Never had a rust issue with my Sable but I was washing it all the time and as soon as the temp was above 32 in RI I would be out there getting the salt and such off the car. It really was still clean and almost new looking when I traded it in but not everyone takes care of their cars like that which is something so simple to do to prevent rust. I am still amazed at how many old cars I see all the time in FL that look great with no rust at all of course the paint in some cases is another story from the brutal sun.Actually, at least in Michigan, the biggest issue with those cars were rust, I know my '96 completely rotted out in a couple of years after it hit 100,000 miles. It's one of those vehicles in which the mechanicals way outlived the body. I'm not sure why Ford had such a hard time nailing rust in the 80's and 90s, they seemed to fix it by the 2000s. One of the longest lived Fords I've seen recently is the original Escape and Focus (despite their initial problems). Those I4s run forever and the bodies were relatively slow to rust out, especially the Escape.