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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 09-27-2012, 07:33 PM
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Unhappy Why oh why... my poor baby was hit

I am sad to say my beloved car was hit yesterday. I know, it can be fixed, and the other car (a Malibu) was way worse off, but it hurts non the less. I have had this car for over 8 years, and never even had a door ding. It breaks my heart that this happened to it. I am just starting the process to see about the insurance and all. I am worried it may be written off, it is after all an 11 year old car with 162,000 miles, but I love it and don't want to lose it. Hard to tell from the photos, but the quarter panel is buckled. Anyway, I don't post here often, but have been a member and reader for many years, and I thought you would understand the sadness I feel for this happening to my wonderful car.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:38 PM
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Sorry, but given age and miles likely totaled.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:21 PM
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:24 PM
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its tough to see one of our kind in that state.. hope she gets fixed and is on the road soon! after all it would be terrible to just leave an e46 with that engine for dead after 11 years
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:52 PM
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I am sad to say my beloved car was hit yesterday. I know, it can be fixed, and the other car (a Malibu) was way worse off, but it hurts non the less. I have had this car for over 8 years, and never even had a door ding. It breaks my heart that this happened to it. I am just starting the process to see about the insurance and all. I am worried it may be written off, it is after all an 11 year old car with 162,000 miles, but I love it and don't want to lose it. Hard to tell from the photos, but the quarter panel is buckled. Anyway, I don't post here often, but have been a member and reader for many years, and I thought you would understand the sadness I feel for this happening to my wonderful car.
sorry about that
given the differences in countries, u'r accident is barely considered as a "ding" where i am, dealers in my country get total loss vehicles, fix them and sell them as "like new" vehicles
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:19 AM
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I am sad to say my beloved car was hit yesterday. I know, it can be fixed, and the other car (a Malibu) was way worse off, but it hurts non the less. I have had this car for over 8 years, and never even had a door ding. It breaks my heart that this happened to it. I am just starting the process to see about the insurance and all. I am worried it may be written off, it is after all an 11 year old car with 162,000 miles, but I love it and don't want to lose it. Hard to tell from the photos, but the quarter panel is buckled. Anyway, I don't post here often, but have been a member and reader for many years, and I thought you would understand the sadness I feel for this happening to my wonderful car.
Ouch! I definately feel your pain. Still have my 1st Bimmer, '92 318ic (now for 16 yrs.) & my 2nd Bimmer, '88 325 (now for 15 yrs. but UP FOR SALE) & our new-to-us '01 325xi that we've had for a grand total of 4 weeks now. I still am very careful where I park even the '88 & '92 so I completely understand.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:48 PM
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Sorry, but given age and miles likely totaled.
No it's not.

OP sorry for your trouble. That will be an easy repair. You'll never know it happened.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:48 PM
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Hurts to look at that, but not only repairable, but affordable, even if your insurance tries to total.
If you can afford it, I'd fix it. (as long as the rest of the car isn't going south fast.)
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:26 AM
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My Xi with similar milage got ripped up and they still repaired it, a good body shop can work miracles.



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Old 09-29-2012, 07:27 AM
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Thanks everyone, I knew you would understand. I am happy to hear most of you think it will be repairable. This car is very well cared for, mechanically sound, and I just plain love the car, so I want to keep it. The other guys insurance has called me, but we are playing phone tag. I'll keep you posted on how that plays out.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:28 AM
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And Gryphon, I just cringed looking at your photos - glad to hear you were fixed up!!
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:05 AM
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And Gryphon, I just cringed looking at your photos - glad to hear you were fixed up!!
Same here!
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:07 AM
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And Gryphon, I just cringed looking at your photos - glad to hear you were fixed up!!
Looks brand new now, $7k worth of damage and four out of five body panels replaced. Yeah my wife's Xi and a VW CC met up as she was driving by and the CC was backing out. The CC's bumper support hooked and the rest was carnage. Upon first seeing it I thought "wow I can swap the window regulator without messing with the vapor barrier now."
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:04 PM
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Upon first seeing it I thought "wow I can swap the window regulator without messing with the vapor barrier now."
Talk about looking at the bright side!!
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:01 PM
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Upon first seeing it I thought "wow I can swap the window regulator without messing with the vapor barrier now."
That DIY reads: step one, shred the side of your car. Most forum members prefer to use the bumper of a VW for this...
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:30 PM
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It's home!

I am happy to report that I got my car back yesterday - it turned out to be $4200 in damage, but they did a FANTASTIC job fixing it and honestly, you can not tell anything was done. I am so happy to have my car back. Not a squeak or rattle (so far) and it drives just like normal. I found a shop that specialized in doing higher end cars, and came recommended by my indy mechanic. It's good to have it home, and I look forward to many more years and miles of enjoyment.

Being without it for a month while it was repaired just reminded me how wonderful a car this is, and how much I love it.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:20 PM
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:28 AM
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Sorry to hear your about your accident. Definitely work with your insurance company to get it sorted out. Good luck, hope it all works out.
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I am happy to report that I got my car back yesterday - it turned out to be $4200 in damage, but they did a FANTASTIC job fixing it and honestly, you can not tell anything was done. I am so happy to have my car back. Not a squeak or rattle (so far) and it drives just like normal. I found a shop that specialized in doing higher end cars, and came recommended by my indy mechanic. It's good to have it home, and I look forward to many more years and miles of enjoyment.

Being without it for a month while it was repaired just reminded me how wonderful a car this is, and how much I love it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:38 PM
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Glad to hear all work out well. I was in the same situation as you a few years ago. Dealing with Insurance adjusters is just a nightmare, at least in my case.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:58 AM
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I am happy to report that I got my car back yesterday - it turned out to be $4200 in damage, but they did a FANTASTIC job fixing it and honestly, you can not tell anything was done. I am so happy to have my car back. Not a squeak or rattle (so far) and it drives just like normal. I found a shop that specialized in doing higher end cars, and came recommended by my indy mechanic. It's good to have it home, and I look forward to many more years and miles of enjoyment.

Being without it for a month while it was repaired just reminded me how wonderful a car this is, and how much I love it.
awesome!!!

Now you have to post some before and after pictures
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:19 AM
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I am happy to report that I got my car back yesterday - it turned out to be $4200 in damage, but they did a FANTASTIC job fixing it and honestly, you can not tell anything was done. I am so happy to have my car back. Not a squeak or rattle (so far) and it drives just like normal. I found a shop that specialized in doing higher end cars, and came recommended by my indy mechanic. It's good to have it home, and I look forward to many more years and miles of enjoyment.

Being without it for a month while it was repaired just reminded me how wonderful a car this is, and how much I love it.
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