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

Two 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


Close Up of silver 1999 Chevrolet Suburban showing rust along the bottom

“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

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