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Question by Bill Harden
Submitted on 3/29/2006
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I purchased a new 2006 Town & Country mini-van in late Feb.; it had 9 miles on the odometer.  I didn't look the mini-van over from the underside, but the exterior and interior looked great and smelled like a new car.  In late March I finally got around to looking under the vehicle and I see there is much rust on the steering and suspension system components (Transmission axle, idler arm and some bolts) as well as the outer portions and down the inside center of the brake rotors.  Now I know these parts can rust somewhat over time, but the amount of rust I see for a new vehicle concerns me; the parts  are rust orange all over in color.  I showed the vehicle to a Chrysler garage mechanic he says they all look this way.  My brother also owns a T&C mini-van and the same parts on his van have only a little rust and his van has 55000 miles.  My mini-van currently has 144 miles.  Anyway, just wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this and should I be concerned?  Oh, my Chrysler dealer says my mini-van was made in Canada on 10/28/2005 and due to the unavailability of a rail car the vehicle stayed in storage and transit for 9 weeks until delivery to his dealership in Jan.  

Thanks everyone.

Bill Harden

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