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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
You can't bondo that. It's a structural area. Even the shape of the strut tower is specificaly designed to handle the stress induced by the shocks. Trust me, I deal with electro-mechanical engineering every day at work.
It's not the actual welding. It's taking the entire rear area apart, not to mention the gas tanks, then prepping the area for welding the new plate on there. Then it all has to be reassembled.
Also, there are different types of welding. Most auto shops have MIG (metal inert gas) welders on hand for jobs like exhaust systems and such. That job on your car requires a TIG weld (tungsten inert gas), and that equpment is more expensive. Very few shops have them, and even fewer mechanics are trained well enough to use them.
A friend of mine knows about welding and her step dad is a proffesional welder. Ill show him the pic and see what he things about the damage and if itd worth fixing it or not.
Umnitza now provides a mechanic to install all parts ordered right in the box! It's their new "Total customer service program" that will eliminate all the haters and keep incompetents from breaking **** and blaming the vendor! When you are all set simply call INS and they will pick him up free of charge.
del I am sorry to see such horrific damage. You must have some shitty road in NY for that to happen. Hope it doesn't cost TOO much to get fixed... although it will be pricey, it will most likely be more economical to fix than to buy a new car. Especially with all the work you have been doing lately.
1970 BMW 2002
Driven by skill, not money
"Real BMW's have round tail lights"
We're all freaked out about this, and those pics are pretty scary. But who knows . . hopefully the job won't be as expensive as we're imagining. Del, if there's any way I can be of help, I'm right across the river