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Rip Cruze Diesel due to deer

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In the middle of a freaking blizzard, a doe did like most of her kin.......didn't know where to eat, and was fecking around on roads in the middle of a whiteout blizzard, and BAM......flung it 30+ yards across 4 lane highway into the ditch opposite side. And I even have a dashcam, but the cam decided to portion up the size of the file and take a 30sec break right before I hit the dear and started recording as I turned into the center lane for my 1st emergency stop.
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I'm initially intend to fix it, it is my work commuter. Has been very reliable rig for my 40 miles a day work commute. I'm going to start taking it apart this weekend to see what panels, brackets and stuff I'll need to order.
 

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I would not report it. Even if you have good comp insurance they will usually write it up as $4K in damages and then salvage title it. Then repairing will be very expensive with junk yard parts and DIY labor not accepted by state. Everything must be new and shop installed at shop labor rates with special inspection at end. Trying to pass the cost to the insurance company can backfire quickly and hurt you financially long term, nevermind the risk of higher rates. It usually takes a year to get an R title and it wont be eligible for ridesharing and will lose thousands in value. That damage is limited to parts that can be replaced in a weekend for under $300 if you nab a junkyard donor. It would be much worse if you hit hard enough to tweak the subframe. The strut would likely be trashed and wheel ripped off long before the subframe would be doneso.

I'd absolutely repair it and keep rolling. I'd buy it as is in a heartbeat if you dont want to. Good luck.
It is already a rebuilt titled vehicle, so I only had liability on it. I bought it in 2020 for $7500 with 53k miles on it, it now has 83k miles.
 

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Like boathook said, I’d buy that in a heartbeat as is, along with probably a ton of people here. If it’s just cosmetic, (probably trans cooler and other misc things too), you should patch her up if that is within your means
Yes, I'm trying to source major chassis parts, I'm sure I'm gonna need lots of small parts that are damaged underneath as I start taking it apart. Check engine light came on together with service DPF system immediately after the crash.
 

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Thought it was deleted?
No more tunes available when I got this unit. The Trifeta tune I have is using all factory hardware to give it a wee bit more oomph. Has worked well besides the turbo lag from the get go.
 

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It smashed the condenser, inter cooler and the radiator all in one helping. And off course all the small trinkets in between of plastic parts and things. I've got a hood, fender and bumper cover. But I think radiator and intercooler and condenser might be diesel specific?
 

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A cumalong and a tree on the side radiator support, replacement rad support form parts car I got parts from.
 
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"Service DPF system" light came on after the deer impact.
 

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Sigh found radiator shroud and fan was crushed too.........only parts it shares it with is the equal rare Buick Verano 2.0 Turbo and $500 on national bakorder.
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That's for the 1.4 gasser, I've got one on order through Summit Racing. We will see, already have a new radiator and Intercooler from Rock Auto.
 
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The ACDelco 1581771 (OEM part# 13338843) is in-stock on RockAuto, but it doesn't show up in the catalog for the 2014 Diesel, and I had to search for it by part number. Around $400 with shipping.
That is just the fan itself, I need the WHOLE shroud in addition.
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Ok, got the Cruze back with all new radiators and stuff. Still some error codes to figure out on the DEF system

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Here are my two franken vehicles, truck Frank(smashed by tree) and Cruze Francesca (smashed by deer in March) I managed to clear all the DPF and DEF alarms I had after the deer crash.
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I have some error codes pertaining to the grill shutters, but don't know if they are history ones or not, they got shattered in the process, I ripped out the motor and connected it hoping I would fool the cirucitry to thing they are still operating?
 

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Seems like the ambient temp sensor isn't connected, now to figure out where it was located. Deer smashes crap up when it hits ya.
 

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The grille shutter motor without the actual shutters will still cause a P059F/P069E code, because the motor senses the position for open and closed shutters. I've seen 2 methods for deleting the shutters over the years. 1 involves a resistor wired in place of the actual motor. The other involves fabricating stops to attach to the motor, which imitate the position of the open and closed shutter positions.

Ambient Temp Sensor attaches to the back of the driver-side fog light bezel.
That's the exact codes I get. I did install the temp sensor, that was easy peasy. Found these blind passengers in one of the underneath noise insulator panels after hearing bunch of tiny tiny squeaks.
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Well, just an update now that I've put 5k miles on since I got it back on the road again, car runs beautiful and still have all DEF systems there. Only lights I get are still related to grill shutters so not worried. Getting close to 90k miles now.
 
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