Off-Topic French cars "less rusty"

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by FirstHonda, Wednesday 30th Oct, 2013.

  1. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    Interested to see a piece in "Practical Classics" this month, about a survey (in "Car Mechanics" magazine) that has found French cars are less prone to rust than other marques!!

    The survey looked at cars built between 1998 - 2008 in a couple of big scrapyards, and Citroen came top. The BMW E36 and especially the later E46 (3 series?) did badly, as did Jaguar and Mercedes. Alfa Romeo did "better than average."

    No particular mention of Honda, but the full results are out in "Car Mechanics" if anybody has a copy?

    A couple of quotes that made me smile...

    The report author said, "Say what you like about French makers' electrics and trim, but they know how to make a bodyshell last for 10-15 years."

    "The feature concludes that regular cleaning and rust prevention...is the only way to make some late 1990s and early 2000s cars last." :Whistle:
     
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    Scotland Graham Scotland
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    aren't they made of plastic though? Lol
     
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  3. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    From Car Mechanics magazine Oct 2013 issue (I buy this mag every month, its only 4quid and has been going since the 1960s. Best £4 you can spend, its not packed out with ad's, it quite content rich so throw one in your basket next time you are out :Thumbup:)

    In summary....

    Ford, Jaguar, LandRover, Merc, Rover, VAG - poor

    Alfa, Citroen, Fiat, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Mini(new), Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault , Saab, Subaru, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volvo - better
     
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    I mind reading about the Jags having an alloy structure but they used steel rivets so massive corrosion would occur. Crazy to think that their engineers didn't realise this!
     
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    They suggest that although German cars suffer from cosmetic rust issues, some Jags "can suffer terminal structural rot"
     
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