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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-21-2006, 07:15 AM
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Re: My 5 is WRECKED!!!

Amazing how the damage only shows in certain areas. Aside from the scrapes, the doors look intact,* but then there's those ripples behind the slider. And the headlight was ok after that hit? Weird. Hope all is well with you guys and the 5. Now that it's been a little while, are you noticing any mechanical irregularities since the repairs were done?

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-21-2006, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Re: My 5 is WRECKED!!!

Mechanical problems = None. There's a little pucker in the sheet metal around the front right corner of the moonroof, (you can just see it in the pics) and the right headlight has some condensation. I'll be bringing it in for the condensation and for them to have a look at the roof, but I don't really want them messing with the roof too much. It's hardly noticable. The way they've been about things, they'll probably just order me a headlight. It had a few scuffs along the edge where the bent metal contacted it. It drives and looks as good as new. They did an excellent job.

What the pics don't show is the damage the median did when we went over it. The 3 wheels were $1500 alone then there was 4 Toyo T1-R's (to correct my earlier post). The fix required an entire front cradle (sub-frame) and front end parts from hell plus cooling system parts. Adds up fast. Came in about $1500 short of totalled. The impact knocked my feet off the pedals and there was no steering away from the median, it was too close. I didn't get back to the pedals till after we were over, by that time both fronts were flat and we just slid forward into the opposite curb. Spilt my coffee too, dammit!

Update: The 5 developed a front suspension "clunk" after having been repaired for the accident damage. The noise came when transitioning from forward to reverse, or vise-versa, entering a driveway ramp, braking for intersections, slow travel turns (say, in a parking lot), and under similar operation. It started out soft & quiet and became progressively louder. It took a few months and several trips back to the dealership to get it fixed (where they treated it as a warranty issue until after three tries they couldn't find the source). The fourth trip, I said I didn't care how long they took to find it, but I didn't want it back with the clunk. They finally gave it to the head technician, who drove it on errands and even took it home a few times. He finally was able to locate the problem, testing each fastener in the front end (every one he could get to) in the frame, suspension, subframe attachments, etc using a breaker bar and appropriate sockets. He said he put the bar on one of the motor mounts, and duplicated the noise perfectly. They then repositioned the engine/mount assembly, torqued it to specs and it's been fine ever since. After buying two cars, the recall, and having had major work done, (including the elusive noise), my experience is this: New London Lincoln-Mercury Mazda) is dealership with a truly customer-oriented staff, a superb service department and excellent body shop. My confidence and happiness with the 5 is FINALLY renewed. The wreck of course, wasn't their fault, but they made it their responsibility to get the car back to right. I recommend them to anyone who's looking.
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