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what year is safe rust wise

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by anyweb, Aug 31, 2007.

have you spotted rust on your car ? click the year if YES.

  1. I have no rust ! [please comment below with model & year]

    310 vote(s)
    21.8%
  2. 2006

    45 vote(s)
    3.2%
  3. 2005

    68 vote(s)
    4.8%
  4. 2004

    91 vote(s)
    6.4%
  5. 2003

    121 vote(s)
    8.5%
  6. 2002

    173 vote(s)
    12.2%
  7. 2001

    226 vote(s)
    15.9%
  8. 2000

    188 vote(s)
    13.2%
  9. 1999

    146 vote(s)
    10.3%
  10. 1998

    171 vote(s)
    12.1%
  11. 2007

    14 vote(s)
    1.0%
  12. 2008

    5 vote(s)
    0.4%
  13. 2009

    5 vote(s)
    0.4%
  14. 2010

    3 vote(s)
    0.2%
  15. 2011

    2 vote(s)
    0.1%
  16. 2012

    3 vote(s)
    0.2%
  17. 2013

    2 vote(s)
    0.1%
  18. 2014

    3 vote(s)
    0.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. 50876

    50876 Senior Member

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    Our 1997 SLK first started showing rust around the front of the rear wheel arches about four years ago. I repaired it then and again last year by buffing back to the bare metal, priming and re-painting (It didn't need any filler) I have since sold the car and now have a 2007 350SL. It is completely rust free.

    John
     
  2. GeeAy

    GeeAy Senior Member

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    I do find it incredible that we can complain that 15 year old cars have some bubbling.
     
  3. Frontstep

    Frontstep Senior Member

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    That some of them have been rusting for most of those 15 years is the problem.
     
  4. television

    television Always remembered RIP

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    You can complain when the car is only 4 years old about rust, but it will not do you much good.
     
  5. rf065

    rf065 Senior Member

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    After two Mercedes "goodwill rust repairs", first at 4.5 years, second at 6 years, I'd be ecstatic if it reaches 15 years old with only some bubbling!

    Russ
     
  6. Lotus26R

    Lotus26R Active Member

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    2004 SL500, small amount of rust blistering around the n/s/r wheel arch. Question is, shall I do something about it or live with it?
     
  7. Frontstep

    Frontstep Senior Member

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    Use TV's repair otherwise it creeps up the wing.
     
  8. LostKiwi

    LostKiwi Senior Member

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    '93 500SL-32, '01 W210 Estate E240, 02 R230 SL500 (Malcolm Spec), 04 Smart Roadster Coupe
    My 2000 W202 was rusty around the door bottoms and wheel arches but my 1992/3 R129 has no rust at all.
     
  9. television

    television Always remembered RIP

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    They were the best years for the body on a 129, the 2000 year 129's can rust very badly

    The early 202's will out live the last ones in many cases re the rust.
     
  10. grober

    grober Senior Member

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    The statistics re-enforce the evidence that Mercedes body quality took a tumble during the Jürgen Erich Schrempp era from 1998- 2004. First step on the slippery slope was around 1992 when the paint system was changed from solvent based to water based paint--- this was to reduce solvent emissions and was not a choice. Later things got worse during the Daimler - Chrysler era where it was rumoured Mercedes used cheap imported Russian rolled steel stock. Things improved around 2004 as bodies were given better rust protection and steel quality improved.
     
  11. Riko85

    Riko85 New Registration

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    Mercedes CLS 220 AMG bluetec 2015
    Hi, I have Mercedes CLS 220 AMG BLUTEC year 2015 with tyres 255/35/19 front
    And 255/30/19 back
    Can i change it with 255/45/19?
    It's estate . There is a lot of noice when I'm driving on motorway? Thank you
     
  12. DavidR

    DavidR Senior Member

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    Getting back to rust.....

    My soopercheap 1998 W210 OM606 has galloping corrosion in the front wings, so bad that the paint is still solid but the wing behind has disintegrated.

    The rear arches are mainly devoid of paint, and it's had to have a patch welded at the back of the offside sill.

    ... but it was £300 with a year's ticket, so I'm not complaining too loudly!
     
  13. AJD

    AJD Senior Member

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    2012 W204 Sport ///AMG Line 4dr Auto, Obsidian Black, Light Grey Faux Leather. And no AMG badges !!
    Mine is a 2009 W204 C220, no rust I am glad to say !! :):):) My buddy however has a W203 C180 and that is starting to show rust on the wheel arches :-:)-:)-(
     
  14. Kirbs

    Kirbs Senior Member

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    Rust or not to rust thats the question

    I have no rust on a 2004 R230 SL 350 54K

    Since I have had it I blow dry with a powerful leave blower,clearing out all the seams,back areas where water can gather without us knowing,cut,clay bar,protect 3 times per year,dont drive in wet,cold, might have rust somewhere but cant see it yet

    Have read that the next 2 years could be a different story,item in Mercedes Club owner gazette?

    Thanks

    Paul
     
  15. wizzman

    wizzman Active Member

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    Ha ! do yourself a favour Paul and jack the rear of your car up, remove the rear wheel arch liners and clean out all the crud from the inner arches. Or, in the next two years you will be saying hello to rust:(:(:(

    can you guess what I have been doing today ???? grrrr
     
  16. onefortheroad

    onefortheroad Senior Member

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    Late DEC 2004 w211 no rust . wife has a 2003 slk its had rear arches tidied.
     
  17. Flyinspanner

    Flyinspanner Senior Member

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    2017....but only if you buy now :)
     
  18. CITYBOY

    CITYBOY Senior Member

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    I had my previous black C180 2002, for 10 years, my daughter had it the previous 3 years, I waxoiled it 2006, and I sold it 2015, and I can say it did not have any rust whatsoever........whether it is of any importance...it was made in South Africa.
     
  19. mercmancdi

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    09 e250 avangarde cdi. Rust free w212
     
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  20. efinjohn

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    C240/2001/2.6 1996 E250 (The tank) owned for 12years engine has never been touched in anger
    my 2001 c240 rust in both front wings (now replaced) rust in both rear arches (repaired)
    very shoddy paintwork at factory.. owned for 5 years now rustfree and fresh paint.
     

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