Have them holding my front plate on on my Jetta sedan as well.
Just thought I'd bump this up and also report some new license plate-related rust findings.
Yesterday I replaced my license plate bulbs with some LEDs and noticed that there's paint bubbling around the screw holes. The light covers use a self tapping screw that screws into painted/bare metal. This is of course on a place of the car subject to a lot of road debris/moisture. Not sure why VW thought this was a good idea. On my sedan these screw into plastic!
Seems like these hatches are destined to rust in some climates for one poor design reason or another.
I'm going to keep an eye on this, but may have to utilize VW's corrosion warranty at some point down the line.
stacked about three small plastic washers on each of the bolts on the back of the plate. I had a issue on my 99 Passat with the plate touching the paint and from then on requested the dealer not put the plates on B4 delivery, I did it myself!! I ask my detail-er to remove the plate Occasionally and clean behind it. I am a lil obsessive that way
I definitely remove my paint whenever I clay and seal my paint.. and I also remove the plate a few times a year when washing to make sure dirt doesn't build up behind. Preventative maintenance...
Credit to my VW dealer. After raising the issue, they ultimately provided me with paint pens and went to the trouble of finding/making for me plated screws and washers. The screws, while not quite the required head size for mounting the plate (needed washers), had their tips cut or ground off to ensure they didn't touch the car. I can't complain about that.
glad you guys bumped this thread up...took delivery of the wires new JSW last week from an out of state dealer, since they shipped it to me they didn't install the plates, after reading this thread I zip tied the rear plate on waiting on the wires new custom plates to be delivered, a trip to sears hardware seems to be in my future for M6 screws in 1/4" or shorter.
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It would be better if the license plate bracket had a machine threaded metal insert so as to more positively secure the plate. It would be great if you came up with that along with the flush line bolts.