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Unread 04-04-2011, 02:29 PM   #1
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Rusty 4 day old KK

I don’t know if i have too high of expectations or if I don’t have the experience with new cars but I was wondering if anyone else thinks that this looks like a lot of rust for a Jeep I purchased brand new 4 days ago. I traded a 06 Wrangler with 115k miles on it and it had less rust then my new KK and my '07 F-150 that I turned in at the end of its 3 year lease having never washed it had zero rust on the underbody. At this point I have real concerns as to if this new Jeep will last 5 years with how fast it is rusting... again tell me if you think this is "normal" and that I am over reacting... but I dont like the idea of my "new" Jeep rusting already.

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Unread 04-04-2011, 04:52 PM   #2
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It might have something to do with salted roads since you are in NY. I just looked under my 08 for comparison. Though mine has some light rust in some of the same spots, it doesn't have as much or as wide spread as yours. The spot on the control arm around the bushing looks like mine does, so I am guessing that it might be normal. If it's any consolation, your sway bar and shocks look way shinier than mine. Maybe one of the experts can provide some insight.
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Unread 04-04-2011, 06:11 PM   #3
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Oh i did forget to point out that it only has 300 miles on it and almost 150 of those were the dealer picking it up from another dealer. So it should have almost never if ever been driven in the salt, its been 40 plus the past few weeks including the day the dealer picked it up.
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Unread 04-04-2011, 06:55 PM   #4
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dont worry, both our jeeps had the same amount of rust when i checked em out on the lot, it might be due to the fact that it was standing there for a while.i mean even now some elements look rusty, but not as rusty as they used to when i first saw our KK and JK. KK is going on its 4th year already and JK on the 3rd and they seem to be just fine.
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Unread 04-04-2011, 06:58 PM   #5
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It's only surface rust, nothing to get excited about. Bare steel doesnt take long to rust. I crawled under mine with a can of black rustoleum and sprayed everything that was rusty.
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Unread 04-04-2011, 07:42 PM   #6
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It's only surface rust, nothing to get excited about. Bare steel doesnt take long to rust. I crawled under mine with a can of black rustoleum and sprayed everything that was rusty.
Most of those components are not "bare steel" and if all it takes is a can of rustoleum why cant Jeep do that from the factory?
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Unread 04-04-2011, 08:53 PM   #7
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It is only surface rust but at the same time it has 300 miles on it. mine has 3k I will look in the morning and give you an update. If mine looks like that with 3k miles I wont be happy.
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Unread 04-04-2011, 10:10 PM   #8
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I saw a front suspension of a '11 Dodge Charger a couple weeks old that would make dday88 look like its rust free.The nut holding the ball joint looked like it was 30 years old.The upper contol arm was all rusted,not like the old days,never saw that.
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Unread 04-05-2011, 03:49 AM   #9
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Most of those components are not "bare steel" and if all it takes is a can of rustoleum why cant Jeep do that from the factory?
Cause they don't have to, the owners will take care of it...
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Unread 04-05-2011, 06:24 AM   #10
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I noticed a few new jeeps had brake rotor surface rust also when I was buying mine few weeks ago. I suppose it's normal if they sat in the lot for a awhile and were not driven. Still sucks though....brand new trucks should have zero rust if you ask me...
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Id be pissed if I were you.
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Unread 04-05-2011, 08:55 AM   #12
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once again, its ok, once u start driving the amount of rust is going to decrease.
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Unread 04-05-2011, 09:03 AM   #13
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I noticed a few new jeeps had brake rotor surface rust also when I was buying mine few weeks ago. I suppose it's normal if they sat in the lot for a awhile and were not driven. Still sucks though....brand new trucks should have zero rust if you ask me...
Location is key,closer to the ocean the worst it gets,or in a high salt use area during winter it get real bad.Also the time it sits on the lot affests the amount of surface rust,some "new" vehicles can sit on a lot for up to 2 years before being sold.


The only way you are going to get a 100% rust free vehicle is to pick it up at the end of the assembly line.
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Unread 04-05-2011, 09:04 AM   #14
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once again, its ok, once u start driving the amount of rust is going to decrease.
Only if they actually wash more then just the shiny painted parts.
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Unread 04-05-2011, 11:48 AM   #15
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i rarely wash our jeeps, but they def have much less rust now then they had while they were on the lot.
you are right about them spending a lot of time on the lot plus the proximity to the shore plus the usage of salt.
when we picked up the JK, it only had 7 miles on the clock but underside was ALL rusted. more then 2 years later, all that rust is kinda faded away, i never wash the underneath, unless the car went into the mud while offroading. i think the rainwater on the roads washes away salt and some rust just fine. but thats judging by our 2 jeeps. you case can be different.
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