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      12-18-2008, 02:53 PM   #1
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Unable to order Euro Bumper!?

I tried to order a Euro front bumper cover for an '08 M3 through Russel BMW today, and they called back after attempting to order it to say that BMW is restricting sales of (certain)European parts and do not intend to make the cover available for sale in this market. In order to buy the cover, you must first provide a Euro VIN, and corresponding proof of vehicle ownership (as with coded keys).

Part # is 51 11 8 043 958 ('08 M3 with h/l wash; w/o pdc).


Anyone have any info on how to get around this???

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I tried to order a Euro front bumper cover for an '08 M3 through Russel BMW today, and they called back after attempting to order it to say that BMW is restricting sales of (certain)European parts and do not intend to make the cover available for sale in this market. In order to buy the cover, you must first provide a Euro VIN, and corresponding proof of vehicle ownership (as with coded keys).

Part # is 51 11 8 043 958 ('08 M3 with h/l wash; w/o pdc).

Anyone have any info on how to get around this???

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Yeah...sucks. Was no problem on the E46. Maybe they got ragged on by NHTSA. Only way around it, AFAIK, is to order from another country (Canada has same, though) or do the fill-in.
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Order it from Simon@Rennspec, that's what I just did. Great service, and it's coming air-shipped in a few weeks. I also got it pre-painted from BMW.
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Order it from Simon@Rennspec, that's what I just did. Great service, and it's coming air-shipped in a few weeks. I also got it pre-painted from BMW.
How much, please? And a link.
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Yeah Simon@RennSpec can hook you guys up !
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How much, please? And a link.
I PMed him for the order so I don't have a link. I'll PM you the prices.
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Yeah Simon@RennSpec can hook you guys up !
Is RENNSpec a small or individual op--don't find a website?
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Is RENNSpec a small or individual op--don't find a website?
car shop/e-tailer in LA...he's on here and a sponsor on other forums...good and trusted seller
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car shop/e-tailer in LA...he's on here and a sponsor on other forums...good and trusted seller
Thanks. Had a good email communication with him, but I can't justify the price for that right now. If my OEM cover gets damaged, that's definitely what I'll do.
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Hi guys,

What is the difference between a Euro bumper and the bumpers in US spec M3s? Pardon my ignorance ay... Is my bumper as per attached a Euro bumper?

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US bumper has the orange reflectors.
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Hi guys,

What is the difference between a Euro bumper and the bumpers in US spec M3s? Pardon my ignorance ay... Is my bumper as per attached a Euro bumper?

You have the coveted Euro bumper
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Order it from Simon@Rennspec, that's what I just did. Great service, and it's coming air-shipped in a few weeks. I also got it pre-painted from BMW.
Thanks guys

Do you have a price from rennspec? I've tried like 4 or 5 different sources (Bavarian Auto, VOB BMW, reputable BMW shop) w/ the same answer of NOT AVAILABLE.

I'm curious to see how rennspec is able to get around the regulation and frankly I find it hard to believe....

I'll PM Simon also....
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Thanks guys

Do you have a price from rennspec? I've tried like 4 or 5 different sources (Bavarian Auto, VOB BMW, reputable BMW shop) w/ the same answer of NOT AVAILABLE.

I'm curious to see how rennspec is able to get around the regulation and frankly I find it hard to believe....

I'll PM Simon also....
It's very easy, they are not a BMW dealer that has to deal with regulations. They are simply importing a car part into the USA. Just like you could do personally if you knew someone in Europe willing to help you out
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Thanks guys

Do you have a price from rennspec? I've tried like 4 or 5 different sources (Bavarian Auto, VOB BMW, reputable BMW shop) w/ the same answer of NOT AVAILABLE.

I'm curious to see how rennspec is able to get around the regulation and frankly I find it hard to believe....

I'll PM Simon also....
$700 primered, $1,300 prepainted, plus over $600 air freight. Close to $2k is not justifieable for me just to get rid of the reflectors. If my bumper cover gets damaged, then I'll go for it.

I paid just over $300 for my primered E46 one 5 years or so ago. Of course that was through the dealer, and before the dollar tanked against the Euro.
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$700 primered, $1,300 prepainted, plus over $600 air freight. Close to $2k is not justifieable for me just to get rid of the reflectors. If my bumper cover gets damaged, then I'll go for it.

I paid just over $300 for my primered E46 one 5 years or so ago. Of course that was through the dealer, and before the dollar tanked against the Euro.
I've PM'ed Simon but if those are the prices its a no-go for me. I had heard the euro bumper will run about $650 primered and delivered. We'll see.
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