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Old 04-03-2013, 11:12 PM
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Interesting. So someone said he could do it if he could gain access to the area? So the aluminum isn't the issue.

My guy Francesco learned his trade in West Gemany almost 30 years ago. I call him the miracle worker. He's saved me thousands upon thousands of dollars over the years.

Would it really cost more than 1,300 bucks to break down the door enough to get to the panel? (I'm factoring in 200 dollars for the PDR guy).
So I went for my appointment at the body shop. He was supposed to fix the dent by traditional methods and then repaint. After doing the paperwork, the main repair guy came out. He rushed to the manager and whispered "we cant work on this, it is aluminum. We don't work on Aluminum". Ergo, replace the skin. Painting + Skin = $2300. I courteously told him that I would call back and left.

Driving out, the above quote came into mind. Drove down to a shop that claims to specialize in Bimmers and Audis. Guy looked and said, yes I can do PDR. But there are some access issues with the new 5 series. I need to pull down some parts to access the parts. Gave me an estimate of $650 ($700 including taxes). I have an appointment on the 15th. What do you guys think?

Edit: Just looked at the details in the estimate. It does not look like PDR. Something else for fixing the dent.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:50 PM
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Replace door skin???? BMW don't sale door skins.. Door skin is just the out side part
Of the door.... Most likely they wanted to put a door shell (Replace Door) wrong!!!!
For the PDR that is a lot of money.... All he needs to do is to remove the door trim panelIf so.... That is crazy $700
If you want a nice job, that dent can be repair whit a dent puller (dent fix) has a Aluminum Dent Repair System....
That any good body shop should have... BMW has certified body shops
Dent on the door is not a problem, when it comes to aluminum panels that are welded
Then you need a name body shop.... Contact your BMW dealer ask for the body shop they refer
Customers... Your dent should be in the $1000 dollars including blending the rear door

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Old 04-04-2013, 01:49 PM
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Aluminum Shmoominum

I had an awful dent on my aluminum hood on my 535 repaired by my PDR guy and it is perfect. It was partially on the crease too. The aluminum is not such a big issue. You need to call a few other PDR guys. That looks fixable or at least improvable to me. Maybe access is the issue.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:10 PM
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Done!

Got the car back on Friday. It looks perfect. I was busy over the weekend so could not take pictures. But here they are. The dent is gone and nothing noticeable. Due to lighting the pic qualities are not great but hopefully you can see the crease restored.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:53 PM
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:31 AM
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Got the car back on Friday. It looks perfect. I was busy over the weekend so could not take pictures. But here they are. The dent is gone and nothing noticeable. Due to lighting the pic qualities are not great but hopefully you can see the crease restored.
Nice. Can you give us the details on what they did? Any paint?
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:55 AM
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From what I understand

He had to take down part of the door to get access to the dent. Then he used a tool (dent repair kit?) to bang out / pull out the dent and then do a touch up of paint work. here was no need to paint the entire door or multiple panels. He did mention that he had the requisite tools to work on aluminum.

The work was done by the owner of the shop. Before he came along, the senior guy on the floor was almost sure that dent pulling would not work on aluminum.

All said, it cost me about $700 and took three days at the shop.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:06 PM
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One more pic

Slightly better lighting. Comparing with the pic in the first post you can see the difference.

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Great result. My PDR guy managed to repair mine without a trace. Aluminum can be repaired.
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