Ouch! I would be infuriated!
You can get that to $10k with just HD options. I don't disbelieve that this bike stickered/is worth $10k, seeing the way it was customized. It had the sidekick seat with extension, the black pipes, heat shields, black headers, big black wheels, the alarm / immobilizer - at least.
Go here and customize -
The GM told me he had it appraised and it came back at $14k. He thought $11k would be reasonable to get it sold.
Last edited by EdRacer71; 02-24-2012 at 03:53 AM.
"You've seen it, you've heard it, and you're still asking questions?!?"
"Yeah, when do we go for a ride!?!?"
Wait... who the frankenhole leans on their gas cap when it is open?
Is this another victim of our overweight society - one that needs to lean on something whenever standing semi-erect?
I've never seen a Challenger with this damage in the real world. I'm thinking either something wasn't properly fitted on this run of cars, or somebody went out and ****ed with them on purpose.
Dealer fire any lot attendants recently?
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That has to either be the worlds thinnest sheet metal or the open / return spring in that door is REALLY strong.
A dent guy could pull that out but if its a design flaw is just going to keep happening until a fix is made or the owner is really careful.
Like I told my last wife, I said, "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it's all in the reflexes
If you lightly open the door, it doesn't quite reach the metal. But if you open it with any force, there isn't much resistance - it just swings out until it hits the car.
I could easily see a person in a hurry at a pump grabbing it and swinging it open real quick - overshooting the "safe" zone and denting the car in a second.
These cars aren't brand new - they are all "prior rentals" - not sure if that means dealer demos or lease returns.. Which is what makes the issue more compelling - different owners/drivers could have all incurred the same damage - not just 1 guy who feels underpaid and un-appreciated..
Regardless, I still contend that the factory parts shouldn't allow this to happen at all.
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EDIT- video removed. wrong gas cap. I am stupid.
If you open the door with stupid force and it swings back and hits the metal and causes damage, then I say that is 100% user error.
(just like you can open a door with stupid force and actually cause damage)
Last edited by BRealistic; 02-24-2012 at 01:33 PM.
I am also really suprised there isn't more of an uproar over this- I'm guessing the people that buy these models (non R/T) are similar to those who buy the base model Mustang or Cavalier.
I have a suspicion that now that I've noticed this, I'll probably see it more often on other similar cars. I have confirmed this on at least 1 other lot, so it's NOT dealer specific in my small sample.
You know, doing bodywork for years, that sort of damage on both the fender AND the cap (as is evidenced by that last pic) shows a lot of force being put on it. I can't imagine that happening from simply oening the door, or even a careless minor push. Makes me want to go check out the local dealerships to see if it's common here, too. And to see just what kind of force it takes to open that door too far.
I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.
But I think in general, people are rough/clumsy with things. I take care of my things, so I have a certain way I treat them. But I've had passengers/co-workers who are pretty rough/careless on cars. If they were my kids, I'd be yelling at them.
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