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I've been looking around for any threads about accidents, survival stories, damage, and the such. I loved the ad campaigns "They Lived" and "I Survived," especially the one where the guy goes to the salvage yard where his *WRX?* was towed after an accident and it was totaled, he reached in and took the shift ball and leaves in a new Subaru. That one really stuck with me; it's an emotional attachment. And I know most new cars are very safe, but we are here for Subaru! What are your stories, close calls, accidents, survival stories, repair costs, replacements? Let's stay away from the human loss stories please.

This is my wife's 2011 Legacy. She was pulling out from an intersection and was t-boned on her drivers door at 45 mph. Side curtain air bag and seat air bags deployed. She came away with only a bruised left arm and a tear in her shirt from the seat air bag. The car was not even 2 years old, and her first new car purchase, and our first Subaru.

Initial estimates were $9k in repairs. The drivers seat was actually shipped back to Japan for rebuild. The car was repaired over the span of 3 months. Total ending repair cost was just over $13k. Thank you full coverage insurance! While I was not happy that the car was not totaled, some % repair to value calculation in Minnesota insurance law blah blah blah, we kept the car for another 3 years and you would never know the severity of the damage, it drove straight and true, no unusual squeaks, rattle, clicks, or noises of any kind. Doors both opened and closed like new too. I was very impressed by the lack of damage, really. I remember when I got that call from her, I expected much worse. I even drove it to the Subaru body shop in town. We bought a 2011 Outback after this.

She Lived. Thank you Subaru.
 

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The door beams did their job, that's for sure.

It's a 2007 Legacy GT in this cut-away. But, you can see the door beams in gold.
 

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Looks like a solid cage dates back, there's a cutaway of a 2nd gen Outback.


They're definitely safe cars, and while nobody wants to be in a crash, it's good to know that a manufacturer puts that as a high priority.
 

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The floor board's flank also takes a good bit of shock too.

first time I jacked up my outback at my dad's shop, he was astonished that the chassis was so rigid, jacking up one corner high enough for brakes lifted 2 other wheels off the ground.
 

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Protip: don't wreck your wife's car 6 months after getting married and moving across country.
 
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Someone shops at Sears for Batteries.
 

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Someone shops at Sears for Batteries.
Did back then. Mal's got an Autocraft Gold currently. Sprout has...whatever the previous owner put in. Dunno what I'll replace with when it goes.
 

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Did back then. Mal's got an Autocraft Gold currently. Sprout has...whatever the previous owner put in. Dunno what I'll replace with when it goes.
Cherry's previous owner did as well, it's doing better than the Yellow Top I bought for Frankie.
 

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Glad everyone is okay...it pays to drive a safe car
 

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This is one of the reasons why I wanted to get this car for my family vehicle

Really it's my wifes car, she carries the baby around, and that's what is most important to me.
 

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My 18 year old daughter lost a battle trying to move around a city bus in Baltimore and "rubbed" another car with Onyx, our 2008 LL Bean. The damage didn't look that bad, but they replaced both doors on the driver's side because of the door beams. They did their job and having new ones makes me feel better about my kids driving the car. The same 18 year old turned in front of someone with Little Red, our 2000 Outback and had a corner to corner accident. Brucey bought Little Red, fixed her up, and sold her to a needy friend. Amazing cars.
 
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