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      02-25-2011, 01:19 AM   #1
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Car wrecked, looking for suggestions.

Hey guys, I drive a 1er but my girlfriend's dad drives a 2011 Jerez Black e90 M3. Anyways, as of late its in pretty sad shape. Last week some asshole keyed all four doors, and today, some dumb girl in a 328 hit the gas instead of brake and caused a wreck (him being the first of a four car bmw pile).

So basically the outcome is, every door is keyed, the front bumper needs to be replaced, new kidneys, new hood, new rear bumper, trunk, rear quarter panels?, and the exhaust is barely hanging on and pushed about 1 foot in on the right side (got knows how he drove it 2 hours home).

It looks like it needs new paint all over and insurance should be shelling out enough cash to cover all parts and labor.... Anyways, I'm looking to you guys for some suggestions on the possibility of a conservative body kit and a nice exhaust system rather than putting the same old stock back on. I figure if we could get an awesome kit for a comparable price to what BMW is going to charge (steal) from him, then why not take advantage of at least some of the situation? Links to pricing would be great!

inb4search. im obviously not very experienced with M3's or this forum so your knowledge is appreciated.
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      02-25-2011, 06:42 AM   #2
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It sounds pretty bad, I'd push for a total loss esp since there is likely to be frame damage.
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It looks like it needs new paint all over and insurance should be shelling out enough cash to cover all parts and labor.... Anyways, I'm looking to you guys for some suggestions on the possibility of a conservative body kit and a nice exhaust system rather than putting the same old stock back on.
Call me crazy but I have a hard time thinking that your insurance will pick up the tab for body kits (cheesey, by the way) and exhaust systems. Not unless, of course, you dont mind spending some time in the Pokey.
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im obviously not very experienced with M3's or this forum
But you have 700+ posts?
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Please have it reapaired to stock condition by a competent shop - the car has already suffered enough.
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But you have 700+ posts?
He's probably come over from the "1"-post side of the house... looking for help. Give him a break guys!

OP, I don't think you'll have much luck finding a body kit for the E90 M3. There just hasn't been a large enough market for the sedan - the coupe has been more heavily produced and sold. You'll certainly be able to find aftermarket front & rear bumpers (be sure you look for E90 LCI for the rear).

Exhaust is purely a matter of personal preference. There's a great sticky here where you can listen to 9 different options. And another sticky thread here giving an overview of so many additional options it'll make your head spin.

GL to your GF's dad!
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I know you can deal with the body shop to charge you the difference between the insurance paid stock parts against the after market parts you prefer.
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Turn of events sounds kinda shady to me. why are you interested in modding someone else's car?
because I have a passion for cars and especially bmws.... And im trying to have something to talk about/ bond with her dad.... Didnt you read the first paragraph?

And to the other guy, yes I told you ive got a 135 so no like I said I dont spend too much time over here

And insurance is writing a check for expected damages and repairs so he could take the money and repair and pay the difference.

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Depending on your insurance, they'll replace everything with OEM parts.

Don't put a body kit on this car, it's beautiful the way it is, a kit would only make it look like utter shit.

Never heard of an insurance company "writing a check for expected damages and repairs" all sounds like BS to me.

Car goes into a shop, insurance inspects, they approve, body shop works, they pay when the work is finished.

Not a total loss by any means.
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On the exhaust question a couple of thoughts for options with low drone that aren't overly loud:

1) Dinan exhaust - black tips, lighter, better design and sound than stock
2) New M3 performance exhaust - looks sweet but pretty spendy

Since you are dealing with your girlfriends dad, maybe you should stick to BMW performance parts, would be an easier sell. You can get black kidney grills and side markers that look nice. European bumper -gets rid of ugly orange reflectors.
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Hate to see this car get this screwed up. Please post pics.
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Never heard of an insurance company "writing a check for expected damages and repairs" all sounds like BS to me.
I've seen 'insurance gets an official estimate, and that's what you're paid out up front'.

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Depending on your insurance, they'll replace everything with OEM parts.
Actually, I think most insurance has a policy to replace with 3rd party parts if one is available. If not, then OEM but it has to be refurb or used if possible. Then new OEM if all else fails.

That was the neat part of the BMW Insurance Policy info that I got in the mail recently. Guaranteed OEM replacement parts. Didn't bother to see how much they wanted though because I'm happy with my insurance company. Think All State was the issuer.

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Car goes into a shop, insurance inspects, they approve, body shop works, they pay when the work is finished.
If you hang out in the 3-series forums, a lot of people use accidents and the insurance payout as a chance to install the OEM M body kits. M-tech front/rear bumpers, I think they're called?

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Not a total loss by any means.
Agreed. Doesn't sound like the damage is anywhere near half the value of the car.
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I have had some luck with repairs on various vehicles when asking for aftermarket parts. Just tell the dealer you want the money to go toward a particular part and they should accomodate your request. I did this several times with motorcycle exhausts after spills. Plus, the factory parts are at least as expensive as aftermarket.
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Actually, I think most insurance has a policy to replace with 3rd party parts if one is available. If not, then OEM but it has to be refurb or used if possible. Then new OEM if all else fails.

That was the neat part of the BMW Insurance Policy info that I got in the mail recently. Guaranteed OEM replacement parts. Didn't bother to see how much they wanted though because I'm happy with my insurance company. Think All State was the issuer.
Not on these cars, everything is replaced OEM. Unless you're with some shithole insurance company who might try and replace with refurb parts. However, a BMW Authorized repair center would not authorize anything but OEM new parts for M cars - certainly hope OP takes it to an authorized shop.
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Sounds unfortunate. I'd go for a return to pristine stock condition personally.
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Hey guys, I drive a 1er but my girlfriend's dad drives a 2011 Jerez Black e90 M3. Anyways, as of late its in pretty sad shape. Last week some asshole keyed all four doors, and today, some dumb girl in a 328 hit the gas instead of brake and caused a wreck (him being the first of a four car bmw pile).

So basically the outcome is, every door is keyed, the front bumper needs to be replaced, new kidneys, new hood, new rear bumper, trunk, rear quarter panels?, and the exhaust is barely hanging on and pushed about 1 foot in on the right side (got knows how he drove it 2 hours home).

It looks like it needs new paint all over and insurance should be shelling out enough cash to cover all parts and labor.... Anyways, I'm looking to you guys for some suggestions on the possibility of a conservative body kit and a nice exhaust system rather than putting the same old stock back on. I figure if we could get an awesome kit for a comparable price to what BMW is going to charge (steal) from him, then why not take advantage of at least some of the situation? Links to pricing would be great!

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Body kits are for Honda Civic's dude. This car needs none of that. I'd take the insurance adjuster aside, hand him $500, and ask him, " This one's a total loss right?" If not I'd have it repaired by a BMW shop with all OEM parts. Anything less than that is caca.
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Depending on your insurance, they'll replace everything with OEM parts.

Don't put a body kit on this car, it's beautiful the way it is, a kit would only make it look like utter shit.

Never heard of an insurance company "writing a check for expected damages and repairs" all sounds like BS to me.

Car goes into a shop, insurance inspects, they approve, body shop works, they pay when the work is finished.

Not a total loss by any means.
Actually, not all insurance work like that. My garage fiasco entailed me going to their adjuster, got a check immediately in hand and went off to any shop I wanted. Any subsequent damage in addition to the initial inspection, my will send them a check which I will endorse to them when I get my car.
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Not on these cars, everything is replaced OEM. Unless you're with some shithole insurance company who might try and replace with refurb parts. However, a BMW Authorized repair center would not authorize anything but OEM new parts for M cars - certainly hope OP takes it to an authorized shop.
That's not the case.

I have dealt with an authorized BMW repair center and they have no say. It's up to the insurance company. My insurance is USAA, which is quite respectable and they have that policy.

When I was there, this was affirmed by the repair center employee. He also told me that fortunately, the E9X cars are new enough that there are no 3rd party part clones yet (at least of the parts I was interested in). This may not be the case forever.

So the reality is that you'll be getting OEM parts, however, there is no guarantee that they'll be new. Your insurance policy is not your friend, you're being saved by lack of 3rd party direct-replacement parts.

I find it very unlikely that your policy is guaranteeing new OEM parts unless you have a specialty policy (like the BMW Insurance Plan).
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agree with the guys who posted return it to stock. you will be better off in the short term and long term. not a fan of the body kit route
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Body kits are for Honda Civic's dude. This car needs none of that. I'd take the insurance adjuster aside, hand him $500, and ask him, " This one's a total loss right?" If not I'd have it repaired by a BMW shop with all OEM parts. Anything less than that is caca.
I guess my diction choice was poor. I mean "body kit" as in a nice after market front and rear bumper slightly more aggressive, possibly BMW made, and a carbon fiber hood painted over stock color for weight reduction. In no way do i mean "bling bling wide body vented square CSL trunk"

And to those of you asking, here's the rear. Didn't take a picture of the front (cracked kidney, damage to the front right, hood crumpled by the roundel)... looks a lot worse in person.

[url=http://img12.imageshack.us/i/img20110225072815.jpg/]
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Body kits are for Honda Civic's dude. This car needs none of that. I'd take the insurance adjuster aside, hand him $500, and ask him, " This one's a total loss right?" If not I'd have it repaired by a BMW shop with all OEM parts. Anything less than that is caca.
I guess my diction choice was poor. I mean "body kit" as in a nice after market front and rear bumper slightly more aggressive, possibly BMW made, and a carbon fiber hood painted over stock color for weight reduction. In no way do i mean "bling bling wide body vented square CSL trunk"

And to those of you asking, here's the rear. Didn't take a picture of the front (cracked kidney, damage to the front right, hood crumpled by the roundel)... looks a lot worse in person.

[url=http://img12.imageshack.us/i/img20110225072815.jpg/]

I'm not joking, I nearly started crying when I saw this picture. In fact that has ruined my weekend.

Get well soon M3.
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