I bought my 05 Daytona back in September and I've loved it since day 1 but I'm having several issues with the truck, primarily paint. It currently has 136,500 miles on it, runs like a champ.
Since I've bought the truck it's had rust problems. The undercarriage is practically all rusted.
My rear bumper is rusted inside and is slowly working its way to the surface paint. I also got hit a few weeks after I bought the truck, so I still have to replace the bumper.
Finally, I noticed the other day, by the drivers side Daytona decal, there are 3-4 rust bubbles forming and underneath both rear wheel wheels, rust forming and paint chipping.
Is there any major paint problems I should be aware of?
Nope, not really. All paint jobs eventually wear down. I'd be concerned about the bubbles and any rust that may be under them.
From the sound of it and based on where you live, I guess your truck's corrosion issues stem from it being 7 years old in an area that uses corrosive agents to melt ice and snow from the roads in Winter.
I'm going to take it to a dealer regardless, just to see if there is anything that can be done.
There is something that can be done, however, it won't be a warranty item. They'll say they can repaint it. Just write them a big check and they'll take it on.
I never said that Dodge did a good job on corrosion protection or paint jobs. Historically they haven't, which has been one of the reasons the Dodge and Plymouth brands always seemed to be the lower volume sellers for years.
I was concerned with that having had some experience with an older Dodge pickup some years ago. It seemed to be disintegrating before my eyes!
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