well, i bought my e36 damaged from the front, so i kinda know what ur goin through. I had repaired a front end collision on another e36 so i knew how the hood latch worked. The one thing i can think of is to stick a flat screw driver between the hood and the catch (yes catch...the round thing the pins go into) and pry it open. you will most likely have to change the two catches on the front, their mechanism most likely have gone bad. i changed mine from a parts car i had, but, i was told they are within $50 bucks for both at the dealer. oh, and i forgot to mention, if you get someone else to help you, have them push down the hood, while you pull the handle, and give it a nice healthy tug upwards to get it open. sorry for makin this long, hope it helps...
lemme kno wut happens, and if u get time, what are ur plans...
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