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Thread: This is where your Mirage is going to rust out. (Body/chassis corrosion)

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    Rear bumper bar

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    The paint quality is much worse (thinner?) on the bar than the rest of the car. It's just surface rust at this point, but inside the bar itself it's full of road grit/sand, so it's just a matter of time before it becomes structural rust.


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    Lic plate lights bracket

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    Unpainted metal bracket that literally rusted to pieces. I think a couple of us have seen this by now.

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    Good grief that is nasty...
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    New licence plate bracket

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    Above: new light bracket made from some aluminum flashing material - very easy to cut & form; won't rust. Screwed into bumper cover with stainless screws.

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    That turned out great!!! Nice Job
    I didn't know what to do, so I didn't do anything

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  9. #66

    spot welds

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    Manufacturing defect: many of the spot welds on the back of the car had rust under the paint. I'm guessing there was some residue on the weld that prevented paint adhesion. I scraped and painted more than a dozen spots back here.

    Even with spots that looked OK, it was VERY easy to flake the paint off with light pressure from the end of a screwdriver.

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    Should have bought a black one, they hide rust better!
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  11. #68
    I'm going to get it wrapped in mottled reddish brown.

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    Where I live there's several car washes who offer a $20/mo deal, 1 wash per day. I buy Dec-Mar so for $80 I get the salt washed off once a day. I'll even foolishly go out
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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2017 Mirage ES PLus 1.2 manual: 39.0 mpg (US) ... 16.6 km/L ... 6.0 L/100 km ... 46.8 mpg (Imp)


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    ^ I've never heard of that before! (Buying a car wash "pass".) That's a neat option.

    Hopefully they're not recycling the water... soaking your entire car with hyper-saturated salt water.


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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 60.4 mpg (US) ... 25.7 km/L ... 3.9 L/100 km ... 72.5 mpg (Imp)


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