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      07-21-2014, 06:55 AM   #1
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Unhappy Horrible night

last night driving down a hill a grayish tall doglike animal was in the middle of the road, I wanted to swerve but was afraid of oncoming cars or me losing control. I turned the wheel a bit so instead of hitting it head on(middle of the bumper) It would hit the left(drivers side) thought it would do less damage bumper is now loose, fender wheel well is destroyed, missing screws, reflector on front bumper popped out. that's all the damage I could check because of heavy rainfall right now so no pics could be taken
what a horrible night. would like to know where I can get oem replacement parts for a good price if possible...
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      07-21-2014, 07:19 AM   #2
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Yikes! Sorry to hear that, as of parts, try getbmwparts. Or maybe time to mod? Best of luck
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      07-21-2014, 07:40 AM   #3
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I think it's best if you hit small animals head on with your bumper. Especially if you have a license plate on the front bumper. I hit a dog once, and the only damage I had was on the front license plate.
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Yikes! Sorry to hear that, as of parts, try getbmwparts. Or maybe time to mod? Best of luck
Thanks for the info, kinda glad this happened before installing Kw v1s and new wheels/tires

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I think it's best if you hit small animals head on with your bumper. Especially if you have a license plate on the front bumper. I hit a dog once, and the only damage I had was on the front license plate.
I wish it was a small animal was more like medium size 2-3 feet, friends telling me it was probably a coyote. just saw grayish fur, long legs, and reflective eyes, so it was not a possum...

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Thanks for the positive comment haha
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      07-21-2014, 08:10 AM   #6
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You definitely want to verify and make sure of the damages, Make sure the bumper just needs to be re set, and not replaced or fixed to be supported to the vehicle. see what parts need to be ordered, and go from there, ECS Tuning should have all the OEM parts in stock and for a good prices.
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Sorry man shit happens. Just think though it could have been worse! Hope you get it sorted back to normal soon
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You definitely want to verify and make sure of the damages, Make sure the bumper just needs to be re set, and not replaced or fixed to be supported to the vehicle. see what parts need to be ordered, and go from there, ECS Tuning should have all the OEM parts in stock and for a good prices.
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Sorry man shit happens. Just think though it could have been worse! Hope you get it sorted back to normal soon
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+1 on 1M Bumper!!
Thanks for the help, concern, and optimism guys

finally took some pics after it stopped raining, some good and bad news
will need a new fender wheel (any differences between xdrive and rwd ones?) bumper has 3 cracks on bottom( with a little bit of fur) so does this means non-repairable? fog light is knocked loose I think, but I can't get it back in correct position. no reflector tire rubs against busted wheel well and that's it. well got a better look brake air duct and piece behind mesh fog light busted....
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      07-21-2014, 01:14 PM   #10
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Your insurance should cover stuff like that. I know when I hit a raccoon in my Pontiac G8 they covered it 100%, and even had some special clause that since it was wildlife my deductible didn't apply. Obviously your insurance may be different then that, but at the very least it's a comp claim with your standard deductible.
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Your insurance should cover stuff like that. I know when I hit a raccoon in my Pontiac G8 they covered it 100%, and even had some special clause that since it was wildlife my deductible didn't apply. Obviously your insurance may be different then that, but at the very least it's a comp claim with your standard deductible.
I wouldn't bother with insurance unless your deductible doesn't apply - which I've never heard of.
If you file an insurance claim its possible your insurance could go up on top of the deductible you must pay. All insurance companies do things differently, but it could end up being more $$$ to file a claim.
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I wouldn't bother with insurance unless your deductible doesn't apply - which I've never heard of.
If you file an insurance claim its possible your insurance could go up on top of the deductible you must pay. All insurance companies do things differently, but it could end up being more $$$ to file a claim.
That's what I'm worried about people recommended I use cash instead of insurance. so I'm only using oem parts, try diy and let professionals do the hard stuff.

anyone know where I can get a diagram of what screws to take off LCI e92 mtech bumper to check for more damage?

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From the looks of it, you just need a reflector ($20) on ebay for OEM or go smoked or color match for around $60. Remove bumper which is easy, and refit the fog light housing into bumper if the tabs aren't too broke, and buy a new wheel liner for around $80 on Bav AUTO.

If the crack is very noticeable to you, can't tell from pic where it is either bottom of bumper or side. Get a body shop to fix the crack and respray/blend that area for around $200. All said and done under $400 to repair if bumper is not broken or has a bunch of broken tabs..
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From the looks of it, you just need a reflector ($20) on ebay for OEM or go smoked or color match for around $60. Remove bumper which is easy, and refit the fog light housing into bumper if the tabs aren't too broke, and buy a new wheel liner for around $80 on Bav AUTO.

If the crack is very noticeable to you, can't tell from pic where it is either bottom of bumper or side. Get a body shop to fix the crack and respray/blend that area for around $200. All said and done under $400 to repair if bumper is not broken or has a bunch of broken tabs..
+1. This is a good idea.
Its hard to tell from the picture, but it looks like that crack could be fixed up easily.

My friend ran over a suitcase that fell out of a truck bed in-front of him in his 2003 Mustang GT and split the bottom of the bumper in half. He took it to a shop and had it fixed for $150 I believe - looked brand new again afterwards.
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I wanted to swerve but was afraid of oncoming cars or me losing control.
Good instinct. Bummer for the animal and for your bumper, but it could be worse!
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From the looks of it, you just need a reflector ($20) on ebay for OEM or go smoked or color match for around $60. Remove bumper which is easy, and refit the fog light housing into bumper if the tabs aren't too broke, and buy a new wheel liner for around $80 on Bav AUTO.

If the crack is very noticeable to you, can't tell from pic where it is either bottom of bumper or side. Get a body shop to fix the crack and respray/blend that area for around $200. All said and done under $400 to repair if bumper is not broken or has a bunch of broken tabs..
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+1. This is a good idea.
Its hard to tell from the picture, but it looks like that crack could be fixed up easily.

My friend ran over a suitcase that fell out of a truck bed in-front of him in his 2003 Mustang GT and split the bottom of the bumper in half. He took it to a shop and had it fixed for $150 I believe - looked brand new again afterwards.
There are 2 cracks on the bottom(one shown is the biggest) and a 2 inch sized one on the side so 3 in total glad the biggest one is repairable

Thanks guys!
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Good instinct. Bummer for the animal and for your bumper, but it could be worse!
Thanks! and yes all I remember thinking is should I swerve or not, please move, and it's not gonna move and the loud crack and thump that woke up my sleeping brother in the passenger seat
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