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#171 of 225 I feel sick.....
Oct 17, 2007 (1:46 pm)
I haven't been on this board for a while. I bought (or rather my husband did) a 2003 Forester, new in June 2003. It made engine noise so I took it to the dealer. They put in a rebuilt engine. My Forester had less than 37,000 kms on it. and more than likely that rebuilt engine has a lot more kms on it. I was planning to keep the Forester for a long time. I had it rustproofed every year and took really good care of it, taking it a long distance to a Subaru dealer for even an oil change. My husband feels we should dump it. Not only that but he will not get another Subaru for me. I've been a Subaru costomer for over 20 years so this is all a very hard pill to swallow.
Oct 17, 2007 (6:04 pm)
"... I had it rustproofed every year..."
Is not the car rustproofed as made? Galvanized metal body panels, dipped in primers, doors and cavities sprayed with wax compounds, etc?
Is there any need to rustproof the car every year, and what does that include? Is that just spraying bituminous coating to the underside and wheel wells-- the old undercoating treatment?
And do Subarus have a rust problem if not undercoated every year?
#173 of 225 Rustproofed every year......
Oct 17, 2007 (6:26 pm)
Well, I do it because of past Subarus I've owned. They rusted apart but were mechanically still fine. I didn't use Subaru's own rustproofing, but went instead to a local body shop that does an excellent job with undercoating. I brought the Forester straight there after buying it and did it again every fall since then. So the new owner will have an excellent body but a rebuilt engine! What a switch!
#174 of 225 Re: I feel sick..... [joybell]
Oct 18, 2007 (12:20 am)
My Forester had less than 37,000 kms on it.
If it's your Forester then you should have the final say in whether to trade it in for something else! That's just my humble opinion, for what it's worth.
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#175 of 225 It all depends on who pays for it....
Oct 18, 2007 (6:07 am)
and in my case it's my husband. Besides, he does have a point and I'm beginning to see it.
#176 of 225 Re: It all depends on who pays for it.... [joybell]
Oct 18, 2007 (2:46 pm)
he does have a point and I'm beginning to see it
Glad you can cause I'm not seeing it
FYI, all the car compaines have made great strides in the past few years in preventing rust (hence the long rust warranties) so annual rust-proofing isn't really needed. In fact, when applied incorrectly, it can actually cause rust by trapping moisture between the coating and the body panels.
#177 of 225 Re: It all depends on who pays for it.... [p0926]
Oct 18, 2007 (5:35 pm)
Yup, undercoating these days causes more rust than it prevents due to the moisture trapping issue.
#178 of 225 Re: Rustproofed every year...... [joybell]
Oct 19, 2007 (4:51 am)
"... past Subarus I've owned. They rusted apart..."
Is this a problem with Foresters? Maybe because so many are used in snowbelt states?
#179 of 225 Re: Rustproofed every year...... [aatherton]
Oct 19, 2007 (10:42 am)
She was refering to cars built well before the first Forester came out (1998). You really don't hear much about rusting problems any more.
#180 of 225 Re: Rustproofed every year...... [aatherton]
Oct 19, 2007 (4:44 pm)
joybell was referring to 80's and earlier cars, which all rusted out, post 80's cars are relatively rust free these days.