Dead S3 - look away now!

Dead S3 - look away now!

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mike456

Original Poster:

20 posts

79 months

Thursday 10th December 2015
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don't look if your squeamish..http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/imgs/8.gif
the other driver went through red light and we were "t-boned", a testament to the strength of the S3 that we were relatively unscathed.

In case your were wondering the doors were cut off.




andrewparker

4,366 posts

147 months

Friday 11th December 2015
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Impressive! What was the other vehicle? Any idea of speed?

mike456

Original Poster:

20 posts

79 months

Friday 11th December 2015
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yep, Nissan note or similar, side on 30-40mph

drgav2005

943 posts

179 months

Friday 11th December 2015
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Ouch! Good to see the car did its job and you got out 'relatively unscathed'. Hope you are totally fine now. Easy enough to replace metal thumbup

RGambo

826 posts

129 months

Friday 11th December 2015
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WOW! what a difference. I had an accident in a Sierra about 15 years ago. I was T boned and the car was travelling at about 40mph. The passenger B pillar was touching my shoulder! Car safety has moved on so much.

thegreatdogwood

299 posts

157 months

Saturday 12th December 2015
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I lusted after a TVR a few years ago - it was when I saw a photo of one that had been t-boned I went off the idea, as the front bumper of the other car had literally reached the transmission tunnel in the TVR (totally crossing the passenger seat) before it found something solid enough to get the TVR to break traction.

Burwood

16,315 posts

206 months

Sunday 13th December 2015
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It looks like a late model S3. Is it a silly question to ask if it's a total loss? Not that you want it back

mike456

Original Poster:

20 posts

79 months

Monday 14th December 2015
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Yep total loss eventually - it's a 2014 model

Dr G

13,961 posts

202 months

Tuesday 15th December 2015
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In a nasty situation like that you couldn't really ask for a 'better' outcome. I realise 'better' is completely relative but I'm glad to hear you're OK.

I too have been involved in a somewhat unpleasant RTA in a modern Audi and walked out with only a graze from the airbag. It's comforting to know that should the worst happen you're only worrying about metal and plastic.

LeoZwalf

2,799 posts

190 months

Tuesday 15th December 2015
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That was hit at 30-40mph?! It looks like there is no damage at all except for the missing doors. What did the Nissan look like?

Glad you're ok, it must have been pretty hairy.

Burwood

16,315 posts

206 months

Tuesday 15th December 2015
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LeoZwalf said:
That was hit at 30-40mph?! It looks like there is no damage at all except for the missing doors. What did the Nissan look like?

Glad you're ok, it must have been pretty hairy.
I bet the chassis is badly deformed. Sobering though, a T boning in an older car would probably be fatal.

Adrian E

2,920 posts

136 months

Tuesday 15th December 2015
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The introduction of the pole impact test as part of EuroNCAP made a significant difference to side impact protection - it's a good bit harder to design a structure to deal with a point load, so when it then gets hit by something over a reasonably distributed width it does a whole lot better than cars of old.

Glad you walked away smile

mike456

Original Poster:

20 posts

79 months

Tuesday 15th December 2015
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Hi guys
Thanks for your kind comments. The Nissan was traveling at 30+ mph (through a red light!)
It was pretty well written off at the front I think.

I will crop the photo of the Nissan and post it up after removing personal info. Ironically the insurer actually debated (briefly) about repairing the S3.

Glad we are both fine, the Audi certainly saved our bacon, a strong bit of kit the A3.

The only advice I can give to you all is too;
A) buy the strongest ncap rated car you can afford
B) buy GAP insurance (can offer a personal experience on this once my case is settled)

All the best

Flibble

5,433 posts

141 months

Tuesday 15th December 2015
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Having relatively recently written off a similar S3 I can echo those sentiments. The car safety systems are amazing; I walked away with just bruises from a 50-60 mph impact. The car was a right state but the passenger cell was completely intact. Insurer considered repairing mine too, until they got quotes. Also, GAP is totally worth it.

BeastMode

31 posts

64 months

Sunday 20th December 2015
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Glad you are ok.

Fibble do share your gap experience?

RammyMP

4,286 posts

113 months

Sunday 20th December 2015
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There was another death in Manchester last week:
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greate...

Adrian E

2,920 posts

136 months

Sunday 20th December 2015
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RammyMP said:
There was another death in Manchester last week:
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greate...
Yikes! I guess it's possible the car was torched after crashing, if it was stolen. It's quite possible with that level of intrusion that an oil or fuel line has been split and sprayed onto a hot manifold and gone up that way. Would've taken a while to burn out like that....

andrewparker

4,366 posts

147 months

Sunday 20th December 2015
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RammyMP said:
There was another death in Manchester last week:
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greate...
Death? The article states the Police have no record of the crash?

RammyMP

4,286 posts

113 months

Sunday 20th December 2015
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andrewparker said:
RammyMP said:
There was another death in Manchester last week:
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greate...
Death? The article states the Police have no record of the crash?
If it's not stolen or dangerous driving they won't necessarily file a report

Deerfoot

4,340 posts

144 months

Sunday 20th December 2015
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andrewparker said:
Death? The article states the Police have no record of the crash?
I think he's referring to the death of the S3, not of whoever was driving it.