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Hi all!

First time poster here from Sweden.

Had a look under my 2019 V60 with just 24000 Miles today.

Is that rust I’m seeing on the inner hole next to the bolt? This is the front jacking plate which I guess also has some draining holes in it

The sight of rust worries me since the car is only 3 years old

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I don't know, not seeing any rust here.
 

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A bit of surface rust is to be expected on some parts on the bottom side of the car I would assume. As long as nothing is 'really' rusting.

Relax, it is not an Alfasud.
 

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Looks like very, VERY minor surface rust. I wouldn't be concerned, but you could sand it and use a small brush to apply the swedish equivalent of Rust-Oleum if you were worried
 

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Okay everyone - mystery solved. I posted a similar thread in a Swedish Volvo Forum and it turns out that many SPA cars are delivered like this. The guess over there is that this is the point where the body is fixated during the production. The guy called "Ted68" even called his dealer and they confirmed that factory new cars that hadn't been delivered yet looked the same.

The first and the fourth of his pictures is how his car looked upon delivery - left and right side. The middle pictures is him sanding it down and using Rust-Oleum

 

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Is there a suggestion on that forum that Volvo's legendary rustproofing standards aren't as good on the latest models? Google translate means it's a little unclear exactly what's being said there. Does look like the underseal application isn't quite as widespread as earlier models? With no one e.g. parent company pressurising them to cost cut why would they be moving to have lesser rust protection that previous models?
 

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Is there a suggestion on that forum that Volvo's legendary rustproofing standards aren't as good on the latest models? Google translate means it's a little unclear exactly what's being said there. Does look like the underseal application isn't quite as widespread as earlier models? With no one e.g. parent company pressurising them to cost cut why would they be moving to have lesser rust protection that previous models?
We are already seeing trends of P1 and P3 rusting faster than late P2 and, in some cases, even P80. So, yes, that has happened with some newer Volvos. Seems a bit early to say how the SPAs will fare.
 

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Eastwood makes this rust converter chemical. I have used it for years on cars and tools. It works well.

You just brush it on and the rust turns black. You can than paint it. No sanding or removal of the original finish.


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I def have some rust around welds and bolt holes on my front subframe. I'm in salty New England so that is what it is. I have no experience with previous Volvos. It's enough so, if I keep the car I'll try to address it. It's not necessarily an issue when big beefy underbody parts have surface rust, like it may not be a problem until 15 years out if ever. But it does seem a little bit much for 2 winters so far.
 
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