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How bad is my Rust?

2007 FJ Cruiser. Just bought at a great price, I think, $10,000. Looks good on the inside and outside. However there is quiet a bit of rust on the frame. I was going to replace the hitch but thought that it looked unsafe. What do you think? I know some is just surface rust but some is pretty bad. Some of the inside and outside pictures would indicate that the person who had it before me took pretty good care of it.
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Re: How bad is my Rust?

Wow that does look pretty bad. Not a whole lot of that rear bumper crossmember left!
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Re: How bad is my Rust?

id say hell no unless you replace the frame, that looks pretty bad even for 10K your getting into safety concerns territory not to mention if its straight or not having that much metal gone or useless in the bad cross member

edit: you can buy frame section on aftermarket sites... cut out the rusted out cross member in the back and weld in the new one

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Re: How bad is my Rust?

That's pretty rough. That rear member is rusted through right where it connects to the side rails which could be a big issue if you hit too large of a bump. I'd have someone fix at least that portion that very soon by cutting away the rust and welding in new steel. You could take a wire brush and a can or two of black spray paint down there and head off some of the surface rust, which will also help reveal where it is worse than it looks.

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Re: How bad is my Rust?

Man I cant believe Toyota isn't stepping up and looking at the frame rust on these vehicles. I was lucky to get a good platform to start with and can maintain the rust to hold it at bay. The bodies last and the frames rot what a shame.
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Re: How bad is my Rust?

Wow! Where did that come from? Bottom of the Great Lakes?

There is rust....then there is your FJ. Take it back.
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Re: How bad is my Rust?

''It's dead Jim.''

5 minutes with a hammer and that frame would be holed 10X more then it is now. Unsafe to drive and unfortunately you got ripped off. 5 minutes on a lift inspecting it would have saved you 10K of pain. Seller knew the frame was toast which is why he sold it. It'll cost you more then the cost of the vehicle to repair it right if you don't have a background of doing frame work and can do it yourself.

If a vehicle is dirt cheap, there is almost always a good reason why it is under valued. [yes, I have learned this the hard way] While you can find a deal, one needs to take extra cautions in checking it out.

I looked at a lot of used FJ's before I bought new, it is sad how poorly people take care of the undersides of their vehicles and even the ones at Yota dealers [along with Taco's, Tundra's ect] had horrible rust issues, they just blasted over the undersides with goo so it was covered and black and not rust brown. I saw exactly zero FJ's I was willing to buy used [and the prices were close to new anyways] once I glanced under them.

Always have one cheaper vehicle that is my winter sacrificial ride, all else sits in the garage and waits til all the salt is washed off the roads.
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Re: How bad is my Rust?

x2 on the sorry news that one looks to be way beyond saving

Buy a wrecked FJ (ideally, one that has been rolled) and put them together to make one good one.

Then, fluid film the snot out of it!



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I hope you live somewhere that has lemon laws to protect the buyer...
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Re: How bad is my Rust?

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I hope you live somewhere that has lemon laws to protect the buyer...
What he said, I can tell you with ANY reputable shop would take a step back before turning a wrench on this thing and tell you the frame is destroyed. I agree with everyone above but I'll point out a couple other things.
The best analogy for describing rust like this is an iceberg, what you can see is unfortunately only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I wouldn't bother cleaning or changing frame members, this is a safety issue and as such can be litigated, the dealership needs to make this right pronto.

I can also tell you that the early FJ's have a notorious weak spot at the motor mount frame tie in area so you add this kind of weakness and you have yet another liability. Also you need to wary of the brake lines as well.

The primary frame members are severely weakened and will be subject to failure in an accident also and this thing may never give out but chances are it will when you least expect it.

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