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My poor Jetta can't catch a break. #5446535 06/05/20 12:22 AM
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Driving back from my second job interview. 6 hours there and 6 back. I was on my 3rd hour coming back when this family of raccoons come out in the road. I went in between the raccoons. This guy decides to stop and go back... If he would have kept going all would have been fine. By the time I saw them I felt like I had two options. Brake and hit him head on. Or try to go in between them. I have had countless encounters with animals, I usually pick the second option. Can't win them all.

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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5446552 06/05/20 01:19 AM
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Ouch......


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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5446559 06/05/20 01:57 AM
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About 13 or 14 years ago I rented a beautiful pearl white Caddy DTS to take to a wedding 8 hours away.

While driving home on the highway, I hit a fox that popped out from the side of the road and killed him.
I slammed on my brakes, but it was too late (damage was done).
Lower bumper would scrape when going over dips in the road and there was red fur stuck in the cracked plastic bumper.



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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5446631 06/05/20 06:42 AM
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I hit a coyote in central PA going up a long steep grade. There was a car passing me at the time and one right behind me and we were all going over 60. So I couldn't go left and could not slam on the brakes. Hit that critter hard in my Golf TDI Wagon. Kept running but bent the radiator, intercooler and air conditioning radiator as well as damaging the front end. Saw the car of the guy behind me bounce up as he hit it after me. Bill to repair was over $5000. Car was new enough that all new OEM VW parts were used for the repair.


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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5446654 06/05/20 07:15 AM
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I've been lucky to never hit an animal.


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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: BMWTurboDzl] #5446693 06/05/20 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
I've been lucky to never hit an animal.


For me, it is distressing; the muffled thumping sounds of an animal bouncing under the car will certainly change your mood.


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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5446696 06/05/20 08:12 AM
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I drive off the road into a tree or ditch or wall. Ill injure myself before killing another animal.

But sometimes they scurry right out under the car.

Ran over a new puppy once back in the 80's that a Young couple were out walking
along the side of the road - WITHOUT A LEASH!
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Why the long drive? No convenient Airplanes?

I'm only good for about 2.5 hours on the road. So, I couldn't do that trip.

Sorry for the Raccoon Family.

At least you have the Good looking Jetta in a nice colour
Not VW's latest garbage abomination - like mine.

Funny I cant see any damage in your picture.

Hope the interview went well. Would you have to move? or Was it at corporate HQ.

I had to travel to Maryland for a week a decade ago for my G job interview and training.
Tons of traffic. Took me 20 mins to get over a bridge to go 2.5 mile to the Corporate office from the Hotel!

I could NEVER do that - even for big bucks.

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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: simple_gifts] #5446702 06/05/20 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by simple_gifts
Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
I've been lucky to never hit an animal.


For me, it is distressing; the muffled thumping sounds of an animal bouncing under the car will certainly change your mood.


I hit a teen riding a bike across the railroad crossing. Funny I don't recall any emotion other than surprise and concern.
Then He started swearing at me and pulled a knife out of his boot!

The cop later arrested him on suspicion of a Nursing home robbery in North Reading.
That was only 100 yards downhill from the Andover Police Dept. back in the early 80's.


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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: ARCOgraphite] #5446736 06/05/20 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by ARCOgraphite
Originally Posted by simple_gifts
Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
I've been lucky to never hit an animal.


For me, it is distressing; the muffled thumping sounds of an animal bouncing under the car will certainly change your mood.


I hit a teen riding a bike across the railroad crossing. Funny I don't recall any emotion other than surprise and concern.
Then He started swearing at me and pulled a knife out of his boot!

The cop later arrested him on suspicion of a Nursing home robbery in North Reading.
That was only 100 yards downhill from the Andover Police Dept. back in the early 80's.


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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5446749 06/05/20 09:27 AM
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Glad you're ok. Vehicles can be fixed. Heck I hate to even hit a butterfly.


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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5446784 06/05/20 10:09 AM
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same incident w/ same critter costs ~$4K for a SAAB 93 convertible (takes out intercooler and P/S lines)...ask how I know. Glad it was nothing worse for you.


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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5446800 06/05/20 10:43 AM
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Yikes that THUD sound lol

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Nailed a cat the other day at 85mph near I-35 S going to Pamona,KS. Its amazing how well the drive thru carwash works but i had to go through twice to get it mostly off.


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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: ARCOgraphite] #5446851 06/05/20 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by ARCOgraphite
I drive off the road into a tree or ditch or wall. Ill injure myself before killing another animal.


Really?

I don't like hitting them but I'm certainly not going to risk hurting myself/family or causing an accident to keep from it.. If there is no traffic I'll slow down, but generally it seems the more I try to avoid any animal the more likely I am to hit it.


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Re: My poor Jetta can't catch a break. [Re: Marco620] #5446869 06/05/20 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by ARCOgraphite

Why the long drive? No convenient Airplanes?

I'm only good for about 2.5 hours on the road. So, I couldn't do that trip.


Flying to South West Kansas is almost impossible. Way more headache and costs versus driving. Its too rural.

Originally Posted by ARCOgraphite

Funny I cant see any damage in your picture.

If you look down towards the parking lot you will see that lower bumper hanging on the ground. It is hard to see.

Originally Posted by ARCOgraphite

Hope the interview went well. Would you have to move? or Was it at corporate HQ.

I got the job, and I would have to move. The job includes a Crown Vic with a red and blue light bar.

Originally Posted by Marco620
Nailed a cat the other day at 85mph near I-35 S going to Pamona,KS. Its amazing how well the drive thru car wash works but i had to go through twice to get it mostly off.
This was just south of Hays, KS. I'm surprised hitting a cat doing 85 did no damage besides taking it to the car wash. Very Luckyy.


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