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Chip Butty

Buggered up Mondeo

Any ideas what the most likely culprit was ?

I can only think that a small SUV with a towbar and a rear door mounted spare wheel was capable of inflicting that damage.

The towbar did the lower bumper to the left of the number plate and the wheel did the top of the grille and the bonnet.

Any other theories ?

Giant

Ouch, I bet that's going to be more expensive than it looks too, with bumper grill and bonnet all damaged.

I think you must be right with your suspicion, particularly as there doesn't appear to be any paint damage on the bonnet.

I wonder if the culprit knowingly legged it or was completely oblivious to the fact?..
Chip Butty

Yep - bonnet is twisted along the front edge and none of the dent repairers can handle it.

Bumper is fooked as well - at first I thought it would polish out, but it's had a fair old whack, the trim pieces are chewed up and I bet some of the mountings are warped.

As usual - no note or anything.

Will try and do some detective work, but I guess it's another one of life's random willies up the chuff.
JohnC

I think you are right in your analysis of the cause. Is there any CCTV where it was parked when the damage happened?
PR

I'd also go with the tow bar / spare wheel theory. I saw it happen a few years ago when someone in a crappy old Shogun that was parked at the kerb reversed, pushing the spare wheel up the bonnet of the 3-series behind. Naturally he just drove off and unfortunately I was too far away to catch a registration number.

So much for these plastic nose cones that are supposed to save the bonnet from damage in minor knocks...
Twelfth Monkey

Sorry to see this.  I saw a Mondeo from the rear three quarters last week and thought what a good basic shape it has.
gooner

That is incredibly annoying and it's frustrating when others damage your car without leaving their details. Trouble is most witnesses to such things are, like in Piers' example, unable to get the registration before th culprit has scarpered. It's happened three times in just two years to my Insignia - and that doesn't include when my neighbour hit it at 3 days old or when it was beaten up by a G wagon in the school car park last December (the driver didn't have much chance of scarpering given he still had to get out to deliver his kids to school and there was a playground full of witnesses). The latest is a small dent on the offside rear door, most likely caused by someone opening their door too quickly.

I don't think I'll have another dark green car, I think the colour acts as camouflage!
Blarno

SUV with a spare wheel on the back?

Ford Ecosport. Or an old Vitara.

Wankers.
Michael

I'd guess a pick up. They have the tow bars and generally a hard high bumper. The also tend to be driven by people who don't stop or leave notes.
Roadsterstu

Inconsiderate twats. Either that or incompetent, oblivious twats. Hope it is sorted with minimal hassle.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

JohnC wrote:
I think you are right in your analysis of the cause. Is there any CCTV where it was parked when the damage happened?

+1.... I can recommend a bodyshop in Harrow that should be able to get the bonnet straight.....

EDIT - is that snow on your driveway ???
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:

EDIT - is that snow on your driveway ???


The car is very clean so maybe foam?
Chip Butty

I've told the Missus to go and see security at work, to see if there are is any live cctv in that area or if anyone reported anything (doubtful but worth a shot).

May take a trip there myself and check any SUV matching the relevant particulars (can't be that many to check). It may be that the muppet who did it may not have realised (I call bullshit...) and may still regularly park in the same area.
scamper

As an aside, can creases be taken out of a bonnet by dent repairers?  Mine was on the Passat about a third of the way up - not noticeable at once, but have no idea what caused it and it is due back to the lease company shortly.
PG

Ouch! As said, probably an SUV or a pickup.
Alf McQueef

Could well be a commercial vehicle of some kind as well - they are pretty good at just driving on! Commiserations - annoying to have to fix that sort of crap...
Chip Butty



The bonnet was in no way a PDR candidate, but a very helpful chap agreed to have a go for £30 and as you can see, he's done a very good job. It's not fixed, but it's much less obvious.

I spent 30 minutes with a hair dryer trying to coax the bumper and grille back into shape. A marginal improvement, but it was free.

I'll worry about getting it properly tidied up if and when we come to sell it.
Blarno

I'll see your buggered up Mondeo and raise you:




Reversed off the ramps after my pre-MOT inspection and, because the Postbox has a massive underbite (And an extended splitter..), ripped the bumper almost clean off. Only the fog light cables were holding it on.
Bryan M

Oh shit, was that before or after they issued the mot?
Blarno

The MOT is on Thursday. This is my own pre-MOT inspection at home.
JohnC

Why do MOT's always seem to be in the winter when fixing things and now sorting out that mess has to be done in the cold, damp and dark? Good luck Blarno.
Martin

This is the risk you take when you use a dodgy back street mechanic! †  

How big a job is it? †Hopefully it isn't too costly / time consuming to fix and it sails through the MOT.
JohnC

I'm just hoping the headlamp is on top of the engine because it needs to come off to put the bumper back on and not because it was ripped off at the same time!
Roadrunner

Bugger.

Is the video of the event coming to YouTube some time soon?

(Sorry...)
TreVoR

To be fair, the crash structure behind the bumper doesn't look completely straight so I suspect it may have had a clout before in a previous life.

Hope you get it sorted for the upcoming MOT.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Judging from what I saw when younger daughter's Fiesta was being repaired, and how flexible the front bumper cover of I-5UMO is, it appears that Ford use the front bumpers as decoration only, held on by a couple of bolts to each of the front wings, and then just a few plastic clips on their top and bottom edges
Blarno

It was repaired within 20 minutes. I lost a suport brace that links the bumper to the slam panel - it was torn off - but I've shoved high density foam between the bumper and crash structure to keep it ( nearly) in line. If I can be arsed, at some point I'll get a boggo scrapyard bumper to roll around with whilst I repair this one. Good ones go for £300!
Giant

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Judging from what I saw when younger daughter's Fiesta was being repaired, and how flexible the front bumper cover of I-5UMO is, it appears that Ford use the front bumpers as decoration only, held on by a couple of bolts to each of the front wings, and then just a few plastic clips on their top and bottom edges


Isn't being flexible the point of a bumper?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Giant wrote:

Isn't being flexible the point of a bumper?

Yes, but it also needs to be securely attached to the car, ideally by something more than just 3 bolts at each end !
Blarno

Ford Sierra bumpers are not physically attached to the car. They literally clip into the slam panel.

Mine is only held on by a screw in each wheelarch, the clip into the slam panel (Which I am now missing one of) and several zip ties.

It's definitely had a minor front ender at some point - the state of the bumper itself is testament to that.
Bob Sacamano

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Giant wrote:

Isn't being flexible the point of a bumper?

Yes, but it also needs to be securely attached to the car, ideally by something more than just 3 bolts at each end !


Yea,  but that's not the bumper, only the cover. The actual bumper sits behind that. The cover is designed for quick assembly and removal / replacement.
Roadsterstu

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Giant wrote:

Isn't being flexible the point of a bumper?

Yes, but it also needs to be securely attached to the car, ideally by something more than just 3 bolts at each end !


Yea, †but that's not the bumper, only the cover. The actual bumper sits behind that. The cover is designed for quick assembly and removal / replacement.


And as a much cheaper way of facelifting the car.

Good effort getting the whole front assembly off in one quick go!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

..... but the front bumper cover takes the full aero force against it when the car is in motion, hence must be attached securely.
Also the bumper cover runs full width of the car whereas the "real" bumper behind it typically just runs between the chassis rails
Bob Sacamano

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
..... but the front bumper cover takes the full aero force against it when the car is in motion, hence must be attached securely.
Also the bumper cover runs full width of the car whereas the "real" bumper behind it typically just runs between the chassis rails


Yes, I'm fed up of my front bumpers flying off as I pass 60mph.

Relax, they do the job they're designed to do.

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