Originally Posted by wc123wc
Thank you for your reply.
1) I saw Frank at Mister John, very professional (knowledgeable, honest about the prices, and friendly). But they do a complete body shop kind of repairs. So they don't fix a spot here and there--they repair the whole panel. Which was too much money for what I wanted. They are also more expensive than the Procilo Brothers. Mister John quoted me $700-$800 for the rear pumper, while Dominique from the Procilo Brothers quoted me $400-$500 on the same pumper. They both do a complete panel body repairs and paint. They don't do "quick" fixes. I guess their prices reflect the quality of work they do.
2) Do you suppose the after market bumpers are really that bad? They obviously won't be OEM quality, but are they still good enough? I mean, I don't want them to fold by shear wind power! Or start cracking after one winter for no reason! Also, they come in black plastic, so I guess they have to be painted black metallic to match the car, no? (I am also considering the M-side mirrors, which probably need painting too.) What are you thoughts about this?
1) It's good to shop around to see if the price you were quoted is reasonable. Mister John is on the expensive side but they do really good work.
2) I had an afermarket bumper on my E36 and it was excellent in terms of fit, finish and strength. But you never know what you get...some may be good while others not so good. I decided to go with OEM on my E39 because I didn't want any problems.
The picture you took where the CD changer goes...that is the amp.