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Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 10:35:05 -0700
Subject: Re: Safe but wrecked! need input

On Aug 18, 12:25 pm, wrote: > I bought my 2002 Linear sedan about two months ago. Yesterday an SUV > hit the Saab from the passenger side with impact from the wheel well > forward. My husband, who was driving, sustained a minor scratch to > his knee. The Saab itself is a mess. The SUV, comparatively > speaking, sustained minimal damage only to the grill, bumper and one > fender. The passengers, however, seem to have sustained severe > injuries, with some of them taken to the hospital in an ambulance. If > anyone ever has any question about the safety of Saabs, I am happy to > attest that they are indeed incredibly safe! > > I do need to ask for help from all of you. Saabs are fairly uncommon > in our area. When the insurance adjuster comes Monday, I would like > some advice on possible issues he might not notice or look for due to > lack of experience. > > If it helps you picture any possible damage, the SUV was heading North > at a minimum of 50mph and the Saab was heading East at about 10 mph > when the collision occurred. The right front wheel on the Saab was > lifted off the pavement and the Saab ended up facing north, about 12 > feet from where it was when hit. Damage to the exterior is as > expected at the impact point, wheel well and fender crumpled and torn. > Headlight shattered but in place. The grill doesn't look that bad, > but is sitting at an angle. The entire front end of the Saab is > tilted to the right (if you are standing and facing the front of the > car) about 3 or 4 inches with the fender on the driver's side crumpled > to the point that the driver's door can't be opened. The headlight on > the driver's side is intact but popped out of the body. The hood is > shoved back up towards the windshield, more so on the driver's side > than the passenger side where the impact occurred, and will not open. > In the interior, the console between the front seats is skewed (as if > it was twisted), to a point that the hinges for the lid popped off on > one side. The Saab started and ran (we only kept it running about 5 > min). We did determine that the air conditioning and the night panel > display no longer work, but have not had the opportunity to test any > other systems. We were advised not to start it again due to the > possibility of something sparking and starting a fire. The firemen at > the scene pulled the smashed fender away from the wheel, but it is > still extremely difficult to turn in either direction. > > I apologize for the length of this post, but you all are the only ones > I know who might be able to educate me about this. Thanks I should have described the shifted front end as angled or skewed to the right, rather than tilted. The orginal verbage implies that the front end slopes 3 or 4 inches, which is not the case it just looks as if the front end is beginning a left hand turn, but the rest of the car isn't.

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