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      2013 XC60 -lift gate made from fiberglass?

      As my luck would have it last week I witnesses, and very thankfully avoided being in, a car accident in the morning. However, fate deemed it my day for one! I was sitting at a stoplight a few blocks from my office on my way home for the day and BLAMO!...rear ended! Thankfully there were no injuries and the Volvo took the hit like a champ while I'm certain the Mustang that hit me is totaled.

      To get to my question I took the car to several collision centers. At the first one the gentleman preparing the estimate was looking over the damage and had me open the rear liftgate. For fear it might not close I hadn't opened it since the accident but was surprised to see that it had cracked horizontally and vertically around the latch. The guy giving the estimate made a comment that it was fiberglass and that was normal after an accident and easily patched. We opted to go with another body shop that's replacing, rather than attempting to patch, the entire liftgate but curious if anyone knows for certain that the liftgate is made from fiberglass?

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      Yes. The top part is while the bottom is steel.
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      Yup.. confirmed it's made of fiberglass. I learned that at last year's Volvo Owner's Day. Until that day, I couldn't figure out why a magnet wouldn't adhere to the gate....
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      Thanks for the info Grecian and Magic Marker. Good to see folks in the know in the collision repair business.

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      Early this past winter, I had a '10 T6 that took a pretty good hit in the rear from a Honda CRV. Not a dent, scratch or scuff on the XC, the woman driving the CRV didn't fare too well. Luckily, everyone involved was fine, but I actually felt bad for this woman, she definitely had significant damage, Volvo For Life!
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      Quote Originally Posted by GrecianVolvo View Post
      Yes. The top part is while the bottom is steel.
      The "whole" tailgate of the XC60 is fiberglass and there is no split....... that's on the XC90.

      The fiberglass tailgates started with the wide body XC70's many moons ago.

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      They started using fiberglass tailgates on 01 v70's and xc70's.
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