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I'm guessing this is caused by the ethanol they put in gas these days.
I try to tap any drips off the fuel nozzle but sometimes it still drips, and of course there's never anything around to wipe it up till you get home by which time I've forgotten.
 

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It is probably a combination of all the additives that go into "gasoline" these days. Looks like it dried out the paint, it shrunk, and water got to the bare metal underneath. It should be a straightforward repair for a qualified body shop, might be worth while if you plan on keeping the car. Or. What I'd be worried about more is the gas tank filler pipe condition, I don't know if your MY is in the category where that is an issue.
 

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I'd mask off the exterior panel first. Then, I'd quickly wire brush the blisters and use a spray-on rust converter....I've had great luck with them in the past. Then just spray your color coat as it's really a hidden area.

I have an '03, BTW, and have had no such issues .

Steve
 
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