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Old 12-10-2013, 06:28 PM
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Need some W210 wheel well rust advice

My 1998 E300D has the predictable beginnings of wheel well rust on all four corners. However, it's only visible on one of them (front left). My auto body guy tells me it will cost me about $160 a corner....pretty reasonable.

Solution 1 is to get him to do the front left, mix me some extra paint, and then go to town on the other three corners with POR-15 and the touch-up paint.

Solution 2 is simply to be done with it and have all four corners professionally repaired.

If I believed that Solution 2 would buy me at least several years, I'd be happy to do it. But if it's simply going to create the illusion of addressing the rust, it's probably a waste of my time.

What would you do?
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:15 PM
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How much was that Texas CDI again?

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Old 12-10-2013, 07:49 PM
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How much was that Texas CDI again?

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$8500. But I have NO REGRETS, in case that's what you're wondering....especially when I glance down at my odometer!
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:51 PM
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I like #2. I'm going to be POR-15ing a bunch of stuff on Corolla this year and addressing one rust hole in the rocker (maybe me, maybe the body shop... we'll see how brave I feel).

I think you're better off POR-15ing everything that you can because then you know it will be set. The rust hole in our Corolla is a small rust-through on the rocker... the area had been rusting before, the car was hit in that area, the body shop pulled the dent from the area and attempted to fix the rust, and it's now rusted through... not blaming the body shop as they did that work as "extra", but it goes to show that a body shop repair is not necessarily the end-all.
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I burst out laughing when I scrolled down to this .
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:32 AM
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If you trust the shop get them to do it - DIY paint work in damp winter months isn't the best option
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:52 AM
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If you trust the shop get them to do it - DIY paint work in damp winter months isn't the best option
Oh, I wouldn't do it now....I'd wait till the spring.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:49 AM
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The best solution would be to take the engine and clean it really well, then ship it to me where I would put it into my rust fee 87....
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:52 AM
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waiting on the tow truck to bring it home for me so I can see it in the day time. take a better look at the issue.
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:41 PM
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shertex,
I'd just ride with the car and have the shop do the light restoring/painting of the areas.

When your jack points start to rust-out, that would be the time I'd ditch the car b/c of rust.

Have you reamed-out your moonroof's (4) weep hole drain lines on that car yet?

I've described the procedure to my Brother that owns my old '99 W210.

vstech recommends a 3/16" width by a several foot length of weed whacker line to do the <reaming> job.

FWIW, my CDI w/o a moonroof, has screw holes under little trap dors on the (4) corners of it's roof, for the attachment of a luggage rack - so, I too need to learn the procedure to ream-out my weep hole drain lines on my moonroofless sedan too.
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:58 PM
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I have this issue also, I'm simply sourcing good used front wings in matching paint code which is relatively easy for me (UK), they are c£60 each.

I do however have rusty jacking points and I don't want to look.

Edit: just noticed you're in the states guess 210's aren't that common over there..
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:19 PM
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My 1998 E300D has the predictable beginnings of wheel well rust on all four corners. However, it's only visible on one of them (front left). My auto body guy tells me it will cost me about $160 a corner....pretty reasonable.
I had some rust on passenger side front fender. Had shop fix that - C$200 including painting entire panel. The otehr three wheel wells have a light rust just forming on the very edge which is only about 1/8" wide. I was going to sand, POR and touch up myself because if taped well, the repair would not be visible.

I did have some other rust that started inside the lower trim strips and spread until it could be see outside. It might be an idea to pull those trim strips and check the metal underneath.

The other place I had some light rust, was around the sunroof. Shop fixed that too. In total, I might have spent $600, but it was well worth it. And they did it at this time of the year. We were heading South, so car did not see salt once the repairs were done. If I were you I would wait for Spring. Maybe coat with a rust preventative until then. (We have all sorts available her, but I don't see them in USA - Krown, Rust Check, Fluid Film etc.)
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