I posted this in the general section, just wanted to get more input.
Bought this 1988 Fiero GT 118,000 km, one owner. Canadian car. Automatic. Got it for 1600. I have the chance to give back the car if it is not up my standards. Its parked in my uncles garage, and i had him take a couple of photos for me to share to see whether the rust is a problem or its just surface rust. Again the car is not with me at the moment. For that reason i am taking advice from you guys. Before i take it to my mechanic.
Looked at your other post and the pics are working there. I'd say the rust is probably about average for a car from this area. To get an '88 for $1,600 you can expect to have to put some work into it. If you have the time and patience (plus a place to work on it) just about anything can be fixed. As mentioned by others, see if you can put an awl or a screwdriver through the areas of the frame that look the worst. If you can't, there's a good chance you could grind off the rust and Por 15 it. What is the rest of the car like? If the interior and body are in good shape, including the tail lights and the sail panels, it's definitely worth the effort to fix up. If you're not interested, I would even have a look at it myself
If i'm not wrong that looks like the rear cross member. Before bring it to my place. We had to replace the driver side rear wheel. I jacked the car from the rear cross member. I assume it passed the test.
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Doesnt look that bad to me. It also looks like someone undercoated parts with something a long time ago and that is some of what you see coming off. I'd take a flat scraper to it and see whats under it. Also like mentioned tap a punch or screwdriver on some areas and make sure they are solid.
I don't mind rust, but I don't want to take to a shop where the mechanic needs to be welding steel sheets on the car. I still need to check underneath wheel well liners. I paid 1600 for it. So I do except rust. But I am willing to sand the surface rust, and perhaps paint it with por15 or rust oleum. I don't think I can find a 88 fiero gt for that price.