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      12-01-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Fun in the snow.....then the salt trucks came :(

We had our first real layer of snow last night and for the first time I took the 1 out in the snow. Turned all DTC off and man what a BLAST!!! It slid in every which way I wanted it to!

Then the salt trucks came.....I saw their yellow flashing lights and made a quick retreat back home
Does NY really have to be that on top of their game


*Flamesuit on* for all the people telling me it's just a 1....drive it in the snow/salt you girl.......

Got the GTI with winter tires for that kind of fun

PS: You need winter tires for this car for those that experience winter!
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      12-01-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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If you wanna keep your car rust free, you'd be an idiot to drive it in the salt. Totally understand... My 135 is paid off and I expect to keep it for decades. If I drove it in the winter that wouldn't happen, and i'd hate trying to repair it when things break.
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      12-01-2012, 04:58 PM   #3
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Sadly i'll have to drive mine on the salt covered roads. I'll be washing it and the undercarriage every semi warm day to minimize the rust.
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      12-03-2012, 01:13 PM   #4
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Salt is not just a northern problem. I live on the beach and by the time I get to work just under 20 miles away (A1A all the way) there is a salt film on the windows, etc....I rinse it off weekly and even though I don't like to drive it in the rain I do once in a while to rinse the underside off.
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      12-03-2012, 01:15 PM   #5
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Drive mine every day here but they don't use salt like they do out east so we don't get nearly as much rust.
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      12-03-2012, 01:27 PM   #6
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I live in palm coast as well and I have the same issue. Beachside it gets so dirty, so i take it once a week to a touchless undercarriage wash.
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      12-03-2012, 03:19 PM   #7
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not a big deal, just wash thoroughly
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      12-03-2012, 04:06 PM   #8
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I live in palm coast as well and I have the same issue. Beachside it gets so dirty, so i take it once a week to a touchless undercarriage wash.
Which touchless place do you use?
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      12-03-2012, 05:58 PM   #9
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not a big deal, just wash thoroughly
you never get it all.
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      12-03-2012, 11:49 PM   #10
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not a big deal, just wash thoroughly
you never get it all.
Not all, but remember...

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      12-04-2012, 07:20 AM   #11
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WA uses dirt instead of salt but unless you wash your car afterwards then it'll be good to go. Besides, Manufacturers test their cars very rigorous so unless your car is from the 1990s on back, then you might need to worry.

Cars even come with something like a 10 year rust protection or whatever right? But as long as you wash it, it will be ok. If you want a very thorough wash, take it to a automated wash so it can get under the car. But I know how people feel about those things. I've never had any issue's washing my cars in there once a month just so the underside can get cleansed.
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      12-04-2012, 08:26 AM   #12
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Having lived most of my live in Massachusetts and 2 years in MN, the salt is brutal. I always loved driving in the snow until the salt trucks came. They salt heavily, the snow melts and it's like driving on wet, rainy roads except it's pure salty water going everywhere and caking the undercarriage. Even with undercarriage washes, the salt takes it's toll. The chassis components (A arms, brackets, struts, springs, drive shafts, etc.) usually have a minimal coating of paint on them and salt eats through quickly turning everything rusty. My remedy for this was to undercoat the components and use a high quality black paint on drive, axle shafts, when I bought a new car. It was a very messy job although with frequent chassis flushes and undercoat touch ups in the fall every year, the chassis and undercarriage stayed fairly rust free. I now live in FL and for the time being don't have the salt issue.
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      12-04-2012, 08:46 AM   #13
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Cars even come with something like a 10 year rust protection or whatever right? But as long as you wash it, it will be ok. If you want a very thorough wash, take it to a automated wash so it can get under the car. But I know how people feel about those things. I've never had any issue's washing my cars in there once a month just so the underside can get cleansed.
The warranty only covers 'perforation', which wouldn't likely happen in that time frame. Even if it did, they require you to have had the every 2 year corrosion checkout at the dealership to honor it.

The best bet to combat corrosion is to keep the salt off, so yes, undercarriage washes are best, but theres always going to be crevices where salt, grime and moisture settle...it's just the unfortunate truth of living in salted areas. Only other real step to give you better odds is a undercarriage liner like Line-X or similar that wears better than the factory coating and prevents exposed metal contact with the elements.
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      12-04-2012, 02:02 PM   #14
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I think its a hess gas station. They are sprinkled around.
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      12-05-2012, 12:46 AM   #15
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Maybe BMW doesn't honor the salt damages but if you look at Lexus, Cadillac, Subaru (just to name a few) their warranties do cover damages from salt. I'll have to re-check BMWs stand on this though.

But this is helpful for those who have to deal with salt: http://www.autobytel.com/car-ownersh...d-salt-107174/
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      12-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #16
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Properly maintanied paint will hold up to salt if washed weekly in Winter. Proper Winter tires (& wheel set) are a must and cost a lot less than buying/maintaining/insuring another vehicle just for Winter.
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Key part is washing it within a reasonable time before the salt gets caked on and starts rusting.
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