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Old 06-05-2009, 03:50 PM   #1
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1999 323i New Hood and Grille $1500?

HI guys,
I have a dent in my hood apparently they can't fix. I've been told and double checked myself that hoods are around $450-500 (even carbon fiber ones).
The guys wants to charge $450 for the hood and $42/hr and he said it would take 3 days. To a total of: $1500.
He told me the hood and grill would be brand new from a BMW dealer.
Do you guys know of a better cheaper way to get the hood on?
Would a BMW dealer be cheaper as they would do it in less hours as they have more man power.
Any advice?

If anyone works at BMW and can give me an average idea of what it would cost.

I live in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA so if you know a good repair spot around here let me know

Thank you for your help in advance!
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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So you need a replacement hood installed and painted? That sounds about right for insurance work. But you should be able to get an indy shop to work with you. My shop is over by the Anaheim Pond and can do that job cheaper. Either get a used hood from someone in the area that has gone CF. Or get a CF hood and have it painted. I'm sure others have shops in your L.A. area. I think member Painterdude likely can help you out too. If you get a slightly flawed CF hood from one of the sponsors in your area, it might be a good idea since it'll be painted over anyway.
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To add, I think the dealership would be more expensive in every circumstance. $120 hr and book time would be over $2000.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:57 PM   #4
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Is the grill broken? If it isn't then there's no need to replace it.

Buy a used hood off eBay and have it painted. BING I just saved you $1000.
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Another option, if you are into the CF look, is to go with the Vorsteiner Hood and leave it unpainted. The part would run a bit less and you would not need to paint it.

Vorsteiner E46 Sedan Vented Race Hood
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:18 PM   #6
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isn't that a little much for a hood? I thought hoods were $400 plus paint...
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:25 PM   #7
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another option, if you are into the cf look, is to go with the vorsteiner hood and leave it unpainted. The part would run a bit less and you would not need to paint it.

vorsteiner e46 sedan vented race hood
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:05 AM   #8
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Hey Jlevi street works....On your website for the e46 sedan I saw that there is a "sealed vent" option. Is this a website error or is this true? Please let me know because I might cancel my order with another place and buy yours instead. I want sealed vent
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