I want to see pictures of your worst ar abuse you ever saw -- the previous thread got me to thinking. I dont see many allroads that are used as "beaters" by people who just dont care and have no clue. There is one silver one that is parked near my office that has a few scratches but gets washed and got new tires recently (armor-alled no less). So I'm wondering if its the car that selects more involved/savy owners, or what. Just dont seem to see too many abused and neglected ar's. Am I wrong?
post pics of "ar abuse" -- I remember the guy who fabricated the ugliest "roof rack" from pipes and 2x4's. That was aesthetically abusive but kinda cool. Some of the "sagging" ar's kinda look pathetic too. any others?
01-11-2006, 12:19 PM
there's no way I'd use my ~40K vehicle as a "beater", much less afford to.
I don't have deep pockets like that. :oP
01-11-2006, 12:33 PM
when I had to buy an economy car out of college. It was $6800 new, no air, zero options, throw a rock at it and knock off a chunk of paint, but still kept it clean.
01-11-2006, 12:56 PM
I saw one at my dealer that looked like a family of 5 had been living in it. Full of old newspapers, old McDonalds wrappers etc.
01-11-2006, 01:19 PM
it did get cleaned shortly after
01-11-2006, 01:50 PM
Let's face it... my DAILY ROUND TRIP COMMUTE is 115 miles over NY/NJ highways. This includes breakfast on the fly... a bagel and coffee... a powerbar snack on the way home with a Red Bull..sugar free...got to stay awake.
Plus my normal running around at work, picking up parts, going to the bank...then the weekend.
And where does this paraphenalia end up? Why along with the gas receipts, paperbags and gum wrappers... on the floor, In the back deck.
Mind you the car is washed at least evry two weeks.. when I scoop everything up and toss it. The enterior is always clean.. nothing broken or ripped. The outside sitll has the scuffed rear bumper and dent in the chrome molding on the rear hatch. The front bumper still has a rip at the bottom from my run in with the flying road sign and now my front left fender has a %1100.00 wrinkle (500.00 for Dent Wizard I'm debating.)
from a parking lot that I never noticed till days after due to so much dirt and snow on the car from a Toronto Road trip discovered after a bi weekly car wash.
You get the picture... I did win the unofficial award at this year's Waterfest for the most 'untidy' car.
01-11-2006, 01:57 PM
<center><img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/67914/mudi_allroad.jpg"></center><p>Living in the mountains on dirt roads, it saw a lot of dirt, inside and out. Yes, I hated trashing it, so it was replaced with a $22k Subaru.
I really need to get the photo scanned in. I plan to use it as my sig for fun. The car is totally repaired ($15K later) and looks great despite the dirt and grime.
01-11-2006, 03:57 PM
01-11-2006, 07:49 PM
I will take a pic of mine when I get home. My allroad is mechanically mint and very well treated, but like Paulroad I drive 100 miles a day in the NYC metro area - any hopes of beauty are dashed. I wax her twice a year with the PC and clean the interior as best I can, but its impossible if I want to do my job and family justice to keep up on the car like a true enthusiast I am and/or was. I am also GCing my new home so my allroad has been neglected of many mods.
So my rear bumper has marks, my car is often very dirty on the exterior as I work on my home and drive through mud, my windshield looks like it went through a war, I have 3 kids under 5 etc. etc.
All that said I will take care of it in April/May when the home is done, but until then if you saw mine in your parking lot you would curse my name:)
01-11-2006, 07:57 PM
01-11-2006, 08:53 PM
I prefer to keep ours clean... I do have a few little door dings that I am getting repaired Friday ;) I hate door dings...
01-12-2006, 07:46 AM
All of the vertical columns held straight (perhaps leaned in slightly, but no buckling at all). The entire roof panels were replaced, along with the rear lid, solar sun roof, windshield, etc. Not a scratch on the sides of the car or the hood (except some minor scuffs from the small twigs which were easily buffed out).
I was very impressed with the strength of the structure. This was only a "branch" of the tree, but is was over 24" in diameter and stretched out some 15-20', bigger than most trees. Based on the force of this tree hitting the roof, I feel much better about a roll-over accident, the the unfortunate should ever occur.
The worst part of this was the fact that this was the first and only time I had ever parked the car in front of my house. We were only going out for a couple of hours, so I thought it would be fine. I actually thought to myself as I got out of the car, "it would really suck if this tree fell over while I was gone." Less then a minute later, whamo! No warning, perfectly sunny Sunday morning, zero wind.