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Old 11-18-2012, 01:10 PM
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I'm no expert so we'll have to wait for the pro's, but, I'm curious how the frame looks, there are different sized gaps on door/fender lines, f'n sucks. I had just left the dealership where they replaced an o-ring, did my oil change, and rotated the tires. If they didn't over-inflate the tires, then I'm at a loss as to how this happened.

Going with the flow of traffic on the South Bus 80 - West I-50 interchange (coming from Maita Subaru going home to Davis) the car got light, swung out, then gripped and whipped around the opposite direction into the guard rail, front then rear, ended up facing the right direction, car pieces strewn for a few hundred feet. Both impacts were primarily on the driver side. Ground was wet, but hadn't rained for a few minutes, so it wasn't hydroplaning due to to excess of water. All 4 tires were in good shape w/ 4/32" tread, which means they need to be replaced soon but aren't in the unsafe zone yet (per the dealer). I was going w/ the flow at or below the posted "50mph" for the interchange. The fact that I wasn't hot rodding or doing something blatantly stupid is part of why this is bothering me so much.

CHP took about 15 minutes to get there to push me to the 16th St exit, the car wouldn't start, starter would engage but couldn't turn, so something mechanical is fubared as well.

So if anyone got stuck in traffic there yesterday, sorry, that was me.
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Well at least your ok. Looks pretty gnarly. I wrecked the exact same way. Rear stepped out, caught traction then flung the car around the opposite way, did a couple 360's and ended up in a ditch. Only difference was I was playing hoonigan and got what I deserved.
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Well at least your ok. Looks pretty gnarly. I wrecked the exact same way. Rear stepped out, caught traction then flung the car around the opposite way, did a couple 360's and ended up in a ditch. Only difference was I was playing hoonigan and got what I deserved.
Yeah, sucks. I can hear myself, I was audibly saying "no....no....no...." when I felt it losing it.
I've never had awd before, so the irony of this is sickening. Honestly I just hope it gets repaired fast, and right. After paying for insurance for the last 15 years of driving, I guess I'm finally happy that I have it.
Also very happy that while I was in a pack of cars, everyone was able to stop and I didn't involve anyone else. REALLY happy my GF wasn't in the car (or anyone else), would feel even worse.
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Dang man, that's a terrible feeling. Glad you're okay.

As long as air bags didn't deploy and the subframes took most of the force, it should be repairable. But if your A, B, or C pillars are creased/wrinkled, then it's toast. Hopefully you can get it back on the road as rare as your car is.

Let me know if you need anything since I'm close by.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:21 PM
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Lol, well, my neck is stiff, I could use a massage

This was one of my "realistic" dream cars, so I'm really hoping to get her back. Driver side front took the biggest hit, no airbags went off (all glancing blows, not direct hits) the biggest gap change is on the passenger rear door,
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The CHP got me off the freeway into a Cigar shop parking lot, where I had half an hour to wait for the tow truck, so I got 20 or so pictures between my phone and tablet.
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Glad to hear your alright, hope the fozzy is fixable.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:57 PM
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Lol thanks guys, I too am happy a sore neck and a banged up car is all that happened.

I definitely want it back, I'm not giving up on my first Subaru that fast




And for cost savings I'll probably have the smallest rental car possible (geico is covering 25/day so it shouldn't cost me much out of pocket). That'll make me super happy to drive her again
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Sorry to hear what happened. The car looks salvaged imo. Just ponder the possibility of finding a new used car.
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This is my first incident like this, so I really have no idea what the costs are, but the shop who has possession of the car estimated their max expense at around 7K (70% of value), I think.
He had hope that it is fixable, something about how Subaru's have more real frame then a lot of new cars that have only unibodies, but, again, I don't know.

All I know is I don't want the car back if it's going to be riddled w/ problems (i.e. tire wear issues or stability issues), but would be a happy camper to have it back fixed right. (and I'm really glad I have gap insurance built into the loan if it comes to that)
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Ouch man, that really sucks. Hope you're OK.

It definitely looks totalled to me. BUT depending on your adjuster and the company policy you still MIGHT be able to buy it back and have them cut you a check for repairs, or have them fix it for you.

Definitely looks like a good amount of work though. I'm almost sure they'll want to total it.
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Sorry for the loss man, get a massage and if its still hurting or you feel dizzy etc get seen asap. I don't know how well your front apron held up but if any of that is bent.... you may be SOL. On mine the bumper beam went through my timing belt cover too :/

I definitely crashed almost the same way you did. Rear end came out, snap oversteer and got traction into a wall :/
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:20 PM
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Well, I hope I didn't kill her, after having the taste it's not going to be easy to find another XT w/ a manual.
As for damage, I realize I did not open the hood, so I don't know what the bay looked like. Here's a side shot:
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It didn't look horribly pushed in, but, who knows.

(here's my folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mwlg05lvb9lt355/sIuUyIBiMc )

And @Heedz, that super sucks, sorry for your recent loss as well.

Since I'm not playing with a pocket full of cash, it may be pretty much impossible for me to buy back the salvage title (if it goes that route), I am under the impression banks don't do that really.
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Originally Posted by Heedz View Post
I definitely crashed almost the same way you did. Rear end came out, snap oversteer and got traction into a wall :/
snap oversteer is because you lifted. subarus (awd) don't like it when you lift, it's the equivalent of no-wheel drive. floor it and you have a better chance of recovery.

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that first pic looks like it's really tweaked
engine seems apparently in tact. usually if you buy it back, you'll make a decent chunk of change parting it out. would also make a good donor for a RS.
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