Discussion in 'Honda Hybrids' started by psyshack, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Here are all the pics I have of the car. http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/showgallery.php/cat/639

    You can't see the over all damage until you start peeling back the sheet metal. The ACE structure did it's job. It absorbed and transferred the impact and gave it's all. I have no idea why the air bags did not deploy. Her sternum is sore but not so much as a cut or bruise. I think some traction and broken bones would have done her more good than state of the art engineering and a worthless car after the fact. Maybe if she was reminded a bit here and there with a pain or so here and there she would pull her head out. Not to mention the time laying in a bed to think about it.

    Her next car if I ever buy her one will be a striped Yaris or Fiat 500. Used of course. :)
  2. hunter44102

    hunter44102 Well-Known Member

    PSY - get her a bright yellow car. Apparently they are the most visible and a smaller percentage less likely to be in accident.

    Also, according to this article, 30% of us have a gene that makes us bad drivers and don't learn from mistakes:

  3. ioverholt

    ioverholt Member


    Seems like it could be pulled straight. Maybe straight-ish. At least straight enough. :D Can't the whole front clip be replaced? I mean the structural members forward of the firewall and A-pillars.

    It's an expensive repair for sure. If possible, I'd repair it and sell it. Did you get any estimates on replacing the front clip and pulling the rest of the chassis straight? That cost would tell you if it's worth fixing and selling, or just parting out.

    Good luck and I hope your wife pays more attention in the future.
  4. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    OOO but a new twist takes place. Chatty Okies yeah know. People know my wifes x husband and brothers at the shop the HCHII is at. All known to be craftsman in the trade of Wreck fixers. Coupled with the fact I'm a doc'ed finisher and spray tech from thimbles to aircraft.

    They all know each other..... The wifes blood runs deep in the collision repair game.
  5. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    That statement explains her driving record. It's just natural for her to "drum up business" for the family! ;)
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jeff:

    ___I suspect your HCH-II will be better than ever and this will be a long and distant memory in another 3 to 6-months. At least I hope so for both your sakes :love:

    ___Good Luck

  7. greenrider

    greenrider Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I'd be in marital counseling at the least, or headed for divorce court. Is gross negligence grounds for divorce?
  8. Kacey Green

    Kacey Green Well-Known Member

    we have a few of those lifts at the shop
  9. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    My fiance hasn't been in any accidents in the 3 1/2 years since I taught her to drive and had her get her license...;). It pays to be the teacher.
  10. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Went in to check up on the car today. The engine and tranny are out of it. They have started the heavy body work. The new front right stake/brace that took the hit has been installed. Which involved replacing most of the under pinning on the front right. Once that was in I was told they put it on the rack and pulled it back straight again. When I was there they were preping for the last welds. Once completely welded up it will go back on the rack for another check. Then all the welds will be sealed up and the painting under the hood will be complete. They said it pulled very well and showed me the report, of which we should get a copy of when we pick up the car. Still going to take 2 to 3 more weeks before it's ready. All parts are OEM. The fenders were dry fitted today and basic prime and sealing paint work has started on them.
  11. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Wow, steel is wonderful stuff. They replace the parts that are bent beyond repair , straighten the slightly bent ones. Pretty sure that will never happen with aluminum.


  12. St. Mushroom

    St. Mushroom doesn't wash his car.

    Are you worried about the mechanic's ability to repair the ACE body structure?
  13. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Me worried? Naw, I wrote it off as soon as I saw the car.
  14. St. Mushroom

    St. Mushroom doesn't wash his car.

    I remember when I got rear-ended in my 07 sedan a while back, I was thinking, does the adjuster actually know how to assess damage for this thing, which as far as I'm concerned, as a mechanically-challenged consumer, is a magical load-dispersing frame. Guess I drank the HMC cool aid!
  15. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    My understanding is that the ACE structure starts at the firewall. What's in front of that is designed to crush and bend and sacrifice itself. That's exactly what it did here. Better to replace the whole front clip than to lose a person.
  16. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Fenders have been primed and sealed. They were fitting them when I stopped in. Door trim was being pulled off so they could blend in the fenders.
  17. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    The front fenders are actually pretty flimsy pieces, over the more substantial wheel well sub-frame: sort of like a motorcyle fairing, just a few bolts and clips hold it on. That makes for easier front end repair, anyways.

    We just had ours replaced, plus both doors, down one side, due to a T-bone accident.
  18. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Went by the body shop today. Paints on it. Fenders look like crap. They are not aligning up at the A pillar or the lower rocker panel. So If they put paint on it as if that was good enough. I'm sure the engine and transmission were yanked out and put back in correct,,,, NOT! I have concerns about the A/C system and the electric power steering unit. Big sign on it stating " check transmission fluid ". They had the cooling lines off. So I hope they put the right fluid back in.

    I'm waiting to see how she handles the curbed wheel and screwed up back bumper along with it needing the oil changed and tires rotated. I will never drive it again much less service it. I gave her a hint today. " When you inspect it, pay and pick it up,,, you might, maybe, should get it to a local Honda dealer and have it's maint. done. Have the firmware upgraded, and have the TSB done on the spoiler,,, OOOO and have the drivers door window regulator checked. And maybe have the transmission fluid checked if not changed out. A full flush if the body shop can not produce a bottle of Honda CVT tranny fluid. And then figure out a way to have the body shop pay for the flush if they did screw it up.

    See how it goes. She should have it the middle of the week.
  19. 98CRV

    98CRV Well-Known Member

    Does wifey have ADHD? ADHDers are good for wrecking cars, losing stuff, getting divorced....
  20. raveneon

    raveneon Well-Known Member

    Why is this work not being performed by a Honda dealer?

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