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Old 03-05-2017, 09:11 PM   #1
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Kidney grill and front hood damaged

Ok, so this is super frustrating. I went to the gym in the morning and when I came out, my kidney grills were on the floor and my front hood was slightly bent here and there. I dunno who backed up into me.

Now, I tried getting the kidney grills installed back, but it won't as the metal tabs inside have bent.

Could you guys look at the pictures and tell me how to get it fixed? Worst case scenario would I need a new hood?? I hope not..

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Old 03-05-2017, 09:14 PM   #2
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^ If I remember correctly it's double-walled at the kidney area, so it may not be an easy punch-it-from-the back procedure.
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Old 03-05-2017, 09:25 PM   #3
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^ If I remember correctly it's double-walled at the kidney area, so it may not be an easy punch-it-from-the back procedure.

So a body shop?
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Old 03-05-2017, 09:57 PM   #4
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So a body shop?
Body shop. Since the hood is just a few bolts see if you can get one in good condition from a local yard.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:38 AM   #5
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I had similar damage to my hood when a family member backed into my car. That area is very difficult for a body shop to repair properly. The body shop I went to tried to repair mine 3 times before I gave up bought a new hood and paid out of pocket for it. My hood had a noticeable crease in it. Needless to say my insurance company eventually sided with me and reimbursed me the money I spent as well as sued the body shop for the money they paid me. Kind of off the subject lol. Basically if theres a crease in the hood anywhere you need a new hood and a body shop will not be able to fix it. My damage happened seven years ago so unfortunately finding a used hood for a face-lift coupe was near impossible. At this point there are plenty of pre face-lift hoods around so finding one shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:53 AM   #6
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I had similar damage to my hood when a family member backed into my car. That area is very difficult for a body shop to repair properly. The body shop I went to tried to repair mine 3 times before I gave up bought a new hood and paid out of pocket for it. My hood had a noticeable crease in it. Needless to say my insurance company eventually sided with me and reimbursed me the money I spent as well as sued the body shop for the money they paid me. Kind of off the subject lol. Basically if theres a crease in the hood anywhere you need a new hood and a body shop will not be able to fix it. My damage happened seven years ago so unfortunately finding a used hood for a face-lift coupe was near impossible. At this point there are plenty of pre face-lift hoods around so finding one shouldn't be an issue.
Thanks for the info. I live in richmond virginia. Im not sure if i can find the pre face lift with the orient blue color. Im keeping my fingers crossed. Hope ill get one. Ill go look for one this weekend.
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:59 AM   #7
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Should be plenty of hoods around but yeah finding the right color good luck. I will say however that up here in Connecticut I do see a lot of orient blue e46's driving around. Seems to be a pretty common color so you might get lucky.

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Old 03-06-2017, 10:19 AM   #8
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I fashioned some hooks out of a coat hanger to keep mine in place. Worked like a charm and you could not see the hooks at all.
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I fashioned some hooks out of a coat hanger to keep mine in place. Worked like a charm and you could not see the hooks at all.
Thats nice... but my tabs are bent and out of place, not sure if this will work for me.
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Old 03-06-2017, 01:39 PM   #10
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Check out car-parts.com. You can search by parts, location etc. When the results come up many of the yards list the color (some even show the color code) along with condition of the part and other comments. I've managed to get matching color doors, trunk lids and bumper covers this way.
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:58 PM   #11
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Thats nice... but my tabs are bent and out of place, not sure if this will work for me.
Both of my Grills were loose, one would almost completely fall out at any given time. They were both in good cosmetic condition and replacing them was an option I wanted to avoid. Both had separation issues (the grills are actually two pieces). After trying several methods to hold them firmly in place and failing, I just decided to replace them. Between ordering replacements and them arriving, I hit upon the coat hanger hook idea. Of course, the holes in the underside of the hood were paramount in this working. Also, a thief would not be able to steal them without opening the hood.
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Old 03-06-2017, 05:19 PM   #12
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I had similar damage to my hood when a family member backed into my car. That area is very difficult for a body shop to repair properly...My hood had a noticeable crease in it.
Basically if theres a crease in the hood anywhere you need a new hood and a body shop will not be able to fix it. At this point there are plenty of pre face-lift hoods around so finding one shouldn't be an issue.
^ agreed. had same thing years ago.
you'll need to find a replacement hood to either:
get painted and match your car
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find one in the same color
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:19 PM   #13
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Both of my Grills were loose, one would almost completely fall out at any given time. They were both in good cosmetic condition and replacing them was an option I wanted to avoid. Both had separation issues (the grills are actually two pieces). After trying several methods to hold them firmly in place and failing, I just decided to replace them. Between ordering replacements and them arriving, I hit upon the coat hanger hook idea. Of course, the holes in the underside of the hood were paramount in this working. Also, a thief would not be able to steal them without opening the hood.
I had one fall out on the way to work one day. I zip tied it in place while I waited for a new one to show up. If the fall hadn't damaged the chrome, I probably would have just left it zip tied since you couldn't see a thing.
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:35 PM   #14
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A hood at the junk yard is about $75 here . If you go to row52.com you can subscribe to email list that tells you when a new car comes in within certain radius of your location ... might take a while however to get one in the right color .....
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