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Old 04-09-2013, 12:15 PM   #1
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I've been looking to buy a used WRX. Midatlantic and Northeast market. When I look at the underbody there is a lot of rust on some of these cars. I understand that surface rust is only cosmetic. If I can't puncture the rust with a screwdriver I don't need to worry, right?

Can anybody show some pics of what is and isn't acceptable?
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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Same answer as everything else, take it to a professional and get it inspected pre-purchase.

If you can't puncture it with a screw driver, that could also mean that you're a weakling. It could mean that it's strong enough to stand up to ~200 pounds of man. But will it take 3500 pounds of another car hitting it?

You're buying (I'm assuming) an 11 year old car. Rust comes with the territory. Big thing on the early cars was the control arms.
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:04 PM   #3
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Would something like this worry you?

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Old 04-09-2013, 06:29 PM   #4
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i would head to a area that doesnt salt any road and buy from there. hell, head to AZ and buy a fresh car from there as it will have no rust
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:07 PM   #5
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My '02 has a serious case of NE rust. It's not the easy things like control arms (which were replaced in the great salt state recall) but the FRAME you need to worry about. Once that goes there is not much you can do for the beast other than find another auto.

Take it to someone that understands the underbody issues (where rust starts and where it is critical to have structural integrity) and have them poke around.

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:14 PM   #6
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Sure. No rust but then op brings car back here and gets rusty anyway.
yes, as 4 year old car with no rust is much better than a 4 year old car with 4 years of horrible rust.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
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Sure. No rust but then op brings car back here and gets rusty anyway.
What in the hell is wrong with you...
Let's take a look at what you just said. The two options.

Buy a car that's had X number of years of rust. This car is already rusted up, has possible structural defects, and the OP is worried about it.

OR

Buy that same car with no rust and bring to a place where, yes, it will get rusty... OP has no worries about structural or cosmetic rust issues for at least a few years, if not more.

Seriously. Do you think before you type? Like, at all? Every post I've seen from you so far has been asinine.

Why would I buy a new car if I'm just going to have to change the timing belt in 100k miles when I can buy a 100k mile car with the timing belt already damaged... Basically what you just said.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:34 PM   #8
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What in the hell is wrong with you...
Let's take a look at what you just said. The two options.

Buy a car that's had X number of years of rust. This car is already rusted up, has possible structural defects, and the OP is worried about it.

OR

Buy that same car with no rust and bring to a place where, yes, it will get rusty... OP has no worries about structural or cosmetic rust issues for at least a few years, if not more.

Seriously. Do you think before you type? Like, at all? Every post I've seen from you so far has been asinine.

Why would I buy a new car if I'm just going to have to change the timing belt in 100k miles when I can buy a 100k mile car with the timing belt already damaged... Basically what you just said.
Don't mind him, he's 21 with a 3.9gpa, taken his CPAs, dates a 19 year old high schooler and thinks he's going to make $45/hr starting base pay straight out of college and the only reason nobody else can make that much money is they suck.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:36 PM   #9
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Don't mind him, he's 21 with a 3.9gpa, taken his CPAs, dates a 19 year old high schooler and thinks he's going to make $45/hr starting base pay straight out of college and the only reason nobody else can make that much money is they suck.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:39 PM   #10
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Sure. No rust but then op brings car back here and gets rusty anyway.

This guy is the seller.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:43 PM   #11
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This guy is the seller.
Not unless someone was retarded enough to rent him their car for his girlfriends prom and now he's selling it on them.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:12 PM   #12
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if theres some rust but not rot you could clean it up a little an then cover it with por15 it stops rust and prevents it i work good for me
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:14 PM   #13
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just dont get the por15 on bolts because you probaly wont be able to get them back out and it wont come off clothes either
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:34 PM   #14
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Would something like this worry you?

If this is the car you are looking at then HELL yes, as there is no EVAP canister where it should be.
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