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Jan 08, 2003 (6:14 am)
I have to let my faithfull 1993 Loyale wagon go for scrap soon because of rust preforation. It was rustproofed at the dealer when bought new in November 1992. Other than the rust, it is mechanically A1. I will be getting a new Impreza in May (new model), and this time want to be able to keep the body intact as long as it is mechanically sound. I make less than 10,000kms a year so the body will always "go" first. What kind of rustproofing treatment can you recommend for my new Impreza? Is the steel used any better than that used in early Subarus. My Chaser rusted out before it wore out too. I am told that Subaru used to use recyled steel, like Datsun, and that's why they are prone to rust.
Jan 08, 2003 (8:01 am)
You will likely get different views on the rust subject. We just discussed this and someone (?) mentioned a yearly oil treatment that they find very effective. My opinion is that today's cars are much less likely to rust due to better manufacturing (double sided galvanized steel, drainage, etc) and frequent washing and flushing of the undercarriage is sufficient. Of course, Lower NY doesn't always have the toughest winters.
Jan 08, 2003 (8:50 am)
Ethanol is the replacement oxygenate here in CA now that MTBE is out.
I second Greg's opinion about rust and today's cars, especially Subies. I believe they are far less prone to rusting compared to vehicles a decade ago. Rustproofing often is a way for the dealer to just fatten their profit margins. In addition, I've heard that the "rustproofing" is often a sparse coating of material that doesn't really protect the chassis anyway.
Anyone know when Subaru started getting into double-galvanized steel?
Jan 08, 2003 (11:18 am)
After I posted this morning, I suddenly had a good laugh about why they sell methanol and isopropanol and not ethanol dry gas...
Picture the scenario: Man walks into auto parts store and buys ethanol gas treatment. Pours half into tank, then drinks the remaining 6 ounces. Now with a blood alcohol level approaching 0.20, he crashes the car!!! Maybe it is not such a good idea....
#13876 of 19336 Oil Rust Treatment
Jan 08, 2003 (11:21 am)
Pat (Hondafriek) who lives in the 'great white north' (Canada) told us about it.
Jan 08, 2003 (12:08 pm)
Actually that's not too far off -- I've heard urban legends that people sometimes drink Listerene for it's ethanol content.
Jan 08, 2003 (12:30 pm)
didn't kitty dukakis do something like that
#13879 of 19336 Kitty Dukakis...
Jan 08, 2003 (3:37 pm)
now THERE's a name from the past!!!
#13881 of 19336 Sport A2s it is...
Jan 08, 2003 (8:57 pm)
Thanks to everyone for the your experience with the Dunlops. Given our desire not to hassle with doing a summer/winter change and realizing that there is some compromise with all-seasons, we'll go with the Sport A2s.
Around Rochester NY the lowest price for these in 225/60R16 seems to be at Dunn Tire at around $120 incl balancing.