Had an 03 Ford Explorer for 10 years with tube frame and never had issue.because they use a tube instead of a c channel like many vehicles, which is more rigid but also collects dirt. when that dirt gets wet, it stays wet for a much longer period of time than what a wet frame would, and that causes a lot of the issues. if your frame is cleaned regularly, there is a much lower chance of frame rot
The quality of the steel used in frames has very little to nothing to do with it. Steel rusts. Expensive steel rusts, cheap steel rusts, there is no difference in how fast it rusts.plus they use the cheapest steel they can get in order to maximize profit
Having owned a few Fords, the ones I've been around have a thick waxy coating on the frame that doesn't dry out or get removed with washing or road debris which I suspect has more to do with the longevity than anything else.Had an 03 Ford Explorer for 10 years with tube frame and never had issue.
x2!put steel or even aluminum into a harsh environment without keeping a maintenance routine going to keep it free of things like salt is just asking for a rusted out piece of steel or aluminum. It's pretty absurd/short-sighted/ignorant to blame jeep for their steel rusting. There's not a steel that won't rust if it's not kept protected.
Look at our us navy ships. What do you think the younger navy enlisted crew is kept busy doing on those steel behemoths on a daily basis? Chipping, scraping, and painting to keep the corrosion at bay. Does anyone think the navy is scrimping on their steel or telling the builders not to put good protective coatings on it? I doubt anyone believes that.
Do you drive that in the winter? My Jeep looks like that but only because I've been spraying Rustoleum on it and cleaning it religiously since it was new and it will STILL rust if it sits in my garage long enough. I drive it in the winter. Living a few miles from the ocean does that. I haven't wheeled it in years and even when I did I tried not to take it in mud and washed it after each trip.