@gmporschenut-also-a-fan-of-hondas You might break up some of the gunk, but with that much crud, the valve springs and timing chains have suffered a lot. Fresh oil can't correct metal fatigue and wear. At best, you'd end up with a somewhat cleaner engine that still runs badly.
That rusted through Subie control arm hits home for me. I brought my 9-2x to the dealer for the recall. They gave them a passing grade and sent me on my way. Less than 2 years later it snapped in half - thankfully while backing out of a parking space and not on the highway..
@baconsandwich Haha, I had a little "obligatory brake post" of my own on old Oppo a while back (not posted on Reddit, nor included in the weekly roundup). It was embarrassing to have let them get that bad, but it helped me understand that many posts on JRitS aren't just about owners being willfully ignorant. Brakes, for example, can wear down so gradually that you might barely even notice the decrease in performance.
@urambo-tauro I can see how it would be a hard sell, but the rust is horrendous, so I'm surprised that the uptake isn't greater. I wouldn't want to pay for a car and have it be that disposable.
When I bought my Land Rover, it was always my intention to get it coated underneath, but I never got around to it and now it's showing discolouration in some of the paint, hinting at surface rust starting to take hold. 😞
Meanwhile, my Volvo is 33 years old and has a tar-like coating underneath and there's not a speck of rust, except for a tie-down point where some of the coating has been knocked off.
@Old-Busted-Hotness That does sound unpleasant. I Googled it and the first hit I got was Missouri DOT.
It must be for the most recent one that calls for anti-corrosion treatment or complete replacement of the crossmember that the control arms attach to. The crossmember on this one looks like a piece of cast iron that came from a ship that was wrecked in the 19th century and was dug out of the sand on the beach recently but otherwise the underside of the car looks pretty decent. My guess as to the chain and ratchet strap kludge isn't that they just put that on there rather than try to get the car towed to the dealership, but that it's been on there for some time as a fix. They may well been driving around like that for ages but just found out about the recall a few days before they dropped it off.