aetarrell - 2007 Base - Repairable?

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aetarrell - 2007 Base - Repairable?

Post by aetarrell » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:20 am

My beloved '07 was recently injured, apparently beyond repair (as determined by the insurance company). The damage does not seem that significant to me, but the high price of parts / labor and the low price of old Vibes is working against me. I am certain the decision will be "total loss", but I'm not ready to give up and am looking at ways to fix it "myself" (with lots of help from friends and family).

The door and fender seem relatively easy, but the rocker panel may be a little more tricky. Damage is confined to only about 12" way up front, but that portion is deformed "in" and "up" enough that even a new door will not seal properly. My thoughts are that cutting out the whole rocker panel will cause more harm than good, and a better approach might be to cut out the affected section and try to make a new insert of some sort to cover the hole. Some tell me that would work; others say the car is not structurally sound unless I replace the whole rocker panel. (It has absorbed one impact, and so may have lost most/all of its protective capability (in their view).)

Request feedback from Vibe lovers with more knowledge than I have about how best to proceed. Thanks in advance!

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'07 Base (damaged)
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'03 Base (RIP)
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Re: aetarrell - 2007 Base - Repairable?

Post by tpollauf » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:09 am

What is the salvage value assuming they total it? Definitely worth fixing. A used door, fender, and some metal work done to the rocker/pillar areas and you're back together. Mechanically the Vibe is still good I'd assume? You're location ???? Maybe some of us here know of a reasonable shop to send you to BUT only if we know your whereabouts. (update profile please)
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Re: aetarrell - 2007 Base - Repairable?

Post by vibrologist » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:39 am

Really, that does not look too horrible. It looks like it still drives. Can you tell if it tracks straight? If not rotate the tires and check again. Looks like the front left tire may have received a kick. You could consider having the alignment checked first. This would give you an indication if the body has been deformed in regards of the front suspension mounting points.
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Re: aetarrell - 2007 Base - Repairable?

Post by petervivian » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:37 pm

I think it depends on the check you can get from the insurance. Our first gen vibes do not worth much now. It may be easier just getting another car and avoid the trouble fixing it yourself.
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