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Old 11-14-2012, 06:08 AM
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I have a 2010 e90 335xi I need some parts. I wish to learn as much as possible.












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Old 11-14-2012, 07:14 AM
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Not sure I understand the question. You bought this car for parts? How can we help?
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:17 AM
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I bought it to fix. I can't find any parts and I don't want to go to the dealer just yet. This is going to be my personal car.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:31 AM
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Ah, gotcha. So, how can we help?
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:48 AM
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:50 AM
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I bought it to fix. I can't find any parts and I don't want to go to the dealer just yet. This is going to be my personal car.

What did you pay; where?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:02 AM
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8500 copart. From Houston. Do you guys know if anyone is parting theirs out?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:05 AM
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There's a very good thread on here about a kid re-building a car in similar shape. Perhaps you can PM him to ask some questions of him.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=607190
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:07 AM
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Your best bet is to call the biggest salvage yard in your area. All of then are interconnected on the web now, and if one of them can't get it for you they can tell you who can.
Who is going to do the labor?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:18 AM
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I'm not sure yet. I kind of want to do as much as I can aside from painting. I think I can do everything but paint and radiator support. Doors I can take off and swap everything over. And hood and fender and headlight I can take off and mount. Hopefully it won't need to be pulled. Thanks guys!
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:29 AM
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We have like two tiny rinkadink salvage yards around. And most cars are American and Japanese. So find these bimmer parts is going to be hard.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:46 AM
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We have like two tiny rinkadink salvage yards around. And most cars are American and Japanese. So find these bimmer parts is going to be hard.
We can't get the parts for you, you're going to have to search the internet if you're out in East Puckerbrush, Arkansas. Start with LKQ, 1 800-439-3080. They might not be in your area but they can give you an idea of what's available.
The job you are thinking of doing requires a great deal of time, skill and experience. And money. You can bet it's going to need a pull. That's why it was totalled by the insurance company.
Just out of curiousity, what's your budget?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:51 AM
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First order of business is to put plastic over the broken window(s), and protect your nice saddle brown leather interior, as well as the interior electronics. The doors are probably available used. I am guessing you will have to buy the hood and radiator support new (dealer).

If you are not already a member of the the BMW Car Club, you may want to join. It will get you a discount on the dealer-only items, and the monthly magazine Roundel always has a lot of technical ideas. Sorry for the shameless plug.

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I want to spend around 15000 on the whole car buying it and fixing. I am going to call Lkq. And they are a hour away from me so no big deal there. I am going to pick it up tomorrow and see if the window is broken. I did not see glass in the pictures. I and going to put a tarp over it. If there is no window. Hopefully it is not too bad. I have to drive down to Houston which is like 6 and a half hours away. Once it is on the truck I am going to try to start it and try to put up the window.

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Your best bet is to call the biggest salvage yard in your area. All of then are interconnected on the web now, and if one of them can't get it for you they can tell you who can.
Who is going to do the labor?
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:13 AM
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I have looked at car-part. And the parts are insane. 1500 for a headlight. I mean f**k.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:17 AM
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I have looked at car-part. And the parts are insane. 1500 for a headlight. I mean f**k.
I'm sure you can call the salvage yard directly and negotiate. As you mentioned with your local salvage yards, there are far few E90 BMWs available than there are American and Japanese models.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:37 AM
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I'm not sure yet. I kind of want to do as much as I can aside from painting. I think I can do everything but paint and radiator support. Doors I can take off and swap everything over. And hood and fender and headlight I can take off and mount. Hopefully it won't need to be pulled. Thanks guys!
When you work on the doors, don't reuse any of the trim panel fasteners and consider replacing the vapor barriers as well. Buy all new fasteners and the sealing washers that go with them. Saving a few bucks here will cause you no end of water leak headaches later.

That's a nice car; I hope you can resurrect it. I notice some scavengers already pinched the roundels and side marker lamps...nice. I see from the photos that it's an xDrive--is there any suspension damage in the front end? If the right front wheel took a hit--and I don't see how it could have avoided it--you will probably want (need) to replace the half-shaft/CV joints assembly at that corner. I would be worried about the front diff and maybe the transfer case too. None of those components are especially fond of being overstressed in unusual directions. You could just wait to see if any of it fails later, when your checkbook has recovered a bit. But at least inspect it all.

$8500 for the car, targeting another $6500 for repairs? I wish you luck with the project but I think that budget is going to be tight. Hood, fender (is the left one repairable?), front bumper cover & all grilles/trim parts, bumper structure and supports, airbag(s?), two doors, glass, radiator, A/C condenser, engine fan, intercooler, wheel arch, headlight assembly (NOT cheap)...and that's just the obvious stuff. Plus a little sheetmetal work at the right rear quarter panel, plus a unibody pull...and a couple hundred for a four-wheel alignment when you're done. I hope you've lined up a friend to do the paint & bodywork.

As floyd suggested, you need to PM rubberismoney on this board and talk to him. He brought a 335 back from the dead--in worse shape than yours IIRC--and if anyone here can help you source such a wide array of expensive parts without breaking the bank, it's him.

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OP, a budget of 15K is extremely tight and in my opinion not doable unless you own a body shop and don't add the labor into the cost.
Is the car a recovered theft? If so, can anyone vouch for the engine and transmission?
You need to do your homework before buying this wreck. It could end up costing you more than you are willing to invest. Take the 15K and buy yourself a nice older 328, or if you want some Zip, buy an E46 M which might need a little work. You'd have a clean title on a sharp BMW which will only go up in value.
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The wheel does not appear to be touched so hopefully I don't have to worry about the differential. I already bought it yesterday. Everything should be fine. That was just a ball park figure.

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Yeah, I don't think you can do it for $6500. Rough rule of thumb for body-shop work is $1k/panel. You've got 5 panels (hood, bumper, fender, two doors). But you've also got problems in the front end with radiators and stuff (mentioned by others) and there is no way to get used for those. And the airbag itself is probably $500.

As a couple have mentioned, the unibody is probably damaged and you will need an EXPERT shop. You may not be aware, but the front structure is two post-like affairs attached to either side of the structural firewall. Those structures are attached using a special jig and tools - you DO NOT have them, and shops that do charge a lot. Just fixing that is likely to be $2k-$3k by itself (my estimate from seeing other crash threads.)
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We can't get the parts for you, you're going to have to search the internet if you're out in East Puckerbrush, Arkansas. Start with LKQ, 1 800-439-3080. They might not be in your area but they can give you an idea of what's available.
The job you are thinking of doing requires a great deal of time, skill and experience. And money. You can bet it's going to need a pull. That's why it was totalled by the insurance company.
Just out of curiousity, what's your budget?

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OP, there are central sites for auto dismantlers, which is what you want, to obtain specific car parts. Seek! Ye shall find....

You might want to make good friends w/your local body shop guys - gonna need that.

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Old 11-14-2012, 11:29 AM
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My shop used do body work so I have all the tools to do the job. My uncle has a body shop and a friend of the family has one too. So if I need help. They will be the first to know. Are there any problems I should know about with the E90s?

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Yeah, I don't think you can do it for $6500. Rough rule of thumb for body-shop work is $1k/panel. You've got 5 panels (hood, bumper, fender, two doors). But you've also got problems in the front end with radiators and stuff (mentioned by others) and there is no way to get used for those. And the airbag itself is probably $500.

As a couple have mentioned, the unibody is probably damaged and you will need an EXPERT shop. You may not be aware, but the front structure is two post-like affairs attached to either side of the structural firewall. Those structures are attached using a special jig and tools - you DO NOT have them, and shops that do charge a lot. Just fixing that is likely to be $2k-$3k by itself (my estimate from seeing other crash threads.)
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My shop used do body work so I have all the tools to do the job. My uncle has a body shop and a friend of the family has one too. So if I need help. They will be the first to know. Are there any problems I should know about with the E90s?
Never underestimate what an Arkansan might have in his backyard! ....or front yard for that matter.
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Besides the HPFP failing.
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