Re: advice on a 2nd hand 156
.. its hard to explain..
Basically the rust comes from stone chipping. the stones hit these spots, because they stick out(sits higher) then the rest of the body.
So when a pebble travels along the car in the airstream, these points stick out/up so much that the stones hit them..
Go have a look at your car.. where the roof meets the windscreen, the roof sticks up quite a bit.
At the joints under the doors, the side closest to the rear end of the car sticks out too.. Cars with sideskirts or mud guards usually dont have problems with rust here, but cars without them nearly always develop rust in these joints. A closer inspection will show a lot of paint chipping.
I got this explanation from the local panelbeater/Painter, when he resprayed my cars. The guy knows his 156's, so it makes sense to me.
Originally Posted by jwyatt
"It might be that you have never heard about the rust problems i listed earlier, but none the less they are there, and they are mentioned quite often too. Even on this Forum
There is a perfectly logical explanation why the rust occours on those particular areas, but i wont go into it in this thread. "
I'd be interested to hear more on this. My last 156 (a 1998 V6 saloon) started to get some bubbling of the paint above the windscreen at about 3.5 years old. It was a company car, and that was about all that went wrong with it in 3.5 years and 90k miles, so wasn't that bothered but now I have my new GTA, which is mine, I'd be interested to hear if a 2005 GTA has better rust protection or if I should do something to try and stop similar issues. I wash and polish the car regularly, but I also did with the old one!