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Old 04-08-2013, 05:09 PM   #1
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I just joined obviously, but I've had my 2001 M3 for just about two years. It's been flawless and always kept it in pristine condition. I bought the car in LA and drove it all the way north of Chicago.

If anyone has ever crashed the front end of their e46 or m3 or any other similar vehicle, this is going to be a complete DIY of removal of parts from the radiator forward and install of these parts.

This spring I got cut off and tried to evade right and caught the rear right end of the Lexus that got cut off and then caught me off. We were all ****ed. The guy and I decided to fix our own cars, I even offered to fix his for him too.

Basically my baby got cleaned out. So I started taking it all apart, basically snatched everything from the engine forward. I don't have a TON of car mechanical experience other than working on my own car non stop. I've done everything myself, via a little research and ingenuity. Theres a number of body and interior work I've done as well as under the hood repairs and upgrades.

So I did days of research and found a salvage yard that specializes in only bmw parts, it's dirt cheap. This car would've been totaled at a body shop for repairs of 10k. I ordered everything I needed, from the engine forward minus a few salvaged parts including the hood.

The package should come freight about this time next week. I plan on putting it all back together pretty soon, so check back. I don't really know where else to make this post, just trying to help out those who ****ed up, I know how you feel, but there is hope.

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Old 04-08-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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Shame Glad to see you're taking care of it though. Definitely needs some TLC

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Old 04-08-2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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It's a big project. I'm looking at it as a template or manual for any practical lad that squealed his baby into some obstruction that we all claim should not have been there. I want to work in a garage pretty badly, so I look at this as an opportunity more than anything. Find the actual DIY in the DIY forum.

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Old 04-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #4
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It looks like a lot of work man... can't wait to see the end results
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:56 PM   #5
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It's not so much work and it's easy to fix. Check the thread on my buildup. it's in the Showroom forum under "Saving her from the crusher". I got mine as a salvage from an insurance company.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:57 PM   #6
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Really? That's an awesome set up man. Yeah I punched her nose in pretty good. It was surprisingly easy to take everything off, from the bumper, to the rebar plate, to the pusher fan and the radiator support frame, even the radiator was pretty easy to get out. I also have to replace the mechanical fan and the fan shroud around it. I bought mine salvaged already, she just refuses to die.

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