Re: Is it a Dream
I live right behind a Toyota dealership,and about once every 2 weeks,I hear horrendous crashing noises,and it is from a forklift dropping truck frames into a huge dumpster ,they seem to have a stack of a dozen or more they replaced under warranty each time piled up behind their building,and they dispose of them every couple of weeks..
I'm in southeast MA where salt gets heavily applied even before a flake of snow falls often,so the vehicles here get rusted and rotted out fairly quickly..
I've seen truck less than 10 years old have severe frame rot,cross members failing,backing plates,spring shackles,and spring hangers all the steel lines for the brakes,transmission cooler and fuel lines ,all rotted to death,while the rest of the truck still looks new as far as body panels and the floor & interior..
At least Toyota seems to stand behind their trucks and will replace or repair a frame,can't say the same for most every GM pickup I see made from 2000 and newer--they rot badly too,the steering boxes tear away from the frame,and they have boxed in sections that rust from the inside out just as explained above.
There are thousands of trucks for sale "for parts only" of that era ,due to frame rot,and GM tells all the customers "gee--too bad,you should have washed it more often",or "sorry--that isn't covered under warranty"..
I think anything with a box frame or unibody should be suspect of having severe rot ,possibly hidden inside,in any state located in the salt belt..trucks that were in floods are also prone to box frames rusting away internally..
Many FWD cars up here have the front frame cradle rot thru where the rubber body mounts bear against it and they pull right thru,allowing the engine and transmission to droop to the ground..my friend repairs a lot of cars that has happened too..