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Old 05-17-2012, 02:51 PM
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How far do you need to be from the ocean to not have salt spray affect a vehicle's chassis? Is it no big deal if you aren't constantly right near the beach?

Also, do ocean breezes in Santa Cruz tend to blow east in the direction of Gilroy, or north into town, or everywhere?
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:48 PM
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That would be a lot of ocean spray...
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:09 PM
Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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By definition an ocean breeze flows from the ocean onshore. This is the most common breeze along the coast. The coastal mountains between Gilroy and the ocean have a substantial mitigating effect on winds from the ocean.

I think you would have to park awfully close to the water for an awfully long time to see any effect of salt on a vehicle.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:12 PM
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I've always lived around 5-6 miles inland and had no issues with rust. However, I've seen a lot of computers that lived within a mile of the ocean that did have rust on the metal around the intake fans which I've never had at my distance. Keep in mind that that's the result of constant airflow over the metal for several years. I doubt modern cars with their galvanized body parts would have an issue.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:23 PM
Location: San Francisco
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I had a 2002 Mazda that was very near the ocean for nine years (sold it a year ago). Not a spot of rust. Don't really think its much of an issue with newer cars.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:59 PM
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When I was growing up we lived 1/3 mile from the ocean in a foggy part of Santa Cruz and we had this VW that I remember you could look through a hole on the floorboard of the backseat and watch the pavement go by, it was so rusted out. But as someone pointed out, newer cars have more plastic and less metal and better sealants so I wouldn't be too worried about it now.
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