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New Member

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:15 pm
by jd101b
Hello All,

I have a 2010 G550. I adore it, but with just 60k miles, and a fanatical owner who babies the vehicle, there are already several rust spots on the car. Trying to figure out how to deal with them.

Cheers!

~J

Re: New Member

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:07 am
by HolsonY
Welcome and sorry to hear about the rust spots. I can't stand rust and I get obsessive fixing it. This was the reason I sold my otherwise immaculate w124 E420 that I had for 4 years! Longest I ever owned a car.

Is the G550 exposed to rust/salt at all? I think the classic 460/461/463s will all suffer from this as long as it lives in an area where salt is used in winter.

Re: New Member

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:05 am
by jd101b
I live in the Northeast US, but I almost never drive it in snow and when it is even a bit dirty, I obsessively wash it, including spraying the undercarriage with water/baking soda to neutralize any road salt.

Mercedes has told me they cannot be of any further assistance (they fixed a few rust spots late last year). I'm not sure if I should sell (I really, really don't want to) or keep it. If I do keep it, I need to figure out what I can do to hopefully stop this problem for good.

Re: New Member

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:26 am
by HolsonY
jd101b wrote:I live in the Northeast US, but I almost never drive it in snow and when it is even a bit dirty, I obsessively wash it, including spraying the undercarriage with water/baking soda to neutralize any road salt.

Mercedes has told me they cannot be of any further assistance (they fixed a few rust spots late last year). I'm not sure if I should sell (I really, really don't want to) or keep it. If I do keep it, I need to figure out what I can do to hopefully stop this problem for good.


I lived in Boston and my 95 E420 NEVER saw wet road salt, had a winter car for snow. Despite that, it kept rusting and I attribute it to the humid air and inevitable dry salt dust from driving around when the roads were finally dry after snow storms.

Really sorry to hear and it is frustrating. I am not sure there's a way to rust proof it aside from potentially not driving it at all as soon the snow falls until May timeframe.

Maybe others with more experience can chime in.

If I move back to Boston, I think I would be storing the G in winter until summer...

Re: New Member

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:50 am
by jaap.overgaag
I live 8 miles north of Boston and do not take out the convertible until it has rained a couple of good storms after the last road salt was used. Road salt and ocean water spray is the dead for a car. I took my convertible to Martha Vineyard one year and when I got home I could ‘see’ the rust grow.

Re: New Member

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:57 pm
by Daewoo
Its really sad to hear. Everything has end of life I understand. However, it’s reasonable to expect a G to be corrosion free for its first 10 years no matter where it’s located other than floating in the ocean.

If true, this tells me Mercedes is starting to put out crap for a product especially a brand new G starts at $120k plus