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Old 08-14-2007, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default Need advice on buying Vermont Subie, how much rust to expect?

Texas guy, thinking about a 2000 model Vermont Sube... thing looks good in pics, owner says 'little to no rust'. How big of an issue will rust be down the road a bit, and what can I expect to deal with? How are GC's of similar years holding up? Any insight / advice appreciated!
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:14 PM   #2
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I don't think there is a Subaru in New England that has been driven in the winter that doesn't have some surface rust underneath. The question is what is lurking under the surface waiting to emerge?? The problem with rust is, short of replacing the panel, you will never get rid of it. Hope this helps..
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:21 PM   #3
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Road salt makes rusting more prevalent. Bringing a VT Subie back to Texas will make it a happy car, like an old person who retires to Florida to play golf in the warm sun. LOL
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:29 PM   #4
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Rear quarter panel, right above the fender. I haven't seen a single high-mileage GC without rust there.

Little to no makes me think "some". The rear fenders sometimes start on the inside where you can't see them, but it will spread out pretty quickly. Any place that has a dent/missing paint is likely to rust too, including the trunk (gets a lot of rocks thrown up from the tires) and the roof (on highways).
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:51 PM   #5
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Even if the body is clean, every fastener, nut, bolt, brake line... under the car will be corroded. Things like exhausts need to be but off, the nuts are just too far gone. The extra hassle of working on a NE car isn't worth it, IMO. My 8 year old BMW was a Texas car, everything under it is still corrosion free and much easier to work on.
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:55 PM   #6
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Thanks fellas, all your input is exactly what I was wondering about. I guess I'll pass on the VT GC :/
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Old 08-15-2007, 08:30 AM   #7
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Honestly, it's probably not the end of the world. I've owned/worked on plenty of rusty cars before, and as mentioned before, there are very few NE cars which haven't been exposed to salt. It's not that you ought to expect holes in the floorboard or quarter panels, but all the underbody bolts, engine components, etc will be seasoned in a gentle layer of corrosion.

PB blaster and patience will help quite a bit, but having worked on Texas cars before I can tell you the difference is like day and night... don't rule out a NE car completely, but look hard closer to home.
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:56 AM   #8
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If the GC you're looking at is exactly what you want, then why not? If the car was taken care of, then chances are the rust issue is minimal. Some Subies up here look 10 years older than they are and others seem years newer...

And I think every Suby deserves a happy Southern retirerment
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:20 AM   #9
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Us Vermonters don't realize how good the rest of the country has it as far as rust goes. We know all about pb blaster. We know all sorts of tricks to remove rusted on bolts.
I friend of mine moved back east from colorado. He bought and brought back a 60's vintage jeep. I helped him work on it.....it was a dream, it was like working on a new car....all the bolts came out so easy.
If you don't have to expose yourself to that crap....don't do it.
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