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    This is where the car was...


    And here's the car being pulled out:




    Long story short, my girlfriend was taking a right turn onto the road, hydroplaned and the back end swung out, she said she stayed calm, but over-corrected when trying to get the rear end out of oncoming traffic, missed the car coming from the other way, and went across the road and down into the ditch. She's fine, going to have a bruise under her eye from where she hit the steering wheel (she's 5'0", so the seat was all the way up), and probably some neck pain.

    There's a good amount of damage, but the frame rails in the engine bay and the core support are all unaffected. All the mounting brackets on the underside are of course bent to hell. The shop will be checking the rest of the frame that's not visible at the moment.

    This sucks... :(

    Originally posted by miata5620
    Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

  • #2
    Wow that sucks, but glad to hear your girl is ok.
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    • #3
      Time to teach her to drift?

      Glad the damage is pretty minimal :)

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      • #4
        Ouch. She's going to be sore tomorrow. I guess you were not in the car at the time and just went to the scene for support?

        Car doesn't look bad really at all. Damage appears localized and moderate. No evidence of airbag deployment. The ins co will fix this one. This would be a perfect time for a 01 front end conversion.
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        • #5
          Glad to hear she's okay. Cars are replaceable, people aren't!
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          • #6
            Yeah, we just got back from the body shop. (No airbags and I was not in it, was actually driving with Sean not a mile away.) The car seems to be V'd and pinched since it came to rest over that little creek bed thing. We'll know more on Monday. They've got to get it on the rack and pressure wash the underside to find out for sure. May be done.

            Originally posted by miata5620
            Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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            • #7
              Damn! Glad she is ok.

              I hydroplaned my Miata at 80mph on the interstate into the median, caught huge air, landed bounced spun and finally stopped, then drove it home with a broken light motor and disconnected front bumper (zip ties>bolts),

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              • #8
                this sucks but it's better knowing that Britt was not seriously injured. :)

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                • #9
                  Bad news but glad she's ok.

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                  • #10
                    Bummer. Glad to see she wasn't hurt badly. These little cars just don't handle the same in the rain.
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                    • #11
                      Wet roads and Miatas arent the best of friends. My only real wreck in all my years of driving came as a result of hydroplaning a Miata. A light car just doesnt grab well even with good tires.
                      Glad she's okay. Sure looks fixable from the pics.
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                      • #12
                        if that bent the chassis, she must have REALLLLLLLY took a hard hit. it looks like just the bumper and maybe some of the lower portions of the front part of the chassis could have been bent.

                        do the doors still open and close normally? and the top feels as tight as it should be when its up and latched?
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                        • #13
                          It definitely was a hard hit. She went down a hill and hit and went over a ditch. You could see each point of impact in the mud.
                          The doors and hood operate normally as far as I can tell, didn't try the top, however each panel along the legth of the car contacted each other (the front quarter panels hit the front of the doors pretty hard). You can see where because the paint chipped off but no bent metal.
                          There's plenty bent on the underside. The radiator and consensor both got opened, the a/c lines were both contacting the crank pulley, and part of the power steering line was just gone. The sway bar was bent and of course both fans are done.
                          We'll know for sure Monday though.

                          Originally posted by miata5620
                          Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                          • #14
                            How much do you think it's worth insurance wise? I'll start hunting for a comparable value replacement.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MX5ATLanta.com View Post
                              How much do you think it's worth insurance wise? I'll start hunting for a comparable value replacement.
                              No need, I already found one. :lol:
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