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.
Last edited by fxntime; 02-21-2017 at 05:18 AM.