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Aluminum Fords........

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Broncslefty7, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 945

    one of my other trucks was totaled so we got a 2015 f150 rental. one of my employees decided to rear end someone in traffic going roughly 25 30 mph. he subaru was quoted for $900.00 to fix at my body shop and the rental was over 4 grand. probly wont buy another ford seeing how the aluminum folds like a deck of cards. never mind the insanely expensive cost to repair. anyone else have an issue like this of wicked expensive repairs? the subaru looks like it got hit with a baseball bat and the rental looks like it hit the side of a brick building....


  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,236

    My bumpers ensure that the other guy will be worse off than my vehicle, unless it's a redi-mix truck or semi.
  3. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,220

    Jesus. I know they are meant to absorb the crash impact but wow that's some serious damage on the truck.
  4. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 945

    new fascia, both front fenders and bumper.
  5. DeVries

    DeVries PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,685

    To me it doesn't look like that truck hit that car...... just sayin
  6. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 945

    police report said it did. thats what i originally said.
  7. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Aluminum / steel .....

    Wouldn't they BOTH be expensive to repair ? Seems as though the new steel parts are crazy big money anyway.

    Ford is doing some finagling regarding their headlamps now as well. Seems as though no one is able to make them other than ford due to patent infringements of some sorts. Other manufacturers are following along, so, that lexus your wife just bought will cost you $4k to replace a single headlamp due to the HID system in it...

    Whoo Hoo ! Big money for a headlamp....:help:
  8. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 945

    how ever i will say this, i just bought a new ford connect van and a ford transit van with the diesel engine and the both run very very well with very good mileage.
  9. f150skidoo

    f150skidoo Member
    Messages: 46

    Well the only aluminum part on the ford that is damaged is the hood. the grille, and around the headlights are plastic and the bumper is probably steel.
  10. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    I would guess the grill being plastic
  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,236

    Looks like the passenger side fender is tweaked, hard to tell aboot the driver's side.
  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Ford tough.wesport
  13. Mike_

    Mike_ Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    My brother has a Chevy car that you have to drop the fascia to change the headlights. Owners manual says to return to dealer to replace.....Not! We can do it :mechanic:
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    bauxite, from Africa or South America?

    How about good old American steel?

    All to save 900lbs off the weight of a truck to gain what, .001 mpg?
  15. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 726

    That damage is really common. I work in the fire service for 25 plus years. it's amazing how much damage there is now done at very low speed impacts!! on the flip side it's amazing how many people walk away from high speed impacts with no injuries even better how many roll overs that the doors still open!

    My uncle owns a body shop you should see the damage done to some cars. The problem is how many cars now are totaled. almost 50 percent are done. I cant wait to the insurance rate double because of it.
  16. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    I'm with you. The damage doesn't look to even line up right. Passenger side damage on truck and drivers side on car. Just doesn't look right to me.
  17. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 945

    i guess he swerved to the left at the last second. both driver side and passenger side fenders are tweaked. or since its aluminum i should say "warped"
  18. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    A few winters ago I was rear ended by a new mini van in my 02 f250. The entire drivers side of the mini vans rear quarter panel caved in like you wouldn't believe and all that happened to my truck was a softball size dent in my bumper.
  19. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    Another option is don't hit stuff...
  20. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,580

    Well I guess your safer in a Subaru. All kidding aside I have been thinking about a new truck, have been a Ford guy for a while, got four now, but they just don't grab me anymore.