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Old 12-01-2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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Ford truck owners...

This is what my 2012 F250 looks like since May. Should I be concerned?
Seems crazy to me that these parts would be un-painted.

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:22 PM   #2
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yes......HELL YES

Why should those parts rust up while the other parts NOT rust away.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #3
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Wow, thats a 2012??? unreal, fucking horrible, what are you gonna do ?
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:05 PM   #4
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I have an 04 ford and live in Alaska, I don't even have close to that level of rust and don't have any special undercoat added. I would def question
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:22 AM   #5
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Been kind of kicking around the idea of getting a full size ford...
If this is standard finish there's no way in hell I'll buy one. That thing would disintegrate before my eyes here so close to the ocean.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:04 AM   #6
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I have a family member that had a rusting issue on a 2011 (or 2012?) F-150. While his wasn't as extreme, the dealer only said that a certain level of "surface rust" was to be expected, and that was what many people on the forums were saying as well. The general consensus with all this seems to be it's normal behavior and the rust will reach a certain point, and then stop...similar to weathering steel. Many of these owners were applying undercoatings like POR-15 to help stifle the problem.

In my opinion, it's all cost-cutting bullshit. Whether it's part of the design or not, I wouldn't buy any vehicle where the manufacturer would consider such an amount of rust acceptable. Just coat the damn parts. Even if the parts don't rust through entirely, it will be an absolute pain in ass attempting to service those components, remove bolts, etc. if you actually plan on holding onto the truck for a long time, and not just trading up every few years.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:50 AM   #7
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Take it to Hodakaguy's house. He'll clean it up better than new. Plus it'll get better gas mileage, be more reliable, and will have more power.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=802924

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Old 12-02-2012, 06:20 AM   #8
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THAT is a defect in manufacturing.
I would take it back to the dealer.
Then call Ford.
Then get on every website I could find about Ford trucks and post that picture. Mention the phrase -class action-.
I'm a Ford guy, but I wouldn't accept that.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:24 AM   #9
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LOL, That's one reason why Toyota got some legendary quality stuff. EVERYTHING (at least, USED TO BE) is painted. Sickening to realize no attampt was made to use a coating of any kind. I know it did me. NEW '83 Ford, then '88 GMC. They ALL SUCK.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:19 AM   #10
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Reminds me of what new Chevys used to look like sitting on the dealer lot in the late 80s. The setting sun would light up the suspension rust and it'd just glow under there.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:23 AM   #11
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And considering that it's not all the suspension parts, just some, it may be a vendor problem rather than a design problem. Ford may well have intended for the parts to be coated and the vendor skipped it. The biggest immediate worry is what looks like a rusting brake line.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:44 AM   #12
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totally normal...flash rust They have been doing that for years...same as my 95 when it was new and how it sits today.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:50 AM   #13
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I have an 03 F-150. I live in Michigan where they throw salt on the icy roads. Mine looks no where near that bad. I'm just about done with Ford anyway.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:51 AM   #14
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totally normal...flash rust They have been doing that for years...same as my 95 when it was new and how it sits today.

Yup, that's how they build them...normal.

Don't worry, the ball joints should be shot soon, you can paint everything while it's apart.



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Old 12-02-2012, 09:54 AM   #15
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Yup, that's how they build them...normal.

Don't worry, the ball joints should be shot soon, you can paint powder-coat everything while it's apart.
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