Is this an acceptable level of rust on a 2007 Vitara?

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Is this an acceptable level of rust on a 2007 Vitara?

Post by MrGiz » Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:53 pm

Hey all,

Considering purchasing a 2007 1.9 Diesel Vitara, about 110K miles on the clock. We just moved to Sweden and urgently need to stop driving our campervan aroud in inappropriate weather conditions :shock: . I've seen a Vitara for sale at the dealers down the road which seems in fairly good nick mechanically but I can't work out whether its too rusty on the chassis. Have been driving solely campervans for the last few years which tend to be a lot less rusty as they are usually driven only during summer, so finding it hard to judge this considering the road conditions here are a quite extreme and the roads are salted every winter.

Don't know if this is the correct place to post this but would appreciate any feedback, it's between this and a Dacier Duster, I prefer the Suzuki but the chassis of the duster is in slightly better condition (assuming it's probably been driven off road a bit less!). I've done a bit of body work on previous campers so am comfortable with rust removal / underbody sealing etc although I can't weld.

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Re: Is this an acceptable level of rust on a 2007 Vitara?

Post by MrGiz » Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:03 pm

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Re: Is this an acceptable level of rust on a 2007 Vitara?

Post by donkeychomp » Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:13 pm

That looks a bit too rusty to me. My Vit was 1995 and a LOT better than that. But looks can be deceiving. Is it just surface rust? If so a wire brush will soon shift it. Even with that problem I'd still have a Suzuki over a Dacia any day! (But I am a wee bit biased).
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Re: Is this an acceptable level of rust on a 2007 Vitara?

Post by Larry » Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:39 pm

Given that it's been though 12 or 13 harsh winters, and there is at best plenty of surface rust, if it were me I would want to get it up on a ramp for a proper look or else factor in some budget for repairs in the price. Just in case!

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Re: Is this an acceptable level of rust on a 2007 Vitara?

Post by MrGiz » Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:04 pm

Thanks guys. It is going for its inspection (Swedish equivalent of MOT) before the sale which should flag anything really bad. I'm going for a test drive Wednesday I think I'll get under there with a screwdriver and give it a poke and make a decision on that.

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Re: Is this an acceptable level of rust on a 2007 Vitara?

Post by Fredyla018 » Sat Jul 03, 2021 10:51 am

donkeychomp wrote:
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:13 pm
That looks a bit too rusty to me. My Vit was 1995 and a LOT better than that. But looks can be deceiving. Is it just surface rust? If so a wire brush will soon shift it. Even with that problem I'd still have a Suzuki over a comparateur assurance chat Dacia any day! (But I am a wee bit biased).
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