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Old August 14th, 2005, 10:10 AM
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Yet another engine fire

Well, it's a sad day for your admin my brothers. It looks like I got the winning pick in the "engine fire lotto" yesterday.

As some of you know, I just relocated to Austin Texas a couple of weeks ago so yesterday was a pretty nice morning I decided to take the D90 out of the garage, pull the windows, and go for my first real cruise around in it to explore my new home.

About about an hour into my ride, I caught a whiff of that "oil burning/smoke" smell, quickly followed by a "poof" sound and then the "Spy Hunter" smoke cloud started blowing which then quickly started to fill the cab with smoke. However, the section of road I was on was particularly bad and knowing how bad of a situation a potential engine fire could be at that spot, tried to get the truck to an open area I knew was ahead.

No such luck, truck went flat line about 50' from the intersection I wanted to get across. Guy in a gas station close by came over with a extinguisher and we started to try and stop the but by that time, the fire was already established pretty strong in the engine compartment. We did manage to slow it down a bit though until the fire dept got there and finished the job but sadly not before a considerable amount if damage was done not only in the engine, but to the inside of the bulkhead, dash and passenger area.

I think I got away luck from the whole situation considering how much worse, especially with where I was, that could have gone, not only for me, but for the surrounding area.

Have started the insurance calls to get that ball rolling but just quickly looking at all that will need to be replaced, I am not very happy or optimistic that my insurance company will be too thrilled to repair my lady.

Just makes me sick that the love of my life is in such a state now.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 10:38 AM
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So sorry to here your news, I can only imagine how bad you must feel. We are all so attached to our d-90's that its almost like losing a family member. Hang in there.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 10:42 AM
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Old August 14th, 2005, 11:02 AM
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Sorry Chris, Im glad no one was hurt. Any idea what caused it yet? Looks like it got hottest further rearward than the common fires . I hope insurance keeps you in the game. JP
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Old August 14th, 2005, 11:08 AM
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Chris~
know that we’re here to offer Support and Understanding. We also want to let you know you don't have to grieve alone after a Loss. During this time of grief, allow yourself time to reflect on the good times and happy memories you shared together. Remember your fist time together cruzing with the top off down the highway? Remember your first fight? Remember how great it was when you made up? Remember the first thing you noticed that made her different from everyone else? Remember when you both used to stare at each other with love? Remember those times, the best times...






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Old August 14th, 2005, 11:37 AM
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Oh crap. You just moved here. I never even got to see her in all her glory. Where did it happen? Give me a call if you need anything at all, anything. You've got the number.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 11:49 AM
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Ouch, that hurts big time. Nuts. Hope you are treated fairly by you ins.co, Chris!

Makes me want to go out and re-do every damn high pressure hose again...

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Old August 14th, 2005, 12:18 PM
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Well, I've seen engine fires and I've seen FIRES.... yours thankfully looks to be on the lighter side of the possibilities and salvageable. More important, you're ok too. Any ideas yet of what caused it? Looks like passenger side, which makes me think it was the dreaded oil hose boogy.

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Old August 14th, 2005, 01:21 PM
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Chris, that sux. My condolences
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Old August 14th, 2005, 01:37 PM
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I'm so sorry to see that Chris . Hope the insurance company won't play games with you man.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 02:40 PM
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CvC I am so glad that you are ok. If you need any help @ all with the Insurance company I would be more than willing to assist. If not I have the name and can highly refer/recommend several good (decent) attorneys in Austin. This makes me sooo sad!


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Old August 14th, 2005, 04:54 PM
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I'm sorry for your loss. Hope it turns out well.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 05:25 PM
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Chris,
That sucks. Once again, glad you are O.K..Please let us know what started the fire once all the dust settles. I would think that between everybody on this board we can piece together a new 90 for you...........
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Old August 14th, 2005, 06:29 PM
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Damn Chris... that does suck man! Glad to hear you're fine. Hopefully the insurance pays off well. Hmmm... 4.6? - Tdi maybe... ?
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Old August 14th, 2005, 07:11 PM
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Wow, that sucks. But to me it looks like you can probably salvage the truck.

Just remember it could of been like this.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 08:31 PM
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Sorry CVC I hope that you will be able to get her back on the road.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 10:07 PM
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Old August 14th, 2005, 10:54 PM
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I lucked out that the fire company was really only a block away. They were on scene within minutes of my 911 call just as the flame were just starting to regain momentum. Any longer and I am sure it would have been much worse.

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Oh crap. You just moved here. I never even got to see her in all her glory. Where did it happen? Give me a call if you need anything at all, anything. You've got the number.
Thanks Tony, I shot you a PM on the texas site earlier today. Happened on Rt.2222 heading up the hill eastbound before I got to the top around where starbuck is right before MoPac.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 11:54 PM
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Chris, sorry to hear about your loss. As bad as it is it could have been much worse. (I'm assuming that you are NOT posting from the burn unit at you local hospital)

Any idea what caused it? Was it the dreaded oil cooler lines?

I hope your Insurance Co. treats you right so you can rebuild and keep up the Series/Defender reputation that 70% of them are still on (or off) the road.

Good Luck with all.

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Old August 15th, 2005, 01:04 AM
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Sorry to hear about your rig CVC. Glad to hear you didn't go down with the ship.
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