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      05-10-2012 02:26 PM #1
      This M5 was brought to me early this morning for an inspection/purchase opportunity. Clean title, all records, 136k miles. I snapped some pics of the one "issue" it has that makes it VadGTI-spec ...

      What does TCL think this "issue" will cost to fix? Trunk lid opens fine, is untouched. However, the latches no longer line up.









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      05-10-2012 02:29 PM #3
      28 cents

    4. 05-10-2012 02:32 PM #4
      Honestly, it might be totaled. THOSE WHEELS!!!

    5. 05-10-2012 02:32 PM #5
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      05-10-2012 02:33 PM #6
      somewhere in the 12-15k range to properly correct it, with new metal

    7. 05-10-2012 02:36 PM #7
      Im gonna say 10k

    8. 05-10-2012 02:36 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by gambit420s View Post
      somewhere in the 12-15k range to properly correct it, with new metal
      WHat he said.

      That's frame damage, dude. Why are you even looking at it? I see unibody damage in the spare tire well, obviously something is tweaked because the exhaust is hanging too low, plus new trunklid, new frame support for the trunklid...

      It's a lot of freaking damage.

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      05-10-2012 02:37 PM #9
      I hope you're getting the car for free or at least close to free. The previous owner should have an estimate. Looks like they got rear ended, took the insurance money from the otherside and instead of fixing the car, they're going to sell it. profit + profit????

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      05-10-2012 02:40 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfVIDriver View Post
      WHat he said.

      That's frame damage, dude. Why are you even looking at it? I see unibody damage in the spare tire well, obviously something is tweaked because the exhaust is hanging too low, plus new trunklid, new frame support for the trunklid...

      It's a lot of freaking damage.

      When are you going to sack up and buy a car that isn't in some way a POS?
      Very little actual damage in the spare tire well. What I thought could be a tweak actually looks to be a factory bubble. The trunklid is untouched. The exhaust is hanging where it's supposed to, it's the bumper cover that's tweaked. No creases on the quarter panels. Nothing except for that center panel.
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      05-10-2012 02:44 PM #11
      Is it a grey market car imported from Africa. If not, I don't know why you are even considering it

    12. 05-10-2012 02:44 PM #12
      take EVERYTHING out of the trunk and take more pictures. spare tire needs to be gone

    13. 05-10-2012 02:45 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      Very little actual damage in the spare tire well. What I thought could be a tweak actually looks to be a factory bubble. The trunklid is untouched. The exhaust is hanging where it's supposed to, it's the bumper cover that's tweaked. No creases on the quarter panels. Nothing except for that center panel.
      Sounds like a lot of wishful thinking on your part though. It's the hidden damage once you start disassembly that scares me....especially with ///M cars.

      Are people "wowed" by the wheels b/c they like or hate them?

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      05-10-2012 02:46 PM #14
      New bumper/sail panel might get you by, but I'd be weary of what's left to be found.

      The gap on the rear driver's door looks good, how's the other side? How are the gaps between the trunk lid and quarters?

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      05-10-2012 02:48 PM #15
      Frame damaged M? Definite Vad material.
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      05-10-2012 02:49 PM #16
      Fix could be anywhere from a grand to 10 grand. Depends how much of a hack you are.

      Buy it, hammer that **** out, run it.
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      05-10-2012 02:49 PM #17
      Better hope nothing mechanical needs fixing. VERY pricey to repair.

      Let me give you an example......friend's M5 needed transmission work. He was a BMW service adviser and had the BMW tech look into it. Turns out he needed to purchase $1500 in special tools just to work on the transmission. And the engine was the same way...special tools. This was Camp BMW in Spokane. A BMW dealer mind you. Even they didn't have the proper equipment to work on the car. Might want to find out if shops in your area carry the tools need to perform repairs and maintenance.

      Awesome car though. Very fun to drive.
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      05-10-2012 02:52 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by djsheijkdfj View Post
      New bumper/sail panel might get you by, but I'd be weary of what's left to be found.

      The gap on the rear driver's door looks good, how's the other side? How are the gaps between the trunk lid and quarters?
      Gaps were fine all around. The trunk lid itslef is hard to judge, since it won't close all the way (hits the raised sail panel). But, as you can see, it comes down nearly all the way, is even on both sides, very little gap, even as it sits.
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      05-10-2012 02:53 PM #20
      And as far as body damage....you could fix it yourself if you have the time and right tools. I remember seeing a really niffty body repair tool used on Wheeler Dealers the other night. Edd China got this puller tool which uses little tabs spot welded onto the panel. Lot's of them. He then used a rod and a special jig to gently pull the dent out. It was the Ferrari 308 GT4 edition last night. Very cool tool I'd like to have. Don't remember the name/brand.
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      05-10-2012 02:55 PM #21
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      2500. And nice turbine wheels.


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    22. 05-10-2012 02:55 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      Very little actual damage in the spare tire well. What I thought could be a tweak actually looks to be a factory bubble. The trunklid is untouched. The exhaust is hanging where it's supposed to, it's the bumper cover that's tweaked. No creases on the quarter panels. Nothing except for that center panel.
      I know you are not from the US, so I am going to be very clear here:

      ITS STILL FU***ING WRECKED!!!!!!


      You do not buy cars like this that are wrecked. It still has frame damage. That cross piece under the trunk is technically part of the frame, and could have put the rest of the car out of whack.

      One of these days, you are going to learn that it's cheaper in the long run to buy a better car in the first place, than it is to buy cars like this just because you're a cheap @$$.
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      05-10-2012 02:57 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      Gaps were fine all around. The trunk lid itslef is hard to judge, since it won't close all the way (hits the raised sail panel). But, as you can see, it comes down nearly all the way, is even on both sides, very little gap, even as it sits.
      I'd get up under it and see how bad it looks, but depending on the price, might be worth the gamble.

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      05-10-2012 02:57 PM #24
      Golf 6, why can't he just do something like this?

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    26. 05-10-2012 03:00 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by deucestudios View Post
      Fix could be anywhere from a grand to 10 grand. Depends how much of a hack you are.

      Buy it, hammer that **** out, run it.
      actually in this cause that is what i would do.

      There is little point in putting 10 grand in an old 5 series, even if it is an M5.

      But! because the quarter panels are in good condition it could be as simple as pulling the sail panel back, fixing the trunk lid, aligning it all, and painting it.

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      05-10-2012 03:01 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by deucestudios View Post
      Golf 6, why can't he just do something like this?
      Take real bad video that doesn't show anything meaningful?

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      05-10-2012 03:03 PM #28
      add on another $15k aside for high mileage E34 M5....

      I wouldn't touch that, probably declared salvaged?

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      05-10-2012 03:04 PM #29
      $1,000,000 - $1,450,000. I can't believe you even took pictures of it. You obviously suck at life. Everything is a wreck the entire car is useless. You should have the man pay you for having its image even enter your cornea. You are a piece of crap as a person for even asking for advice. So what how much she likes going fast and always wanted to ride in a Bimmer? So what if you can pick up chicks for a fraction of the price everyone puts into their money pits on here? I wouldn't hit the sack with any girl that doesn't know about subframes and chassis no matter how hot she is. You're supposed to act like you know everything about everything and never ask anyone for help- that's obviously what the rest of us think a real man would do, duh.


      jk haha sry just making fun of all these people shtting out of their mouths with vastly different figures.

      Deductive reasoning says that the vast majority of them must be wrong if the vast majority are spewing out vastly different numbers...

      I dunno, man. I guess if I was you I'd find a hammer and a new bumper and spend the rest of the money and time you saved buying and eating healthier foods and spending less time at your job. Then again, I understand that this is not your desire and I respect the time and effort you are taking to seek help and entrusting the Vortex community with questions.

      Good luck.


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      05-10-2012 03:04 PM #30
      find a mint E34 M5, take everything out of both trunks and compare....
      my guess is that when you pull off that bumper cover, you're going to find more damage here

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      05-10-2012 03:05 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by deucestudios View Post
      Golf 6, why can't he just do something like this?


      I have experience with this. This is how I fixed the radiator support on my gf's Volvo 740 several years ago. Tied a chain to the radiator support, tied the other end to my then-B5 Passat 1.8T's tow hook, used the fury of the 1.8T to pull and PRESTO! Good as new .
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    32. 05-10-2012 03:08 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      I have experience with this. This is how I fixed the radiator support on my gf's Volvo 740 several years ago. Tied a chain to the radiator support, tied the other end to my then-B5 Passat 1.8T's tow hook, used the fury of the 1.8T to pull and PRESTO! Good as new .
      why am i not shocked by this at all?

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      05-10-2012 03:08 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      I have experience with this. This is how I fixed the radiator support on my gf's Volvo 740 several years ago. Tied a chain to the radiator support, tied the other end to my then-B5 Passat 1.8T's tow hook, used the fury of the 1.8T to pull and PRESTO! Good as new .
      This one is more appropriate to your situation. BMW content.

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      05-10-2012 03:10 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfVIDriver View Post
      I know you are not from the US, so I am going to be very clear here:

      ITS STILL FU***ING WRECKED!!!!!!


      You do not buy cars like this that are wrecked. It still has frame damage. That cross piece under the trunk is technically part of the frame, and could have put the rest of the car out of whack.
      IT'S STILL JUST METAL!!!!!!!!

      That car started out as a spool of flat sheet metal and was smashed into shape by giant presses. It can be straightened again if someone wants to put the time and effort into it.

      That car doesn't have a frame. The replacement part for the tail panel is only $200, http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...14&hg=41&fg=25
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    35. 05-10-2012 03:11 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by veearrsicks View Post
      $1,000,000 - $1,450,000. I can't believe you even took pictures of it. You obviously suck at life. Everything is a wreck the entire car is useless. You should have the man pay you for having its image even enter your cornea. You are a piece of crap as a person for even asking for advice. So what how much she likes going fast and always wanted to ride in a Bimmer? So what if you can pick up chicks for a fraction of the price everyone puts into their money pits on here? I wouldn't hit the sack with any girl that doesn't know about subframes and chassis no matter how hot she is. You're supposed to act like you know everything about everything and never ask anyone for help- that's obviously what the rest of us think a real man would do, duh.


      jk haha sry just making fun of all these people shtting out of their mouths with vastly different figures.

      Deductive reasoning says that the vast majority of them must be wrong if the vast majority are spewing out vastly different numbers...

      I dunno, man. I guess if I was you I'd find a hammer and a new bumper and spend the rest of the money and time you saved buying and eating healthier foods and spending less time at your job. Then again, I understand that this is not your desire and I respect the time and effort you are taking to seek help and entrusting the Vortex community with questions.

      Good luck.
      You sure did write a lot, but didn't give a figure or attempt a guess. Are you a politician? Lots-o-talking/no info given while riding the fence.

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