Re: 2008 Escape - RUST!
I've rarely seen a drum brake housing that didn't develop surface rust, regardless of the manufacturer. Take off the wheel, mask everything except for the drum housing, and spray it with high-temp enamel.
As for the driveshaft, I think they all develop surface rust as well. You could also try to paint that, although it might be a little difficult, and if you don't cover it evenly on all sides, you may cause an out-of-balance vibration with it.
I had my 2005 Escape for three years, and the driveshaft never rusted any more than what I saw when it was only a few months old. I wouldn't worry about it myself.
Good luck... I really like the new Escapes!
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