I love your attitude. I don't think I could do it myself, but kudos to you.:cheers:Blue:
Yes, I've looked at the underside of my car. It's mostly plastic panels and the metal bits seem to be well treated with layers of zinc and other nice anti-corrosives. The metal parts that aren't exhaust parts will be sprayed with Waxoil when I install my winters. I'll drive the car every Tuesday night and on most weekends all year long unless the snow is higher than the ground clearance.
My car goes to good soft cloth car washes (gasp!) and is right now waiting for me at Economy Parking at O'hare. (OMFG!) It has a FRONT LICENSE PLATE mounted on a STOCK Porsche front license mount. I mounted it myself because the car came from Georgia. I DRILLED the two holes in the nose to fasten the mount. (Passing out soon!).
It's not all bad news. It gets stored in a climate controlled dry garage when I'm not abusing it. It gets oil changes at 10 K or less. Brake fluid changes every spring and maybe once more during the season, all other fluids changed at least bi-anually.
If salt is really disgusting, I'll wait it out and drive the Audi. If I have to replace a couple rusted bits someday, so be it. If the front of the car needs to be resprayed someday, it'll just get resprayed. I've been through the bit where I protect the nose and lower hood of a car with plastic only to have the upper hood bashed with a stone from a truck. I'll just deal with it if something happens.
One thing that concerns me is the windshield. It is kind of soft and seems to get little imperfections easily. They are building up and I know a new one is in my future. I imagine this is not cheap because the radio antenna is in the windshield. :beer:
I purposely bought a used CS because I wanted to track it and to DRIVE it. I'm not going to run it into the ground but I'm going to treat it like a good car. That's what it is.
You will likely win the concourse, but I'll be driving mine cross country and sliding it around in the snow and having a ball with it. :dance:
When you hit 30,000 miles, if you keep yours that long, mine will likely have 150,000 and a bit more patina but I won't love it any less. I'll have explored every inch of the thing, replaced all sorts of things like hoses and belts and, yes, maybe a corroded suspension piece or a worn out motor mount.
I've had precious cars before. I prefer semi-precious cars.