Just purchased a brand new '17 Sonata Hybrid Limited a little less than 2 weeks ago. So far, I LOVE the car and the great gas mileage I'm getting.
After driving it for 10 days (and parking outside at my work where the birds found the black car), I decided to take it through the local car wash, which I've used many, many times before. Fast forward and when I pull out of the wash to head to the free vacuums, I jump out and notice my plastic shark fin from my antenna's missing. After flagging down the guy running the wash (who retrieves the shark fin from inside the tunnel), I speak with the manager who agrees to pay for the fix. Good news, right?! After dropping it off at my local dealership, they tell me the antenna is one unit (plastic piece with antenna guts and base) and they will have to drop the headliner to replace the unit. Said it will take a week and give me a loaner car. After a call from the service department this morning, I learn that the part is back-ordered and it could be up to a month before they get the part.
((( They say they think I can drive the car with the antenna exposed. If the unit does go out after being exposed to rain, wind, humidity, etc., they say they are fixing the entire unit anyway so no big deal other than the inconvenience of not being able to use my satellite radio.
Other than the fact that the exposed antenna is UGLY, any idea if this could cause water leakage into my headliner? The gasket seal appears to still be there. It's just the plastic body-matched shark fin that was ripped off. Really not wanting to exacerbate the damage since this thing is brand spanking new. Thoughts? Anyone have a similar experience?
I have considered gluing it down for aesthetics temporarily, but I don't know how that will affect their eventual repair later on. I would have considered just having them glue it down to begin with, but it has large, noticeable scratches from when it blew off into the car wash equipment. Going to pick up today so hoping they will give me some guidance on the gluing.