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Old 02-24-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Unhappy e46 2000 328ci front end damage! HELP!

Hey all I recently had some front end damage to my car and its not pretty. The front brackets that hold the radiator, headlights, and hood catches are bent. Luckily from what I can tell my radiator survived. My bmper pretty much came out undamaged due to the fact that my car is lowered. I was able to remove my headlights but before I did I tested them and amazingly they still light up and stay on. I'll try and salvage them if I can. But just in case any recommendations on replacements and where I can buy them from? Brands, price?

So on to the problem. I need to pretty much take apart the entire front end of the car bumper included. I've never done this before and could really use thorough details, walkthroughs and tips. This is my first BMW so please bear with me. Please look through my pictures and take your time in looking at the damage and feel free to comment with your insight.

Hope to hear f you guys soon!
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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Hey all I recently had some front end damage to my car and its not pretty. The front brackets that hold the radiator, headlights, and hood catches are bent. Luckily from what I can tell my radiator survived. My bmper pretty much came out undamaged due to the fact that my car is lowered. I was able to remove my headlights but before I did I tested them and amazingly they still light up and stay on. I'll try and salvage them if I can. But just in case any recommendations on replacements and where I can buy them from? Brands, price?

So on to the problem. I need to pretty much take apart the entire front end of the car bumper included. I've never done this before and could really use thorough details, walkthroughs and tips. This is my first BMW so please bear with me. Please look through my pictures and take your time in looking at the damage and feel free to comment with your insight.

Hope to hear f you guys soon!

First step is to have a body shop inspect the vehicle and make sure there isn't any frame damage
-if there's frame damage you need to know in advance so you have an idea what you'll be up against

Second step is look at realoem.com
http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...97&hg=41&fg=10
Then move into section 51 and look at front bumper

Definitely needs front rad support, mounting hardware, front fenders, hood, cooling system parts, headlights and the list keeps growing

HTH Phil
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. Frame damage is highly unlikely because the hit was directly to the hood. Coolant leaked everywhere so Im guessing either the coolant overflow tank or hoses are shot. Took a pretty good look at my radiator and it seems to be just fine. The front rad support is pretty bent but Im almost positive that it can be reused. Hood is a for sure swap. Fenders are straight and came out unscathed. Thankfully my car sits about 4in from the ground so when it hit, the hood, front rad and headlight supports and plastics directly behind the kidney grills took the brunt of the hit. Alos noticed the fan that sits directly behind the radiator has some damage but seems intact. Almost looks like the plastic surrounding cracked but the actual fan is intact. I'll try and somehow fashion together some sort of bracket or support to reuse my HID Bixenon headlights. The actual lights seemed to operate just fine. They have some cracks and all tabs are broken. Front lenses are shot and will for sure need to be replaced but I figured its worth a shot and a hellova lot cheaper then buying new ones. Car turns on and I actually drove it from around the block to my backyard without any issues (aside from the fan getting caught up every now and then). I'll keep this thread posted and may even do a write up for DIY if I can somehow manage to salvage the headlights. Thanks again and please keep this thread going!
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