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    Replacing US E90 trunk lid w/ euro edition

    Hi all,

    I have a 2007 E90 and about a year ago some friendly fellow scratched the trunk lid with his key... badly. I have been looking at body shops but they are pricey and I'm concerned about paint matching and the loss of value that comes with non factory paint.

    So, I found a used E90 trunk lid out of the UK in the right color. My questions:
    1) Can I just switch them out? Is there any difference between the trunks of EU and US E90s? The UK one is from a diesel edition, and I of course have the gasoline one.

    2) Is the paint likely to match? If not, is the mismatch likely to be more or less noticeable than a body shop repainting job?

    3) Does this idea make any sense at all, or should I just bite the bullet and take it to a body shop?

    Any advice would be appreciated ... :)


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    should match but I know of noone that would

    say for sure. BTB and paint it and be done with it. If you are worried about loss of value, I wouldn't. Take a pick of the damage and save it if you're concerned that someone will offer you less thinking that your car has been hit. Show the buyer the pic if necessary.

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    Re: should match but I know of noone that would

    good to know about the loss of value. i'll snap a few pictures to be sure.

    thanks for your reply.

    since the replacement trunk lid is a few hundred bucks shipped, compared to $1500-2500 quotes I've gotten at body shops, I am inclined to just buy it anyway and see if I can make it work. if not, well, then maybe the lesson will be expensive enough to make me quit acting clever. cheers :)

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    There is less chance the paint will match...

    Than having it repainted.

    I had both bumpers on my E46 and one on my E92 repainted. Never could tell it had been done. They can match paint in body shops much better now than in the day.

    My guess is $300-350 to paint. I don't believe you could ship a lid across the pond for that. A lid you have never seen.

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    $1500 for paint is ridiculous.


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    Re: $1500 for paint is ridiculous.

    no doubt... but the quote includes repainting the skirts and patching rock chips in the windshield

    if you know of a bay area or LA/OC body shop that wont take me for a ride i'm all ears...

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    Re: There is less chance the paint will match...

    i was told that factory painted bumpers are painted the same way as they do in an auto shop, which is why they can match it and make it look good. but the paint on the body is baked on at high temperatures, something a body shop can't do without melting your interior. is this accurate? i do notice a slightly different look to the paint on the bumper/skirts and the rest of the chassis...

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