Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Memphis, TN
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Re: F-250 vs minivan. Ford questions.
Most drivers have enough self-preservation instinct to avoid rear-ending a fullsize truck, so that type of impact is rare. I've never seen broken seats in a junkyard, especially like you described, but anything will break if it's hit hard enough so I wouldn't describe this as a design flaw without knowing exactly how hard the impact was.
A used pair of seats shouldn't cost more than $300; a new aftermarket bumper $100; a split rear window $80; a bed $800 (repainted to match the truck); and frame straightening should run about $400. I'm not sure about the other labor - I've never had to pay for it!-) Anyway, there's no way it will cost more than $3000, so it's not totalled.
You can easily put all the pics you want on webphotos.com .
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