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Old 09-23-2014, 01:41 PM   #1
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So.. Last night a deer hit my bimmer!!

So yeah, last night my girlfriend was driving the bimmer home when a deer ran straight into the driver side of the car. Damaged the hood, front left quarter panel, front bumper, left headlight and side marker. Luckily the driver door survived without injury.

It's a 2000 323Ci

What's the best course of action?

I only have liability so it looks like I'm gonna be buying all the parts myself. And I know the left quarter panel will be the hardest part because its welder in place, it will have to be cut out and removed. And it looks like we're gonna be getting a while new paintjob.

Any suggestions? I thought about upgrading the front end to the 2002 look but my girlfriend rejected that idea (it's her car) and she likes it to have the older look.


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Old 09-23-2014, 02:07 PM   #2
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by "front left quarter panel", do you mean "fender"? the fender isn't welded on.

all can be removed and replaced pretty easy. best to find a used car with similar color and you could be set.

only thing I'd be worried is the crumple zones from the front bumper impact.
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:14 PM   #3
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Buy all used / junkyard parts to save money. You haven't posted pics yet,....any chance a body shop type suction device will pull out any of your damage ? You also might look into a Harbor Freight dent puller, look at some YouTube vids of "dent Pulling", it might work for you.


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Old 09-23-2014, 09:04 PM   #4
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In to see pics of the damage. And I agree. Used parts are your best bet..
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:16 PM   #5
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:18 PM   #6
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eh, thats looks totally fixable.

start gettin some used parts and fix er up
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:18 PM   #7
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There's not much else to show because all the damage happened to the front left fender, mirror, hood, and left headlight/side marker. The front bumper didn't take damage other than the fact that the fender is now pushing into the bumper. The mirror I found out is like $300 for another one just like mine. I'm not sweating the colors of used parts because I'm gonna have the entire car repainted.


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Also, the only damage to the hood is on the front left edge where it's now crinkled a bit. Hard to tell but nonetheless I'd like it replaced rather than repaired with bondo.


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Old 09-24-2014, 09:22 PM   #9
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plastidip it! ahahahah

but for real, where in the world are you pricing thoese mirrors? ****. For $300 you should just about get everything for that price.
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:29 PM   #10
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I priced all the parts on eBay. The fender was about $125, the hood was around $200. Headlights is gonna be another $150 or so. Paint job is gonna be (I don't even wanna think about its price).

The mirror I priced was $300. Just for one mirror housing. I did find similar mirrors for $50-$75 but they didn't have the grooves like mine has on top.


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I may get lucky and be able to jb weld the mirror back together. I used jb weld to fix the crack in my moonroof cassette housing and its been working perfect ever since. Not to say that will work on the mirror and last.


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Old 09-24-2014, 09:36 PM   #12
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why a full paint job? a quality bodyshop should be able to match your color no problems...
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:38 PM   #13
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Because whoever painted the car before did a bad job. The paint is cracking and peeling in spots.


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Old 09-24-2014, 09:56 PM   #15
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staying with the original colour i'm assuming?
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:52 PM   #16
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Red is the worst. It fades badly. Full repaint is the best way to go. Good luck.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:29 AM   #17
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The mirror part with the grooves is a separate piece that comes off. You pop the mirror glass out and it has zip tie like pieces in the corners. The base of the mirror will be much less if you wait. I would not spend more than $100 on the housing. Every once in a while a pull apart will have one of these cars and the mirrors are around $20.

The fender is an easy fix. Mine was the same way. They are made to crumble at the slightest impact.
The hood looks like it can be repaired with filler. Bondo is a brand and isn't nearly as good as......rage extreme or rage gold. I like glazing putty as well. There is nothing wrong with using filler. I am finishing up a paint job on mine and my wreck was similar to yours with a terrible paint job.

My hood was fixed with filler and looks good as new. The key is to understand how to finish the filler with block sanding. Look at my sig for more info

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it doesn't look like a deer hit.
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It may not look like a deer hit but I was there shortly after and I dragged the dead deer out of the middle of the road. It was still warm.

The paint job was originally blue. Somebody painted the car red before I bought it but yes I'm going back with the bright red. Only this time it will be a slightly darker red and have shimmers of metal flakes in the paint. Like as if from the factory on some vehicles.


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I may would consider fixing the small dents with filler but I don't want to pay a professional to do it since I'm so broke. That's why I'm leaning toward buying all used parts and having the whole car repainted.


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