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I just spent $3000 on this problem. My left lower control arm mount had broken off the engine cradle. It’s a very scary situation because I completely lost control turning left and the car just made a huge clunking sound and was undrivable. I’m just relieved I made it home off of the highway. They bolt had rusted right through and there is a structural crack and the car has only
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162,000 km on it. Just curious if this is a common problem.
 

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I agree with dukey33, if you live where they put salt on the roads or drive a lot of dirt roads that are mineral heavy, this will probably happen again. I've often wondered if rust could be halted on these parts if they were anodized prior to baking on the black coating.
 

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I believe other members have posted about this problem previously, it is not common BUT it has happened to others.

As others have mentioned above this corrosion is probably caused by salt etc on roads. If you live in such an area routine preventative treatment for corrosion should be part of your regular maintenance.

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Yip, my 2011 had to have the front subframe replaced October 2020 due to corrosion😒
 
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