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Old 09-22-2007, 05:11 AM   #1
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Well isn't this just my luck, I am just about to put in my turbo and I have it sitting in my garage, and I totaled my car.

My stupid suspension with 332 spring rates in the rear and stock nb 180 or something in the front due to my tein's being broken made a small slide into a ******* disaster. Tried to correct and the back end just started trying to flip a bitch and led me into a telephone pole, and then 150ft off a cliff and down a ravine. WTF, then some chp officers show up and call a tow for me, and the tow ******* rips me off for $870 the next day and said it might be like $600 at the time if it took 4hrs, which it didn't. So now I am car-less and royally pissed off that I have to return the turbo kit to pay for a new car(liability only ins.) or something like it.

I'll get some pics of the car in a few days as it is at a miata yard seeing if it can be saved, although i doubt it as the windshield doesn't line up with the roof anymore, and the tire and broken wheel (2 spokes broke off) are pushed into the back of the fender and bent the passenger side door.

I'm just giddy with joy.
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Old 09-22-2007, 05:54 AM   #2
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man thats some hard luck mate. Gotta be careful with a suspension setup like that cuz it will just spin ya right around. I mean my tein basic setup oversteers a bit from the factory, more than i like even with no rear sway and an FM solid front (intentional drifting is smooth as butter though). I cant imagine what it must have been like with your setup. Anyway I'm glad you are alive man, sounds like you were lucky. I have a black 97 im looking to sell btw, but its got some issues that would probably turn you away (1.6 brakes, diff, drv fr/rr fenders repainted by me, and a few minor dings here and there). $4k if you want it.
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Old 09-22-2007, 06:02 AM   #3
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I'm not going to antagonize you any further. Sorry for your loss, but you brought this on yourself driving near the limits on a suspension setup like that. I would have pulled both front and rear off if I had broken the suspension at all. With normal rates like 150/90, 375/250, 600/300, 700/450, 180/332 is a recipe for disaster.
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Sorry to hear about that man.
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That sucks, brother. When I got my Miata, my insurance agent asked me what kind of insurance I wanted on it. I asked him what he thought and he said,"Well, you want to protect your investment, right?" So full coverage it was. On a 16 year old car it costs near nothing to insure it fully.
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sucks big time. our condolences.

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"Well, you want to protect your investment, right?"
Cars are not an investment... they are a liability.
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Sucks .. I think it's safe to say most if not all of us are driving at or beyond the edge a fair amount of the time.. Almost happened to me a yr ago, took turn with too much speed and not enough room - spun out big time in a dirt shoulder (this is in the country - usually there is no shoulder at intersections just trees... I was lucky) with top down and was covered in dirt (it was raining dirt...). My car needed front end body work and A/C repaired but otherwise I came out pretty well.. was lucky. Sorry to hear about lossing your ride but glad you walked away from it. I'm sure you'll find/build up another :-)
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Ya, this is quite a bummer.

And in my defense, I had driven around that corner hundreds of times at that same speed, and about 10 of those times had been on this suspension with no problems what so ever. I am thinking that there must have been some dirt/sand on the road that had fallen onto the road that caused the car to slide.

And I just heard back from the guy at the miata yard and as I thought, the car is toast, nothing lines up and even if they tried to straighten out the frame it would never be the same again.

I'm thinking about keeping the good bits (suspension, roll bar, radiator (if it is repairable), 3 of the wheels, exhaust, motor, torsen) and swapping them into an older 90 or 91 that I could pick up for cheap. It would still mean me returning my turbo, but hey, now I have an excuse to try and diy it for less.

The other option would be part out the whole car and return the turbo kit, and other stuff, then use all of that $$ to try and get a used e36 m3 which I would love, but thats not a very good option as I think the running costs on that would be huge compared to my miata and I already have so many upgrades for mine.

There are a couple of other cars I am considering with the above scenario (gti vr6, mkII gti, e30, 3000gt vr4) but I would loose out if I were to get one of those, plus I would have to find the cheapest of the cheap. I may just get a really old gti for a grand for now to get me from a to b, and try and swap my stuff into a miata while dd'ing that.

I don't really know, I'm still in disbelief that this has happened (it was my first car) and I am just trying to asses my options.
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damn **** im glad you made it out ok
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sorry dude. I'm afraid of canyons.
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Cars are not an investment... they are a liability.
Only in the wrong hands.
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Only in the wrong hands.
show me a car that returns anything other than a monetary black hole. It won't be a miata, or anything the short side of $250k.
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