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Rust Update

As a current E350 owner and researching the transits for a future purchase....how well are these vans holding up to rust? Specifically rusting from the bottom up....It is hard to find an E350 or any other extended van out there without rust damage. Wheel well areas, door areas, etc....I knew there were some concerns earlier with that....with a few winters under your belt....what are your thoughts? What about the ones that had there undercarriage treated with a liner? How's that working for you?
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Mine has not had enough winter exposure to present any rust thus far but quality undercoating is on my list.

I think these will fair as well as any other rig in the rust areas, though the wheel wells look to be a pretty poor design in that they can catch and hold lots of salt/ dirt.
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A good preventive measure is using a car wash with a bottom blaster. Of course a MR or HR precludes this so using a hose with a good nozzle will work.
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My driveshaft has some rust and I'm currently looking into how much local shops in NH and ME want to charge for underbody film or liners.

May just sand the driveshaft down and spray it with rust reformer and then fluid film the whole thing.

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Rust on a driveshaft is normal. Think of it as a patina if that helps.
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Maybe so as they always seem to be the first thing to rust, but it sure does look ugly.

Shmoo: 2015 T350 LR Wagon, 3.7L/3.73, 15 passenger family hauler.
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Driveshafts are rarely, if ever painted, and never in the age of man has a driveshaft failed due to rust. I'd go with the patina idea.
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