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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-08-2012, 08:05 AM
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Smashed Bumper...Suggestions?

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2002 330i, sport package.

About a year ago I hit a raccoon on the highway. It cracked my bumper, sent my fog light covers flying into the ditch, and busted up the brake duct tunnel and part of the wheel well.

I ordered new parts for everything except the bumper. All installed, all looks/works fine.

I tried to fix the bumper...used an epoxy to fix a long, 12" crack. Then I dabbed some steelblau touch-up paint to the rest of the crack.

Of course it was a poor job, after a few months the epoxy cracked, and I just have one side of the otherwise perfect bimmer's bumper hanging down a cm or so.

I hate to buy a new bumper, then take it to a shop for painting. I could install it all myself in a flash...but I certainly can't paint it.

I looked at aftermarket bumpers, everything is fine until I think about the time/money of a paint job.

Perhaps I'm venting more than anything else...just hate to spend $1000+ for a cosmetic repair on a car worth <$8000.

Maybe somebody has a E46 steelblau sport bumper they can throw on eBay for me?
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:41 AM
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I recently replaced my front bumper, and one of the options that I was considering was OEMBumpers.com. They sell refurbished OEM bumper covers, and will paint to match your paint code for an additional $175. I ended up just going to a local shop to replace, as I wanted to get a few dings on my front quarter repaired also, and just bit the bullet on the bumper cover. You're right... it was about 1000 bucks. I think the refurbished option, including paint was in the neighborhood of $400, and the install looked pretty straightforward.

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Old 10-08-2012, 11:49 AM
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I'll check out that site. One problem is the bumper also has a lot of other attached parts, like plastic grills which don't seem to snap off very easily...just a pain in the ass.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:30 PM
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I recently replaced my front bumper, and one of the options that I was considering was OEMBumpers.com. They sell refurbished OEM bumper covers, and will paint to match your paint code for an additional $175. I ended up just going to a local shop to replace, as I wanted to get a few dings on my front quarter repaired also, and just bit the bullet on the bumper cover. You're right... it was about 1000 bucks. I think the refurbished option, including paint was in the neighborhood of $400, and the install looked pretty straightforward.
What is a front quarter?

To the OP, try car-part.com for a used bumper.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:54 PM
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Keep your eyes open for part outs or bumpers for sale on the classifieds and Craigslist

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Old 10-09-2012, 06:44 AM
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Thanks guys.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:17 AM
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all of those plastic pieces will snap out and can be reused on the new/refurbished cover. I didn't have too much trouble removing all of that stuff...just take your time and work carefully so you don't damage anything you need to re-use. I know I read some DIY's before I started that were helpful.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:20 AM
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[QUOTE=prostock;7121894]What is a front quarter?

I was referring to the front quarter panel, or front fender.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:02 PM
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Well, I took a middle route again. I took off the bumper and dropped it at a body shop to try and mend the cracks. They did a pretty decent job, no painting required. $160 for the body work. I wouldn't suggest it for a newer car, but 10+ years and 115k, $160 was the right price.
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