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Old 07-07-2004, 08:35 AM
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W123 300TD Collision: TD vs Corolla, Goliath won this time

Hello All,

Just got some pictures developped. Here are a couple that you guys might like. Last winter I was on the highway when I noticed a whiteout due to some blowing snow. I slowed down because you could not see through it. When I got close, I noticed the highway patrol stopping traffic due to numerous cars in the ditch, so I came to a stop behing the traffic. As I was slowing down, two cars went into the snow banks next to me. I came to a stop, and then..... BANG. I had been rear-ended.

My first thought was to get the f%@# out of there to not get hit again, so I drove off on the shoulder and stopped in a safer place. Luckily I didn't hit the car in front of me. I could see in my mirror the black car that hit me, it was a mangled mess. I was thinking "oh no, my poor TD..." I finally got out to look at my damage: broken backup lens and bracket, broken turn signal lens, bumper was off by 1/4 in. due to the telescopic shocks springing back unevenly, and tow hook bent forward. Not even a scratch on the bumper. I could not believe it.

I went to the other car to fill out the paperwork. The car was (and I mean WAS) a 2002 corolla. An accordeon up to the door seams, fluids on the road, wheel pushed back 6 inches, windshield kaput, both airbags deployed. I hear they scrapped the car. The guy did not even believe me that I am the guy he hit. He said that he hit me while braking and must have been going about 30 mph at the time.

In the end I drove off, got a very generous settlement from the insurance, and was glad I was the one in the mercedes.

Hats off to German engineers!!!
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Old 07-07-2004, 08:50 AM
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Could someone give me a hand on how to post pictures, this is my first time... I must be doing something wrong.
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1979 300TD 189,000 Miles, now running WVO with a home-made 2 tank conversion
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1961 VW Microbus 162,000 Miles
1961 Ford Fairlane 500, 53,900 original miles
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Old 07-07-2004, 08:59 AM
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#1 they must be no larger than 68k in size
#2 they cannot be any bigger than 800x600.

You need to use something to shrink and to compress them. Odds are they are 600k or larger from your camera.

I personally use Corel Photopaint.
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Old 07-07-2004, 09:59 AM
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Both my pictures are smaller than 68K and less than 800 x 600. Still unable to post them. I am clicking the browse button and choosing the file. What am I forgetting?
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1979 300TD 189,000 Miles, now running WVO with a home-made 2 tank conversion
1974 230 Gasser 189,000 Miles, For Sale
1961 VW Microbus 162,000 Miles
1961 Ford Fairlane 500, 53,900 original miles
1951 Oliver Super 55 Tractor
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Old 07-07-2004, 10:14 AM
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Both my pictures are smaller than 68K and less than 800 x 600. Still unable to post them. I am clicking the browse button and choosing the file. What am I forgetting?
Are you trying to use "Preview Reply" to look at your post before using "Submit Reply"? I think using Preview drops the attachment, and one has to select the attachment again before using "Submit Reply".


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Old 07-07-2004, 10:23 AM
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damage to my car:
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1979 300TD 189,000 Miles, now running WVO with a home-made 2 tank conversion
1974 230 Gasser 189,000 Miles, For Sale
1961 VW Microbus 162,000 Miles
1961 Ford Fairlane 500, 53,900 original miles
1951 Oliver Super 55 Tractor
2002 Chocolate Lab
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Old 07-07-2004, 10:24 AM
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Thanks eskimo, you were right!

damage to the corolla:
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1979 300TD 189,000 Miles, now running WVO with a home-made 2 tank conversion
1974 230 Gasser 189,000 Miles, For Sale
1961 VW Microbus 162,000 Miles
1961 Ford Fairlane 500, 53,900 original miles
1951 Oliver Super 55 Tractor
2002 Chocolate Lab
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Old 07-07-2004, 11:44 AM
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damn.. the thing's a beast!

Actually my diesel once got rear ended too.. by a brand new MB a C-Class

welll guess which one fared better...
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Old 07-07-2004, 11:58 AM
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Aww your mean diesel smashed that poor little toyota.
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Old 07-07-2004, 12:19 PM
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good ridence to that cheap inport!! (toyota of course)
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Old 07-07-2004, 07:10 PM
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good ridence to that cheap inport!! (toyota of course)
LOL! I'm 99% sure that Corolla was made the the good ol' USA though.
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Old 07-07-2004, 10:05 PM
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By the looks of that second picture
there seem to be more fender benders
that happend in that area.


That Audi looks like it is trying to go off roading.

I hope everyone was OK?

Damage can be fixed, a persons life can not.

Just goes to show how thin the steel is that
makes up a car these days.

Ha, I can hear people say:"it is the crumple zones".
Well, the w123 MB's have them too.
Only difference is that the steel plate is thicker.
Oh, also the bumper is more robust and has the
struts.

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Old 07-07-2004, 10:44 PM
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Speedy300Dturbo: It's 100%, not 99% :-)


All Honda Civic/Accord and Toyota Corolla/Camry are made in the USA. Of course their other models (except some) are also made here.

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Old 07-07-2004, 11:23 PM
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EEWWW. It looks extremely cold in those photos. I noticed you are in Canada- about how cold does it get up in your area?
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Old 07-07-2004, 11:37 PM
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EEWWW. It looks extremely cold in those photos. I noticed you are in Canada- about how cold does it get up in your area?
In the late '80s I was in school in Burlington, Vermont; about 60 miles south of Montreal.

If you like daily highs of -5*F; your nosehairs freezing and it being TOO COLD FOR IT TO SNOW then that is where you want to be.

A few hours to the west is Watertown, NY. The Army has their extreem cold traning center there.....
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