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Marc NY said:
Q: Does anyone know why the the front SSR Chevrolet Bowtie was changed from a gold metal finish to a PVC painted bowtie?
Because the metal finish can tarnish with the use of hard or abrasive cleaners.
Gold Bow Tie Emblem May Be Discolored - kw appearance clearcoat GMT368 grill trim tie #PI02008 - (04/19/2004). When servicing the vehicle with the VIN you entered, the following diagnosis might be helpful if the vehicle exhibits the described symptoms.

Chevrolet bow tie emblem may be discolored after using chemicals to clean.

Certain cleaning substances used by some pre-delivery departments can cause a discoloration of the bow tie appliqué on the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, and possibly other Chevrolet products such as the SSR, utilizing the large gold bow tie. A chemical intended to remove bug debris has been found to discolor the bow tie. Avoid chemicals listing oxalic acid, dihydrate techorganic acid or hydro-florides as an ingredient. TIP: It is not necessary to avoid using these chemicals to clean vehicles, but BE SURE to avoid contact with the gold bow tie. GM Brand Quality is working with the supplier to increase the durability of the parts so they are more robust to cleaning agents. Closely inspect your inventory of vehicles to determine if a potential issue exists. If you notice discoloration, stop use of the chemical agent immediately, and file a field product report.
Note: GM cleaners do not affect the bow tie.
Note: The SSR bow tie is on the front grill and the rear tailgate.
Please follow this diagnosis process thoroughly and complete each step. If the condition exhibited is resolved without completing every step, the remaining steps do not need to be performed. If these steps do not resolve the condition, please contact GM TAC for further diagnostic assistance. This diagnostic approach was developed for the vehicle with the VIN you entered and should not be automatically be used for other vehicles with similar symptoms.

(2003 and 2004 Chevrolet SSR) and (2004 Chevrolet Cavalier).

GM bulletins are intended for use by professional technicians, NOT a "do-it-yourselfer". They are written to inform these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or to provide information that could assist in the proper service of a vehicle. Properly trained technicians have the equipment, tools, safety instructions, and know-how to do a job properly and safely. If a condition is described, DO NOT assume that the bulletin applies to your vehicle, or that your vehicle will have that condition. See your GM dealer for information on whether your vehicle may benefit from the information.

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