EfiniX
(Member ++)
03/15/17 09:33 PM
The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

Some presumably drunk asshole decided to end my VR4 ownership at 1:30am a few Wednesday's ago. Hit-and-run while parked in front of my house. The paperwork is all settled, and while the $6500 the insurance company offered me is a testament to keeping good records and providing market value details to the appraiser, 543 is toast. Complete loss, and with frame damage on the front, and body damage on both ends (hit me into my neighbor's car), there's nowhere to go with this poor girl.



Thanks to everyone on the board who helped me wrap my head around this car. It taught me how to tune. You all taught me how to tune, and I thank you for that. Special shout-outs to Jnava, GSTwithPSI, Paul thedsmguy, and of course my friend Evan aka EHMotorsports. May I put his skills to good use on the 335d I'm going to buy when I get back from my next business trip.

Part out on the way. Stay tuned...


kumfasa
(Member)
03/15/17 10:59 PM
Re: The end

Son of a bitch!!!

G
(JDM Unit)
03/16/17 12:22 PM
Re: The end

Damn that sucks!

transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
03/16/17 12:27 PM
Re: The end

damn man, this is so sad. sorry for the lose.

EfiniX
(Member ++)
03/16/17 05:27 PM
Re: The end

Thanks, transparentdsm. you should have gotten a shout-out, too. Thanks for all the help and advice over the years.

diambo4life
(Member)
03/16/17 10:17 PM
Re: The end

Terrible. So sorry man. I never park my car on the street. If some fucker is going to take it out, you better drive on my lawn and driveway. S

988
(Member)
03/17/17 04:26 AM
Re: The end

Deng....

transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
03/17/17 05:28 AM
Re: The end

Quoting EfiniX:

Thanks, transparentdsm. you should have gotten a shout-out, too. Thanks for all the help and advice over the years.




for sure and i hope in time you'll find yourself in another VR4. i also have to say very impressed with the amount of money you got for the car as well.


faqinshiet
(Member +)
03/17/17 05:52 AM
Re: The end

Sorry to hear! This would be my fear!

transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
03/17/17 05:56 AM
Re: The end

due to the parking at my new place i had to rent a garage space for my VR4, to close to a road people drive on all day long for my liking. id be sitting at the front window all day watching my car.

EfiniX
(Member ++)
03/17/17 07:20 PM
Re: The end

You can be sure I'm putting up cameras...

FlyingEagle
(Eager Beaver)
03/18/17 08:42 AM
Re: The end

That. Blows.
Only saving grace would be that at least you weren't sitting in the car when the collision occurred.


hando_704
(Newbie)
03/18/17 09:41 PM
Re: The end

Oh man that sucks!

jnava
(Senior Member)
03/19/17 11:02 AM
Re: The end

Thanks man ....

curtis
(Space Blanket from NASA plumbed into the attic)
03/23/17 03:38 AM
Re: The end

Got a radiator support etc...... a guy with a frame machine could fix the hooker. Let me know

ktmrider
(Cool Guy Crowd)
03/23/17 11:20 AM
Re: The end

Quoting transparentdsm:

Quoting EfiniX:

Thanks, transparentdsm. you should have gotten a shout-out, too. Thanks for all the help and advice over the years.




for sure and i hope in time you'll find yourself in another VR4. i also have to say very impressed with the amount of money you got for the car as well.


+1 on both.

And it looks like I'm moving to Beaverton this summer, will rethink any street parking!


FlyingEagle
(Eager Beaver)
03/23/17 11:20 AM
Re: The end

Pics of the rear?

EfiniX
(Member ++)
03/23/17 04:09 PM
Re: The end

There's obvious damage to the bumper core, but the skin itself looks fine (somehow). The light on the trunk cartridge was broken before the car got hit. I actually have the replacement light in my basement which I'll swap into the cartridge for the partout.






FlyingEagle
(Eager Beaver)
03/23/17 05:00 PM
Re: The end

I think Curtis may have a point.

Can understand parting ways, and parting out, but consider leaving everything in the shell, complete.

Pull the upgraded motor and things that wouldn't be stock that lurk in the engine bay.

Somebody could put it all back together.

When my Colt got hit at right angles, I was surprised the front coupe style doors had no issues with opening and closing and the frame from the windshield back was unscathed.

My Colt was not worth pulling straight and everything got crushed in the engine bay, including the 4g15 that had just been rebuilt some months before. Completely rebuilt. Rusty car, first foray into the Mitsubishi world ....

So, consider that someone may want to buy the complete car and do the body work. It never hurts to try and could save oodles of time on your end.


holeshotmoe
(subclass marmoreus)
03/23/17 11:17 PM
Re: The end

Man...so hurts my eyes to look at. Sorry for your loss

EfiniX
(Member ++)
03/23/17 11:30 PM
Re: The end

I shopped the car as-is a bit and no one came close to a value I would need to see to sell it in one piece. Know I know at first-blush that sounds like I'm just another mook who doesn't understand the intrinsic value of this dying breed. Please understand that like most project cars, I won't come close to recovering the money, time, and love I put into this car. And it does kill me to pick it apart, but it's a folded-up unibody that even with the best work, would likely never drive straight again. There's just so much going on here. I mean I was only 200-miles (and 2-weeks) detached from over $2,500 in engine and cooling work when the car got creamed. I never even got to run my new intake mani and cam at WOT. So sad...

Maybe it's a consolation that the strongest interest in the motor and tranny so far would put what is a rolling shell back on the road? I hope so. The car has a DNR/DNI and is an organ donor, so barring a VR4 angel, it's headed to that big rally in the sky.

Quoting FlyingEagle:

I think Curtis may have a point.

Can understand parting ways, and parting out, but consider leaving everything in the shell, complete.

Pull the upgraded motor and things that wouldn't be stock that lurk in the engine bay.

Somebody could put it all back together.

When my Colt got hit at right angles, I was surprised the front coupe style doors had no issues with opening and closing and the frame from the windshield back was unscathed.

My Colt was not worth pulling straight and everything got crushed in the engine bay, including the 4g15 that had just been rebuilt some months before. Completely rebuilt. Rusty car, first foray into the Mitsubishi world ....

So, consider that someone may want to buy the complete car and do the body work. It never hurts to try and could save oodles of time on your end.




FlyingEagle
(Eager Beaver)
03/24/17 08:00 PM
Re: The end

I hear you and totally understand where you are coming from.

We have three sides to camps here: Build and save, tear down and cut losses and or make profit, and those that get stuck in the middle - and maybe get to drive them at some point too.


EfiniX
(Member ++)
03/27/17 11:22 AM
Re: The end

So, after weeks trolling craigslist and auto auctions, you'll never guess what I found...

Asshole

For reference, here's the piece of car that got left behind (with a part number that narrowed my searching considerably)



and a detail of the car



I've already had all of the conversations I need to have (my insurance, their insurance, and the police), and things are shaking out fairly well. Doubtful any charges will be brought, but it's assured that the owner of the car will be living with an insurance rate increase for the foreseeable future. The owner story goes like this:

She said she wasn't the driver - I believe this since the car was spotted a few weeks later on the road being driven by a man
She said the driver said he left a note - demonstrably not true, which will be confirmed when State Farm gets a copy of the police report

Of course, this doesn't suddenly make the car "alive" again, but it does give me a fair bit of closure.


Jesus_Negros
(Unempowered ADMIN)
03/27/17 11:25 AM
Re: The end

That bitch is done, part it or get a clean shell to swap stuff over to. Sorry for what happened though.

EfiniX
(Member ++)
03/27/17 02:42 PM
Re: The end

Oh yeah, we're done here. Glad to get as much as I did out of my insurance. Again, keep your receipts and work history!

boostme
(Junior Member)
03/28/17 12:27 AM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

At least you ok and wasn't in the car or whatever you know. To me, if I was into off road, this is a perfect candidate or road race.

Hittman
(my title is ghey)
03/28/17 07:23 AM
Re: The end

Great sleuth work sir!


Quoting EfiniX:

So, after weeks trolling craigslist and auto auctions, you'll never guess what I found...

Asshole

For reference, here's the piece of car that got left behind (with a part number that narrowed my searching considerably)



and a detail of the car



I've already had all of the conversations I need to have (my insurance, their insurance, and the police), and things are shaking out fairly well. Doubtful any charges will be brought, but it's assured that the owner of the car will be living with an insurance rate increase for the foreseeable future. The owner story goes like this:

She said she wasn't the driver - I believe this since the car was spotted a few weeks later on the road being driven by a man
She said the driver said he left a note - demonstrably not true, which will be confirmed when State Farm gets a copy of the police report

Of course, this doesn't suddenly make the car "alive" again, but it does give me a fair bit of closure.




ktmrider
(Cool Guy Crowd)
03/29/17 11:35 AM
Re: The end

VERY good sleuth work!

As mentioned doesn't bring her back but at the very least a bit of satisfaction that someone will be held accountable.


curtis
(Space Blanket from NASA plumbed into the attic)
04/05/17 02:18 AM
Re: The end

Well at least you found out who did it. Find a lawyer that needs everyones pants or go find the bitches new car bust out the drivers window and have a nice shit in her seat. Another idea is this click me. He who shoots the most the fastest wins.

gvr4ever
(Forever Member)
04/05/17 06:01 AM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

In my state, a hit and run automatically makes it 100% fault of the person who hit and ran. The owner of the car can identify who was driving. I know it won't bring your car back, but you should be able to work with the Ins to get true value out of your car, or they can just replace it with some of the clean examples for sale, if they doubt the value of the car.

EfiniX
(Member ++)
04/07/17 05:27 PM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

And on to the new rig...


idreamidrive
(Member +)
04/10/17 09:07 AM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

I am sorry for your purchase. Be prepared to have the car in at the dealer about every other month.

EfiniX
(Member ++)
04/10/17 10:47 AM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

No worse than the Galant

In any case, I at least had the good fortune to get one with:

Two owners
A $4500 major service including intake cleaning 1000 miles ago
Most service records

Sure it will be a pain at times, but it also turns out I have an excellent BMW mechanic here in town as well.


EfiniX
(Member ++)
05/13/17 10:44 AM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

Quoting idreamidrive:

I am sorry for your purchase. Be prepared to have the car in at the dealer about every other month.




I made it a month!


FlyingEagle
(Eager Beaver)
05/13/17 02:15 PM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

Brilliant. Update.

automaton
(Newbie)
05/15/17 06:42 AM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

I came so very close to buying one of those, but the potential maintenance/repairs threw me off. So, instead, I bought a 2007 Jaguar XF Supercharged... yeah, not so good on the maintenance or repairs. Beautiful, powerful, great cars, both of them. Just a nightmare in ownership. After sitting on the Jaguar for two and a half months with the thing in the shop for 7 of the 12 weeks and I had enough. I took the loss in equity and traded for a nice reliable pick-up truck with my tail between my legs.

EfiniX
(Member ++)
05/17/17 03:48 PM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

Fortunately, the 335d I purchased had $4400 worth of work done 2 months prior including (and I have the receipts) cleaning the intake and EGR systems, the two major concerns.

I like to think that through research and patience, I knew what I was getting into and made an informed decision. Time will tell, but for now, 36mpg on the highway and 525'lb. of torque is pretty fun.

I do plan on installing a meth system this summer so that the intake stays clean and the exhaust stays cool. So far, the only thing I've needed to fix was a lightbulb.


EfiniX
(Member ++)
06/13/17 12:55 PM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

Quoting idreamidrive:

I am sorry for your purchase. Be prepared to have the car in at the dealer about every other month.










EfiniX
(Member ++)
09/14/17 04:13 PM
Re: The end (UPDATE - asshole located)

8500mi. since purchase, not a single issue.

Meth coming in a month or two... So long and thanks for all the fish, guys!



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