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Old 12th October 2010, 13:48   #1
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Angry Chevy Optra Royale - Rusted Royally :(

I spotted this Optra in my Garage where my 50 yr old Amby is being worked upon.

I am really spell bound at the way this Optra is rusted. It's a Bangalore driven car.

Is it because of poor QC by GM in India?
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Old 12th October 2010, 13:53   #2
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Isn't it possible that this car had met with an accident and repaired in a private garage with a sub-standard paint job.

In the absence of additional information, it is very difficult to say anything.
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^^ That was my first question to the tinker. He said its an original car.
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I have seen a similar thing happen on my neighbors brand new Getz prime in the first six months of ownership. Surprising to see a Chevy rusting though !
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I have seen a similar thing happen on my neighbors brand new Getz prime in the first six months of ownership. Surprising to see a Chevy rusting though !
This may be cause some perticular peice of car. Not the hole lot.

I have a Getz Prime 2k8 model. No sign of rusting any where till now.
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There is a possibility that this car has been driven in areas with high content of any substance that is corrosive to metal. The pictures taken primarily show corrosion as if the car was driven through a mud match and splashed on the lower end of the car
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It is common especially for the lower portion of door panels to rust.

If a paint scrape is left unattended and is parked unused for long periods it is bound to rust. But, nothing to worry as a good workshop can bring it back to glory in no time.
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It is common especially for the lower portion of door panels to rust.

If a paint scrape is left unattended and is parked unused for long periods it is bound to rust. But, nothing to worry as a good workshop can bring it back to glory in no time.
Avi that's basic top layer corrosion that you are talking about, normally occurs because the finish has been damaged in some manner. This is bound to happen even on chrome.

However from the pictures posted here this looks like some serious rust.
To me looks like this car has been exposed to the elements in the coastal region .
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It is indeed very surprising to see the quantum of rust on the body. Very unusual too for modern cars. I still can't an iota of rust on my 10 year old Lancer. I think this Optra must have been victim of some sabotage. Some one poured acid or some stuff like that.
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Rust at the bottom of the doors means water stagnation.
Water that shouldn't have gone in didn't drain off as well.
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If a paint scrape is left unattended and is parked unused for long periods it is bound to rust. But, nothing to worry as a good workshop can bring it back to glory in no time.
As you can see from the pics the car is rusted all round and not just one place.

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Rust at the bottom of the doors means water stagnation.
Water that shouldn't have gone in didn't drain off as well.
Yes right. What about the rust bubbles in the first pic?

P.S: My Dad used a Padmini for a decade in Mangalore which is a coastal area. It just had some rust bubbles even though it was parked on the road always.

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Find out where this car usually runs / remains parked (such as near a chemicals factory, or parked near a battery manufacturing unit) and you'll probably get your answer.
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this mostly happens if the car is parked in the open in a humid and corrosive environment.

I have seen this happenning to Honda Citys as well parked in the parking of a Chemical factory
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This car should be a victim of CAReless behavior shown in manufacturing site. The cars looks neat and clean apart from the rusting. I think, If not a covered parking, the car would alteast be parked under a tree infront of the house, as the owner will not be that careless, after investing so much of money on it.
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Could be that the drain holes were blocked causing water to be trapped
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