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Old 04-05-2003, 03:13 PM   #15
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What a sad ending for a cute little car. But I'm wondering:
(1) Why it happened, and
(2) What can we learn so that this doesn't happen to yet another towed (toad) vehicle?

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Old 04-05-2003, 05:06 PM   #16
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what happened...

...the 4-wheel drive gear shift is a little uncertain in its positions between 4-wheel low and neutral and 4-wheel high, and I always do a double check after 100 yards of setting off to see that all is well back there in the toad.

I did do this on the day this happened but my cell phone rang with a critical business call just as I was checking the parking brake was off etc in the Suzuki.

So I simply didnt do a thorough enough check of the 4-wheel drive gear shift position, and it happened that it was not securely in neutral, but was in the 4-wheel low position.

So more or less human error I'm afraid!

I am still figuring out what to do next, whether to sell the Suzuki for parts and get another toad completely or to spend 2 grand and get it going again...


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Old 04-07-2003, 09:30 AM   #17
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Hi Will,

It might be well worth the 2 Grand to have your hopefully otherwise perfect Suzuki runnung reliably again.
If you buy a new vehicle, than 2 grand will go down the drain in DMV and Sales Tax alone. Much more if you figure in the loss of value the moment you drive it off the dealer's lot.
If you buy a used one, then chances are you got to spend half of that anyways in getting it " right", unless you are extremely lucky and the object is really perfect.
Can you ecover anything from insurance? I would consult my agent.....
Good luck!

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