Head-to-Head Rust Battle

Compare to Believe! 25 Years driving on Ontario Roads VS Texas Native Driving in Six Toronto Winters : Two Vehicles Go Head-to-Head Fighting Vehicle Rust.

1999 Chevrolet Suburban and 1995 Dodge Ram pickup

ABOVE: Jill McIntosh with her pristine 1995 Dodge Ram pickup and on the right, Clayton Seams with his restored 1999 Chevrolet Suburban.
Photo Courtesy www.Driving.ca

Two Vehicles, 20+ Years. One with Oil-Based Rust Prevention. One Without.

Two Driving.ca writers/contributors teamed up for a showdown: a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup VS a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban. Jill McIntosh shows off the value of regular applications of a rust prevention formula while Clayton Seams had no idea what Toronto winters and Ontario roads had in store for his vehicle.

Here is a quick summary:

close up image of Dodge Ram 1500 pick up showing pristine paint

“Prevention, prevention, and more prevention”

  • Pick-Up: 1994 Dodge Ram
  • Purchased New
  • Years Owned: 27
  • Region:Toronto, Ontario
  • Preventative Maintenance: Oil sprayed annually. Frequently washed in winter. Jill washes her truck herself at a DIY car wash (like Auto Spa London) so she can watch for the clear water to indicate the salt’s been washed away.
  • Wear & Tear: Minimal
  • Rust Repair Required: None
  • Still Driven Regularly in Winter? Yes


“Six short years on Ontario roads have been harder on the truck than its previous fifteen.”

  • SUV: 1999 Chevrolet Suburban
  • Purchased New
  • Years Owned: 22
  • Region: Texas, USA in 1999; Alberta, Canada in 2001; Brought to Toronto, Ontario in 2014
  • Preventative Maintenance: Frequent Car Washes
  • Wear & Tear: Severe rust damage that started as small bubbles of rust under the paint + a large quantity of paint chips from gravel on the roads
  • Rust Repair Required: Professional-grade welding machine from a friend (cost approx. $3,000); replacement body panels ($580); and 6 days of DIY metal working
  • Still Driven Regularly in Winter? Yes

Read the Full Article Here: Driving.ca