To add to what ILUVMILS had to say, if you throw the drive shaft the insurance company WILL total the car.
That's how I got the 560SEL. Drive shaft threw and caused all of the damage ILUVMILS outlined. Took me 4 months to rebuild the car and get it back on the road. The cost for just the air bag and crash sensor is $2500 at the dealer which is a major chunk of the value of your car. Now toss in the tranny repair (or replacement) plus the floorpan repair and we are close to, if not above, the insurance value. Next stop is the junkyard, where someone like me will snag it for a song and fix it up.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.