made I'm sure every brand deals with little things like this.And the little rubber sleeves the tabs on the engine cover slide into are glued to the foam, one of them came off when I was removing the cover once. Little things here and there suggest the best quality was not used, but they are things I'm annoyed about for a day and then forget about so I guess it's not really that important.
I'm here to make it three. I have a small crack in that exact same piece (also the carbon fiber), toward the bottom right edge. It was one of a couple of small defects on the car when I bought it, and I assumed the previous owner had tried to remove it and cracked it in the process. Maybe they are just particularly fragile.I have the same trim piece and mine also cracked a few years ago. Luckily it happened/I noticed it right after I hit some road debris and was able to lump that into the insurance repair.