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Undercarriage Rust opinions?

Hey all,

Looking at a 2013 FJ to buy. Relatively decent mileage (80k ish). I had a remote inspection completed and this is the view of the undercarriage. It's had one side panel replaced and another with a little body fill, but I think that was from some off roading since there's no accident report.

Anyways, figured you guys would have a better opinion on the underside of this FJ.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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In my opinion that's nothing to be concerned with, very minimal and just surface. Wish mine looked that well, but then again it's an 07.
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In the world of rust, this is pretty minimal.

Where is the vehicle coming from? Regardless of where it's going to live, I'd do a very thorough steam cleaning and then get an undercarriage anti-rust treatment. If you're in a road-salt-free area, that should sort of compensate for the frame E-coat that has already been corroded away.
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In the world of rust, this is pretty minimal.

Where is the vehicle coming from? Regardless of where it's going to live, I'd do a very thorough steam cleaning and then get an undercarriage anti-rust treatment. If you're in a road-salt-free area, that should sort of compensate for the frame E-coat that has already been corroded away.
It's coming from around Portland, Oregon. I am, however, in an area that gets a lot of salt on the roads (Salt Lake City).
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It's coming from around Portland, Oregon. I am, however, in an area that gets a lot of salt on the roads (Salt Lake City).
Thatís too bad ... you are absolutely committed to driving it during road-salt season?

If so, a very meticulous program of regular undercarriage rinsing + yearly premium rust-preventive treatments can help delay the cancer, but will never eliminate it.
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Thatís too bad ... you are absolutely committed to driving it during road-salt season?

If so, a very meticulous program of regular undercarriage rinsing + yearly premium rust-preventive treatments can help delay the cancer, but will never eliminate it.
Well, I'm going between some options here.

If I get this 2013 (TT 6MT), I have to sell my current car to afford it (old Honda Fit with plenty of life left).

I'm also looking at a local unmodified 07 FJ (79k miles) that would allow me to keep my Fit as the runner in the winter when the snow isn't too bad. I might have to drive the FJ on particularly bad snow days though (4WD and all). This particular FJ happens to have a transferrable bumper to bumper warranty on it for the next 3 years/30k miles. Then after the warranty period I can get into some more... involved... modifications.

Otherwise there's a NSSE in Florida that I'm eyeballing which could fall somewherein the middle of these price ranges.

Either way, I will do whatever it takes to keep the vehicle as clean as possible underneath. I've seen some really interesting methods on here to handle some of the salt issues.

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Best way to combat the "R" is during winter - weekly undercarriage rinse.

and as others have mentioned some form of coating on the frame to be that protecting layer.

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Re: Undercarriage Rust opinions?

Hey guys,

Passed on the other one since they wouldn't budge on price, but I think I've finally found the one. Negotiated a good price, awaiting a prepurchase inspection tomorrow.

Figured I'd ask your opinion one more time. Thanks for all your help already.

This is a 2010 with 84k miles on it.

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Rust is my concern as well, my 2011 has 96k, looks brand new is in excellent condition and runs beautiful. But the undercarriage is a real concern because if the harsh winters we have here. I took some pics and would appreciate it any advice you can give a new owner.
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