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2014 Hood Alignment issues?

2014 2ltz, usa build, oct 2013.

Driver side matches front end. (1st pic)
Passenger side hood is lower than the front end. (Or the front end is higher than the hood). (2nd pic)

1 other one possible here (2014 2LT) at the bottom on page 3... (continue to page 4).

https://www.impalaforums.com/chevy-im...er-pics-3.html

When "popping the hood", it still appears out of whack.

Adjusting the rubber bump stop appeared to not help. I couldn't shut the hood.

Only 1 support shock on the hood, which is on the driver side.
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I have a 2014 Impala 2LTZ - purchased new and built 08/2013 in Canada.

The hood edge lines up fairly well at the header panel, but the driver side header panel edge, where it attaches to the front of the LF fender (above the edge of the headlight), does not fit well. The hood edge is slightly lower than the edge of the header panel on both sides. It is an even fit - but not perfect.

In the bright sun, you can see that the header panel is a poor quality piece, as it has wavy areas and is not perfectly smooth. The front end of the car does not "fit together" perfectly, as you would expect with a new model built by the New GM.

I can live with it. But I understand that you are probably not happy with the fit. Perhaps the dealer body shop can try to fit the hood better under the new car warranty.
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The alignment of the panels on the front end including the hood on my US built 2LT is not as good as I have been accustomed to with new cars that I have driven over the last 15 - 20 years. You have to look closely to notice the difference but it is there. Most people would not notice the difference but it was a little disappointing for me.
I also noticed a gap inconsistency around a couple of doors.
What concerns me is if GM is this sloppy on the outside of the car, what does the inside of the engine look like.

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What concerns me is if GM is this sloppy on the outside of the car, what does the inside of the engine look like.
Two completely different manufacturing processes, building engines is very automated and has many go/no-go check points in the process, vehicle assembly is largely based on human quality checks outside of the body shop which uses many Percptron Laser checking stations.

Here is a link that will give you a good idea of what goes into making a modern engine. This is at the GM Tonawanda Plant in NY, they build the Generation V Small Block V8.
Touring Tonawanda, where GM builds the new Gen V small-block - Autoblog
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I've heard this is a relatively common issue with mismatched panels. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how much adjustment can be done.

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3/13 built Oshawa car here. i had a slight dip of the RF hood corner when I got the car, and the LH side of fascia was a bit more proud of the fender the than the RH side was. Doesnt really bother me. especially coming from 7 years of Cobalts.

The spec for hood alignment to the front fascia is +/- 1.5mm I have adjusted several to make a customer happy but none have actually been "out of spec" It usually takes tweaking the hood latch, hood bumpers and fascia fasteners to get "perfect"
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Here's a dealer pic of a 2015 2lz with AAC... looks like it has the same 'condition'.

http://pictures.dealer.com/l/lindsay...96b317b73x.jpg


I've had 4 chevy's and 1 pontiac, and never noticed a hood alignment issue before.. I know my pontiac f-body - the rest of the body panels - the gaps are so much wider. I did remove the hood once and had no problem when re-installing.

The impala gaps between all panels is tight (which looks great). I'm just surprised that about everything else is near perfect line wise except for this.
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The area we are talking about is also the only one on car with 3 movable parts...its bound to happen. Its a $28,000 sedan with as mentioned tight tolerances. If the rest of the car had wide old school gaps you'd probably never notice .040" here and there.....
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Here's a dealer pic of a 2015 2lz with AAC... looks like it has the same 'condition'.

http://pictures.dealer.com/l/lindsay...96b317b73x.jpg


I've had 4 chevy's and 1 pontiac, and never noticed a hood alignment issue before.. I know my pontiac f-body - the rest of the body panels - the gaps are so much wider. I did remove the hood once and had no problem when re-installing.

The impala gaps between all panels is tight (which looks great). I'm just surprised that about everything else is near perfect line wise except for this.


When I had my 2014 Impala 2LTZ at the dealer for the latest safety recall repair, I looked at several new 2014 & 2015 Impalas on the lot. None of the hoods were aligned perfectly.


I am surprised that GM can not manufacture a new car without hood fit issues on numerous new cars.


However - the 2014 Impala (not the Limited) is up to eight safety recalls. Not a good omen of things to come for the 2014 models.
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I'm not sure if when at the shop for an oil change if someone adjusted the hood bump stop for easier close or if it was me when i played around with it, but my hood was really looking whacked recently.


I slowly adjusted it as to this time out didn't pop out.

The hood is difficult to close, (it takes a good slam effort),but at least it doesn't look like it's been in 3 accidents.
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