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Old 04-11-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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2001 325xi exterior advice (pics)

So I'm thinking about buying my friend's mid-year 2001 325xi. I posted this thread to get advice on the state of the interior. Thought I'd do the same for the exterior.

Here are the exterior cosmetic problems I found:
  • a couple very small rust spots on the hood and front right quarter panel
  • a small dent in the left rear quarter panel
  • a small puncture below the rubber strip on the rear bumper
  • the panel beneath the left quarter panel (behind the left rear wheel) is becoming separated from the quarter panel

Here's a close-up of a couple of the rust spots. I should have put a penny next to it for scale. I reckon the larger spot is about 5mm wide.


Dent in the quarter panel; any way to knock that guy out?


Puncture in the bumper. Any DIY way of fixing it?


Finally, the separating panel. I didn't get underneath and have a look. Is this as simple as tightening a nut?


Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:59 PM   #2
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-Looks like normal rock chips, touch it up

-Painless dent removal guy can probably take the ding out, then touch it up.

-Touch up the scratches.

-Probably easier to buy a used bumper in your same color.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:53 PM   #3
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-Probably easier to buy a used bumper in your same color.
To clarify, are you sugessting this as the solution to the gap between the rear quarter panel and the bumper?
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:57 PM   #4
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i had the same problem with my bumper. its just a clip that snapped that holds it up im pretty sure. i did some body work and the guy at the shop did it for free for me. he told me it was just a plastic clip thingie.

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To clarify, are you sugessting this as the solution to the gap between the rear quarter panel and the bumper?
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:05 PM   #5
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heres some pics. didnt get any after finshed but it looks like new
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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To clarify, are you sugessting this as the solution to the gap between the rear quarter panel and the bumper?
No, I was referring to the gash in the back/side of it.

Edit: sorry I meant for them to be in the order of the pictures you posted

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Old 04-11-2011, 08:33 PM   #7
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you're not going to want to just touch up that rear bumper, its going to look pretty ugly. It needs to be repaired and painted. Or replaced. As for it being loose on the side (yes, that's still the rear bumper), it could be a broken bracket, or it could just be loose and need to be taken off and adjusted.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:49 PM   #8
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Thanks for the responses, everyone.

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As for it being loose on the side (yes, that's still the rear bumper), it could be a broken bracket, or it could just be loose and need to be taken off and adjusted.
Hard to tell if it's broken or loose. I'll try to get a picture and post it. Either way, is there a DIY fix?
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:54 PM   #9
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bumper clips break easily. a body shop will know what to do then over charge you. talk to them...but then use what they say to do it yourself lolz
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:59 PM   #10
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Haha, ok, any further advice? I'd like to avoid the body shop, if possible.
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