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At this point are these cars all rusting?

Old 10-04-2018, 12:07 PM
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Default At this point are these cars all rusting?

Apologies for the inflammatory title.

​​​​​Still looking for the right s2000 and the more I look and study the market the more I'm seeing rust issues here and there.

​Is it fair to think that any 20-10 year old Honda is gonna have rust issues at some level, either at the usual arches or underneath or specific weak spots like the boot floor?

​​​​​I've owned many Hondas all the way back to a 93' Prelude and the more I think on it they've all had problems with rust. I was underneath my 98k, 08' Fn2 yesterday and it's not too bad - kinda what you would expect for a 10 year old daily driver but I can't help wondering just what condition a 15 year old s2000 is gonna be in underneath.

If there's one thing that kills my enthusiasm for cars it's rust!

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Old 10-04-2018, 01:16 PM
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They are very poorly protected from the factory.

My 2001 has the odd spot but is good overall for a 17yo Japanese car. It had a really Rusty crashbar and behind the rear bumper I would wager 99% are messy. It has surface rust underneath but there's nothing more than that.

The boot floor is not properly painted so rusts if the car develops a leak, which is very common.

the arches are a weak point, so too the subframes etc. If you find a weekend car that hasn't seen salt you will be fine, or a car which has been undersealed.


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I believe my '01 was owned for 8-10+ years by a member on here, and was mainly used as a summer and weekend car.

It was also under sealed at some point, I bought it off someone that had only owned it 6 months ish and hardly used it through the winter due to a company car. I'm going to feel guilty using it soon if I don't find another car to daily drive!

I also own a Mk1 mx5.. don't talk to me about rust on those!
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100% FL car and no rust and i'm about to be at 160k
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Be patient and have faith.
Rust free cars are out there. As has been said above you need to find a weekend/toy car.
if you view a car that has been daily driven it will be rusty almost definitely.
I have recently sold my 99 S2 and that was rust free. But that car was a weekend car all its life, so there is your answer.
Good luck....
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Seems to be mostly prefacelift <03 that are rusting, have not seen many facelift cars with rust. So buy a facelift one, and then get it all sealed up
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Originally Posted by tozerman View Post
Be patient and have faith.
Rust free cars are out there. As has been said above you need to find a weekend/toy car.
if you view a car that has been daily driven it will be rusty almost definitely.
I have recently sold my 99 S2 and that was rust free. But that car was a weekend car all its life, so there is your answer.
Good luck....
Your car was very pampered so a bit of a unicorn imo

My SC 99 has been a toy and is mint underneath, much better than my daily'd 01 but had poor paint. Little rust though, it depends on the car seeing winter action I guess


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Mine is garaged and gets regular Kaercher wheelarch enemas.

So far so good, thank the Lord - as LJKS was wont to say.
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Mine was from Brighton originally, it has also done many snowy winters of doughnuts and general horsing around. Not remotely surprised it has gone eventually.
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No.
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