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Old 08-24-2015, 07:19 AM   #1
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One good thing about owning a weekender only Mustang is that you don't have to drive it when the weather sucks. So bad weather and weekend trips to visit family where I could not drive the 2011, it has been 4 plus weeks since I started the car. I drove it from Charleston, SC to Cherokee, NC the second weekend in July. (29.75 mpg) and backed it out of the garage about 10 days later to wash it.

I am feeling the need for some top down driving. Looking forward to some nice fall weather
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Too nice of a car to sit in a garage, weather being good or bad.

Do you expect to gain anything in the way of a trade or outright sale if the car has sat in the garage?

Drive it! Ford will make more!
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If you live in the rust belt that is one thing. Just yesterday I closed my door to my Expedition and saw a big flake fall onto the running board. Got under there and a big 4" piece of metal was rotted away and just fell out when I pushed on it. And I wash that truck weekly in the winter with an underbody wash and everything. Looks like I need to learn to weld finally...


But for just rain... drive it. Rain is not going to hurt it if you take good care of it and there isn't any salt or calcium laid down on the roads.
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:11 PM   #5
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If you live in the rust belt that is one thing. Just yesterday I closed my door to my Expedition and saw a big flake fall onto the running board. Got under there and a big 4" piece of metal was rotted away and just fell out when I pushed on it. And I wash that truck weekly in the winter with an underbody wash and everything. Looks like I need to learn to weld finally...


But for just rain... drive it. Rain is not going to hurt it if you take good care of it and there isn't any salt or calcium laid down on the roads.

What year Expedition? Wondering how fast it rusted out.


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glad I have a Stang and a truck and am happy to not drive the Stang in the rain/snow. I'm keeping it nice for myself not resale value. Yes it'll help but not enough for it to be financially wise to have two cars but if I only had one it would be a truck.
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What year Expedition? Wondering how fast it rusted out.


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Its an 03 so 12 years old. There is bubbling on the liftgate which is common and normal surface rust under the rest of it but this is really bad and I need to make sure I do something about it before it gets worse. Probably just going to cut out the cancer to get to good metal, seal it with rust stopper, cover it with a sheet of fiberglass and then spray bomb it. Its in a spot nobody can see with the door closed.

The frame of the truck itself is fine and I just did all the brake lines myself a few years ago. Runs great and everything works (knock on wood). Every other door is totally fine in this spot, its just this one, blah.


But to get back on topic, this sort of **** is why I never drove my blue 98 during the winter here. If I get a transfer to the Seattle area or San Fran area, I will likely drive year round.
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Its an 03 so 12 years old. There is bubbling on the liftgate which is common and normal surface rust under the rest of it but this is really bad and I need to make sure I do something about it before it gets worse. Probably just going to cut out the cancer to get to good metal, seal it with rust stopper, cover it with a sheet of fiberglass and then spray bomb it. Its in a spot nobody can see with the door closed.

The frame of the truck itself is fine and I just did all the brake lines myself a few years ago. Runs great and everything works (knock on wood). Every other door is totally fine in this spot, its just this one, blah.


But to get back on topic, this sort of **** is why I never drove my blue 98 during the winter here. If I get a transfer to the Seattle area or San Fran area, I will likely drive year round.

My 97 Dakota has rotted really bad in just the last couple years. I'm at the point where it probably makes sense to get rid of it. It not just the body rusting, but everything. This is why I don't drive my cars during the winter either. Let the truck take the beating and replace it when it gets so bad it doesn't pay to stick any more money in it. I'm not saving the cars for anyone but myself.


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Well I need my truck to last until either I make a move out to the west coast or get orders overseas because if I get orders overseas I'll have the Mustang shipped and buy some hatchback when I get over there. So hopefully she has another 2 years in her. With the fact that this rust is in a spot that I can just toss some fiberglass on it and call it good, I think the body probably has another 3 or 4 years in it before things start to really go.


But compare this 12 year old truck to my 15 year old 2000 GT or my old 98 GT that was 17... shows why its not a good idea to drive in salt with a car you actually give a **** about unless you are someone who just trades in every 3-5 years.
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Well I need my truck to last until either I make a move out to the west coast or get orders overseas because if I get orders overseas I'll have the Mustang shipped and buy some hatchback when I get over there. So hopefully she has another 2 years in her. With the fact that this rust is in a spot that I can just toss some fiberglass on it and call it good, I think the body probably has another 3 or 4 years in it before things start to really go.


But compare this 12 year old truck to my 15 year old 2000 GT or my old 98 GT that was 17... shows why its not a good idea to drive in salt with a car you actually give a **** about unless you are someone who just trades in every 3-5 years.
My parents 98 is mantained a lot worse than yours and it is still chugging along nicely
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Oh my truck runs and drives great. Will tow just fine too. Its been my experience with Ford trucks that if you take care of them, the body will fall apart around the drivetrain lol.
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Oh my truck runs and drives great. Will tow just fine too. Its been my experience with Ford trucks that if you take care of them, the body will fall apart around the drivetrain lol.
Better than crapping out trannys every other year if you tow often
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Yep, like I said I need it to last another 2, maybe 3 years. I'll drive it as long as I can honestly.


I just don't think ppl who don't live in areas where in the deep winter your driver vehicle has white powder on it even 5 minutes after you come out of the car wash. I could not imagine doing that to something that was super nice or a pleasure vehicle.


Just rain tho... drive that ****.
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They don't put too much salt down here. They are more on the side of neglect the roads until the fatalities are high enough.
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Too nice of a car to sit in a garage, weather being good or bad.

Do you expect to gain anything in the way of a trade or outright sale if the car has sat in the garage?

Drive it! Ford will make more!
Agreed!! I just ordered some winter tires for mine last night... going to mount them on the not-so-stylish PP wheels and then in the Spring I'm buying some new wheels from AM and mounting the summer tread on them. I will have two sets of tires/wheels that I can switch out myself for the seasons.

Trust me, I thought about buying a crappy DD to keep the Stang pristine, but the thought of not being able to drive it every day just didn't sit well. lol
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Well if you plan on trading it in in 5 or 6 years or whatever go for it. If you think it'll last 10+ without looking like **** underneath with calcium/salt every year. I mean to each their own, I just can't see enjoying a Mustang in winter/ice conditions anyway so might as well keep it snug in the garage.
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Well if you plan on trading it in in 5 or 6 years or whatever go for it. If you think it'll last 10+ without looking like **** underneath with calcium/salt every year. I mean to each their own, I just can't see enjoying a Mustang in winter/ice conditions anyway so might as well keep it snug in the garage.
I hate driving in snow with it to be honest.
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Well if you plan on trading it in in 5 or 6 years or whatever go for it. If you think it'll last 10+ without looking like **** underneath with calcium/salt every year. I mean to each their own, I just can't see enjoying a Mustang in winter/ice conditions anyway so might as well keep it snug in the garage.
I had a CTS before this and with winter tires it's just as fun to drive in the winter. It doesnt snow every day and once the streets are clear and dry I just get the underbelly sprayed out good.

Hell last winter I was passing FWD cars on snowy hills and stopping power is so vastly improved you almost have to worry about idiots behind you. Lol
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I work at keeping my car clean inside and out (including the engine bay). OK, so maybe I go a bit overboard. But that is the way I like it. That is just impossible to do in CT when you drive it in the winter. Having a second car to drive in the winter also allows you to get mods done that take some time without having to worry about how you are going to get to work because the car is still on the lift. The best thing about putting the car away for the winter is that it is like driving a new car every spring. Now....can we stop talking about hibernation? It's killing me to think that there are only a few more months before I won't be driving it!!!!
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