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I just purchased wheels for my G6 GT for snow tires. I took off one of the chrome wheels that came on the car to see how the new wheels fit. I was surprised to see that the G6 GT chrome wheels actually consist of alloy wheels with what appears to be a plastic chrome cover over the front of them. If you look at the wheels from the front you can tell there is a cover on the wheels. I thought these optional wheels were chrome plated aluminum when I bought the car.

The used malibu max wheels I bought for my snow tires are polished aluminum and look quite good.
 

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funny you should mention this....i was thinking the same thing when i was washing my car one day.

doesn't really surprise me. Dodge uses a similar design on their 20" Ram Truck wheels.
 

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GTPGuy82 said:
wow that sucks they don't tell you those things when you buy the car. The salesmen just say "17" chrome wheels"

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And how can you tell when a salesman is lying? His lips are moving. :p

Documentation for the vehicle says "chrome-tech" wheels. When I read that, I suspected there was more to the "chrome" than they were actually saying. First thing I did was tap on them with the back side of my ring.

The sound is a dead giveaway that they're metallized plastic.
 

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GTPGuy82 said:
wow that sucks they don't tell you those things when you buy the car. The salesmen just say "17" chrome wheels"

Mike
yea, i guess unless you actually ASK, for all we know they could be "17 Chrome Plated Panda Poop Wheels"!!! :eek:
 

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chrome tech is a fancy way of saying "we're too cheap to make them real chrome, but consumers are too stupid to know the difference, usually".

My Grand Am GT has chrome tech rims, and while I like them, because GM was right; most don't know the difference, I think it's shotty.

I have not had any peel or anything, thought they scratch lightly, and you can see them close up. Nothing terrible.

However, I HIGHLY recommend keeping them clean and polished, and protected if possible, especially the lip, because the silver "paint" is cracking greatly on my GT's rim lip.

Hope that makes sense.
 

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No one else knows that unless they are familiar with GM. That is a nice aspect.

Unforutnately they charge just as much as they do for Chrome with the Chome-Tech= not ok.
 

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Relating this to motorcycles, it's kinda like Harley to Honda (or any metric). While many of the chrome parts and accessories are actually chrome plated metal (from Taiwan, mind you) most of the same chrome parts and accessories on metrics are plastic.

Look at just about any like maintained bike after about five years. Most of the chrome on the HD's will start to rust over time, while the plastic chrome on the metrics still looks new.

While I say all that, I am indeed surprised to see (1) that such a technology is being used on wheels and (2) that sets of these wheels are bringing close to $900 on Ebay. Makes me feel better to know I only have about $185 (net) in mine :)
 

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My chrome wheels are PEELING, and the dealer and GM are giving me the run around saying acid MAY have caused it, when I know that chrome bonds with whatever it is applied to, if it is properly prepared and will not peel. I posted it at Finishing.com if anyone is interested, letter # 48729. Looks like I may have to sue.
 
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