To what extend can rust be expected on a brand new car?
I am asking this question as I took ownership of a 2005 Taurus SE.
After lifting the hood on Monday to show of my new toy I found an
amount of rust on the cylinder heads and other cast iron parts inside
the engine compartment.
I went back to the dealer on Wednesday after I spoke to my sales
person and the manager took this up with me. This is of course a nice
gesture but not really helping me out a lot. In the lot we opened
three hoods of brand new cars and the cylinder heads and other parts
were also covered in rust. This proofed that either the dealership is
not taking care of their new vehicles or that Ford has switched to
cheaper production methods. Times are tough and working in a
manufacturing plant myself I understand that saving a dime here and
there can add up to huge cost savings.
I would however expect a new car to be free of rust on the painted
parts of the engine. I understand an exhaust manifold would become
rusty easily as it heats up. Cylinder heads do too of course but
shouldn't they be better protected by a coated layer of special
paints? I know for sure if we were to deliver our products with rusty
engines that our dealers would not accept the machines at all.
Communicating with 2004 Taurus SE owners has given me enough feedback
to question the quality of the 2005 Taurus SE cars. Two persons have
indicated that they had no rust on their 2004 Taurus SE engines. Even
now after a year they still see little or no rust.
My letter to Ford will most likely be delivered next week but somehow
I feel that little will be done.
I do not want to start a flame war here and I am overall satisfied
with the car, it is just eating at me that I had not noticed this when
I took the car for a test drive.