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Old 10-03-2019, 09:19 PM
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Hello all! I have a dilemma, and am looking for input and answers from all of you that know WAY more than we do! My son owns, what once was, an absolutely immaculate and gorgeous 2002 M3 soft top convertible. It was just a beautiful and superior running car. On April 1st he was driving back to Washington State from Lake Havasu, Arizona. While going through Nevada, in the dark, he struck a wild horse. The horse damaged the front drivers side of the front of the car - went through the windshield and directly into my sons face/neck. The car did its job and protected him the best it could. My son received massive head injuries and was not expected to survive. However - he did. The front drivers side of the hood of the car was damaged, the dash pushed off, the top ripped off (horse went through the top and then flew out of the back of the car). The car has new tires with less than 5,000 miles, car was still running when first responders and life flight arrived. My son LOVED this car and spent months looking for it. My husband actually payed to get it out of the lot they took it to, and to have it shipped home to Washington State. That car was so special to our son - we wanted him to be able to decide what to do with it if he survived. Well. My son has decided he now wants a larger car. And therefor - he has decided to sell this car. Does anyone have any idea what this may be worth? Oh. And wheels are dipped in these photos to protect them for the drive. I attached a before photo at the end that shows the wheels not dipped.
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:39 PM
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It still runs and moves? Nothing wrong with mechanics? Not sure If it's worth to be fixed, but good M3 parts are worth some money for sure.
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:19 AM
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If you're willing to put forth the time and effort, you could part the car out for far more than what it would be worth by rebuilding it.

Also, in order to get a rebuilt title for it, there are all kinds of hoops you have to jump through.
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:16 AM
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Titling and insurance laws vary by state so you'd have to check what troubles that will cause you (or whoever you sell it to) but fixing that much damage isn't worth it. Take out all the good parts and sell them including the wheels although you may need a cheap set to put on to send the shell off for scrap.

Not surprised he wants a bigger car after that. Glad to hear he made it.

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Old 10-04-2019, 10:38 AM
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If you're willing to put forth the time and effort, you could part the car out for far more than what it would be worth by rebuilding it.

Also, in order to get a rebuilt title for it, there are all kinds of hoops you have to jump through.
This ^^^

First, glad your son survived and I hope he fully recovers. I see those wild horses on a regular basis and while they are beautiful to watch, this sort of thing can happen.

This car has sustained dramatic structural damage. I don't see any reasonable method to fix the structural damage and wind up with a car that will do its job again in the event of a subsequent moderate to high impact collision.

At this point you have three choices:
- Part it out yourselves. You can sell engine trans and it looks like the passenger side and rear panels may be intact as well as the wheels as you point out (not sure they are original E46 M3 wheels though). That is what will yield you the most return.
- Sell the car as a whole to either a local BMW shop or advertise it on Roundel . Bimmerfest for an enthusiast who is looking for engine and trans.
- Sell it for scrap. That would be last resort because price of scrap is low and you will get several times the return with either option above.

Good luck.
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Old 10-04-2019, 05:43 PM
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You guys are AWESOME! I am fully aware we cannot rebuild. The car was traveling 73 mph when it struck the horse and ended up going airborne for a significant length before landing. We have a guy looking at it (someone we don't know) who is saying he wants to pay us like $500. The car actually stills turns on and the new tires are more valuable than that. Pretty much both sides and rear of car are blemish free (minus front drivers side quarter panel and the hood of course). The dash and drivers seat are obviously toast as well. The support bar across the windshield I know is a critical part that is destroyed as we can all see (and also cut my sons throat nearly ear to ear) but I feel as if we could get more.?.?.?. I just don't want to be hasty in dumping for nothing - yet don't want the emotional ties to it (by my son) to be thinking it's parts are worth more than they truly are. Thank you all for the well wishes for my son and I will look into this other forum. Side note - the Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper on scene said that the car did everything it was supposed to - and if he had been in any regular convertible he would absolutely not have survived. BMW is certainly engineered with safety in mind!
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:18 AM
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So glad your son is alive, God is a miracle worker and obviously has a plan for him!

The engine and trans and differential alone are worth $3500-5000.00. Interior pieces can be salvaged and sold as well. Let me put it another way, I parted out my wrecked 2002 BMW 330i (non m) and sold the engine and trans for $1000, the wheels for $400, the brakes for $150, the seats and some interior pieces for $400, the headlights for $200 and various other stuff. All told I made $2200 and the insurance company wanted to give me $300 for it.

DONT sell it for $500!
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:31 AM
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Smolk- THANK YOU for the words about my son!!! We agree whole heartedly and I cannot express how like minded we are in regards for the plans for my son. I have talked to all first responders and the med team on the helicopter (I tracked them all down to personally thank them) everyone of them said he should not have survived his injuries - and they didn't believe he would. Even the Doctors at the, AMAZING hospital he was airlifted to, told us they did not think he would survive long enough for us to get to Utah. He was gifted a miracle!

But I also wish to thank you for the information about the car! This car is sooo important to my son (once he came out of the coma it was the only thing he was upset about after we explained what happened to him). He LOVES this car. He absolutely had to have THIS generation of M3 and he truly babies and cherished it. BUT - with that being said - we realize we can't "fix" it. And it's very hard to "see" it. However, as I stated, we just didn't want to give it away. It took him from April until now to decide to let the car go. But we weren't sure how to proceed or what to ask for. Your post, and the others, really helped me to see what we could potentially get for various parts and answered all of my questions!

Thank you to all of you who took the time to respond - I come to this site all the time to find answers to anything going on with my 330I and I just knew you all could help us out on this!!!
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Old 10-07-2019, 05:16 AM
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I have been casually looking for an M3 thatís been totaled to take out all the parts and install in my wagon. Iím not serious about it yet but from what Iíve seen, you should expect to get from 6-7.5 k for the entire car depending on what has been damaged on the interior. (You need a good steering wheel and gauge cluster to do a proper swap)


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Old 10-07-2019, 06:38 AM
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I vote you buy an E30 and put the S54 in it. Your son will lose his mind.
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