Odd - if hot water makes the badges fall off, how are you supposed to wash it?!
Personally I prefer to leave badges on. I've de-badged a car for a friend before. Use a bit of thread to 'cut' through the glue behind the badge, then some tar remover to get rid of the sticky remains.
At first, I didn't even realise you could de-badge without doing it yourself, then I wondered why someone would do it.
But now I've seen pics without the badges, especiallyaguycalleddb's</span>de-badged AMG, I think it looks really nice.
I would only do it for aesthetic reasons - I couldn't care less about the engine size - I'm driving a super cool Mercedes, as if I'd worry about what people think of the cc of my motor! I noticed the lines from the rear lights continue on to the bodywork, so having both sides of the car clean looks a bit nice!
As my car is due at the dealers in just over 2 weeks, I guess I am far too late to get them to address this at the factory, so can the dealer usually sort it out for you when it arrives their end?
Yes; arm yourself with a hair dryer ( NOT Your BOSCH Hot Air gun!!), Warm it up the letters GENTLY
Now take a bit of fishing line and CAREFULLY "saw" with it throught the glue/foam on the back of the badges, remove any remains of glue/foam with suitable solvent and maybe if needed give it a finishing polish with car wax