well, my car is dead


Chiquae07
06-02-2010, 09:58 PM
hello guys. i know i havent posted here in awhile, but at the same time ive been lurking as usual.

car got hit back in feb. they totalled it out. no injuries here, but only my feelings were hurt.

http://i48.tinypic.com/31485jl.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/28v7hnk.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/2v7yp6w.jpg

car is sold and gone.

now am driving a 2004 sienna. selling the sienna, and looking into ap1, 350z, msm, 04-05 330ci.

-quin

TatII
06-02-2010, 11:03 PM
wow they totaled out the car for that? that car has $3000 in damage tops. I would suspect that your car is worth close to $4000-$5000. What percent of damage vs value does it need to be in your state to total out the vehicle?

CassiesMan
06-02-2010, 11:28 PM
Coming from four years of personal experience, if you want to mod and actually have gains, stay far far far away from the E46. If you want to mod and have it sound cool, look good, and be a reliable comfy DD, get the E46. Personally, I'd go for the Z. Oh wait, I did... Good luck on coming to a final decision, it looks like you picked the exact same three cars I did for what I wanted to get next, lol.

I'd stay away from the Miata unless you really, really, really want it for a track car.

Chiquae07
06-03-2010, 03:09 AM
wow they totaled out the car for that? that car has $3000 in damage tops. I would suspect that your car is worth close to $4000-$5000. What percent of damage vs value does it need to be in your state to total out the vehicle?

they told me about 4 grand in damage. no frame damage, but the trunk floor had to be changed, so that was about 1200 with labour alone. not really complaining about it though. i honestly thought the car was worth about 3k with the amount of rust on it. i took all the aftermarket stuff off it, and sold it.

Coming from four years of personal experience, if you want to mod and actually have gains, stay far far far away from the E46. If you want to mod and have it sound cool, look good, and be a reliable comfy DD, get the E46. Personally, I'd go for the Z. Oh wait, I did... Good luck on coming to a final decision, it looks like you picked the exact same three cars I did for what I wanted to get next, lol.

I'd stay away from the Miata unless you really, really, really want it for a track car.

want a DD with some fun. not really looking for power adders, maybe ss lines, pads, rotors, tires. want to learn how to drive the car first, then comes the suspention and power adders. gonna have the car for 5+ years easily.

getting out of the sentra game, as with the sentra, i prayed to the gods for a car that would be appeasing to teh womenz too, and god gave me the sentra and said good ducking luck!

i drove the miata and i loved it. just enough power for me to evolve as a driver, and not create bad habits driving a 'high' powered car. no blind spots, nothing wrong at all with the car.

same thing with the s2k. but the s2k was quieter on the interior, and its of higher 'quailty' as it originally was a 32k car. same as the miata, but more power higher up in the powerband.

bmw was a bunch of fun. seemed simplistic, but easily a dd, and can still have some fun with it if i choose to.

cant really say anything about the z, as i havent driven one yet. i want to however.

thought about a rx8, but the more i drove my buddies, i couldnt understand the fuel economy out of it, and the fact that if i wanted to increase the power, i couldnt make over 200whp with bolt ons and a tune. talk about disappointing. i love the motor, and the smoothness, but where i live i dont see it being fesable as people will start the car, move it 20 feet, and shut it off. have a feeling about it being flooded everyday.

MsRae
06-03-2010, 09:44 AM
The Z would be a good choice. IMO I would stay away from the BMW. While these are very attractive and very fun cars, everyone that I know who owns one has complained of very high repair bills and that the repairs come often. Just an observation.

CassiesMan
06-03-2010, 01:49 PM
The Z would be a good choice. IMO I would stay away from the BMW. While these are very attractive and very fun cars, everyone that I know who owns one has complained of very high repair bills and that the repairs come often. Just an observation.

If anecdotes are data, I had mine in the shop once for an actual repair, and it was my fault...sorta. $400 oil change was the result. Other than that, if you have any basic idea of how to care for a car, it'll run you just fine all day long. I have more than one person I know on a first name basis with well over 100K on their E46s. Just an observation.

If you like the Miata...well I can't help ya there, lol. I dunno, had a bunch in our Mazda club, even got some seat time on one. I just couldn't get into it. And I totally agree with you on the RX-8. So much possible potential, but the aftermarket just said "eh, screw it."

-The Stig-
06-03-2010, 04:34 PM
Miata + Hardtop = Win
http://www.fuji-racing.com/fujiracing_irtb_miata__laguna_seca.jpg

I'd say 350Z would be the best choice for daily fun car to learn with, they make plenty of power stock to get you into enough trouble. I've had plenty of seat time in a 350Z and they're fun to ride in, only drove it for a few blocks to get my buddy home once (drank to much).

I've got some seat time in a Rx8 on a track, it was a fun car, smoooth linear power. But... eh. It could of been better.

Chiquae07
06-07-2010, 05:22 PM
to let me get back to reality before i drove the z (driving the undercover tank), i drove an 08 wrx. had a short shifter and a spl exhaust or w/e. was a cool car, had the fun power of 1st gear, but after that the trans seemed notchy, and awd really takes power away from the car. i could drive that day to day, but it was almost 'bland' covered by a fun awd launch. turbo seemed laggy at 70mph. going from 5th to 3rd and redlining, it just felt like it was held back.

drove an 06 z today. lets just say that i now know what im getting in about 2 weeks. has everything i want. low end grunt, revs high very nicely, brakes awesome, and no blind spots. love the trans. throws are where i want them. not too long, not too quick. like the revs under 3k at 70mph for freeway driving. took me a second to learn the clutch in this thing, but after i got used to it in 5 minutes, im used to it, and the car begs to be driven. audio is good enough imo. although there isnt much room in the hatch for anything, it works for me. i tend to travel very light as it is so its not a big deal for me.

CassiesMan
06-08-2010, 03:02 PM
drove an 06 z today. lets just say that i now know what im getting in about 2 weeks. has everything i want. low end grunt, revs high very nicely, brakes awesome, and no blind spots. love the trans. throws are where i want them. not too long, not too quick. like the revs under 3k at 70mph for freeway driving. took me a second to learn the clutch in this thing, but after i got used to it in 5 minutes, im used to it, and the car begs to be driven. audio is good enough imo. although there isnt much room in the hatch for anything, it works for me. i tend to travel very light as it is so its not a big deal for me.

Same thing happened to me. I never liked the Zs all that much still I started doing research. Then I drove one and it made sense. Lots of it. Any plans for mods?

Chiquae07
06-08-2010, 04:32 PM
no mods really. get the car, change all the fluids over to motul, stainless steel lines, and just drive it. eventually grab/upgrade to the brembo calipers and rotors and just enjoy the car. most likey do some cooling mods (oil cooler, trans cooler, koyo rad, silicone hoses, etc). just want to drive it, and get seat time on some track days and autox.

rice(er)
06-09-2010, 06:08 AM
Was never really into Miatas, they are a bit too girly for me, but put a hardtop on, and i'll drive it everyday. I can appreciate the 350z, but i dont know about most of the owners man.

CassiesMan
06-20-2010, 12:33 AM
Was never really into Miatas, they are a bit too girly for me, but put a hardtop on, and i'll drive it everyday. I can appreciate the 350z, but i dont know about most of the owners man.

Snape kils dumbledork STFU

Shadowleaf
11-27-2010, 01:28 AM
sorry to hear about your car. i lost a perfectly good vr4 that way. i hope your new ride will be even better than your last.

Polygon
11-28-2010, 01:28 PM
wow they totaled out the car for that? that car has $3000 in damage tops. I would suspect that your car is worth close to $4000-$5000. What percent of damage vs value does it need to be in your state to total out the vehicle?

That's exactly what I was thinking.

Coming from four years of personal experience, if you want to mod and actually have gains, stay far far far away from the E46. If you want to mod and have it sound cool, look good, and be a reliable comfy DD, get the E46. Personally, I'd go for the Z. Oh wait, I did... Good luck on coming to a final decision, it looks like you picked the exact same three cars I did for what I wanted to get next, lol.

I'd stay away from the Miata unless you really, really, really want it for a track car.

I would have to agree with that completely. Also, remember that maintenance on a BMW is pretty ghastly unless you're doing it yourself.

Chiquae07
11-28-2010, 09:47 PM
how hard could it be? i mean oil changes, gear fluid changes, brakes. spark plugs, etc. it cant be that bad on the e46. its not like i would be doing anything extensive or out of the way.

either way, im stuck with the slow mobile for a good 3-4 years until i can actually graduate. the joys of switching my major from a social science to a health science major. its a free car so i cant complain.

Polygon
11-29-2010, 08:55 AM
Oh. working on them isn't any worse than any other car. I'm just saying it's bad if you take it to the dealer. They quoted my dad $700 with 6 hours of labor to do a valve cover gasket. So, either they're stupid and it really takes them 6 hours to do a VC gasket. Or they assume you're stupid and are taking you for your money. Either way, I wouldn't let them touch my car.

Shadowleaf
11-30-2010, 06:05 PM
kind of like when ford told me it was going to take 3200 and a week to do my daily driver. took me 800 and one week to do the job myself.

CassiesMan
11-30-2010, 09:40 PM
Oh. working on them isn't any worse than any other car. I'm just saying it's bad if you take it to the dealer. They quoted my dad $700 with 6 hours of labor to do a valve cover gasket. So, either they're stupid and it really takes them 6 hours to do a VC gasket. Or they assume you're stupid and are taking you for your money. Either way, I wouldn't let them touch my car.

The dealers suck because they make all their money on the back end and used cars sales. New cars just pays the bills and keep the lights on, and BMW bills are hiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. They are a bit tougher to work on in some ways due to the electronic stuff~it all runs together. That, and you have to deal with the fact that the new models don't come with dipsticks...

-The Stig-
12-01-2010, 07:38 AM
That, and you have to deal with the fact that the new models don't come with dipsticks...

But... how do you......?

CassiesMan
12-01-2010, 12:22 PM
But... how do you......?

A little light comes on, and you take it to the dealership. The Teutonic Ubermensche who build BMWs have decided that we are not good enough to check our oil.

Polygon
12-01-2010, 05:14 PM
Yep, I forgot about that.

-The Stig-
12-01-2010, 09:35 PM
A little light comes on, and you take it to the dealership. The Teutonic Ubermensche who build BMWs have decided that we are not good enough to check our oil.


That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

Chiquae07
12-02-2010, 01:38 PM
^^yea, its true. id still be changing it every 7k miles anyway.

and today my mazda recieved the same gift the sentra did. someone hit me the exact same way. they wont total this one, but its not gonna be cheap to fix. was sitting at a light, and a huge raised f250 comes plowing into me at about 45-50 mph. picture isnt the best but ah well.

http://i51.tinypic.com/9tonzc.jpg

will need new taillights, trunk lights, trunk lid, interior plastics on the trunk lid, misc clips, rear bumper, rear bumper support/crashbar, no idea about the trunk floor, as i cant even open up my trunk right now, as its stuck like that. cant tell about the exhaust or anything yet either. but it sounds the same.

CassiesMan
12-02-2010, 02:34 PM
Fail. We get that a lot around here. I hate sitting at lights and watching these guys in their jacked up pick ups flying up on me, talking on the cell phone, and then hitting their breaks at the last minute. Most of them have no clue how much weight they have to stop in those things, and one of these days I got a feeling someone is just gonna plow into the Z.

Chiquae07
12-02-2010, 07:56 PM
well, if they say the frame is bent, im not keeping the car. its called hello Z.

CassiesMan
12-02-2010, 08:39 PM
well, if they say the frame is bent, im not keeping the car. its called hello Z.

Win...

First mod - Falken 615ks

Shadowleaf
12-12-2010, 08:02 PM
yea thats how i lost a mishie 3000gt. sitting at a light, and bam in the back end.... person yacking on a cell phone. insurance company totaled it. i died alittle that day.

CivRacer95
12-13-2010, 12:22 AM
Yeah, that's how I lost my sisters Ford Escort. Was turning in to get some gas in her car before going home and BAM!! I lost the trunk in that car. It was "too bad for you sis".

Is there anyone that isn't a part of this forum who hasn't been rammed in the ass by a huge truck?

Chiquae07
12-31-2010, 07:30 PM
finally got it back today. meeh. its been a good month without it. it feels like a damned race car thanks to the impala, ford focus, and cailber ive driven this month.

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