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01-08-2003, 03:50 PM
As most of you know, I wrecked my M3 in a sudden winter storm last week. I don't yet know the damage or have an estimate or any of that.
here's my original link...

My question is about the front bumper.
I have to have a new bumper, plain and simple. I had the painted CB reflectors from Bimmian.
Should I just have the body shop order the Europ bumper w/o cutouts for the reflectors?? I'd rather have that, but I'm just a little worried about later on when I want to sell the car.
Of course, i'll give full disclosure when the time comes, but I also don't want everyone to ask me about it and have to give the wreck story and all that.

should i just go for it and get the Euro bumper?? or should I stay US stock and get the regular bumper and then painted reflectors?

thanks in advance.

01-08-2003, 04:00 PM
Hopefully, your body shop will do it as part of the insurance work...

If/when you sell and your buyer wants US-spec bumpers, give me a call and we can swap 'em out!


01-08-2003, 04:01 PM
(and i wouldent)...just get the USA bumper...and i would imagine that the S&H $$ is going to be a lot<br>

-Andres Escobar

Finally got my baby......loving it !!!!
Miami FL

01-08-2003, 04:08 PM

01-08-2003, 04:09 PM
the difficulties of getting the Euro bumper and then having the possibility of it not passing inspection or something silly like that because of the missing front reflectors (i suppose it should pass with stuck-on reflectors, though). and i'm thinking that swapping with someone for a regular bumper won't work so well because the bumper won't be color-matched to the rest of the car.

i think the painted reflectors work fine... while they do stick out a little most of the time you probably don't even notice them, right?

sorry to hear about your crash. it doesn't look that bad though, from the pics you posted earlier... no hood crunching or anything. it'll all be like new soon...<br>
<B>CBsaksiri</B> Sunnyvale, CA
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01-08-2003, 04:28 PM
You can always shave off the mounting points and stick the reflectors on with double-sided tape for inspections or whatever.

You don\'t have to tell the wreck story. You can say it got scratched, hit a cat or you just wanted the Euro, not to future buyers of course.<br><font color=#65625E><font size=2>
That's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
San Diego, CA

01-08-2003, 05:17 PM
Your body shop can paint the reflectors when they paint the new bumper, so you don't need to buy the painted ones separately. This way, you'll get a perfect match and the insurance will pay for the reflectors. That's what I did when my bumper was broken by a truck tire tread that flew up.

01-08-2003, 05:45 PM

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