@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..
@just-jeepin Thanks. I went to physio and started an exercise regime, so it has healed up remarkably well. I agree about spares on roofs; there's no way I could get one down safely. I don't think I could get the spare off the rear door of my car without dropping it and I doubt I could get it back on.
@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.