Your grapevine is in need or repair. The car doesn't have a frame. It is a unibody design which means it gets its strength from rolled up sheet metal. Chrysler has been using that design very successfully since 1960.
There are some things that can break due to rust, but nothing like the problems Ford is having with their minivans. The first thing you can do is check for proper tire wear. It takes me hours to go over all the possible signs of trouble in a classroom with live people. To describe that over a computer is almost impossible. The best place to find that information is in a textbook in the library of a community college with an Automotive program. When structural parts of a car are broken or bent, handling and tire wear problems can be expected. My guess is you won't have either.
The best way to put your mind at ease is to have the car inspected at a tire and alignment shop. Even if rust is an issue, it takes a real lot of it to weaken a unibody car. I drive very old Chryslers up here in Wisconsin, the road salt capital of the world, and my rusty trusty vehicles have never had a structural problem.
If an alignment specialist tells you there is a tire wear problem, have him show you exactly what he is looking at, then I can explain how that could occur and what might be causing it.
Saturday, May 21st, 2011 AT 7:16 AM