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Old 02-28-11, 05:48 PM   #1
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A New Zealand couple in the midst of last week's earthquake that killed 127 people managed to find their 2004 Lexus RX300 under the rubble of a department store and drive it home 370 miles.

Ashley and Christine Vendt had just ordered lunch at a cafe in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week when the 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the city's business district. Their Lexus had been parked around the corner, and throwing some rubble off the hood, they drove back to their hotel, then home to Nelson, New Zealand some 600 kilometers away.

The trip through cold, rain and darkness took several hours, and despite several police officers examining the smashed-up Lexus, all let it continue. The Vendts are now looking for a new ride: their insurance has declared the Lexus a total loss.
http://jalopnik.com/#!5772573/couple...-totaled-lexus
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Old 02-28-11, 05:50 PM   #2
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They should be happy they didn't get the RX with the sunroof. Plus when I saw the title, I thought they were in the car when it happened.
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Old 02-28-11, 05:58 PM   #3
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That is amazing. Shows the quality of Lexus.
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Nice roof strength on the RX, not something some older SUVs were known for.
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Old 02-28-11, 06:28 PM   #5
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Reminds me of the Top Gear Hilux episode haha
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Old 02-28-11, 06:36 PM   #6
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I'm sure their next car will be a Lexus too.
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Old 02-28-11, 06:42 PM   #7
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Here is the Lexus NZ site

http://www.lexus.co.nz/
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Old 02-28-11, 07:12 PM   #8
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After reading the thread title, I imagined a scene similar to the limo outrunning the earthquake in 2012
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Old 02-28-11, 07:21 PM   #9
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id imagine a lot of cars being able to do that though. I mean the majority of impact is in the roof, but there doesnt seem like there is any damage to the hood that could cause mechanical failures
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my mom has a 04' rx330 ... nice to know its a strong suv
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It sure took a beating. Must have some decent headroom I wonder how they looked in it with that much roof intrusion?
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Nice roof strength on the RX, not something some older SUVs were known for.
I was in a rollover in an RX300... the structural integrity of the car was excellent.
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They should be happy they didn't get the RX with the sunroof. Plus when I saw the title, I thought they were in the car when it happened.
I don't know of any RX without a sunroof-it's part of the "luxury"

but how much weaker is it with a sunroof?
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Kinda cool that the car was still drivable - but drive it over 300 miles? C'mon - that's pretty stupid of them.
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