True, some vehicles are just prone to rust. And some places are prone to rust. I've got a relative in Kelowna looking for a clean non rusted TJ. Everyone so far has rusted out front fenders, Apparently they all rust there, some sooner than others.
I recently worked on an 04 X-type, I had to watch where I jacked it up cause the rockers are rotten behind the mouldings. Right at the jacking points.
We had one of those x-types at the wrecker years ago. The thing was under a year old at the time and it had rotten out rockers too, only way you could tell was cause the car was torn apart in the accident. The outside looked clean, the inside frame rails and behind the 1/4 panel skin was rotting from the inside out.
Mfg don't want cars to last forever. It'd be stupid of them.
Reasonably Priced Car
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage SE 1.2 automatic: 37.7 mpg (US) ... 16.0 km/L ... 6.2 L/100 km ... 45.2 mpg (Imp)