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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 07-27-2013, 11:41 PM
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So I get water in my trunk due to my trunk lid not sitting flush due to an accident (was like this when I bought the car) I thought it was the antenna grommet at first. I got lucky and was able to get a matching trunk like for $75. I swap it out but cannot close the trunk.this is when I realize that the body of the car itself is damaged. Not very noticeable until I put on the new lid. I'm pissed because I'm sure it's goin to cost a grip to fix.Click image for larger version

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I'm sure it's hard to judge based on the pic but anyone have an idea on how much this might cost?


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Old 07-28-2013, 09:47 AM
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Even a pro body and fender guy would consider it an impossible task to make you a ballpark guess without examining the car in person. There's too much else that can have been affected by that ding, like the trunk lid hinge arm/mounting point is probably shoved forward on that side. That may be why you can't shut the trunk lid now, too.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:33 PM
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Yea I know it's tuff to estimate. Never hurts to ask tho...u just hope it's not too serious


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Old 07-31-2013, 12:06 PM
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It certainly wouldn't hurt to take the tail light out, remove the trunk lining in that area, and get a block of wood in there to smack a few times with a hammer. You should be able to knock it out enough to get the trunk lid to close....

And you are currently leaking for sure at the tail light. Quite often water runs around the trunk seal (like it's supposed to) and runs right into the trunk behind the tail lights. With the gasket exposed like that yours is leaking for sure. A new seal is $14.95 but it unless you can straighten out the tail panel it's not going to seal properly.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:15 PM
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Is the damage on the rear side, corner, or the tail? I know it is possible to replace the entire tail panel of the car. It's a cut and weld-in type of affair, but it can be done. Rear fenders are tougher, but also possible. i'm talking worst case scenario here--your damage doesn't look that bad.
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:04 PM
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And you are currently leaking for sure at the tail light. Quite often water runs around the trunk seal (like it's supposed to) and runs right into the trunk behind the tail lights. With the gasket exposed like that yours is leaking for sure. A new seal is $14.95 but it unless you can straighten out the tail panel it's not going to seal properly.
That gasket looks like it was pretty much gone to begin with, long past due for a replacement, but, yeah, it's pouring rain in there now..

I agree 100% on knocking some of the dent out with a board and hammer. Just don't overdo it and ding it the other way.
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To pin point the leak get in the boot with a torch and get a mate to start low with a garden hose and work their way up until the water comes in. Then hope they will be kind and open the boot and let you out again..........
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:42 AM
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FatherFigure, are you related ?
When I was a kid my dad used to lock me in the trunk with a torch and then drive on a gravel road to see where dust was coming in
If you think that is going too far, let me tell you that this was on new luxury cars, such as Beemers, Merc's etc.
Since then I have been waiting for a car to come out with a boot, that you can open from the inside
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:54 AM
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Even a pro body and fender guy would consider it an impossible task to make you a ballpark guess without examining the car in person. There's too much else that can have been affected by that ding, like the trunk lid hinge arm/mounting point is probably shoved forward on that side. That may be why you can't shut the trunk lid now, too.
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FatherFigure, are you related ?
When I was a kid my dad used to lock me in the trunk with a torch and then drive on a gravel road to see where dust was coming in
If you think that is going too far, let me tell you that this was on new luxury cars, such as Beemers, Merc's etc.
Since then I have been waiting for a car to come out with a boot, that you can open from the inside
I have been told smoke bombs also work very well. Of course one should remove all flammable things before such a exercise.
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