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Alright, so this guy I know has a 1997 Tiburon that he wrecked. Both airbags deployed, but I don't think that the car is completely beyond repair. The front fascia, fenders, and hood look as though replacing them wouldn't be a bad idea. The windshield is cracked also. He doesn't speak good english to haggle with someone, and doesn't want to bother with the car. He offered it to me in trade for my VW Rabbit [extra car]. Do you think it'd be worth repairing if the costs were less than 2 grand? I'm thinking that if nothing is wrong with the frame that I could fix it myself, but I do not know anything about the airbags.

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I guess I should describe the car in more detail
1997 Hyundai Tiburon [FX model, I think?]
5-Speed
CD player
power everything
sunroof
rear spoiler
Silver
tinted windows
it seems pretty clean inside, except for the deployed airbags and the console is a bit torn up, it can be re-assembaled though, I guess
 

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The body isn't going to be any problem, but running an SRS equipped car without airbags is going to be a PITA...the other option is to replace the airbags...have fun paying for them though, I remember hearing somewhere that airbags are sold for more C notes than the car is going to be worth.
 

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have a body shop come out and look at it. they should be able to tell you if there is bad unibody damage just by looking at it. try ebay... airbages usually go for pretty cheap there. hope this helps.
 

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Does it cost big $$$ to get someone to look at it for a good estimate? I don't really have any friends in the business.
 

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pballer98c said:
have a body shop come out and look at it. they should be able to tell you if there is bad unibody damage just by looking at it. try ebay... airbages usually go for pretty cheap there. hope this helps.
wait..be more specific there... stolen airbags go for pretty cheap there is what you needed to say...
 

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James92Scort said:
The body isn't going to be any problem, but running an SRS equipped car without airbags is going to be a PITA...the other option is to replace the airbags...have fun paying for them though, I remember hearing somewhere that airbags are sold for more C notes than the car is going to be worth.
yeh good luck w/ the airbags, they are soo expensive to work on.
 

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The other questionable thing about buying airbags on ebay.. last time I checked, you can't just box up and ship an explosive device through Fedex.

If you can find a Tiburon in the junkyard with in-tact airbags, you can grab the steeringwheel and the right side dash cover & airbag. Actually, I bet any hyundai steering wheel would probably work for you.

The thing that I'd be concerned about would be that the sensors are damaged and that the minute you re-connect the battery the newly installed airbags will explode again... definitely check with some bodyshops to see if anyone will give you some advice.. you don't want to make a wrong move with an airbag.
 

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If you have a service manula for the car, then the air bags are no big deal. My local U-Pull-it place sells them for $40.
 

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I'm going to go over to look at the car tomorrow, and take some video of the vehicle, I'll post a link to it tomorrow or the next day, I still don't know how to use my DV cam :p. I'm gonna see just how bad the damage is.
 

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Why don't you just trace the lines from the sensors to the ECU, then just short them? You'll make the ECU (or whatever crontrolls it) think that everything is still there and working, and you can just run the car without airbags.

It may not actually be that simple, but it seems like it may be worth a shot.

However, I don't know if you'll pass inspection with that.
 

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siragan said:
Siragan sez:

Why don't you just trace the lines from the sensors to the ECU, then just short them? You'll make the ECU (or whatever crontrolls it) think that everything is still there and working, and you can just run the car without airbags.

It may not actually be that simple, but it seems like it may be worth a shot.
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I would think that pulling the fuse on the airbag system might also work. I know that there are 2 of them on my Escort and I think you can safely pull the one in the engine compartment. The one inside the car is also used for other things though.
 

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I looked at it a lot closer, the front part of the car, behind the bumper and bumper cover is fuxxored. It's all twisted up, I think that pretty much makes the car not worth repairing, doesnt it? I'm trying to talk my boss's husband into selling me his 93 MX-3, she wants him to get a new car anyhow.
 

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I would think that the Hyundai we are talking about is of questionable value. It's hard to say without knowing the number of miles on it, but I would have to think that a wrecked Hyundai is probably as worthless as a wrecked Escort (meaning worth salvage value only).
 

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just because the front is wrinkled up dont mean it is bad. You need to get under the car and look where the suspension hooks up. Make sure it is straight there. You can always pull and hammer the rest out to a point it is close to origional. As far as the air bags. I dont think they will affect the way the car drives. I had a 97 windstar with the 2 bags deployed. It ran fine. It is a bit ugly lookin at the wheel and dash with out them. But if you are creative you can cover it up.
 

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I had a mechanic look at the car today, he said 1400 to fix the front end, and windshield. He said the frame is straight. I don't think it's worth it to me...


If the frame is straight, then all I need is the radiator, hood, windshield, and headlights, then to bend the front end back into place...
 

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Anybody in the Hampton Roads area that knows anything about bending metal interested in helping me fix it :p
 

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I found a buyer for my saturn, and I have a paycheck coming next thursday. I guess I'll have the car ready to roll soon enough. In case anybody cares, it's a Tiburon FX. It has 106,000 miles.
 

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Geez, somebody put a crapload of miles on that bad boy. a 97 with 106k miles...daaamn...

Good luck with it. btw anybody with a GT can beat it. :p
 
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