Piston Slap: American Rust Vs. Japanese Rust?
Sajeev, I recently had a conversation with my cousin in Wisconsin. He claimed that cars assembled in North America are more rust prone than cars assembled in Japan or other oriental countries. Apparently his observation was based on several cars in our extended family: An elderly Dodge Durango and a not-so-elderly Honda Odyssey with the traditional clapped-out transmission.
I have never seen any statistics to support these ideas and really don’t recall reading suchlike statements in the TTAC in the past. That older American cars rust more than newer Japanese, and vice versa, seems natural and I recall seeing many old Japanese cars with severe corrosion damage, but what is the truth in this matter? Over to you and the B & B!
Stefan (’97 Fat Panther without a speck of rust)
This is pure Internet Troll Bait, but whatever…I’ll bite.
Cars made in Japan used to be inadequate for use in the American Rust Belt, back in the 1970s. That’s history, as Japan wised up and eventually made the vehicles that would dominate the marketplace in every American market they compete in. (well, except trucks )
The only modern cars that I’ve seen (and I live in Houston) or heard to be chronically rusty are Mazdas from the last decade. Discussed here, here and here. Oh, and the Toyota Tacoma, witnessed by the massive recall. One person mentioned a Ford Focus, and that’s about it.
And in this most unscientific sampling, only the Mazda is not made in North America. So your cousin is wrong.
Dead Wrong: USA, USA, USA!!!
Off to you, Best and Brightest.
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