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Old 06-29-2007, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default Crashed the car, need some advice

So I'm driving down the road around 50-55 mph, squirrel runs out in front of me, swerve to avoid while braking hard, end up sliding sideways about 70 feet, front end goes into a brick pillar. UNDERSTEER FTL!!!

Both air bags went off. Radiator was crushed in toward the engine, front bumper destroyed, hood bent up, driver's side fender bent.

Wheels are fine, tie rods still connected, still steers. Motor still on it's mounts, transmission still on it's mounts, still rolls fine, goes into gear fine.

I didn't start it for fear of a broken timing belt, as well as the radiator being crushed up against the front of the motor.

I looked under the car (it rode up onto the pillar) and the subframe is intact, not bent. The front bumper beam/ cross member/ whatever, is totally bent etc. Driver's side headlight is obliterated. Battery pushed up etc.

How difficult is it to repair the front portion of the frame? Everything past the front of the engine is fine, but everything before that is ruined.

I would have pictures but I forgot my camera. I might have some in a few days.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:56 PM   #2
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it seems like it is a pretty bad crash. not gonna be easy to fix... certainly not a diy job unless you work at a mech shop. sorry and good luck
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:56 PM   #3
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Hit the squirrel next time. Sorry to hear. I would say take it to a shop. But I don't have m3d tyt3 collision damage fixing abilities.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:58 PM   #4
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You should never swerve and brake at the same time. I suggest some driving courses.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:58 PM   #5
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let this be a lesson...always slaughter the squirrel
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:08 PM   #6
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I've never hit an animal before, thought I could get away with it.

I've taken performance driving courses, these things don't instantly come to mind in a split second scenario.

How is the front frame/ bumper area even repaired in a general case?
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:41 PM   #7
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Yea just cream the ****ed thing next time. Hopefully damage isn't to bad
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:47 PM   #8
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It won't be that bad I just rebuilt my STi that was wrecked and had the driver's side air bag deployed and everything from the motor up i had to redo myself, the rad shroud, new crash bar, 2 new headlights, new bumper cover, new subframe, 2 new fenders, i had some framework done and a new hood and it was about 4*** in parts. As far as if its a DIY job I bought a subaru service manual off of Ebay for 10 bucks and it breaks down everything in the entire car if you can read and follow that you can do anything I did the whole car minus the framework in my garage for a project car since feburary and i just finished it like a week ago
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:47 PM   #9
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:48 PM   #10
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You should never swerve and brake at the same time. I suggest some driving courses.
driving courses do absolutely zero when in a panic situation, experience is about all you really can go on. $hit happens unfortunately.
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:54 PM   #11
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I don't swerve for anything smaller then a large raccoon...
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:55 PM   #12
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The whole point of driving courses are to show you how to keep your cool when a situation comes up.
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:55 PM   #13
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06stisilver,

could you tell me more about that, how did the original damage occur, pictures, how did you fix the crash beam etc?
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:00 PM   #14
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will you be able to repair the car?

NO.

will a competent shop be able to repair the car?

YES - for a lot of monies.

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Old 06-29-2007, 10:05 PM   #15
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BEFORE

AFTER
Just needs painted hehe

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Old 06-29-2007, 10:12 PM   #16
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***backs away slowly**
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^ lol.
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:18 PM   #18
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Yeah definitely hit animal next time. In this situation you would have been better off hitting a deer then a brick pillar. An a squirrel? Instead of all this you would have been sad for a couple minutes....or like me and laughed maniacally muahahaha

Glad your ok though!
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:29 PM   #19
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once upon a time there was a cat that ran across the street and a subaru owner that ran over it ...cat smashed, the end...

^true story


oh and sorry to hear about the wreck ....next time run over it !
..ahhh mighty awd works wonders on small creatures!

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Old 06-29-2007, 10:38 PM   #20
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Hmm, your front end looks a hell of a lot better than mine does :\
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:42 PM   #21
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Am I correct in assuming that your damage is in the same area as mine?
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:46 PM   #22
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I'm assuming my front area on the drivers side is crushed in about 6" more than yours.

also my lower bumper beam/crash bar or whatever, is dented more than yours.
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:53 PM   #23
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Ah well i guess its up to you I'd say it's still fixable if you find a frame shop to straighten out your stuff and have them tack weld all your rad shroud stuff together this was the only part that I needed straightened
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:59 PM   #24
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hmm, I wonder how hard it is to fix that stuff...
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Framework is the worst part after that its not bad
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