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All of the damage here is in the blast area from the tyre, and so not renewing the stonechip was probably my biggest mistake. As someone said on here a couple of years ago when it happened to his - "It's funny how VW saw fit to equipe the car with plastic wheelarch liners at the front, but not the rear." Well clearly this can be prevented, i may try and find some shield of the sort for that but some proper exterior stonechip on the outside and penetrating spray for the inside is clearly essential - because this car is almost rust free other than this rear offside corner!


The dreaded pipe of doom! Everyone on the forum with a pre'95 polo should check this area. The worst bit is when the pipe finally rusts through and you end up driving around spraying water/salt on the inside of the rear drivers sill.

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Exactly that - once it goes, the whole cavity gets a salt wash in the winter and it's doomed from there.

The donor panel from the red breadvan had only just started to go, compare that to the blue one and you can see how bad they can get even when the car still looks fine on the outside..


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