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Old 11-08-2012, 11:08 PM   #21
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either method is fine

if you get the dents knocked out and repaired, you sure won't notice it. it will be a lot more labor

if you replace with new oem panels, be sure it's welded by a good body shop. parts will be more expensive but labor will be less

cheaper total cost if you have it fixed without replacing the panels. most body shop would prefer changing the parts so they don't tie up all their labor on one car. they can make a good profit on the parts alone, evident by the high parts cost you were quoted.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:05 AM   #22
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I never thought of this!! I have the exact same issue, I hit my quarter panel while in a snow storm here in Chicago. Do you know how much would it cost to "bondo it"?
It would only b a fraction of the price for replacement
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:42 AM   #23
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Pictures are in the link at the end of the 1st post. Will take some time later to check out your sugestions and upload the pics directly to the 1st post.

I'm in Baden Württemberg.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:26 AM   #24
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Pictures uploaded directly.

Stinger - the BMW dealer will be doing the work

What do you guys think? Is it really necessary to replace the panel? Yeah... Maybe I'm making a big deal out of this, please understand that I love my cars!

P.S. Yeah, the car is dirty... I really don't like to drive it anywhere, I just take it for a short spin once a week.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:18 AM   #25
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I had my front right fender mashed in from a midget sized pole I didn't see. It really bummed me out, then I found someone local doing a part out.. Got the fender, same color, year, and make for an insane deal, seriously made me so happy, it would have cost me a fortune otherwise
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:13 PM   #26
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The labour cost to repair this will actually be a lot less than they would to replace the full quarter panel. This dent could easily be repaired. If a company says they need to replace the quarter panel for this then they are doing it only to squeeze more money out of the job. A good trades man could fix this and leave it perfect without any problems. But for a man that isnt so skilled... Well thats a risk you may have to take
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:09 PM   #27
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Thanks floyd. I'm guessing you would recommend fixing it instead of replacing it (even if the bmw is doing the work) right?

The thing that sucks about it is that the guy from bmw came out, didn't even look close to the damage, and just said "needs to be replaced". Actually 2 different guys (same dealer, different days) said the same thing, one of them actually took a close look.

is replacing the panel the right thing to do here with the chances of having issues in the future being minimal or less than repairing it?

I don't care how much it will cost since I'm not paying for the repairs. I just want what's best for the car based on the damage.

sorry if I'm being a pain in the ass...

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Old 11-09-2012, 03:20 PM   #28
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You shoudn't exerience rust issues if the repair is done properly.
Getting fibers and bondo will never look as new, a new panel will. The only thing you can do after the replacement is get it rust proofed properly by spraying inside the 1/4 panel. If the cost doesn't effect your wallet, you shoudn't worry and go with the PROPER way of fixing this damage.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:31 PM   #29
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Thanks floyd. I'm guessing you would recommend fixing it instead of replacing it (even if the bmw is doing the work) right?
sorry if I'm being a pain in the ass...
How many times do you need to be told the same thing? You've only got two choices and both will work and are free.
Back in Post #16 I showed you my repaired car after seven years. NO damage and no one has ever noticed that it was repaired. Do you really believe you'll still have your old car seven years from now?

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Old 11-09-2012, 03:42 PM   #30
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Anybody that thinks that replacing a full quarter panel is more efficient than filling a relativly small dent dosnt really know what they are talking about. Honestly it would be ok to replace a wing. But a quarter? Look at the comparison between the door and quarter. Door is fvcked. Quarter has a small dent. And The very reason they are are BMW bodyshop is the reason they want to replace the quarter. So they can make as much money as possible. But hey, i suppose thats what the game is all about. So i'l conclude. I would fix it. But its down to you. They might not be good at using filler and end up making a **** job of the repair. Dont say i didnt warn you.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:58 PM   #31
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Warned about both choices?

Mixing the poor guy up completely.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:24 PM   #32
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Haha i give up. This is possibly the toughest decision in life this guy will ever have to make.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:29 PM   #33
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32 posts? Bloody hell...
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:03 PM   #34
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lol, thank you guys!

sorry, I'm a cynical perfectionist that really loves his cars... I just wanted as much feedback as possible from various sources since I never had an accident in the short 10+ years I been driving and I have no clue about body work.

Like I said before, I plan to keep the car until the wheels fall off.

I will take the car to another shop and see what they say. I would like for them to explain to me whole process before I make my desicion.

I can keep you guys posted if you like, you never know, maybe some other cynical perfectionist that loves his car gets hit in the 1/4 and benefits from this thread :p
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:06 PM   #35
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We gave you so much info you should be able to do the job yourself lol. Jokes. Post some pictures when you get it done and let us know what happens.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:11 PM   #36
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again, get the part numbers of the panels, do an ebay search, call bav auto recycling, and search the part out forums.. did this for a month and I was able to locate a part out with exactly what I needed
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:26 AM   #37
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When reading I would say leave it depending on how noticeable it is. Then I saw the photos. The fender and door need replacement.

Go through insurance and have a new panel welded in there.

Mine is warped in one spot and has a couple small dents (but suprisingly not a deep scratch or paint chip) from a previous parking lot fender bender but with a parking lot hit and run and minimal damage I couldn't imagine filing a claim that would probably total my 2002 model
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