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#33693 of 35281 Re: started shopping! [steine13]
Sep 09, 2013 (3:33 pm)
My E39 spent the first 9 years of its life in Pennsylvania, and the body was totally rust free. They put a lot of plastic covers on the underbelly of that model, even under the floorpan, to protect it. Some of the underhood components had some white salty spots on them, but that's to be expected.
#33694 of 35281 Re: started shopping! [corvette]
Sep 09, 2013 (4:01 pm)
The friend from work with the M3 also has a '97 328i coupe (is?). Bought new, of course.
That one is starting to show some deterioration, and it has had some minor rust repair done a few years ago.. but the painted stuff still looks good. He says that the manual actually requests that he go to the dealer every spring to have the car put on a lift and the underside cleaned in a very specific way to get rid of the salt deposits in all the nooks and crannies. I'd not heard that before, but it makes some sort of sense.. now he kinda wishes he had had it done religiously.. I'm kinda surprised he didn't..
Our '03 Sienna still looks good underneath and up top, but wherever there's been a deep nick or scratch -- the hood, one of the wheel wells -- rust is starting to form. There is also a brown line under the hatch window that doesn't look appetizing at all.
Mid-90s Mercedes notwithstanding, I'll take German cars for rust resistance, in the order Porsche/Audi/BMW/VW/Mercedes.
But that's just my bias and observation, no special knowledge of any kind.
#33695 of 35281 Re: started shopping! [steine13]
Sep 09, 2013 (4:26 pm)
I didn't think today's cars had rust problems. I had a 1988 Mazda 323, a 1990 Mazda 626 hatchback, and an '04 Mazda 6 wagon that I still see on the roads around here. None of them rusted. Here in Ohio they certainly salt the roads.
#33696 of 35281 Re: started shopping! [suydam]
Sep 09, 2013 (6:02 pm)
in south jersey, it really doesn't snow enough to have salt be a problem. I am not even sure if they use actual salt now, or some other product. But, the rare time the car does get "salty' I can usually get it washed fairly soon after. Even if I have to take it to the spray it yourself place to get the bad stuff sprayed off.
Now, up where the inlaws are (upper NY, near old farmer) they still use a lot of salt. And the cars up there are a mess, especially in the poorer areas. Anything from the 80s is swiss cheese. japanese or American. Some of the cars you see on the road are scary.. with the huge amount of body rot visible, you know the frame/unibody must be severely compromised too.
#33697 of 35281 Re: started shopping! [suydam]
Sep 09, 2013 (6:31 pm)
The 323 and 626 were notorious for rust around here. Ohio ain't Michigan...
Sep 09, 2013 (7:19 pm)
Our paint is pretty pristine but we live far enough inland where salt water is not an issue. If it weren't for some slight hail damage and hits from the wife not paying the best attention, the car would look almost brand new as we garage it every night. Our 1st Mazda and we like it a lot...so much so that the wife refuses to look for it's replacement...period! Having just hit 123k, I seriously see us hanging on to it until the 170k mark unless the a/c goes completely and can not be fixed. But it still works on setting 3 & 4, so all is good. Even with showing her the comment from another poster about fixing the system before it gets contaminated, she refuses to let me do anything which is kind of dumb but hey, her choice and her car. I have given up talking about it but I will not drive it so if the a/c does finally crap out, I will not be behind the wheel. And she already knows that if it does break, I ain't switching vehicles and she will have to face the consequences of her actions here. Tough love baby!!! If it were my vehicle, it would've been repaired already as I believe in preventative maintenance up to a point!
#33699 of 35281 Re: South Florida Mazda3 [sandman_6472]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 09, 2013 (7:55 pm)
As long as the AC compressor isn't making noise, nothing will get contaminated. But if the AC compressor starts to grumble and knock, it would be best to have it fixed asap. If the compressor seizes, there could be hell to pay in fixing the entire system.
#33700 of 35281 Re: started shopping! [suydam]
Sep 10, 2013 (1:41 pm)
Makes a lot of sense that way. Thanks for the good explanation.
#33701 of 35281 Add me to the list!
Sep 11, 2013 (4:54 pm)
Though I don't post often I do my share of buying cars, much to my wife's chagrin. Just traded our '09 Civic EX, a fine car, for a '13 Accord EX, champagne frost pearl. Though the color wasn't my first choice, I like it.
#33702 of 35281 Investment Grade
Sep 12, 2013 (8:26 am)
Just saw a 2002 loaded Camaro with 10 miles on the odometer up for auction with Mecum. The commentators figure it was one of many that people bought and stored since the Camaro was being discontinued. Of course, the Camaro returned and the 35k msrp car sold for 28k. Win some lose some.