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It's called the Mazda3:


I'm rocking this baby until Friday afternoon, I'm telling myself it's Torred and that I'm driving COMP T/A 57's Charger SRT8 around...well until I hit the gas pedal:spank:

The mighty C is in the body shop getting the front spoiler repaired. I've hit it before, but last Monday I had my wife take it to work while I spent the day detailing her ride...and then she calls me telling me she hit it hard on the way into work backing out of our driveway. Here's some damage photos:





Pretty good tear on the underside and the clips securing the spoiler to the front undertray/guard thing were all ripped apart.

It was enough of a shot to mis-slign everything too unfortunately, look at the difference of the line on the front of the car where the spoiler and fenders line up.
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Passenger side:


The body shop told me they could make it look like new using the existing parts for $550. My insurance deductible is $500 and my insurance company told me that any repair under $1300 does not cost me any points or affect my premiums. The body shop estimate for the repairs using all new parts...$1250. So I went the all new route:fing02: !!!

I'll keep you all posted on how she turns out, I already miss the car ssooooooo much:aargh4:

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Ouch Eric!!


Good to see you're getting it back together without many issues... I haven't done that to mine, but I imagine it is only time. Hope you weren't too hard on the wife.... mine would be freakin' out if she did that to my car.
 

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Ouch Eric!!


Good to see you're getting it back together without many issues... I haven't done that to mine, but I imagine it is only time. Hope you weren't too hard on the wife.... mine would be freakin' out if she did that to my car.
She felt really bad, but I told her it was okay, what are you going to do...it's just a car afterall and can be fixed. I figure she works too and helps make the payments - and she'll help with the insurance deductible too :)

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Eric, I have not posted much at all, but have enjoyed the Forum. I am new, but I must share my story with you all since we are talking about our spouses. We originally bought the SRT-8 for my wife last summer. Well after hitting several curbs, scratching the wheels (got em replaced) and suffering thru the TSB's on the brakes and rattles, she hates the car! Told me to trade her "my" 07 Grand Cherokee Overland and I could take the SRT-8. She drove the Jeep for about a week last fall, you guessed it, the SRT-8 is mine! I had to buy some 18" wheels/tires for the winter here in MN, but the beast was not a problem to drive even thru nasty snow covered roads. My front damage is not bad enough to fix yet, well I did have to get the dealer to align the space on the driver's side and replace the wheel well that was busted. But I am enjoying the car and plan to visit the local Diablo dealer today to see how much they want to do the tuning and sell me the tuner. Also going to get a CAI and probably going to do the high flow cats at the same time. Thanks you guys for all your advice I have been reading!
 

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I'll need to repair (will be my first attempt) or replace (on my dime) the front fascia of the MSRT8. I did it myself on my old metal car ramps last fall. Pains me to look at those dimples every day... but it will get fixed.
 

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Hard to believe you haven't got to it yet Tim... ;)


Yeah Eric, what can you do? Its only a car.... at least after the newness wears off...LOL. Good thing you didn't just buy the car!
 

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If its not too late, make sure your insurance company will gaurantee the work for life. Most do. The paint on the front plastic facia is tricky. A friend of mine had his replaced and it peeled. They had to respray it 2 or 3 times to get it right.
 

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Ooohhhh, yes...I've heard about the difficulty of painting plastic pieces like this. The guy at the body shop told me about this and talked about how he does this well, that's why he wants four days to get it done. I'll be watching it closely but he's supposed to be very good.

Tim - I remember you talking about your front end scrape/puncture. This was actually the sedond time mine has been hit hard and I figured it was too far gone to live with. Now if I can just keep from hitting it again... If you can live with yours I would, figuring on it being nailed again at some point. One thing for you though, those Maggie parts may be tough to come by in the future. I plan on keeping my broken front end, having a plastic specialist repair it and prep it for paint, and then just store it - just in case.

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Eric, I have not posted much at all, but have enjoyed the Forum. I am new, but I must share my story with you all since we are talking about our spouses. We originally bought the SRT-8 for my wife last summer. Well after hitting several curbs, scratching the wheels (got em replaced) and suffering thru the TSB's on the brakes and rattles, she hates the car! Told me to trade her "my" 07 Grand Cherokee Overland and I could take the SRT-8. She drove the Jeep for about a week last fall, you guessed it, the SRT-8 is mine! I had to buy some 18" wheels/tires for the winter here in MN, but the beast was not a problem to drive even thru nasty snow covered roads. My front damage is not bad enough to fix yet, well I did have to get the dealer to align the space on the driver's side and replace the wheel well that was busted. But I am enjoying the car and plan to visit the local Diablo dealer today to see how much they want to do the tuning and sell me the tuner. Also going to get a CAI and probably going to do the high flow cats at the same time. Thanks you guys for all your advice I have been reading!
Great story Gatzby - I'd say you are doing allright in the SRT8. Your wife doesn't know what she's missing:fing02:

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Works for me, I really like the car. The Diablo Dealer here has not had a 6.1L on his dyno yet, but they have good experience with 5.7L engines and do lots of other racing work, so they will be getting this thing to work even better soon. I can use the Jeep as needed, have the best of both worlds! I did apply a bit of pressure for her to buy the SRT. She knows what she is missing; you should see the looks when she rides along and I put my foot into it. She just can't tell me not to beat "her car" now. Only thing I regret is that it is not black, but this steel color is growing on me, especially since I was able to put the stock wheels/tires back on last week.

I didn't know about the paint not sticking to the plastic. Hope you have not blown up the Mazda.
 

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I plan on keeping my broken front end, having a plastic specialist repair it and prep it for paint, and then just store it - just in case.

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That would make a killer garage wall ornament!
 

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too bad you didn't get a Mazdaspeed 3. 263hp and great handling. Getting the SRT back will seem sweeter.
 

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Life just got better.







Color seems to match pretty good, and I'm pleased with the fitment. It was cloudy and rainy so it got dirty and I haven't had a chance to look at it in the daylight but I likey:biggrin:

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Looks good man. The work looks good from the pics and your description. I too need to have my front end re-sprayed because of a bird crap spot that was on it when I bought it! I was arrogant enough to think my deatiling skills could get it out. I went back to the dealer after and they said they'd take care of it. I got scared and figured their bidy shop guys would screw my car up. Now I have had the spot for 2 years!
 

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Gotta get that driveway fixed Eric...LOL. Or bag it.. :)
 

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Sorry to hear about the damages, but at least it should be a pretty easy repair. There needs to be a special SRT8 training course for spouses with a written exam they must pass before they can drive the car unsupervised :)
 

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Gotta get that driveway fixed Eric...LOL. Or bag it.. :)
Lol...yeah. You have to hit the curb just right to scrape it though. Straight on and at speed while backing out. Lesson learned, I hope anyway.:biggrin:

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