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Old 05-29-2012, 11:54 PM   #1
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Toyota Service Bulletin: Body Panel Fitting Issues

I searched and could not find mention of this:

For those that already have a FR-S/BRZ, on Toyota's tech info web site (https://techinfo.toyota.com) there is a service bulletin regarding body panels not being flush. Toyota is currently investigating and the bulletin is just a single page acknowledging there ''may'' be an issue, but someone at Toyota decided some body pannels may not be flush enough to meet ''customers expectations''. NOTE: This bulletin does not make any conclusions or admissions other than there is the possibility of a body panel fitment issue.

We should have a dedicated section or thread regarding recalls and service bulletins.


This particular bulletin is named:
S-TT-0043-12: FR-S: Body Panel Fitting Issues
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:55 PM   #2
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I posted about it in the thread about condensation in the tail lights, which several people have had happen.

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Old 05-29-2012, 11:57 PM   #3
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Ok cool ill post updates there
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
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http://jalopnik.com/5916719/toyota-w...+s-body-panels
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:39 PM   #5
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I know this is a touchy subject, but any feedback from folks who have the FR-S?
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:49 PM   #6
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japan has had these cars for a while already. i wonder why it took them so long to release this information.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:51 PM   #7
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No panel issues on mine.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:56 PM   #8
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About to buy mine and just checked, everything looks good! Don't think condensation will ever be an issue in the desert either...so I won't know if there is a latent problem with my tailights, but oh well.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:00 PM   #9
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No issues on mine as far as I can tell, I would like to see a picture of what the issue looks like to know what to look for.
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No issues on mine as far as I can tell, I would like to see a picture of what the issue looks like to know what to look for.
either a) your taillights have condensation in them after a drastic weather change (such as from rain into sunshine, cold to hot, etc)

or b) the distance between the hood and the fender / trunk and quaterpanel is different side to side

or both
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:24 PM   #11
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or b) the distance between the hood and the fender / trunk and quaterpanel is different side to side
So the fit will look sorta like a Cadillac CTS.
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not know if joke? Are Caddies poorly built?
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:29 PM   #13
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No issue here yet on the FR-S. I remember Moto-P saying that he had contacted Chief Engineer Tada-san about the condensation and he said they had handled it at the production line level. If you have the problem, Toyota will gladly fix/replace it for you under warranty.

As smart as the engineers are, it's always possible for things to happen when it comes down to production. You have to remember, the same engineers that design the car down to every curve and bolt are not the ones assembling it. That and being first model year for a car always has its rough spots.

I have faith that Toyota does not want this car to fail due to issues like this so if they do exist, they will do their best to fix them for affected customers. After all, that's why you have a warranty, use it! Also, if you notice issues with something later down the road, mention them to the tech and get it documented. That way if something related happens when you're out of warranty, there's a good chance Toyota will do it 'on good faith' since you were having the issue during warranty.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:37 PM   #14
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I had condensation in my taillights when the dealer washed the car for me. I haven't done a full detail on the car yet but if it shows up again I'm bringing it to the dealer ASAP.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:33 PM   #15
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not know if joke? Are Caddies poorly built?
I've just noticed whenever I'm behind one the trunks aren't centered in the opening...usually shifted to the left.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:42 PM   #16
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I have the body panels not being flush issue and the condensation issue. I admit both are very minor and very annoying. I called Scion customer service and they gave me a case number. I have to bring the car to my dealer to have it checked out.

It's not a big deal and Toyota seems like they want to help get it fixed which is nice!
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:38 PM   #17
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I haven't had any of these issues, but what I did notice and I don;t like is the aft part of the windows get slightly damp inside when washing the car. Other than that My taillights were good and panels fit fine inside...seems this would have been sorted since the car has already been out for awhile in Japan.
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I have the body panels not being flush issue and the condensation issue. I admit both are very minor and very annoying. I called Scion customer service and they gave me a case number. I have to bring the car to my dealer to have it checked out.

It's not a big deal and Toyota seems like they want to help get it fixed which is nice!
can you describe which panels werent flush?
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I have the body panels not being flush issue and the condensation issue. I admit both are very minor and very annoying. I called Scion customer service and they gave me a case number. I have to bring the car to my dealer to have it checked out.

It's not a big deal and Toyota seems like they want to help get it fixed which is nice!
I dont know if its my imagination or what but I noticed this before I even read this. The gap of trunk meeting the rear quarter panel on the right side seems to be larger then the one on the left. Same issue? Im going to take a tape measure to it in a little bit.
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:07 PM   #20
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Reat trunk lid at the top does not mert flush with fender. Trunk lid is lower. In mine is worse on the right side
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Took a tape measure to mine, the right side gap between the trunk and the rear quarter panel is 1/16th to 2/16th of an inch larger then the the left side. Does this warrant me doing something about it? Opinions welcome :]
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:24 PM   #22
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I've got one issue with mine, my windshield appear to be wrongly wash on the driver side when watch under the sun. But actually it's a defect on it like between the layers. I've try to wash it several time, bring it to the dealer and they try to wash it correcty but was still visible under sun. Next week my windshield will be replace.
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