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Old 03-23-2009, 02:41 PM   #1
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Rust

This is an issue I have with my E36, however I figured it's also plaguing many E30 and maybe some E46 owners as well.

A search brought forth fairly scattered info. Hoping this is a thread that can help others, as well as myself.

I have a 1998 323is with one rust spot on the L/R quarter. I can't find any rust elsewhere.




I've got 2 quotes so far to fix it. The one shop that I know does excellent work wants $800-$1000. The other wants $600. They're both telling me what's visible is only 10% of the problem.

I was surprised to hear the numbers. I figured it was a smaller and less expensive issue. Your thoughts? Recommendations?
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:51 PM   #2
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That seems like a lot of money, probably due to the blending process that they will have to do. Im not sure if they would paint it up to the blood line or the whole quarter panel.

Your QP looks like it been painted before, true?
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:27 PM   #3
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I had rust like that on my winter beater. My mechanic said that rust would come back no matter who fixes it. Now I am not sure on that.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:29 PM   #4
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if done right and the piece is actually cut out an a new piece of medal shaped and welded on it shouldn't come back.
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:29 AM   #5
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Dado: It is a lotta dough. I think they intend to use the crease running along the car to blend the paint. I had the car inspected before I bought it. Metal's straight from inside the trunk, carfax is clean, car drives straight but who knows. I didn't see it until the car's 10th year.

Ivan & 328is: They'd be cutting and replacing. I'm under the impression it shouldn't come back.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:25 AM   #6
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For cutting and replacing those quotes are reasonable. The work for that is fairly involved.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:06 AM   #7
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no point in fixing it. youll fix it at that exact spot, but in a years time youll find another one.

800-1000 a year is not worth it for E36 328I

now Imola Red E36 M3??? diffferent story
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:36 PM   #8
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its going to come back again, E36's were just rust buckets. I wouldn't replace it, I'd sell the car unless you absolutely love it and won't drive it in the winter anymore ...
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:00 PM   #9
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^ A very true. In my village , we have a towing truck. The summers are nice and paint would fade. When the truck got stripped for paint job, you would find rust like nuts on it. Considering that you got rust there, I am sure it will have rust on some other spots. In my books, when I see the rust on quarter panels, I am sure you will have rust under the body. I would take a better look at the car and make a wise choice.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:19 PM   #10
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I scraped my e46 around that same area and it costed me about $800 to fix it. it also rusted there after a winter. they had to repaint the whole quarter panel and blend it...
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Old 03-31-2009, 04:39 PM   #11
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I can't find ANY rust on the car elsewhere. The underbody is clean too.

The car has under 130km's on it. Save the one spot of rust and one or two door dings the car is almost perfect.

Not worth fixing? I think it is.
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:33 PM   #12
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in 4 years time the car will be worth only a thousand bucks.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:43 PM   #13
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in 4 years time the car will be worth only a thousand bucks.
Your logic is flawed, as owner sugested the car is mechanically sound, has low km, has no other rust and will likely last another 100,000 km (based on others of its kind). As a current reliable means of transportation its future dollar value has little to no importance. Cars are not investments.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:14 AM   #14
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Your logic is flawed, as owner sugested the car is mechanically sound, has low km, has no other rust and will likely last another 100,000 km (based on others of its kind). As a current reliable means of transportation its future dollar value has little to no importance. Cars are not investments.
ok... how bout. in 4 years time theres going to be alot more rust around the car?
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:28 PM   #15
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i have the identical rust spots on the exact same place on both sides
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