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post #23926 of 26291
Yeah you gotta be really diligent to mitigate against rust. Either don't drive it at all or buy yourself one of those undercarriage pressure washers and rinse off all the dirt and salt after each drive.

I always got a car wash after driving in the snow with my m3.

But even then, I'm not convinced you can prevent it entirely with all the nooks and trannies.

Best bet is to simply not drive it and have a dedicated winter beater.
post #23927 of 26291
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post
 

I disagree.  If people take care of their cars and wash them regularly to keep the salt off, it should be fine.  I have had 10+ year old cars hold up fine and be rust free in the midwest. 

 

You're further from the ocean.


The miata I looked at was also from 90. Had the PPI done because it was 55 bucks and I was curious. This was the cheapest car I'd looked at. I'll post a picture of it and the PPI. They said it was in good condition for the age. Had a leaky gasket that they said was an easy fix. Clutch, trans, engine, all good. Issue with power window and AC needs a recharge. Needs new belts all around. Mechanic said it wouldn't have issues passing inspection now in it's current condition, but 500 bucks would do it a lot of good mechanically. At that point, I'd be up to like 3k+ so it might be more cost efficient to just buy something newer in slightly better condition if I can find it.

 

There was some rust on the side of the frame that they said started when the rail was hit by a bump or such.

Anyway, here's the pictures and the report. The stupid thing is that I forgot about the airbag light flashing. Apparently it turned off when the seller was bringing it here and the mechanic didn't notice it on his test drive. So either the seller unattached it (would beep though) or fixed it. I think the old steering wheel was replaced, the daughter didn't like the aftermarket one, and so it was placed back on which is when the light came on.

 

 

 

That's apparently a problem spot. The seller knows someone he said can put a plate on it or something for cheap.

 

 

 

The above is apparently not alarming, though it freaked me out a bit!

 

Bit of a hack job cover up. Apparently the car was painted and someone backed into it or such. It's like this on both sides. The entire car was painted though, so it wasn't just a touch up jobbie.

post #23928 of 26291
Do you have time to buy a Florida car and drive it up? You have a better chance of finding rust free cars here (or CA, but that's x3 the drive)
post #23929 of 26291
I'd be way of purchasing any car from Florida Man. He's a known criminal and makes the news rounds every single day.
post #23930 of 26291
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Do you have time to buy a Florida car and drive it up? You have a better chance of finding rust free cars here (or CA, but that's x3 the drive)

Haha not now that school had started.

That said, my dad's in PA and I'm sure he'd look at a couple of cars for me.

I could also go home for a few days and look since I can watch lectures from home and I want to spend a bit of time with my parents.
post #23931 of 26291
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post
 

I disagree.  If people take care of their cars and wash them regularly to keep the salt off, it should be fine.  I have had 10+ year old cars hold up fine and be rust free in the midwest. 

Sorry, but I disagree with you.  My wife's MB is over 10 years old its a daily driver, it goes in snow/salt there is no rust on the body that's visible, but if you were to put in on a lift I'm sure there would be some in various hard to see places.  I would guess the same is true of your car also.  While modern cars have come a long way in terms of rust proofing, and using plastic that won't rust, washing the car at home or a car wash, you simply can't get into to every little opening or crevice where slush with salt has been slung. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Yeah you gotta be really diligent to mitigate against rust. Either don't drive it at all or buy yourself one of those undercarriage pressure washers and rinse off all the dirt and salt after each drive.

I always got a car wash after driving in the snow with my m3.

But even then, I'm not convinced you can prevent it entirely with all the nooks and trannies.

Exactly!  The guys at a shop I've been to said, even with really well kept cars, when they put them on a lift they can always tell the ones that get driven all year round and washed vs the ones that don't go out in the winter.  Salt leaves tell tale signs especially after several seasons of being driven during the winter. 


Edited by Dino944 - 8/5/16 at 9:41am
post #23932 of 26291
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post
 

Sorry, but I disagree with you.  My wife's MB is over 10 years old its a daily driver, it goes in snow/salt there is no rust on the body that's visible, but if you were to put in on a lift I'm sure there would be some in various hard to see places.  I would guess the same is true of your car also.  While modern cars have come a long way in terms of rust proofing, and using plastic that won't rust, washing the car at home or a car wash, you simply can't get into to every little opening or crevice where slush with salt has been slung. 

 

 

Exactly!  The guys at a shop I've been to said, even with really well kept cars, when they put them on a lift they can always tell the ones that get driven all year round and washed vs the ones that don't go out in the winter.  Salt leaves tell tale signs especially after several seasons of being driven during the winter. 

 

I'm just sharing my experience.  I have had problems with rust on one car in my life, and it never got washed and was 20 years old when I got rid of it - had to replace the exhaust and the engine mounting brackets.  20 years of Wisconsin and Minnesota winters where salt is used heavily.  None of the cars ever had body rust like the one otc posted above.  Some of the components were that rusty color, but they were completely fine and functional.

post #23933 of 26291
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

 

I'm just sharing my experience.  I have had problems with rust on one car in my life, and it never got washed and was 20 years old when I got rid of it - had to replace the exhaust and the engine mounting brackets.  20 years of Wisconsin and Minnesota winters where salt is used heavily.  None of the cars ever had body rust like the one otc posted above.  Some of the components were that rusty color, but they were completely fine and functional.

You previously said your 10 year old car driven in snow/salt is rust free.  Maybe none is visible on the body work but I'd bet if it went up on a lift you would find some rust.  It not, you are incredibly lucky. 

 

My point to RTC, was basically if looking at daily drivers in the North East, he has to expect there will probably be some rust...especially since many of the cars he is considering are almost 20 years old or older.  That's a lot of winters and a lot of salt, and over time rocks and things kicked up eventually exposing bare metal, or water gets trapped in certain areas and eventually rust starts to set in...sometimes it can be more cosmetic, sometimes its more serious.

 

Its fine to share your experience, its simply that my experience is different that yours.  Cheers!

post #23934 of 26291
GF and his gf?
post #23935 of 26291
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In terms of resale, clean NAs are fetching much higher prices than similarly clean early NBs around here.

Mostly from the nostalgia and hype factor.

I kinda dig the NA, but the more time I spend looking for one, the more I'm starting to think that the NB is the more grown up car which will hopefully lead to less headaches.

I want a 1.8 NA, but the airbag sensor stuff I've read has me spooked.
post #23936 of 26291
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

You made a narrow escape with your retirement funds in tact by not purchasing that SL600.  Those things are money pits.  That's part of the reason they are so cheap.  No one wants to spend what it costs to maintain them or purchase parts for them.   If you ever have far more money than you need and change your mind, there is never a shortage of old SL600s, SL500s, and AMG cars selling for a fraction of their MRSP. 

Personally, I find the body style of the 90's SLs rather dated today.  I'm not really an SL kind of person, but if I were buying one I'd rather have an R107 SL (560SL or 450SL) which were of far better build quality and don't have all issues that plagued a lot of MBs from the late 90s early 2000s. 

Good thoughts Dino. Mostly true. There's two major imminent repairs: the droptop hydraulics and the raise-and-lower-w-a-button "adaptive dampening" suspension. People get whacked like $6k+ at the dealership or $3k+ at an ind't for this. I lurked like a mofo on benzworld and the way around this is a refurb of the cylinders and grabbing the "air accumulators" off of autohausaz or pelicanparts. Now you're talking $1k with labor for each. Factor in about $15hundo a year over and above 12 spark plugs and an oil greedy engine for other smaller shit going and you're good. This thing was $20K *CAD. Cheaper than a base Accord. And my ind't mechanic is a 12min streetcar from work.

Anyway this was the plan. Lol
post #23937 of 26291
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GF and his gf?



I might be in the minority here, but three dudes beating up on another dude is a reason to pull a gun; although, it seems a bit premature.

post #23938 of 26291
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I might be in the minority here, but three dudes beating up on another dude is a reason to pull a gun; although, it seems a bit premature.

There's a longer version of this. Guy in the BMW tries to block them from passing when they're going by in the other lane then gets out and confronts the bikers for having the nerve to pass him. He then stands in front of one of the bikes and won't let that biker go. Guy got what he deserved.
post #23939 of 26291
Where's Mad Max when you need'em eh??

*also DANK kinda pussed out a bit and bailed on his homies..
post #23940 of 26291

$10 says those guys all get assault arrests because the guy was dumb enough to film it and then post it on youtube.

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There's a longer version of this. Guy in the BMW tries to block them from passing when they're going by in the other lane then gets out and confronts the bikers for having the nerve to pass him. He then stands in front of one of the bikes and won't let that biker go. Guy got what he deserved.

 

Guys seems like a douche, but I certainly wouldn't be throwing punches at some dude who is that crazy.


Any surprise that this appears to be FL?

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