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Old 11-04-2004, 06:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I got out to my brand new (2 days) 330xi this morning, and it looks like somebody bumped my front, right side.

Doesn't look bad - the bumper is detatched a little bit, but it's barely noticable.

What is noticable is the trim - a black strip which runs along the bumper, beneath the headlights on the right hand side - is gone.

Any idea what this part is called? Is it easy to find?

If I take it back to the dealer, it'll cost a fortune, won't it? They'll want to replace the whole bumper? Or is the outside just a cheap "bumper cover" which can be replaced easily?


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Old 11-04-2004, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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bump.

Nobody's had a bumper bump before?
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Old 11-04-2004, 06:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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On my old car I had someone do the same thing to me, but it was a truck and it put a scratch in my headlamp also.
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On my old car I had someone do the same thing to me, but it was a truck and it put a scratch in my headlamp also.
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Was it expensive to repair?
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Old 11-05-2004, 02:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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On my old car I had someone do the same thing to me, but it was a truck and it put a scratch in my headlamp also.
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If its the Rub strip that runs around the car that you're talking about... BMW can remove that and replace with a new strip. Shouldn't be too expensive. I bet the labor costs more than the replacement strip itself. But yeah, if thats the only part on the car that's damaged ... then its easy to bring it back to perfect condition.
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I forget what that part is called, but check bavauto.com, they carry a huge amount of Bimmer stuff.
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I forget what that part is called, but check bavauto.com, they carry a huge amount of Bimmer stuff.
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The bumper is sitting down about 1/2", but it doesn't look too bad at all. I think I may just be able to set it back onto the mounts.
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thats the impact strip. very cheap to replace .. about $15 - 20 online, just pop it back on yourself.
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thats the impact strip. very cheap to replace .. about $15 - 20 online, just pop it back on yourself.
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Thanks. I'll take a look.

I'm assuming the outside (what I see as the bumper) is just the bumper cover, then? Can you buy them prepainted?
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