I am brand new to this world of Subaru. I have started my experience by purchasing a 1998 Impreza L with the 2.2L (that is the EJ22 correct?).
Having 125000 miles on it, the rust has taken over the rockers as well as the rear wheel wells and fenders.
I am looking for some rust repair panels online and have come up with nothing.
Has anyone had any experiences with repairing the rocker panels / wheel areas from the rust cancer? Were you able to find any pre-made rust repair panels?
first - the mileage has nothing to do with how much rust the car has - that has to do with how well it was cared for (or wasnt, as the case may be) I have a 98 Forester sitting in my driveway with over 364,000 on it, and very little rust - too bad it doesnt run...
next, there are no Subaru specific repair panels that any of us are aware of. Those that do try to repair rust generally make thier own patch panels out of the appropriate guage sheet metal, or use fiberglass...
Then there are those that decide is it worth the time and effort? How bad is it? if it is too advanced, dont bother, just drive it until it becomes structurally unsafe - could be a year - could be 8 years....my current daily driver looks a fair amount worse than that - looked worse than that when I got it. Had around 150,000 on it when I got it - just turned over 236,000 on saturday - still going strong.
If you are concerned about looks - find something in better condition and take care of it by keeping it clean. If looks arent that big of a deal, take care of it mechanically and it will serve you well for many years yet.