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> Damage and accidents to your Elantra
elantragt
post Jan 9 2005, 04:20 PM
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I guess it's happened to all of us...from parking lot dings to hail damage to (hopefully not) major accidents. Describe some of the ways your Elantra has gotten "banged up"


My only mishap so far was a serious bumper scrape that took off both paint & primer.... What about your Elantra?


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post Jan 27 2005, 08:45 PM
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Well I'm back but after a pretty devastating crash that has left me without my Elantra.... as most of you probably know I moved from Orlando, Florida back north to New Hampshire.... Well i was used to driving in the snow and so on... i learned in it for crying out loud!!!! well in this situation it wasn't that my driving skill was bad but more so the fact that the BF Goodrich Traction T/A's that a spent near $300 for to be bought mounted balanced and an alleged allignment from a local tire company up there is what actually cost me my car, and near injury of me and one of my best friends!! i was driving to my friends house to go watch movies since the kids i knew that were still in High School had a snow day... by the way i am only 18 turning 19 in march... but anyways back to the story... i had been driving during this storm already for about 3-4 hours.. so i was very comfortable that day with driving and knew the limits of the roads and my car... but as i was driving to this persons house going around the last turn and only about 40-50 FT. away from their street was a very light and gradual turn and downhill... i was only doing about 15 mph at the top of the hill i began to very lightly turn the wheel to begin the turn in the road and lightly tapped my brakes... the car kept going straight... i left off the brake so the front tires would spin and help give traction in order to make the turn safely.... no luck.. still going straight... when i knew it was too late and no option other then hitting to tree not by choice of course... i slammed the brakes cut the wheel in hopse that the snow would build up in front of the tires and slow me down and the wheels would turn a bit with traction from the build up... and of course my car went smash right into a tree about 2 FT. diameter.... by the time i hit the tree the car was probably doing in the area of 20-25 mph..... luckily me and my friend both walked away perfectly fine... i had a light bruise from the seat belt.... light back pain for the next two days along with light neck pain... but overall we were okay....

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post Jan 27 2005, 08:52 PM
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I got nailed by a bycycle in September. I was going through an uncontroled intersection when out of nowhere, she hit my driverside door. I was only going about 20mph.

Not sure what happened to her, she was taken away in an ambulance, she tried to get up but other bicyclist told her to stay down.

Anyway, I just got the car back. Replaced both door skins and pulled a small dent just behind the rear door.


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post Jan 27 2005, 09:53 PM
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My GT got totaled on 12/22/04, but I replaced with a used 02 GT. I'm glad all of us are around to talk about our accidents...


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post Jan 27 2005, 10:16 PM
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Kmr...that looks sad man.... glad you're ok. Did I mention I hate snow? wink.gif


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post Jan 28 2005, 02:12 AM
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I uh "slipped on some ice" taking an onramp and went into one of them side ditches. The really cool thing is how quick my elantra turned around and climed back up that monster... with blown front tires and fooked wheels. Yay curb!

Amazingly, the wheels and tires were the only thing damaged. The suspension and everything was just fine.


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post Jan 29 2005, 08:02 AM
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i haven't had any accidents with my GT, but living in boston, i've suffered from a few rear bumper scrapes which have gone down through the primer to the plastic. and then there was the two truck driver who scraped my front bumper and mangled the license plate. but that's about it in terms of damage. i'm more worried about the effects of all this slush and salt plastered on my car, for which there is no option to remove any time soon. sad.gif


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post Jan 30 2005, 10:40 PM
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I was rear ended a few months ago, it wasn't that bad and it's been fixed since. I have a nice scratch on the passenger side near the bottom that was caused by someone giving me bad directions into a very tight area. sad.gif In his defence, it was very dark outside.

And as of today my windshield needs to be replaced.


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post Jan 31 2005, 01:08 PM
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Here's the outside visible damage to my car, which was totaled due to frame damage...



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post Jan 31 2005, 04:10 PM
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silet, is that the only visible damage? if so, i'm wondering how on earth the framing got tweaked..


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post Jan 31 2005, 04:14 PM
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QUOTE (stauf @ Jan 31 2005, 04:10 PM)
silet, is that the only visible damage?  if so, i'm wondering how on earth the framing got tweaked..
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I'll try to take a picture of the trunk. It's kinda bent signs-groan.gif It'll make more sense when you see it.


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post Jan 31 2005, 04:42 PM
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I got in an accident on September 11th 2004. I was sideswiped doing 45 mph when a car driving towards me, in the opposite direction, drifted into my lane. I swerved onto the shoulder but he still made contact.

Everything was fixed within a month and a half and I got my $500 deductable back just in time for Christmas, which was nice.

It was a '99 Olds Alero. The irony is that my girlfriend just bought the exact same car, but the one that hit me was 4 cylinder and hers is a V6.

Anyhow, the only bad part is that my new rim, to replaced the chipped one from the accident, sucks. It has a lot of imperfections and has a very rough surface. I plan on getting 16"s with my tax return though so I can deal with it.

Aside from that I got my first flat tire today. I guess 185/55 wasn't such a good idea. I don't really know for a fact that's why it's flat but that is the most obvious explanation. Oh well.


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