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Old 06-15-2010, 12:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In my area they use sand and the liquid salt chemical stuff. But the roads don't stay bad for more than a couple days before the snow is gone and then the lines are huge at the car washes. It's not like living someplace where ice stays on the road for weeks.

I suppose it would be worse in the true mountain areas, but the metro areas and cities are good to go.
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In Ft. Collins/Loveland they use sand and that Mag Chloride stuff. I think that's what it is. I used to drive west on Hwy 34 towards Estes Park quite a bit for work, and in the winter they used the same stuff as the urban areas through those foothills curves.
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Yes, they do use salt in some areas. Magnesium Chloride is a liquid deicer that is corrosive and hard on vehicle finishes. My Mustang does not go on the roads when they're wet or snowing in the winter here in Colorado.
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When I lived there (ok it was like 12 years ago now...) they used gravel and some other stuff. I would have perfered salt. That crap is slicker than snot when it's on dry pavement! Thats how my brother rolled his car...

They use salf up here in Wyoming, least where I'm at. From what I've learned it doesn't matter what they use, it's not good for you car.
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So buying a 7-year-old Explorer from Colorado might not be such a hot idea, as in potential rust issues? I have found #3 of the particular model I am looking for in the state, and none closer to me.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just like Maxum said, "they do use salt in some areas" normally they use a sand salt mixture on the residential areas and the Magnesium Chloride liquid deicer on the highways. Used cars seem to hold up well here. It's not humid here, it's dry air. The only time you would have rust forming is in areas that would tend to hold debris.
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If rust was an issue here there would be many more cars around with holes in all the right spots. Looks like any other place I've lived.

Just have some underside and wheel well pictures sent to you. Plus, ask them straight up about your rust concerns.
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I moved to Colorado from Southern California in 2002. When I moved here I had a 1994 Bronco that had spent all it's life in Southern California. It was garaged before and after I moved here. In the winter time I would wash out the road grime and deicer off the bottom and wheel wells every chance I got. When I sold it in 2007 the bottom of the front fenders were starting to rust out. I saw it recently (sold it to my brother in law) and noticed it's rusting out around the wheel wells and tailgate area now. Kinda sad to see that since I really liked it.
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I asked a crew fixing pot holes. They said they only use sand and gravel. They said there is plenty of gravel in the Rockeys and salt cost too much. Sounds logical to me. I live on the side of Pikes Peak.
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