GTV bits everywhere
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: United Kingdom
I currently own 3 GTVs. I have checked them all; they all have varying amounts of rust, all in similar positions. I cannot urge you enough to check yours!
Quick & easy rust check:
1. Reverse onto ramps.
2. Get underneath and look at where the rear sill ends, look at the inner side (just next to/behind the rear jacking point).
3. Press towards the outside of the car, press it firmly/tap it with screwdriver handle....does it crunch? does a hole appear?
4. Repeat for other side.
5. Boot area; pull back carpet & check the low point of boot. 2 of mine are rotten.
N/S sills are the most susceptible.
More in-depth rust check:
1. Remove sill covers to check over the whole outer sill. Remove rubber bung at end of sill and have a good look inside with a torch. (Note: advisory on MOTs to say that the sills are not checked due to the sill covers being fitted). Again, press or tap, particularly towards the rear of the sills.
2. Remove wheel arch liners to check the rear quarter panel where it meets the rear bumper. Common rust spot. (there are a few hidden holes to get a waxoil hose into the rear quarter panels. One easy one is lifting back the left & right side of the boot carpet which exposes some small 'torpedo' shaped holes; blast a load of waxoil in there angling it forward).
3. Lift rear seat bench (2 x nuts in rear pass footwell) & pull back carpet to see the rear floor. Is it wet? The under carpet material can be soaking through without you knowing, or/and there can be rust there. Also remove the large rubber bung from the inside of the sill area in the rear passenger footwell. Get a torch and look inside...any rust?
I treat the rust with a rust converter, then spray paint, then waxoil. Clearly if it is rotten through then then you need to cut out & weld. There are of course other areas but these seem to to be the ones that are hidden from view and may not get picked up on the MOT, yet still affect structural integrity. Alfaworkshop reckon about £800 per sill, but that would easily rise if rust was in the floor etc.