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Old 02-10-2017, 08:52 AM   #26
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I would call the dealership to check whether they have a sort of warranty on body rust. I know that major carmakers have 5, 10 years... so why not check.
And yes, wish you luck in fixing this!
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Old 02-10-2017, 10:16 AM   #27
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To my earlier point, Subaru acknowledged the issue and agreed to fix it (however I have a call with them today to determine how it would be fixed). They probably did not want to go through the warranty (below) because they would be on the hook if they did a topical fix and did not either replace the door or do an invasive repair (pictured earlier in the thread).

Does anyone agree/disagree this would fall into rust perf. warranty below? My car is new enough that I'd be willing to take them to small claims court. It's ridiculous.

So the below is the Rust Perforation Limited Warranty:

RUST PERFORATION COVERAGE for all models is 5 years, regardless of mileage. Subject to the exclusions listed in this warranty, defective original body sheet metal panels that are rusted completely through from the inside out (perforated by corrosion) will be repaired or, at the option of SOA or your Authorized SUBARU Dealer, replaced without charge to you for labor and materials. The following items are not covered: (1) rusting of the outside of the underbody (floor pan) or any other part of the vehicle except body panels; (2) rust resulting from alteration of any body panels; (3) rust as a result of damage to paint caused by normal road hazards such as stones or other debris; (4) body panel rust caused by abuse, lack of maintenance, or damage to the vehicle; (5) rust caused by sand, mud, salt, submergence of a body panel in water, exposure to industrial fallout, chemical fallout, tree sap, hail, or other causes beyond the control of SOA; (6) replacement body sheet metal panels and (7) other items listed under "What is Not Covered" (later in this section).

Rust Perforation Coverage applies to perforation due to corrosion only. Perforation is a rust-through condition, such as an actual hole in a sheet metal panel. Cosmetic or surface corrosion, such as that caused by stone chips or scratches in the paint, is not covered under this warranty. In addition, SOA or your Authorized SUBARU Dealer reserves the right to decide whether painting the repaired or replaced panel to match the original finish is feasible. SOA will not, under any circumstances, pay for painting the entire vehicle solely to match paint color.
Since your vehicle was designed and built to resist corrosion, use of additional rust-inhibiting materials is not necessary and not a requirement for coverage under this warranty. Whether to obtain such additional protection is your decision.
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:54 PM   #28
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There is a hole at the top of the window frame. It's used to attach the weatherstripping to the door with a plastic clip.

The problem is that there is no drain at the bottom of the window frame
Same issue on the driver's door of my 2010 STI. Now has one dime-sized rust bloom and 3 smaller ones moving up the pillar, so definitely rusting up from bottom.

Any thoughts on drilling a drain hole on the inside of the door, at the bottom where the inside and outside panels separate?

I think I'll try that and flood the cavity with rust stop, via the top hole that holds in the corner of the rubber door seal. Not ready to cut the rust out - looks beyond my bodyworking skills.

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Old 04-02-2017, 01:37 PM   #29
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Same issue on the driver's door of my 2010 STI. Now has one dime-sized rust bloom and 3 smaller ones moving up the pillar, so definitely rusting up from bottom.

Any thoughts on drilling a drain hole on the inside of the door, at the bottom where the inside and outside panels separate?

I think I'll try that and flood the cavity with rust stop, via the top hole that holds in the corner of the rubber door seal. Not ready to cut the rust out - looks beyond my bodyworking skills.

- Harry
That is exactly what I did after welding the patch. I left a small hole on the bottom where the panels separate and injected some rustproofing in the cavity
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Old 04-16-2017, 03:33 PM   #30
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That is exactly what I did after welding the patch. I left a small hole on the bottom where the panels separate and injected some rustproofing in the cavity


I just injected two doses of 0.5 oz of rust stop into each front door, from the top corner hole. I'll see how much it slows down the rust.

Turns out, the door cavity does have a drain hole - the excess rust stop drained out the drain hole at the bottom of the rear edge of door.

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Old 05-05-2017, 02:00 PM   #31
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Any updates from folks who have been pushing SOA/dealers? Seems like a fairly widespread issue.
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Old 05-06-2017, 12:16 PM   #32
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This is definitely interesting. My '08 2.5i (that I bought in Nov '07) is showing zero signs of corrosion both inside and outside of the doors. Granted I didn't peel back the black tape. My car has been parked outside since day one but I also live in a dry climate.
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:49 PM   #33
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So sad my '10 STi is doing the same thing on the passenger-side door, in that exact location.



Going to get some estimates soon.
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Old 06-15-2017, 03:00 PM   #34
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any success with this? I'm having the issue on both sides...
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Old 06-16-2017, 04:09 PM   #35
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I would not be surprised if this rust(ing) is being caused and/or accelerated by deicing agents that are being used during the winter months on road surfaces in place of rock-salt, sand and/or equivalent.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:03 AM   #36
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My 2011 STi is doing the same thing. Both front doors in exactly the same spot. Really irritating issue on a 6 year old car!
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Old 08-22-2017, 04:49 PM   #37
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My 2013 wax has rust bubble on both sides under the vinyl. 4 years old ;<
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:09 PM   #38
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Default 2008+ Impreza/WRX/STI - B Pillar Rust

Just got mine fixed. IAG (local tuner shop in MD) body shop ground the rust out of driver’s side and covered with epoxy filler, primed and re-applied black vinyl.

Body shop manager thought the rust was happening because the internal channel gets too tight to let factory rust protection to get in there.

Repair looks good


I guess I'll just wait and see how it holds up.

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Old 07-18-2018, 10:22 AM   #39
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Just got mine fixed. IAG (local tuner shop in MD) body shop ground the rust out of driverís side and covered with epoxy filler, primed and re-applied black vinyl.

Body shop manager thought the rust was happening because the internal channel gets too tight to let factory rust protection to get in there.

Repair looks good


I guess I'll just wait and see how it holds up.

Harry
Looks great. How is it holding up?

Mine is getting worse, thinking about getting it repaired.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:31 PM   #40
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Same issue on my 2008
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:58 PM   #41
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Any updated on how everybody has been dealing with this issue? Anybody willing to share how much they paid to get this rust fixed?
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