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Old 07-13-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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2000 323i Bumper

Alright, I just bought my first BMW! It's a 2000 323i, and unfortunately, it had the bottom of the bumper cover and grill shorn off early in its life (see attach image ... and spare me any comments about the Prot***233;g***233; on jack stands ... lol). So, one of the first things that I want to is replace it myself. I do have some experience with painting parts. I have seen aftermarket replacement bumper covers for a little less than $100, and OEM ones for three to four times that much. So, I wondering if any one has any experience with this, and whether or not the cheap parts are even worth buying. I'm also curious about how difficult it would be to remove and reinstall the original black trim.


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Old 07-14-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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Alright, I just bought my first BMW! It's a 2000 323i, and unfortunately, it had the bottom of the bumper cover and grill shorn off early in its life (see attach image ... and spare me any comments about the Prot***233;g***233; on jack stands ... lol). So, one of the first things that I want to is replace it myself. I do have some experience with painting parts. I have seen aftermarket replacement bumper covers for a little less than $100, and OEM ones for three to four times that much. So, I wondering if any one has any experience with this, and whether or not the cheap parts are even worth buying. I'm also curious about how difficult it would be to remove and reinstall the original black trim.


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While aftermarket covers are cheap and readily available, they often fit terrible. I think the best option for you would to buy a used OE cover from a member on this site, or even check Craigslist. You can probably even find one in the correct color, so you would not have to paint it.

What trim are you talking about removing? Body side moldings?
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:59 PM   #3
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The black molding that goes around the front of the bumper. It would need to be removed and then reinstalled on the new cover.

The exterior is in great shape aside from this, and just looking at that glaring defect is driving me crazy. It's sad.


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Old 07-14-2013, 05:37 PM   #4
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:04 PM   #5
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And that's what I meant by 3-4 times as much as the cheap ones I've seen on eBay. So, the $100 gamble isn't worth it? I will also need the lower grill or "grid" since it's completely missing on my car. What is 6 and 7, partially open grid?
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:53 PM   #6
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Any thoughts on the "remanufactured" OE covers I've seen for $250?
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:34 PM   #7
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Any thoughts on the "remanufactured" OE covers I've seen for $250?

It all depends on "who" remanned it. Are we talking Keystone? I would avoid a remanned, as it was previously damaged, then repaired, then back on the market. If you can find a used one, this is the way to go. Also, if you do buy an aftermarket I strongly suggest dry-fitting it prior to painting it. Remember, if you refinish a cover with decent materials, you are going to spend a lot more on the paint than you did on the $100 a/m cover...So make sure it fits prior to squirting it.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:19 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice. I would never want to go through the PITA process of painting without knowing beforehand it would fit, let alone the waisted base and clear coats.


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Old 07-14-2013, 11:17 PM   #9
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Also, if you grab a used one, it will most likely have the fogs/grille/moldings...
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:26 PM   #10
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I have a used one in Alpine white like yours that I just took off for an mtech 1 bumper. If you ever come up to Charleston it's for sale...
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:56 PM   #11
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I think I'm just going buy one of the OEM M-Tech bumper covers /w fog lights that I've seen for around $250. ALL of the ones I've seen come with the Euro license plate trim... guess there must be a surplus of those. I'm assuming I can sub in my original trim instead.


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Old 09-08-2013, 10:12 PM   #12
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I finally ordered an M-Tech bumper, and painted it in my friend's paint booth. The color match isn't 100%, but it looks much better than the half a bumper cover that was originally there. I'll post some pictures when the love bugs subside.

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Old 10-08-2013, 06:33 PM   #13
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Not the best photo. Since this was taken, I've swapped the tail lights for Eagle Eyes LEDs, and ordered smoked Depo corners and different black kidney grills.

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