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Old 06-25-2014, 09:18 PM   #1
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do our cars even rust?

Tired of the guys at work telling me my Ford is held together with rust, so decided I would do some painting. Minimal rust around fender wells. As I sanded I realised under the rust is shinny steel or metal whatever haha no more rust.
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do our cars even rust?

Zero rust for me. I live in Northern California though


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2000 v6 iowa winters minimal rust but some starting
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No rust here in Michigan. Driven half of one winter out of It's 18 years only though.

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But I rarely see a rotted out mustang to be honest. It's all about the care for them in these God forsaken winter states.

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You guys need to get out more, Mustangs rust a TON if you drive them in the winter. It isn't as fast as a mid 2000s Super Duty but its not pretty either. Get an older one that has driven in the rust belt as a DD year round and it'll have rot all over.
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The body rust on my car has looked like that over a year and sanded rite off to shiny steel. Because these cars do not have frames and are unibody does that make rot that much harder to cure once the car eventually gets cancer
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02 in Maryland no rust!
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You guys need to get out more, Mustangs rust a TON if you drive them in the winter. It isn't as fast as a mid 2000s Super Duty but its not pretty either. Get an older one that has driven in the rust belt as a DD year round and it'll have rot all over.
Get out more?! How many mustang's do you see driven in the winter, only if someone has to? I have seen rotted ones for sure, I live in Michigan, I know all about rot. Most 90s-2000s cars will be full of rot if not taken care of and driven in the winter. I see a lot of clean mustang's due to owners taking care of them, and honestly It's not that hard to keep them clean, no winters and maintenance.

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If someone cant afford a second vehicle and there Mustang is not Slammed then with a good set of winter tires and some get unstuck equipment in the trunk I don't see why not to drive in the winter. These cars are not Ferrari's and should not be Garage queens. If you have a 4x4 truck as a second vehicle then great, garage the car for the winter and if not drive the car
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I've seen enough rotted and crappy ones here. Probably because in NJ it isn't beaten into ppl's heads at a young age that you need to wash your car with a full undercarriage wash in the winter once a week to keep the crap from eating it alive and even then. I know ppl from the "rust belt" states who are almost religous about taking their cars/trucks through a full body carwash once a week in the winter.

And yes plenty of ppl drive them yearround around here.
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On my 2000 v6 It had rear quarter panel cancer on both sides only about the size of a quarter on each side. Had another slight rust bubble on the front quarter. Underside however, was just mild surface rust. Wasn't bad at all, which is weird because It was my year round DD, in the brutal chicago winters.

On my 2002 gt not a speck of rust on the body, and very minimal surface rust underneath. It is however, stored through winters, and rarely driven through rain.


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I don't see many around the Detroit area in the winter. The ones I do see are usually one to two years old, cause they are the persons primary vehicle. And not driving a mustang in the winter has nothing to do with keeping it like a pristine Ferrari to me, it has everything to do with it being a huge hassle. If you aren't fortunate enough to have another vehicle then yes you would have to drive it obviously. Then like Scotty said you wash it once a week, including the under carriage. I used to do this with my camaro when I drove it all year round. Kept it clean and no rust ever. But it was an extremely big hassle to deal with being stuck all the time.

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Get some good winter tires and you will be like every other car on the road, I rarely ever have gotten stuck. Get the car undercoated if that concerned about the sand and salt used for the roads but washing the underside is just promoting rust, water, salt.. rust.... undercoat if your that concerned
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Underbody spray carwash during the winter is definitely NOT going to be worse than leaving a layer of road salt on the car for months. Cmon lol.
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if its below freezing out leave it alone... if it gets above freezing then wash it off but the cold ice and snow suspend the salt eating away, its when it warms up and its still on that it starts doing its job. That's why its better to leave a car outside in the cold with it plugged in rather then in a warm shop where everything warms up and the salt and water start creating rust... yup lol ... still best to just get undercoating done
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