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      11-27-2019, 02:31 AM   #1
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1 Series Fender Replacement? Difficulty Level For Novice.

Well its official, not even 1 month into ownership of my newly acquired 1er and here I am taking her into body shops for estimates. The girlfriend is still learning to maneuver her Wrangler out of the garage apparently, and well, here is the result:

It's looking like the entire fender will need to be replaced. Has anyone ever had their fender off? Is this something I can do myself? A reputable body shop quoted me $1,500 for an OEM fender replacement and blending to existing paint. Seems kind of steep, so I am considering sourcing a used fender from a salvaged jet black 1er, and just installing it myself. I already found a few locally in the 2-$300 range.

The other option would be paint-less dent repair – I found a “guy” who claims he can do it, but he wants $450. Not very keen on the idea of trying to reform metal, but I guess the benefit would be I don’t have to pull the fender.

Open to suggestions.

Thanks guys!

P.S. Ignore those heinous water spots, haven’t gotten around to polishing this thing yet.
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      11-27-2019, 07:35 AM   #2
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Just PDR it yourself. It'll be cheaper and easier than replacing the fender yourself.

That damage doesn't look too bad.
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      11-27-2019, 09:18 AM   #3
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The other option would be paint-less dent repair – I found a “guy” who claims he can do it, but he wants $450. Not very keen on the idea of trying to reform metal, but I guess the benefit would be I don’t have to pull the fender.


Repair would involve getting it as close to straight as possible then skimming it with filler before repainting, I cannot see a PDR guy getting that damage looking anywhere near "fixed" given where it is without skimming and painting.

I'd be inclined to go with your original idea of finding a replacement fender in good condition and swapping it out.

I did this before on my old metallic black Golf IV, paint match wasn't an issue.

I can't seem to find a video of an E82 fender replacement, but here's an E90



Looks pretty easy, if a little fiddly.

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      11-27-2019, 11:33 AM   #4
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      11-28-2019, 12:03 AM   #5
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PDR is the way to go. That fender is not even close to destroyed.
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Just PDR it. That is easily doable without needing replacement or extensive bodywork.
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      11-30-2019, 04:21 PM   #7
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PDR it. Check out a few people that do it. Even if it is 95% it will be better than replacing it. There is no guarantee the paint from a junkyard fender will be a perfect match
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If you go with a PDR guy, check reviews first. Not everyone is a happy camper after paintless repair. I had a couple dings on my hood done, and they are nearly invisible. If you look at it just right, and know where to look, and if the car is perfectly clen, you can just barely see where the dents were. I am perfectly happy with my results, but you damage is much worse than mine was.
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