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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:30 AM
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Let's Play Guess the Damage!

I was in the right lane, preparing to make a right turn at a stoplight. Not in motion.

The lady next to me, in the go-forward lane, did not see me and decided she wanted to turn right from the center lane. When she moved forward, she cut into me and tore the front end of my car off.

In addition to what you can plainly see here, both headlights are destroyed, the left front quarter panel is destroyed, and both the hood and right front quarter panel have damage. The wiper fluid reservoir is destroyed, and that wheel looks like it was contacted. Who knows what else.

The other driver was cited on the spot, and her insurance company is standing up so far. No issues there.

I'll hear from the adjuster on Friday. Any guesses as to the damage?

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:36 AM
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I'll take a stab at it. 18k
Keep us posted and don't forget to name the prize!
Of course, very sorry for you loss.
Right turn from center lane? Cell phone must of been blocking her view!
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:42 AM
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:09 AM
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Honestly, I have mixed feelings. The car is a 2005, probably worth $15K. So anything above $12K might total it. But before this accident it was in near perfect shape, I still love driving it, and I was looking forward to another year or two of car payment free living.

I'm not in the financial mood to drop $60K+ on an F10 right now, so I will probably wind up leasing an F30 if it goes down. I've never driven either, so I'm not super excited. Could get there, though.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:03 AM
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If you take it to reputable body-shop that works on German imports, the insurance will total the car once the actual damage assesment comes in. E60 has extensive aluminum parts in the front, replacing hood, fender, HID lamps and potential suspension will reach BV of the car easy.

BTW, sorry to hear, it's a nice car and I also got into an accident so I know it sucks.

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Old 01-15-2013, 10:12 AM
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I'm going with totalled. Rather than going with a new F10 or F30, consider going for a lightly used E60.....they are dirt cheap right now, I'm seeing nice 2010 550s going for under 40K! 2008's like mine are in the high 20's to low 30's, even with low miles.

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Old 01-15-2013, 11:11 AM
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I'm going with totalled. Rather than going with a new F10 or F30, consider going for a lightly used E60.....they are dirt cheap right now, I'm seeing nice 2010 550s going for under 40K! 2008's like mine are in the high 20's to low 30's, even with low miles.

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Looks like I could get into a 2010 6 series for under $40 as well. Something to think about.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:42 PM
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... E60 has extensive aluminum parts in the front, replacing hood, fender, HID lamps and potential suspension will reach BV of the car easy.
You must mean salvage value. That is what they give you when car is totaled. I wish I had gotten book value on my e39 when it was totaled.

Good luck dealing with the Insurance. They are going to give you salvage plus your expenses, like rental car for a couple of weeks.
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You must mean salvage value. That is what they give you when car is totaled. I wish I had gotten book value on my e39 when it was totaled.

Good luck dealing with the Insurance. They are going to give you salvage plus your expenses, like rental car for a couple of weeks.
Not true. When your car is totaled, you'll get replacement value. But, negotiate with the insurance company, they will give you a lowball number up front. Make sure you hit them with any maintenance or repair costs that you've recently incurred, like new tires, or a major service. Start looking at what people are asking for cars like yours on the Internet or in the paper. Do your homework before they come up with an offer, and then negotiate hard.

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Honestly, I have mixed feelings. The car is a 2005, probably worth $l So anything above $12K might total it. But before this accident it was in near perfect shape, I still love driving it, and I was looking forward to another year or two of car payment free living.

I'm not in the financial mood to drop $60K+ on an F10 right now, so I will probably wind up leasing an F30 if it goes down. I've never driven either, so I'm not super excited. Could get there, though.
Mr Greer,
if you remember, I had the same car and then leased my e90. its a great car to drive but it lackss presence and space. have you considered a 2010 550?
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Mr Greer,
if you remember, I had the same car and then leased my e90. its a great car to drive but it lackss presence and space. have you considered a 2010 550?
I do remember. I'd be more likely to move over to an E63, just to have something different. I don't need my main car to be a 4-door. Those are going for a little less than I would have expected.
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I do remember. I'd be more likely to move over to an E63, just to have something different. I don't need my main car to be a 4-door. Those are going for a little less than I would have expected.
Will - Still have my E61, but picked up a 2013 E350C4 (all wheel drive coupe) for my wife. Different car than our 5 series, corners like glue, very exclusive, attention getter, smile every time I walk up to it. Hoping it will be MUCH more reliable than my car.However, it does not have anywhere near the steering feel of a BMW and the "sport" mode and paddle shifters are a JOKE compared to BMW - but my wife loves it...

Good luck with whatever you do!
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Will - Still have my E61, but picked up a 2013 E350C4 (all wheel drive coupe) for my wife. Different car than our 5 series, corners like glue, very exclusive, attention getter, smile every time I walk up to it. Hoping it will be MUCH more reliable than my car.However, it does not have anywhere near the steering feel of a BMW and the "sport" mode and paddle shifters are a JOKE compared to BMW - but my wife loves it...

Good luck with whatever you do!
If it is like my wife's E350 it should be very reliable. THe E350 is holding up much better than my car!
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Does not looks like it hit the front rails but definitely looks like the suspension could have been damaged a bit. Not sure if it will be totaled.
I guess if they find out a fair amount suspension components to be damaged then it could be totaled.

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Old 01-15-2013, 11:11 AM
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Hey, nasty accident but you're safe, which is the most important thing. Accidents happen.

That looks like somewhere in the region of $8K to $10K would be my guess. New headlamp, new bumper alone would already be in the $4,000 range. They may try to use a "recycled" bumper. The aluminum fender (I think it's aluminum) would cost probably another $1000, maybe more since it's aluminum.

Kidney grills, fog lamps, will try to be taken off your old car and re-used. Don't know if the parktronic sensors and fog lamp cords were ripped off in the accident, but the wiring may need to be replaced.

I would be surprised if it were totaled, the car is worth in the $15,000 range (assuming regular options and mileage) so it shouldn't be totaled from this accident. But I'm not an expert so I can't say for certain.
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I'm guessing $12K, and they might just total it. Bummer on the accident btw.
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My guess is $40.00 plus her right arm.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:45 PM
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Interesting; opinions are divided. I agree, it's hard to say. The hood and the right body panel may be the main variables.
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What is leaking under the car? Looking at I say 5-6 grand max. So if it's so you just lost a bunch money, because your car about worth 3-4 thousand less, then before this accident.

Look at bright side it's easy to replace with black grill sorry.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:18 PM
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What is leaking under the car? Looking at I say 5-6 grand max. So if it's so you just bunch money, because your car about worth 3-4 thousand less, then before this accident.

Look at bright side it's easy to replace with black grill sorry.
That might only be wiper fluid - the reservoir cracked in half and the line had been torn off. Could be something else too, but I couldn't tell.

Ironically, the kidneys look OK. I bet they will use those in the repair.

I think $5 - $6K is low; I can see nearly that much in parts alone on realoem, especially if the hood needs replaced. Labor, paint, etc. on top of that. I think ten grand is the over-under.
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Look at it this way. If they total it, you get sales tax on top of its value!
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