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Triple Rollover Survivor
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Hey everybody. I've been on here since late 2011, following the purchase of my '04 Meteor Silver Metallic ("Misty," as I affectionately called her). Prior to the following tale, I had never been in an accident in my life (minus a bump here or there in rush hour traffic). Unfortunately, Misty met her end in a rather violent single-car accident on Cinco de Mayo--no alcohol, drugs, cell phone use, or any other distractions/inhibitors were present--leaving me with a few scrapes and bumps and a badly sprained right leg. An extremely rare error in judgement behind the wheel saw me flipping through the air, then rolling in a ditch. Humbling? Certainly. Did it deter me from buying another Acura? Hell no.

Below are shots of my poor Misty, having been rolled three times, landing on her wheels. I popped seven airbags and bent the roof, so (needless to say) she was a total.

I buried the right front in a drainage ditch after she snapped around on me getting onto the highway, which caused her to stand up on her nose and roll over onto the left rear corner (seen below). Then, as motion flattened out, she rolled another two times, landing on her wheels. Yes, I had stuck the landing, as they say. The poor girl was undriveable, and I had defied death. Somehow.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8752474166/" title="2013-05-05_17.54.41 by Ravenfire737, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8280/8752474166_d7b7d91d92.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="2013-05-05_17.54.41"></a>

Here's a the front:

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8751353203/" title="2013-05-05_17.55.05 by Ravenfire737, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/8751353203_a1a4f7c6fd.jpg" width="400" height="300" alt="2013-05-05_17.55.05"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8751353195/" title="2013-05-05_17.55.16 by Ravenfire737, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8119/8751353195_a08fc90900.jpg" width="400" height="300" alt="2013-05-05_17.55.16"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8752474104/" title="2013-05-05_17.55.35 by Ravenfire737, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7354/8752474104_936d6a1061.jpg" width="400" height="300" alt="2013-05-05_17.55.35"></a>

The trunk tore open and shattered the back window, which seemed necessary to match the shattered driver's window from the first roll. I've always been a very big proponent of seat belts, asserting that airbags are secondary at best. Well, after rolling a car three times and walking away from it, you start to see things a little differently on the safety front. Driver's curtain airbag likely saved my life. To make matters worse, I was unable to retrieve my aftermarket parts before releasing the car to State Farm (they gave me the option, provided I had OE parts to replace, but I couldn't get to the car quickly and, therefore, would have stalled my hunt for a new car). Mercifully, I hadn't been able to do too much to her yet--an Injen CAI, a CT RSB, WeatherTech visors, a few LED bulbs in the tails... All things that could be replaced. The most lamentable loss was definitely the short shifter, as it was a work of art from Bardi. I intend to get another of these, because driving without one is an injustice to the TSX.

The wreck itself didn't shake me, and I've proven unafraid to get back behind the wheel, but it's a mistake I will not make twice. Something so small ended in something so (automotively) heartbreaking.... Well I'm not done. Despite all the gloom and heartbreak surrounding the loss of Misty, I managed to unearth another--my mulligan, my second chance. Today, I picked up my new '04 Satin Silver Metallic six speed. Half the miles, no rust anywhere, and all components known to be problematic on '04s (A/C, radio PCB, etc.) are in working order or have been replaced. I can't believe how lucky I've gotten in all areas of this new purchase, but I won't be looking this gift horse in the mouth. Once I name my new girl, we'll start off down the road to redemption, as it were. I love my TSX. That's why I bought another one.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8752547136/" title="2013-05-18 - New Baby by Ravenfire737, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2815/8752547136_f179759114.jpg" width="500" height="282" alt="2013-05-18 - New Baby"></a>
 

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Thanks folks. It was a pretty wild ride and something I'd rather not repeat, but the TSX held up amazingly well. I loved talking to State Farm about the accident and, whenever they'd say "well we do have to look at the car--it may not be a total!", telling them that I bent the roof and blew seven bags. That put the kibosh on any further discussion of repairs...

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Glad to see you're okay and were able to find another. GL!
 

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Wow, I was getting goosebumps reading the description of the crash. Glad you got away with only minor injuries. New TSX looks great. Almost identical to mine.
It gets more hair-raising every time I tell it--and I put up the short version on here! But SSM is growing on me real fast. There's just more things you can do with it color-wise...

Glad you're ok man. Glad you picked up another TSX too!
Thanks! The next hump to get over is getting another short shifter... Wink-wink...

Good to hear it all turned out well.

I did warn you about the effects of chewing gum leaves though.
I laughed pretty hard at this, not gonna lie. I love that the joke lasted. lol

Just ordered my *sigh* second set of WeatherTech visors and changed over the wiper blades to RainX Latitudes. Let the journey begin again!
 
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