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Old 05-19-2006, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Wrecked Driver Side Door & Front Panel

I damaged my 06' Forester 2.5X Premium this evening. I left my driver side door open as I was backing out of the garage. The motion of the vehicle opened the door enought to catch the garage wall and fold toward the front of the vehicle mangling door, hinges, front body panel and some sheetrock. I didn't bother swearing - there aren't adequate words in the dictionary and I was too angry at myself to invent new ones.

So, while I cool down and wait for the insurance adjuster to visit I have a few questions (I hope this is the right forum.) First, are there new doors/body panels available for the 2006 model? I'm sure there are artists out there who can bend and bondo any crumpled metal into shape but I'd rather go new provided insurance will permit. Second, I'm concerned about where the door hinges attach to the "frame." Will any distortion of the attachment point cause problems elsewhere? Third, what is a realistic expectation of the auto body shop's repair? Should it look like new, kinda like new or 'A' for effort?

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Old 05-19-2006, 05:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh man....I am so sorry for you. I'd be drinking heavily afterwards so you have my respect.

I would say that the only real problem you MAY run into is the "A" pillar where the front door is hinged from. You may have sprung the pillar by causing the door to bend backwards.

The sheet metal is the least of your problems.....I'd check to see if th pillar can be fixed well. Don't forget, the pillars are part of the safety cage construction design of the car. Bending or buckling the pillar can't be very easy to fix. The door may not close properly and, over time, may sag down against the sill.

Check out a bunch of body shops before making any decision. You're going to live with their repair work for years so try to get some assurance from the shop that they can fix the damage well.....

Good luck and sorry again for your self-imposed stress.

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I feel your pain allmost did that to a jetta that i owned... did it go all the way around like in the movie TOMMY BOY?
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:cry: O boy, that's bad luck!

Most work would be done with replacement panels - "panel beating" is too labour intensive these days.
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sorry about you new ride. if its any consolation I "Tommy boy'd" (what'tcha do?)my old saab door. backing up with a foot of snow on the back window I had the door open a foot so I could look out backing up and caught my buddy bumber to his nissan truck=( it was an old beater tho......hope everything ends up well.
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