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Old 05-28-2009, 07:39 PM
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dont back your e93 into a pole

one of my recent e93 experiences. yes the top is missing...
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Ouch. Hey #1, do you know what the repair estimate cost is?
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about 10 grand to remove the retractable hardtop, straighten the rear frame-rails, repaint, reinstall the retractable hardtop and trunk lid, 26 grand to replace the retractible hardtop if the top is down and gets damaged during a collision, this top was up and was not damaged... the top costs about 15 grand.$$$
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about 10 grand to remove the retractable hardtop, straighten the rear frame-rails, repaint, reinstall the retractable hardtop and trunk lid, 26 grand to replace the retractible hardtop if the top is down and gets damaged during a collision, this top was up and was not damaged... the top costs about 15 grand.$$$
Double whoa!
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about 10 grand to remove the retractable hardtop, straighten the rear frame-rails, repaint, reinstall the retractable hardtop and trunk lid, 26 grand to replace the retractible hardtop if the top is down and gets damaged during a collision, this top was up and was not damaged... the top costs about 15 grand.$$$
Define "backing into a pole".

Your "backing into a pole" to me sounds like what I would describe as "slamming violently into a pole".

Wow, that's crazy....do you have a picture of the damage before the repair work started?
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one of my recent e93 experiences. yes the top is missing...
I take it BMW Ultimate Service didn't cover that one?

Good luck- that's a bummer, totally feel for ya
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I take it BMW Ultimate Service didn't cover that one?

Good luck- that's a bummer, totally feel for ya
Just to clarify, I assume the OP is seeing this as a repair job in his shop, and providing sage advice.

No doubt the responsible party is bummed out.
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at least it's probably easy to 'total' the car in an accident, since teh cost of teh top is so substantial, the car insurance company would probably just total it.
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about 10 grand to remove the retractable hardtop, straighten the rear frame-rails, repaint, reinstall the retractable hardtop and trunk lid, 26 grand to replace the retractible hardtop if the top is down and gets damaged during a collision, this top was up and was not damaged... the top costs about 15 grand.$$$
Holy schnikies! Hope it all works out ok for you.
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The pic includes a custom jig or fixture used during the straightening process. Do you guys have a lot of these for different cars and different straightening needs? I'm very familiar with frame alignment equipment which does bottom and side pulls, and is used as a 'zero' measuring point. I've never seen this sophisticated stuff before. Neat.
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Wow - guess I will cancel my plans to do that later today!
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Old 05-31-2009, 01:53 AM
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Just to clarify, I assume the OP is seeing this as a repair job in his shop, and providing sage advice.

No doubt the responsible party is bummed out.
what's OP?
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The pic includes a custom jig or fixture used during the straightening process. Do you guys have a lot of these for different cars and different straightening needs? I'm very familiar with frame alignment equipment which does bottom and side pulls, and is used as a 'zero' measuring point. I've never seen this sophisticated stuff before. Neat.
this jig sets the adjustment of the retractable hardtop so that it's perfectly aligned to the body once installed. this jig is only for E93 convertibles... as far as frame straightening, we dont pull anything back into place, if a frame rail is bent it must be carefully cut out and replaced due to the crumple zones, they can only take one hit,
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at least it's probably easy to 'total' the car in an accident, since teh cost of teh top is so substantial, the car insurance company would probably just total it.
this is a $60,000 car, so it would take approximately 45,000 to total it, i haven't seen one get totaled yet...
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Given that:
A. crash damage tends to ripple through any modern automobile like a wave on water, and that
B. there are significant issues with rear deck resonance, micro-switch alignment and top sealing in the E93 already..
I would NOT want to be the owner of this car. No aspersions being cast on the skills of #1bmwtech, who I'm sure is doing a fine job, and to the best of his ability.

In a thread some months ago, some numbers for complete top replacement were being thrown around. Neighborhood of $20k if I remember correctly. That about right #1b?
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Given that:
A. crash damage tends to ripple through any modern automobile like a wave on water, and that
B. there are significant issues with rear deck resonance, micro-switch alignment and top sealing in the E93 already..
I would NOT want to be the owner of this car. No aspersions being cast on the skills of #1bmwtech, who I'm sure is doing a fine job, and to the best of his ability.

In a thread some months ago, some numbers for complete top replaceent were being thrown around. Neighborhood of $20k if I remember correctly. That about right #1b?
Hey boothguy. My feeling is that the "roof" is actually a roof module which contains all the bells, whistles and roof mechanism and panels. The jig shown in the pic gets the foundation into precise position for the module. The module is then placed onto its foundation and basically just electrically connected. No doubt I have way oversimplified, but #1tech can let us know.
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Backed in a pole??..more like backed into the entire county of Poland
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