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Is this an abnormal amount of rust for an east coast vehicle. Ive been looking into methods to deal with the rust, replacing parts I can repair, and sanding/grinding and treating everything else. Any recommendations that don't involve trashing the vehicle?
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My V50 from Quebec looks about the same. It doesn't look great, but I don't see any reason it won't last for another decade at least. I'd give the rusty parts a go over with a wire brush, then spray on some rust converter or similar. You could also have it coated by Rust Check or whatever the major brand is in your area to apply rust protection film professionally.
 

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Mine is a Jersey car and looks similar (without ill effects, and is surface only). Can't poke at it through the screen, but it doesn't look too bad to me.
 

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it doesn't look too bad mine is an Alberta car and has similar rust the issue I have is all the rear suspension bits the bolts are seized so to replace bushings will be a nightmare
 

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That's substantially worse than my '05 and it has been exposed to nordic elements and a metric crapload of road salt from the beginning.

Drop the subframes and suspension arms, clean them with a wire wheel and dunk them in Evaporust overnight for starters. A fresh coat of heavy duty paint (or powdercoating) and they'll last another decade or two. A perfect time to upgrade bushings while you're at it.

The OEM paint quality in suspension parts is pure Ford, pretty thin and fragile, so this isn't exactly a surprise. My Sierra and Escort Cosworths rusted like there's no tomorrow and that was the 80's and early 90's when they were brand new.
 
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