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It's true I am paranoid and everybody is out there to DING my doors.

I baby and I love my Pilot so much that I would go to the extent of parking my SUV way out back to avoid parking next to other cars.

Do you have the same problem and is there a cure? :2: :13:

And for those guys parking too close having an old big beat up American car that have their doors swinging 6 feet wide.....:30: do not park too close that I would need a can opener to get back in or get out of my SUV.:11:

Glad I got that out of my chest..........:2:
 

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I only park next to people with more expensive cars than mine.

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4000 miles and no dings dents or scratches.

Better than the CR-V, that at 3500 miles my son ran into on his bike!
 

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I even have the wife trained to park in spaces with at least two empty spaces on each side. Of course, as wide as it is, she would rather not have to park between anything!
 

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I'm with Len. I look for the high dollar cars, or I park at the end of a row, and practically on the curb - where the person on the curb side opens their door and steps on grass, not asphalt!
 

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Some time ago, when I was a young punk (now I'm an old punk) I had an 83 Escort (hey, it was my first car and I was proud). Whenever we would go places, my friends and I got a kick out of finding the high dollar car that parked WAY out away from everyone else and parking right next to them. We didn't block their doors, mess with their car or anything, but we know it really had to bother them that some beater had the nerve to park next to their precious baby.

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Another way to protect your car is....

Sit inside the car while your wife/husband/gf/bf shopping. Either put a VCD or DVD into the RES and watch inside the car.

If anyone dare to park closer to you. Then maybe you can do :mad: look, swear like :3:, or more seriously do this :30: . This will guaranteed your car will not be ding by other junk car.

Overall, you will prevent ding, but your car will either get damage easily by other angry driver.....



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The garage where I park when at work has many pillars. I try to park next to a pillar on the right. More drivers side doors are opened than passenger side doors so by keeping a pillar rather than a car on my right I reduce my chances of getting dinged.
 

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On my BMW i always try to find corner spots no matter how far out i have to park. I feel that taking the extra time is worth not paying for a door ding. I only have 14000 miles on my bimmer and there isn't a scratch or ding yet:) And i also watch where i take my car... like if a go to some place ghetto i will take my 94 Accord so that i would not care what happens to it.

I do the same with the Pilot as i am determined not to get any dings on it either.

and if it does happen... i came up with a good solution... especially if you know what car did it... teach them a lesson by keying that persons car then leave a post it note saying that you guys are now even for the door ding.

on the other hand.... i noticed that the big side moldings are plastic and set at a level where other doors will hit the molding... and will probably not ding as easily... but the paint may chip unless you have an Lx.
 

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These are good strategies for preventing door dings. I too park far out, on the ends of rows, next to anything that protects one side. Even with all the effort, I've got two small marks already. One on the body side molding, and the other is actually a small dent in the drivers side rear door. @#$&*!! :3: I've never had a car without at least one or two parking lot wounds. Some people just don't have a clue!!!!!:32:

To make matters worse, the parking lots and structures at work are striped to a width appropriate for a Civic. I can't begin to count the times I've parked next to a pillar, leaving tons of space on the open side, only to come out at the end of the day to find something like a Buick Roadmaster wagon hogmobile parked so close I can barely back out. What the *$#@ are the yellow lines for anyway?!?!

:30:

There. That does feel better!!

SO WOULD THIS::9:

Bye Bye Roadmaster!!

I better call my Therapist..........................
 

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Yes, xyzzy, that definitely would drive ME crazy. Kids...:rolleyes:

I have to agree with you, vegasdude. I am more willing to walk a mile to get to the front entrance of any store than to park close enough to someone else that I might get dinged. I've been that way ever since I've been old enough to drive a car. I love to take good care of my vehicles and when you're spending the kind of money that we all spent on our Pilots, why not take car of them! :29:
 

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I have been having a nightmare about car dings since this thread started.
We go to Myrtle Beach pretty frequently since it is so close, and the parking lots there are tight. Another problem is the overabundance of young kids who drive at the beach. I am buying the Pilot instead of another sedan in large part because of trips, so taking another vehicle to the beach is not an option. I am looking forward to seeing my new vehicle so I can check out the door guards. Hopefully this will save all of us a lot of grief over dings!
 

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Word up on the idiots out there, a2Pilot. 2nd day I had the Pilot, an attractive ol' driver side ding courtesy of a Ford Expedition in the parking lot :3:. I get to see it every...single...time I get in the car :mad:.

a2Pilot said:
I've never had a car without at least one or two parking lot wounds. Some people just don't have a clue!!!!!
 

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Word up on the idiots out there, a2Pilot. 2nd day I had the Pilot, an attractive ol' driver side ding courtesy of a Ford Expedition in the parking lot :3:. I get to see it every...single...time I get in the car :mad:.

We have people sueing McDonald, Wendys, or KFC by saying their food make them fat....

May be you can try to sue Ford for making their car that will dings other's car. :2:
 

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I just leave my Pilot at home where it's safe. Wait! the KIDS are THERE. Got to go.....
 

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Mkell said:
I just leave my Pilot at home where it's safe. Wait! the KIDS are THERE. Got to go.....

LOL!!!!!:5:
 

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Since the Pilot is wider than most vehicles it is more likely to get dings.
:11: People that park diagonally and taking 2 parking spaces in the process to avoid dings.......now that one is a little bit much and kinda annoying.......sorry if I offended anybody.:p
 

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A Picture is worth a Thousand Words
 

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Help The Next Guy

Keying a dinger is childish! Crazy gluing the door shut that dinged you is just preventive maintenance for the next guy.:22: :13::25:
 

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pjl56 said:
Word up on the idiots out there, a2Pilot. 2nd day I had the Pilot, an attractive ol' driver side ding courtesy of a Ford Expedition in the parking lot :3:. I get to see it every...single...time I get in the car :mad:.
Oh my goodness --- did you actually SEE them ding your car? I'd have gone into a super-tizzy and you can make book on it, they'd be paying for the door repair.

How can you stand it?
 
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