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Wife and I drove from ABQ to Denver on Wednesday. We were on I-25 North, about 15 miles outside of Trinidad, when a Honda Odyssey hit a truck tire tread and launched it into the front of our STS. Damn scary when you're doing 80 MPH, catch a quick flash of black, and BANG! :eek:

Car only had 2800 miles on it!








Needless to say I called my insurance company, and will take it in for estimate and repair appointment on Monday. I have thought about having the mesh grill installed--now may be the perfect time to do it.

Not a good year for our vehicles. About 3 months ago our Escalade was damaged by a sunroof that flew off a POS Dodge Neon. It cost my insurance company $800 to repair the large dent in the rear quarter.

They say things happen in three's--I'm afraid to take our C6 Corvette out for a cruise now!
 

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its like that old rodney dangerfield joke where he says he woke up this morning and a button fell off his pajama's..then he went to grab his briefcase to go to work and the handle fell off..then he says at this rate "i'm afraid to go to the bathroom"
 

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Mythbusters did an experiment involving a truck tire tread slinging off and coming through the window. The test dummy was completely decapitated instantly. You can consider yourself to be very, very lucky.
 

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Mythbusters did an experiment involving a truck tire tread slinging off and coming through the window. The test dummy was completely decapitated instantly. You can consider yourself to be very, very lucky.
Yeah--the thought did cross our minds that it may have come up to windshield height had we been a bit further back.
 

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We just had a similar experience with our Buick LeSabre. I had a guy repaint the front cap. He was driving down IH 35 to deliver it to me, and a chemical truck lost some of its load. My driver stopped to wash the chemical off. Within minutes, much of the new paint came off. Back to paint shop. Of course, my car is worth about 1/5th of yours.
 

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Just returned from the body shop. The first look estimate is $2653, which includes replacing the grill and driver side headlight, and repairing the hood and bumper. The bumper may have to be replaced--they won't be able to tell until they get it off.

The rubber molding around the headlight separated from the headlight assembly. This cannot be ordered separately, so they have to replace the entire unit!

Since New Mexico does not require a front plate I'm going to have them fill in the 4 holes in the bumper--no frame replacement.

I am ordering an E&G Classics mesh grill and will have them install it vs. the OEM grill. Will cost me about $45 out of pocket.
 

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About 100 years ago (actually mid-'60's, it just seems that long), I caught a full width section of truck tread about 8-9" long square in the center (luckily) of the windshield of my '63 VW Beetle while going 60+ mph. I ducked and my father was looking out the right side window as it passed between our heads and landed in the well behind the back seat. We got not a stratch, but the steering wheel was so mangled that it had to be replaced. The only other damage came out in the wash.
We were very lucky, but there is no way to avoid such a thing without going into the tulies or taking someone else out.
 

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I hit a moose with my '85 Celica in the hind leg. He sat on the hood and his rearend came through the windshield on the right hand side. He hobbled off into the woods giving me dirty looks all the way.
 

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<Update to post #1> Dropped the car off yesterday for front end repair. It took me a while to get it into the body shop as I ordered the E&G mesh grill, and had to wait for it to show up at my house before scheduling appointment. Body shop just called me and said that after removing the hood and bumper cover they have determined they are not repairable as first thought. They ordered a new hood and cover, so I won't get my car back until next week.

In the meantime I get to drive my VW Jetta rental car, which I don't like at all.
 

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Take a look at the driver side headlight. Does it look screwed up???

Gotcha!!

Nice job, man.
Actually, they had to replace the driver's side headlight as part of the repair. They gave me the old one, which is perfect except for the molding strip pulled away from the lower left corner.
 
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