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another quattro goes down in its element
Hey all....bad news. My perfect 1985 4000S quattro fell to the ferocity
of el nino today...
I was in the fast lane with a group of cars, going the same speed as
everyone else....apparently there was alot more water on the road than i
thought...well, someone from the lane next to me decided to get in front
of me, but they were going significantly slower than i was...
So i put on the brakes very slightly, andi guess that was enough to do it
somehow...the tail drifted out (btw i had my center diff locked), i tried
to recover,but there was someone in the lane right next to me, i kept it
from spinning, but cause i was in 5th gear, i didnt have enough torque to
bring it back in line, so i started to go onto the left shoulder...i kept
trying to recover before i hit the guard rail, but there was alot of mud
suddenly, so i ended up hitting the rail with about a 10 or 15 degree
angle...it didnt hit too hard, maybe i was doing 50 mph by that point...
But i also almost bounced back into the fast lane, but thank god i was
able to control it by that point enough to keep that from happening...so
i didnt involve anyone else...
It looks like the bumper cover is OK, although there is a small hole torn
in the top of it...the front quarter panel is ruined, the headlight is
out of alignment, the side marker light is busted..the drivers door wont
open because of the front quarter panel...it is dented along where i was
sideswiping the guard rail, although not too badly, the door handles are
badly scraped, the key in the lock turns with alot of resistance...same
thing with the rear door...neither of them seem to be out of alignment
with the rest of the body..
The problem is hte rear side of the car, the whole back end seems to be
moved about an inch or two toward the passenger side of hte car...the
tailights need to be replaced...what scares me more, is the appearence of
the rear wheel. It seems to have major camber, i dontk now which is
positive and which is negative...but the top of the wheel is further out
than the bottom so it is slanted like this: \ So i dont know what kind
of damage that is, whether i somehow hit hard enough in the back to
damage the subframe, or the control arm, or the hub...whatever, it doesnt
Here is the real bitch of it all, i only have liability insurance, so i
dont think i can get the car fixed...
i am ok, no bruises or anythin, im just really depressedabout this and
the rest of my life...it just wont stop happening to me...
I play by the rules and dont speed, dont change lanes, and this happens,
i cant win..
I hope that the rest of you have had a better day than i have...
Michael Sheridan Williams
My new one: 1985 4000 S Quattro
175,000+ miles, and going like a new car
Well, went like a new car.....right into a guard rail :o(