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Old 04-28-2003, 11:46 AM
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Unhappy Some jerk hit my car this weekend and ran

I walked out to my car on Sunday and notice someone had hit the right rear side of my car. They ripped off the rubber piece on the bumber and also dislocated the track it sits on. They scratched the rear corner by the trunk and put a dent in the chrome piece that runs down the side of the car. I have no idea when it happened except that it must have happened this weekend and probably occurred in a parking lot.

Luckily I think I can fix the bumper myself. I have to take the track piece off and put the rubber back on and hopefully it will slide back into place. It looks like part of the rubber was ripped off but I think I can slide it in far enough to cover it up. There's not much I can do about the scratch. I might replace the chrome piece from a junkyard or just keep it like it is. I haven't decided.

I guess it could have been a lot worse. At least my lens wasn't damaged. That would have been expensive. It still really, really upset me. The only good side of this is that I hope hitting my car really messed up the other car. Since my car is solid steel and most new cars are pretty much plastic, I bet it did a lot of damage to the other person's car. That's one reason I drive an older car too - it's already a little scratched up a little here and there and little imperfections don't bother me as much as they would on a new car but this still really upset me. There's just no excuse for damaging another person's car and running away. People have no sense of personnal responsibility anymore.

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Old 04-28-2003, 11:50 AM
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Sorry to hear about that. I feel your pain. Someone once crushed my chrome MG bumper in and ran away. I like to give them the benefit of the doubt though and assume it was some soccer mom driving an SUV who didn't even know she made contact with my car. Oh well, $hit happens right?

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Old 04-28-2003, 12:20 PM
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I think the SUV making "light" contact with another car thing happens more often than you think. I saw someone crease the fender of a parked car with her Expedition and didn't even know she had done it. The bumpers on some of those things are so high that they hit well above any protection on a regular car. I try to avoid parking next to those things, especially in tight lots.
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Old 04-28-2003, 03:24 PM
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Was it your 300D? You're lucky...

the W123's were about the last MBs with REAL bumpers, and the rest of the stuff sounds like it can be straightened out for a reasonable amount.

Had this happened to a "new" car likely you would have to replace plastic and body parts costing several thousand dollars.

VERY sorry, if that helps.
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Old 04-28-2003, 04:05 PM
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The W123 is an awesome car when it comes to bumper design. With the bumper shocks and the rubber strip, I don't feel terrible about parking by "feel" when I have to in the city. Also, I've been hit a few times by cabs with no damage incurred.

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Old 04-28-2003, 04:14 PM
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Every once and a while the trash guys leave our trash cans to far from the fence in the driveway, right in the way of my car. (they are big plastic thingies with wheels, lets em automate trash collection)


I just nudge em out of the way when I backout of the driveway. I did the same thing with my old VW since it had bumpers that are a mix between the w123 seperate from the car bumper and new cars "bumper is hidden under body trim". I know it's lazy, but no harm done to either the trash can or the car, so why not get a little fun out of it
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Old 04-28-2003, 06:02 PM
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......assume it was some soccer mom driving an SUV.......
Alex

That was too funny. LOL.
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Thats sucks. Sorry to hear it happened. I make a point of not parking anywhere near to the front of the lot. Most of the idiots like to jockey for the closest spot-these are the morons you need to avoid. I don't mind walking so I park 2-4 spots away from everyone else so I am much less likely to be hit. RT
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Old 04-28-2003, 09:05 PM
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am sorry to read of your misfortune. the worst part is that you are quite correct, people do not have any personal responsibility anymore, unless they get caught redhanded. perhaps if the person owned up to their mistake you would have let them off free if the damage as you say was minor. they did not give you that opportunity though ...
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Old 04-29-2003, 09:51 AM
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Sorry to hear you got hit. Did you report it to the police? It's always better to do so, as it could have been a drunk driver or similar that got picked up and taken to jail a few minutes or hours later. Thus, his/her car could have damage that matches up to the damage on your ride and you would have a civil case possible for them to repair the damage. (I'm in law enforcement)
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Old 04-29-2003, 12:52 PM
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The W123's are tanks, it takes alot to do much of any damage.
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Old 04-30-2003, 10:03 AM
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I must agree with 123's being tanks. I got rear-ended on Sunday. I was trying to get the heck out of the lady's way b/c I saw she wasnt going to stop but the old wagon just couldnt get up and go fast enough. The lady had to have been going 20+ when she hit me. Fortuantley all it did was crack the rear bumper and slightly bend the body where the right bumper shock attaches. I was scared to look at the back of my car but it held up and in the end I get a new bumper...the old one was about to fall off thanks to corrosion...bonus.

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