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Post by Jim Gresty on Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:47 am

Our 2001 Talisman recently failed its MOT with rust in the inner wheel arches. This has now been repaired but I am informed that significant corrosion is present in the front chassis members. As we intend to keep the vehicle at least another 5 years, it would be wise to have a thorough repair and reproofing. Any advice on problems, cost and possible specialists would be most helpful.
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Re: boxer chassis corrosion

Post by Cymro on Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:43 pm

I recommend Rustmaster at Knutsford. By coincidence, their chief there is also a Gresty - Nick Gresty. Suggest you email him on rustnorth@orangehome.co.uk I had my 1998 Clubman treated there in 2012, and my car. I'm about to arrange for my new Nuevo to go there, too.

I have no financial or other interest in this firm, but I believe that they do a good job, using good products.
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Re: boxer chassis corrosion

Post by Paulmold on Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:07 pm

When you say 'front chassis members' are you referring to front cross member. If you are that is an easy DIY job if you're handy that way or a simple job for a garage. New cross member will cost less than £100. If you google 'boxer front cross member replacement' you will find lots of info and there's also some YouTube videos.

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Re: boxer chassis corrosion

Post by Jim Gresty on Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:26 pm

Thanks to both. The front cross member is part of the problem but other chassis areas are involved. I think more is needed than wire brushing and wax oyl protection. I will contact Rustmaster in Knutsford; only 25 miles from me,
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Re: boxer chassis corrosion

Post by Dutto on Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:44 pm

Hi there,

My only advice is "SHOP AROUND" and never take the first response as the definitive answer.

It will amaze you at the different responses, which may range from "It's not worth repairing." (which can be a genuine heart attack moment) to "It'll cost thousands!" (not quite as bad but not good for anyone with hypertension) to "Five hundred quid should do it."

The latter one is the hardest to refuse!  If it happens to be the first response I still recommend shopping around and checking out the standard of workmanship before committing your pride and joy to what can be major "surgery".

Hope this helps. allthumbz

Best regards,
drinksallround

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Re: boxer chassis corrosion

Post by roli on Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:38 am

Jim is right it is a known fact and due to poor drainage from the below the windscreen it will be best to get cross member replaced. As well as the inner wing get the battery cradle checked out.  You will see lots relating to this problem searching through the early days of the forum also how to sort the problem so it doesnt happen again

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Re: boxer chassis corrosion

Post by Bill Silvester on Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:35 pm

Hi.

Just bought a Symphony.
Front cross member was replaced before I bought it. I would have given the item a serious paint job before fitting it.

have some holes in the left side by the air filter. Well away  from the suspension, but still needs to be fixed. I played a hose on W/screen and saw that there was leakage around air intake to heater. Treated heater ducts with a thick coat of underseal. Scuttle moulding does not fit well. Re shaped and re sealed joint with body steelwork. I have repaired holes and treated surfaces with glass cloth and built up area with GRP matting. Drilled extra drainage holes too. Plenyy of Waxoyl over all surfaces.

Problem with these vehicles is that they tend to stand in open weather. low mileage means that engine does not warm up often and no through draught for weeks on end. Shame! I wish i was out in ours more often.
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Re: boxer chassis corrosion

Post by boxerman on Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:18 am

Remove the battery and plastic 'drip tray'. Check all around and under this area. I caught mine in time so that a wire brush, Jenolite, white Smoothrite & Waxoyl cured it.

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Post by Redwink on Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:39 pm

Have a look at www.ourwanderer.uk, it has quite a bit on older boxers including the front member replacement. I have a feeling I either read or was told, if the main engine cross member is the problem, you may have to remove the engine to weld it?
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