Date registered: Aug 2007
Vehicle: 2006 C230 Sport
Location: Florida's Space Coast
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I've spent the last 25 years living 2 blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in Florida. The only problem I've had with rust was thw car I brought here, an '84 Pontiac Sunbird turbo. From the mid-door line down it had a plastic coating to resist stone damage, which it did. The only problem was that the doors rusted from the inside. My first indication was when In was waxing it and I pushed my hand through the door. I was lucky, though; the car was rare enough that the dealer I traded it to knew he could have it fixed and still make a profit, so I got a very fair trade-in. Since then, I take care of the smallest sign of rust immediately. Also, if you are near the ocean you MUST wash your car once a week. Since 1988 we've had an XR4TI, a Geo Metro, an Altima, an Escort, an Eclipse, a Ford Focus, and my present C230 Sport. No rust problems. If you count my son's cars, an Integra (driven to pieces, but no rust) an slk 240 Kompressor, a Boxter, and a 330i, also no rust. Moral: Maintain your car!