Re: Plated body panels ??
"Josef Erbs" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Stephen F. schrieb:
>> "Alt Beer" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>>Can someone tell me if the metal body panels on the Focus are plated
>>>(galvanised etc) ? I am thinking of exchanging my Peugeot 306 (has
>>>body panels) for a Focus.
>> I don't know about the newest. My 2003 definitely does not have
>> galvanized outer panels, which I find a joke for a car competing in the
>> Golf class. Sorry Ford, you've lost this customer for the next round; I
>> had enough grief with rusty cars in Canada and hoped that companies in
>> the 21st century had figured out this fairly simple problem. Dip the
>> whole car... it's not expensive.
> the foci made here in Germany are nearly complete galvanized. The only
> panel not galvanized is the roof.
> That is for Focus 1, the second serie may be completely galvanized.
> As you can see, Ford can, if the customer demands it and pays for it.
It wasn't really clear from my post, but I moved to Switzerland so it is a
German Focus. Based on my previous experiences with corrosion in Canada (a
tough environment) I paid a lot of attention to the claims the manufacturers
made when shopping for my new car, and Ford claimed (rather ambiguously) a
galvanized chassis. Maybe they're only galvanized on the inside, or maybe
they are poorly galvanized, but I definitely have rust and it is not due to
continued abrasion or major damage.