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Today a gust of wind caught my driver's side door as I was opening it and pounded it in to the car next to me (no, really. It was the wind. That happens with 40 mph gusts.) I had barely opened the door. The upshot? My driver's side door is all smushed in. This doesn't seem right for the type of impact it was. I seem to recall someone posting on the forum about the doors being light or flimsy, but I am unable to find the post now. I am very upset.
 

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I can tell you that the metal used on the doors is thinner and more subject to dents than my other vehicles; sometimes I believe that if I stare for too long at the doors I may ding them. I got three dings on my first week of ownership and one behind the drivers side mirror two inches long that had to be fixed by the insurance company.
 

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Sorry for your loss! I think as manufacturers strive for more and more fuel economy, every trick to lower mass will be used. A good lesson for us all. In the interest of keeping healthy and my cars dent and chip free, I park far away from any other vehicles. No door dings in my '99 Jeep.
 

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It is all about weight. Every car manufacturer in the US has to meet fuel economy goals. The more fuel efficient your fleet the less you pay in fines/taxes etc. So they really try to save weight were it won't affect safety. Downside is you end up with thinner sheet metal.
 
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