JoeS
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i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:17 pm

My good friend in New Orleans was involved in a relatively-minor fender-bender (a woman turned left in front of him - her fault) with his low-mileage 2016 i-MiEV that resulted in driver's airbag deployment. He drove it a bit after the crash - it tracked straight and he thinks everything but the seatbelt (and airbag) worked properly. He sent me photos after the crash and the damage really seemed minor to me.

The repair estimate was steep but not enough to total the car, so the insurance company was going to repair it; however, it then turned out that some Mitsu procedure required that the dashboard be replaced after airbag deployment and there were none to be found so the insurance company totaled the thing.

Unfortunately, my friend and I mis-communicated (I was out of touch for a while during my Tesla trip) and he signed the paperwork before he/I had a chance to get a buyback possibility. My friend was not interested in working on it.

This pack must be almost perfect since I had admonished my friend about proper pack care and feeding.

What had happened after the body shop got the car is that they dismantled/removed the front bumper cover and for some reason had pulled off the left headlight and left it dangling. The last my friend saw of it someone had taken off the right rear door striker plate so that door was taped shut.

Anyway, the car is at an auction house. I hope someone here can pick up this rare 2016 i-MiEV -

https://www.iaai.com/Vehicle?itemID=26410810&RowNumber=0&loadRecent=True
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Re: i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:15 am

Looks like this one is coming up for auction Monday Nov. 20 at 9 am. Is anybody interested-- i would buy a 4- or 8-cell module if it gets parted out.
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Re: i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:06 am

Very active bidding on this car--somebody really wanted it even though it won't go to READY (airbag deploy will prevent start). i hope it didn't get flooded by the hurricanes and ruin the pack.

Winner #130272 onsite bidder at $3300. Somebody in PA and Reunion FL wanted it too but not that badly.
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Re: i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:07 pm

Thanks for the auction report. Having eyes on scene is good intel.
2012 i-SE "MR BEAN" 110,300 miles
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Re: i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:05 pm

kiev wrote:... even though it won't go to READY (airbag deploy will prevent start)...
Darn, I missed the bidding! :evil: My buddy drove this car for quite a few days AFTER the accident. No airbag and the seat belt wouldn't work; other than that it drove nicely (and straight). I think somebody got a good deal and it should take little to get it back on the road... now, the bureaucracy for dealing with a salvaged vehicle - that is something else...
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
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i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

Fri May 25, 2018 3:21 pm

Here's another one. Tis a pity these cars are being totalled for such seemingly minor damage. Replace the airbag, bolt on a hood, and you're good to go!
https://www.iaai.com/Vehicle?itemID=28141620&RowNumber=0&loadRecent=True
2012 i-SE "MR BEAN" 110,300 miles
2016 KIA SOUL EV, 90 kW, 27 kWh, 34k miles
2000 Mazda Miata EV, 78 kW, 17 kWh
1983 Grumman Kurbwatt EV,170 kW, 32 kWh
1983 Mazda RX-7 EV 43 kW 10 kWh
1971 "Karmann Eclectric" EV 240 kW 19 kWh

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Re: i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

Sat May 26, 2018 2:39 pm

wish I had a larger yard I'd start collecting them!
2017 I-Miev

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Re: i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:53 pm

JoeS wrote:
kiev wrote:... even though it won't go to READY (airbag deploy will prevent start)...
Darn, I missed the bidding! :evil: My buddy drove this car for quite a few days AFTER the accident. No airbag and the seat belt wouldn't work; other than that it drove nicely (and straight). I think somebody got a good deal and it should take little to get it back on the road... now, the bureaucracy for dealing with a salvaged vehicle - that is something else...


This post about a fixable i-MiEv getting stupidly totaled is exactly why I decided to attempt repair myself after a relatively minor front end collision that deployed the driver side airbag and (peculiarly) also deployed the front passenger seatbelt pretensioner (although I had no passenger, nor any significant weight on the seat.) I drove the car home 20 miles and it was fine on the road.
So far, I have a obtained a replacement airbag, and repaired the external bumper with fiberglass. The steel internal bumper is another matter, and I may have to be creative as far as some kind of replacement, unless I can find one. The SRS module and other seatbelt are out for resetting and fixing respectively (at myairbags.com). (I have listed elsewhere here the various Mitsubishi models sharing the same airbag on the drivers side.) So hopefully the airbag light will go off when all this is said and done and it will pass inspection. (Hopefully also, the airbag will work again if needed. I think airbags are one of the better safety ideas.)
I'm not sure how all this will affect the annual warranty checkup, but we'll see.
Last edited by barrylevine on Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:55 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:02 pm

I have a wrecked one for sale
Ill take 2000 for it
here is a link to the photos
it runs and drives
but....

https://daytonahybrids.com/2012-mitsubishi-miev/


oh and its located in scottsburg indiana

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Re: i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:21 pm

i really like the "Primo" you built, the Prius Limo.
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