My wife hit a small dead animal on the road last week. It ripped the low front fender and I am now waiting for the body and fender service to get the part and fix it. I think this will be an ongoing problem as well as slush and snow in the winter. Anyone else have this experience?

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Comment by Bill Gordon on October 29, 2009 at 9:47am
I haven't driven a Brabus, and so can't attest to snow and what it will do to your car. I have, however, been in IL for a full winter with my Passion, and was very pleased both with how it did in unplowed snow and the traction I got. I understand the Brabus likely has a lower front skirt.
Comment by Ryan on October 6, 2009 at 2:29am
Walt: though i'm not proud of the fact..... if a Brabus (like mine) is able to drive over a regulation fire extinguisher and escape without harm.... that had to be one HUGE critter. At least a critter would have a little give..... fire extinguishers... not so much. It may have scratched up one of the plates under the car to protect the underside.... but it didn't even do anything to the paint on the front skirt. I'd almost swear i could feel the front of the car pick up a slight amount when i hit the fire extinguisher.

Again... not proud of the fact. Would have avoided it if possible, but i was behind a dump truck on a local two lane road with a not-so-great curb.... and the extinguisher appeared under the dump truck dead center in the road..... so i either would have had to have turned towards oncoming traffic, which i'd never do, no matter what the situation... turn towards the curb, and quite possibly damage something even more (both of those situations quite possibly still not making enough room to pass the extinguisher)... or go over it.... and i chose option C. stopping to move it wasn't really an option at that point, either, because there was quite a bit of traffic behind me, and last thing i'd want is someone to not be paying attention to the guy in the tiny car in front of them who stopped nowhere remotely close to a stop light for no apparent reason.
Comment by Felinae on October 2, 2009 at 10:46am
Walt,

I have a Passion, and I too worry about straddling anything in the road, because I think the clearance is something like 7.5 inches (?) in the front. I never thought twice about it before in my Mazda Navajo (the pretentious version of the Ford Explorer), but with the lower clearance now I have to adjust my driving to figure out how to get around those objects. I'll let you know what happens this winter in regards to the snow and slush.

- F
Comment by Walt Marini on September 28, 2009 at 9:29pm
I am the "wife". The animal was dead and on the road. I did not realize what I hit until AFTER I ran over it. I was on a 2 lane highway and a school bus was opposite me when I felt the blow. No need to further explain. Sitting so close to the road will be a problem driving in the winter in rural IL.
Comment by Walt Marini on September 28, 2009 at 7:06pm
My main point was that the front lower panel on the Brabus is very low to the ground and trying to avoid an animal on the road is very important. I have not had the opportunity to drive the Brabus in the snow but I think this may be a problem also.
Comment by Chuck Rogers on September 28, 2009 at 6:55pm
You can back over all the animals you want..but the Brabus front spoiler is at risk if the squirrel stands up
Comment by Brabus007 on September 28, 2009 at 5:51pm
I had a Jack Rabbit Blow the Spoiler off one of my cars one time doing about 85-MPH... I feel your Pain...<:-((
Comment by Walt Marini on September 28, 2009 at 4:04pm
Thanks for your comments Bo Bo, but obviously you don't know how low the front of the Brabus model is. Please keep any further smart-ass comments to yourself.
Comment by Foothill on September 28, 2009 at 3:47pm
some observations:
how should we know anything about your wife's propensities for mashing up roadkill with her car? you say you think it will be an ongoing problem and you know your wife better than we do;
the deceased critter couldn't have been too small if it came up to your front guard;
I don't recall what it says in the service guide but I'm pretty sure we aren't supposed to use our cars for snow plowing - perhaps at www.smartmadness.com they have a snow blower attachment for the front of the smart; and
plowing snow is going to ruin your miles per gallon!

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