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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-07-2007, 11:41 PM
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Slight correction. The earlier 1999 models did not have the top rating with beefed up protection.
The change was made mid year.

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You fared well for many reasons, the main one being the ML outweighed the other car by a factor of 2. Then, that car was sitting still in your lane and when you struck it, the ML pushed it which absorbed most of the impact. I'm not minimizing what you say. The ML's are the safest SUV's on the road, but not the 99 you were driving. The ML had some front end mods that beefed up crash protection in 2000, mostly in the footwell area. It is those mods that brought the ML up to the best standards. My 2002 ML weighs several hundred pounds more than my 99 ML430 and I can attest the 2002 ML320 handles slightly better. BTW, it costs more for me to insure my 99 ML430 than the 2002 ML320. Both collision and liability/medical payments are substantially more on the 99.

I'm glad you're okay AND the fact you were driving the ML saved you some physical trauma. They are very safe vehicles and the post 2000 model years are even safer.
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Slight correction. The earlier 1999 models did not have the top rating with beefed up protection.
The change was made mid year.
You are correct but most 99 ML430's are not 5 star rated. It was my impression by MB of Knoxville that the crash rating was beefed up at the same time the brakes were modified for the 2000 MY. Any 1999 after VIN# A145273 (inclusive) were the beefed up models.

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Do not get a chiropractor, get a therapist instead.
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The chiropractor will "crack" your spine for 10 years to come. This may cost more but is at least 100 times more effective: Hellerwork International.

11 weeks of Hellerwork therapy in early 2004 healed me from serious symptons I have had since I crashed sideways into a concrete barrier in early 1995. Totally worth the 1,300 US$ spent.

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^^^ I agree about getting checked out by a doctor. My wife t-boned a RX330 last year (the other lady ran a red light). No air bags were deployed also but both cars were totaled and my wife is still feeling shoulder pain.

Glad to hear everyone survived.

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Glad you're ok, and your sl too!

Cracking your spine will only help for a short while.

I had a whiplash once, lot's of neck pain, had it cracked 10 times which seemed to help but the day after it came back harder.
I eventually quit the cracking and I have less pain than ever. (after the crash)
I actually believe it's a kind of scam, they make you feel good but later on you have to return because it's worsened. It's all about the money.

Don't take this as a rule though, this was my experience with it, could well be different for somebody else.
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Hopefully you are still alive and well, since that happened a year ago.

btw, if you had hit the Escort in a Expedition you would easily survive without injury.


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Wow! Glad you're okay. Get checked by a chiropractor or doctor ASAP.
I was in a similar accidents couple times - once in Ford Contour - 25MPH T-Boned kid in Mitsubishi who tried to cross my lane with out looking - resulted back pains - had to go for massages for some time.

Other time I was in Audi and an older guy lost control in a wet, hit me and I hit the median on highway - nothing, I mean besides being pissed I felt nothing.

Moral - get a car with sport seats. Both SLK and Audi have great side support and it is very important when you back is thrown around either on a track or in accident.

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