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I've got a 2004 Ram 1500 that really, seriously rusting. I've seen newer Rams rusting around the wheel wells, thru the rear bumper, and so on...
Has Chrysler done anything different on the newer ones, such as better protection? I'd like to get a 2010 - 2013 but don't want another rust bucket in 4 years.
 

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I have no idea about what if anything FCA has done with regard to better resistance to rust, so I cannot answer that question. However, where I live I rarely see a rusted out Ram of really any vintage. Where do you live that your truck has rusted badly, because of it is a salt on the road state or a beach area, I think you need to find a truck from a different state without those issues and then have it rust protected by a specialist vendor before you drive it far. Any vehicle will rust when used in areas like that I described.
 

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If a vehicle spends a good share of its life in an area where the roadways are "salted" in the Winter or in coastal areas where the "salt air" is ever present, it's only a matter of time until the rust sets in! IMHO, the rust proofing treatments only slow the process down! For many folks tho, it slows it down to a point that they no longer own the vehicle so it's not their problem.
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I live in Maine, perhaps the worst state for salt, calcium chloride and brine spray. My last 2005 Ram held up well with almost 300,000 miles, BUT. I sprayed Fluid Film inside the frame, doors, tailgate, rocker panels and wheel wells. I also had fender liners which seem to help. My rear bumper did start to rust, but I replaced it before trading it on my new Ecodiesel. Here is a pic at 275,000 miles. BTW, my Dad's GM trucks suffered frame rot in just a few yers, as did a few friends with Toyotas.
 

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Most trucks are about the same for body rust and that has more to do with road salt than anything else. The only brand that's really any worse than the others is Toyota, where suspension components will rust off the frame and frames will rust in half
 

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Current Ram trucks have issues with bubbling along the front edge of the hood. It is not rust but a reaction caused by the hood being aluminum. My body shop guy does work for the local dealership, he sees it all the time. At first FCA would replace the hood, but no longer. Another issue is rust on the front fenders neat the Ram emblem. This is caused by the location of and application of sound proofing in this area. When you see it it is too late because the rust starts inside.
 

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If a vehicle spends a good share of its life in an area where the roadways are "salted" in the Winter or in coastal areas where the "salt air" is ever present, it's only a matter of time until the rust sets in! IMHO, the rust proofing treatments only slow the process down! For many folks tho, it slows it down to a point that they no longer own the vehicle so it's not their problem.
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Whatever FCA does only slows the process as well.They claim that with their e-coating on their panels stop it but that's a pipe dream(meth pipe).I add Krown rustproofing on mine.They need all the help they can get.
 

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I've got a 2004 Ram 1500 that really, seriously rusting. I've seen newer Rams rusting around the wheel wells, thru the rear bumper, and so on...
Has Chrysler done anything different on the newer ones, such as better protection? I'd like to get a 2010 - 2013 but don't want another rust bucket in 4 years.
I had an 05 with 250,000. It was only beginning to blister rust one spot on the roof. And that was in Hawaii and with heavy beach use. Of course I washed it a lot.

Seems like salt water and salt air spray in Hawaii is still not as bad as driving around winter salt roads in the northeast.... What they hell do they put in the road salt there, acid???
 
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