According to Consumer Reports, problems with rust have decreased as the Dodge/Ram brand has changed through the years. Those same Ram model years ranked extremely low in reliability in categories like paint/trim and body integrity, with many owners reporting rust problems.
In fact, Dodge and Ram issued a recall that affected almost 300,000 trucks between model years 2009 and 2012 for rust -related safety problems. According to The Car Connection, metal straps used to attach fuel tanks in Ram trucks were corroding in salty conditions.
But there is a clear difference in the ratings after Ram became its own separate truck brand. According to Torque News, many Ram owners from all over the country report rust -proofing their trucks and undercarriages with undercoating every year.
But today, more truck brands are using aluminum frames instead of steel, which has a more rust -resistant nature,” according to Reading Body. Older-model trucks are simply more likely to rust, but due to a variety of factors unrelated to its brand, such as age, use, and location.
A pickup truck represents the perfect vehicle for people who live in mountain areas, who love offloading adventures and trips, who need to carry large things every day and for those who want a big and reliable ride. People that love these vehicles should be aware of this situation and start gathering info about it.
Even if rust starts from a tiny spot on the fender or on the chassis, it spreads fast and eats everything in its way. The main advice is to check the truck once in a while and treat the rust with special products that can be found in stores before something bad happens.
In 2011, Ford had recalled almost 1.2 million pickups from the US and Canada because the bands that sustained the fuel tanks in place were known to rust and break. After one of the bands or both of them were eaten by rust and eventually broke, the fuel tank would fall to the ground.
The main problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 was clearly noted as excessive rust, according to Car Complaints. It seems that the producer has got it wrong with this model because there are rust problems that shod be fixed under a recall and not by the owners.
In 2012, a 1997 Chevrolet K2500 owner had posted on Plow Site a rare rust problem that he had found on his car, the front cross member that goes under the driver and the passenger side. It is a known fact that 1997 Chevy's had weak frames and a lot of problems with corrosion, but this is quite bad when one thinks of his or her own safety.
Rust is not something to mess with, especially when the owner lives in an area with a lot of snow and salt on the roads. At 25,000 miles and 11 months from the production date, the pickup truck had a lot of rust under it and the new owner was disappointed completely.
It seems that the producer did not think outside the box at these weather conditions consequences that would determine rust to appear. With approximately 35,000 D40 models already on the road towing and carrying heavy stuff, the producer should be worried.
There was a lawsuit against the automotive producer because of 225,000 steel frames under two types of pickups and an SUV that needed to be replaced due to severe corrosion, according to Auto Week. All those frames were supplied by another manufacturer, Dana Holding Corp. from Maumee, Ohio, and they were not treated correctly from the beginning.
The mainly damaged areas of the frame were in the rear, where the suspension leaf spring were mounted on it. As mentioned above, the 2007-2008 Toyota Tundra is one of the two pickup models with bad frame corrosion issues.
Having in mind that the rust problems were located on the back of the vehicle, where it can be loaded with heavy stuff, this model was surely not safe to be driven on the street until it was mended. It is not a great thing to find out that a 2014 GMC Sierra SLT has a lot of rust issues after only three years and a protectant sprayed over the entire frame.
According to GM-Trucks, a person had bought from a dealership a GMC Sierra with only 5,000 miles on the dashboard and being only a few months old. He was offered a great warranty package with a protective spray coating for the suspension components and the frame.
In 2018, a 2005 Ford F150 owner had posted a complaint on Car Problem Zoo in which he mentioned severe rust issues on the rear half of the frame. He was informed by his mechanic that the corrosion was so bad that it would not be long until the frame will not be able to sustain the weight of the vehicle and it will break.
The rust had made longitudinal cracks and holes on the side and bottom frame surfaces, more exactly at the stress point situated in front of the rear wheel bend. The owner had also mentioned that he had been taking care of the pickup truck, keeping it in the garage and so on.
However, if the owner wants to install Molar mud flaps on his or her Dodge Ram 3500, the screws will chip the paint and there will be rust. Another place to keep under observation is the damping panel from the back of the fenders that seems to be holding water and creates a perfect environment for rust.
According to Thai Visa, an owner described the problems he had encountered with his pickup truck and this should be a perfect opportunity for others to learn how to prevent them. Even if this is a cheaper pickup truck that is used to carry heavy stuff, the owners would like their cars to look good.
According to Car Complaints, the only issues that were noticed by the 2017 Honda Ridge line owners were linked to paint peeling and tailgate problems. It is still a 2017 pickup truck and it still has got enough time to make a wrong turn, but having in mind that technology has evolved quite a lot in the past few years, one may think that rust should not be an issue for the latest models.
Just to be sure and safe, every owner should check his or her truck and choose to apply some rust treatments to prevent it from appearing. The 2016 Fiat Too is a cute little pickup truck that has no major issues reported so far.
This unibody four-door truck is the most wanted pickup in Latin America and the most affordable one and the same time. According to Car Complaints, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado has got only one rust reported issue from an owner that had some bad luck.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has got an amazing list of four different techniques that prevent corrosion and rust issues, according to McGrath Auto Blog. At first there is the Zinc Coating or Galvanizing, a procedure done on the body panel and the roof during the manufacturing process.
Being a 2017 pickup truck is kind of early to have rust issues, but it is known that Volkswagen is paying a lot of attention to such details. The new 2017 Volkswagen Amar ok Ventura is a perfect truck with a lot of space and a highly responsive automatic gearbox, according to The Guardian.
It is an amazing pickup truck for offloading trips and for people that live in mountain areas with a lot of snow and low temperatures. However, even if Mercedes cars are known to have rust issues, this one surely has some treatments applied that prevent corrosion.
According to Top Gear, the new truck was built based on the Nissan Naval model with the same engine made by Renault, the same switchable four-wheel drive system and the same ladder frame chassis. The 2015 Ford F150 was subjected to 10 torture tests to prove the efficiency of the new aluminum body, according to Equipment World.
The vehicle had to endure a drum barrel drop, a torture rack and an acid bath. The vehicle is as perfect as the producer says it is, but if this type of body becomes the norm, the repair shops will have to invest a lot of money on tools and training keeping up with this technology.
You open the hood and every bolt, bracket, valve cover, even metal hoses are rusting. Thing is I see a LOT of dodge trucks that look like the body could fall off any minute due to rust.
I have a 90 Mazda b2200 that I bought in 1995. It has some rust under it but no signs of it on the outside and nothing like it on the engine. I would like to keep the truck as long as I have had the Mazda but I don't see it happening with the way these things rust.
04-11-2018, 05:28 AM Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials # 3 (permalink) That's what it looks like, underwater friends with the PO, so I know and trust him., my Mazda sits outside all the time.
04-11-2018, 05:35 AM Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials # 6 (permalink) You open the hood and every bolt, bracket, valve cover, even metal hoses are rusting.
04-11-2018, 06:53 AM Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials # 9 (permalink) They must have sold the patent to the Toyota truck frame branch.
04-11-2018, 06:53 AM Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials # 10 (permalink) They must have sold the patent to the Toyota truck frame branch.
04-11-2018, 07:00 AM Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials # 11 (permalink) I have a friend with the same truck and same problem, no plating and then super thin layer of primer and paint. Check the nuts holding the rear u joints, his rattled loose and his drive shaft came flying out.
This is a 2000 that lives in the upper Midwest and garaged and has 195k miles on it. It does have a rust bubble starting on the passenger side but that is a replacement fender due to a suicidal deer.
04-11-2018, 08:43 AM Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials # 16 (permalink) The Dodge trucks of that era had very thin brittle paint.
Our front bumper had rust forming all over the place from tiny stone chips in the black paint. The rear end which is visible from behind on the 4 × 4 was bare steel and rusted when brand new.
I have been driving Toyota sever since after dumping that POS Dodge.... My first Toyota ('99 Tacoma 4×4) had no visible rust issues, but Toyota bought it back due to a Dana US built frame rust recall for 1.5 times KBB excellent Retail value. My next Toyota (2002 Tundra) also got a recall, and they coated the frame with rust prevented.
The aluminum on the intake did look like it had sat at one time __________________ Brent The X15 was the only aircraft I flew where I was glad the engine quit.
04-11-2018, 09:16 AM Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials # 19 (permalink) You open the hood and every bolt, bracket, valve cover, even metal hoses are rusting.
Thing is I see a LOT of dodge trucks that look like the body could fall off any minute due to rust. I would like to keep the truck as long as I have had the Mazda but I don't see it happening with the way these things rust.
A long time ago Dodges were almost bulletproof vehicles. His designs looked fresh but the cars suffered from quality problems and rust.